What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a medical specialty that uses exercises, manipulations, and specific equipment to help patients regain or improve mobility and function. Practicing in Glen Rock, Ridgewood and the surrounding areas in New Jersey (NJ), our therapists work with patients of all ages to help them live an active life following an orthopedic injury or illness and to increase general fitness and health.
Orthopedic conditions include:
- Low back pain
- Joint and soft tissue injuries
- Connective tissue injuries
Therapy is performed by a physical therapist; a medical professional educated and trained to administer interventions. Interventions are the trained use of physical therapy techniques to change the patient’s condition consistent with the patient’s goals in addition to the diagnosis and prognosis for the condition.
Some physical therapists have additional training and are certified in clinical specialties. These can include orthopedics, neurologic, cardiovascular and pulmonary, pediatric, geriatric, sports physical therapy or electrophysiological testing and measurement.
What does Ridgewood / Glenrock Physical Therapy Treatment Entail?
Rehabilitation includes a variety of common physical therapy techniques and treatments that address injuries to the structures of the musculoskeletal system: bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and cartilage.
- Hot/Cold packs can prepare muscles for exercise and manipulation or reduce inflammation to make movement less painful
- Electrical stimulation activates nerves in damaged tissues to help develop strength and stability
- Ultrasound generates sound waves that are transferred to a specific part of the body using a probe. The sound waves travel deep into tissue creating gentle heat
- Medical massage is an outcome-based massage that applies specific treatments targeted to physical therapy to help muscles function
- Strength and stability exercises are used to help the body reestablish the proper function of the musculoskeletal tissues
- Stretching tight muscles and joints can help relieve pain and get patients back to their previous range of motion