Physical therapists help people with orthopedic conditions such as low back pain or osteoporosis; joint and soft tissue injuries such as fractures and dislocations; neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, or Parkinson's disease; connective tissue injuries such as burns or wounds; cardiopulmonary and circulatory conditions such as congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and workplace injuries including repetitive stress disorders and sports injuries.
At Pinnacle Performance Physical Therapy the individualized, "hands on" approach is highly valued by patients. We emphasize outpatient orthopedics and neurological conditions.
When our physical therapists see a patient for the first time, we examine them and develop a plan of care that promotes the ability to move, reduces pain, restores function, and prevents disability. We always include the patient and caregiver in making sure these goals are met.
Treatments most commonly used include therapeutic exercise and functional training. Depending on the assessment to improve mobility the physical therapist may use manual therapy or "manipulate" a joint (that is, perform certain types of passive movements at the end of the patient's range of motion) or massage a muscle.
Physical therapists may use other techniques such as electrotherapy, ultrasound (high-frequency waves that produce heat), hot packs, and ice in addition to other treatments when appropriate.
We also work with individuals by developing fitness and wellness oriented programs to promote healthy active lifestyles in our patients. It is important to know that physical therapy can be provided only by qualified licensed physical therapists (PT) or by physical therapist assistants (PTA) working under the supervision of a physical therapist.
At Pinnacle Performance we commit to and take pride in our hands on individualized approach. We use support staff personnel only in the areas of treatment that are appropriate and under constant supervision of a PT or PTA. Several therapists at Pinnacle Performance hold a MTC (manual therapy certification), which is a special certification earned after completing the national board exams. This specialization increases their skills to perform spine and extremity mobilizations. Research has shown these treatment options improve patient outcomes.