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What is Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy combines the best of all worlds in one comprehensive treatment approach! Physical Therapists are highly trained, credentialed clinicians combining aspects of massage, joint mobilization, modalities, and exercise to restore patients back to an active, pain-free lifestyle.  Physical Therapists treat across the lifespan.  Many specialize in working with pediatrics, geriatrics, or athletes; however, all are trained with the fundamentals to work with patients of all ages and conditions.  We are the musculoskeletal experts, best suited of health care clinicians to help you find the cause of your musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, then guide you to a solution. Often, patients are able to avoid surgeries by completing a thorough Physical Therapy program and maintaining compliance to the home exercise program and postural/ergonomic modifications prescribed by their Physical Therapist.

What is a Physical Therapist's Level of Training?

All Physical Therapists at Summit Physical Therapy, Inc. are Doctorate-level clinicians.  We maintain an active pursuit of the most recent, evidence-based treatment interventions with our continuing education. We all have advanced specialties and certifications that allow for a dynamic, highly individualized treatment approach. 

Can Physical Therapy Help with Pain Management?

Physical Therapists can help patients find non-pharmacological means of pain management through modality use and education, postural training, manual interventions and graded therapeutic exercise, among other interventions.  Our goal is to help you reach yours!  Physical Therapists strive to help restore their patients back to their prior level of function with minimal or no pain, and, give you the tools and knowledge on how to manage your condition independently.

What are Physical Therapy Practice Areas?

Physical Therapists can practice in a myriad of areas. These include, but are not limited, to:

  • Orthopedics

  • Oncology

  • Neurology/Vestibular

  • Pediatrics

  • Geriatrics

  • Sports

  • Aquatics

  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary

  • Women’s Health

  • Wellness

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