Your first session begins with a thorough verbal history followed by a comprehensive physical examination designed to diagnose the primary problem and uncover underlying impairments that need to be addressed to restore pain-free mobility. We use this Evaluation to develop a Plan of Care. Common components of the evaluation include gait analysis, strength testing, range of motion/flexibility testing, balance testing, soft tissue palpation/assessment, posture assessment and special tests designed to isolate specific injuries.
Common injuries and conditions treated at HPT include but are not limited to Tendonitis/Tendonopathies (ie. Achilles Tendinitis, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow); Bursitis; Plantar Fasciitis; Muscle Strains; Osteoarthritis; Back and Neck Pain; Ligament sprains; Apophysitis Injuries (ie. Osgood Schlatter’s, Sever’s Disease); Post-Surgical Rehab (ie. Total Joint Replacements; Rotator Cuff Repair; ACL Reconstruction; Arthroscopic procedures, Tendon Repairs); Post Fracture Care, Trigger Points.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears are a devastating injury. If you play a high risk sport or recreational activity, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of suffering an ACL tear. A thorough assessment is followed by exercise recommendations to address common biomechanical flaws that present an ACL risk.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears are a devastating injury for athletes and recreational enthusiasts. After surgery, the rehabilitation process is long and difficult both mentally and physically. Return to play is usually the goal, but unfortunately, relatively few physical therapists have the knowledge or the facilities to properly rehab an ACL patient. More often than not, athletes are returned to sport too quickly, without proper testing and without having properly prepared the athlete for their sport. This is part of the reason why re-tear rates remain too high. You can significantly reduce the risk of re-tear with proper ACL rehabilitation and testing with a PT who has significant experience in this area. At Hartman Physical Therapy, Dwight has the experience and knowledge to lead you through the process the right way.
EPAT is a highly effective, non-invasive, regenerative technology for addressing chronic soft tissue and overuse injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Achilles Tendinitis, Patella Tendinitis, Rotator Cuff Tendinitis and Hip Bursitis. EPAT utilizes high intensity pressure waves to improve your body’s regenerative potential through a cascade of effects at a cellular and tissue level that result in new tissue formation and tissue remodeling, increased blood flow and tissue vascularization, release of critical growth factors for healing and modulation of the inflammatory process. EPAT has minimal risks and side effects. If you have been suffering from chronic soft tissue pain you should consider EPAT before Cortisone injections which have potential degenerative side effects, or surgery which is invasive and carries higher risk and recovery time.
Dry Needling is a technique designed to address painful Trigger Points. Trigger Points are defined as taut, hyper-irritable bands of muscle that cause pain both locally and referred and can limit a muscles strength and flexibility. Trigger Points often form in response to trauma, overuse, muscle imbalances and stress. Dry Needling utilizes a very thin, monofilament needle (think acupuncture needle) that is inserted into the trigger point in order to get the isolated band of muscle to release. This can restore normal blood flow and muscle function which results in a healthier and painfree muscle. Dry Needling is almost always a part of a larger treatment plan and is combined with other techniques to maximize outcomes.
Cold Laser utilizes Red and Infrared Light to promote and support tissue healing through a process called photobiomodulation. When our body absorbs Red and Infrared light, there are effects at a cellular and tissue level that include increased cellular activity/processes, increased blood flow/vascularization, increased collagen production, increased growth factors, and modulation of the inflammatory process. This can result in reduced pain and improved tissue healing.
Therapeutic Ultrasound is a modality that emits low intensity sound waves into targeted tissues. Ultrasound has both thermal and mechanical effects on the tissue that can help promote healing by increasing vasodilation, blood flow, oxygenation, and nutrient supply as well as increasing the rate of production of new collagen fibers.
IASTM is the utilization of specific metal and plastic tools to aid in the mobilization of soft tissues for the purpose of increasing blood flow, improving the quality of tissue movement, relaxing muscles, improving fiber mobility and reducing pain.