Is Physical Therapy Better….?
I will admit that you are going to get a totally biased view from a PT as to how “we” compare to other treatment options. I often tell patients, "I don't care what gets you better, as long as you get well." I truly believe this.
However, I am frequently asked to compare PT with the following:
MASSAGE: Palliative modalities feel great. I think the world would be a better place if we could all afford a massage once a week. Unfortunately, passive treatments cannot "fix" musculoskeletal pathology. Feeling better does not equate to a biomechanical correction.
ACUPUNCTURE: Similar to massage, acupuncture can provide pain relief, relaxation, and an improved sense of well being. That being said, the underlying movement impairment that led to the problem is still not addressed.
CHIROPRACTIC: My most common question… Many people equate the words "manipulation" with "chiropractic." This is simply not accurate. Skilled PT's can perform manipulative therapy when needed. Again, from a corrective standpoint, manipulation without biomechanical training leaves out a large part of the equation.
MEDICATIONS / INJECTIONS ALONE: While medication can decrease symptoms, it cannot correct mechanics. However, decreased pain can enhance muscular function. This can substantially enhance therapeutic strength and function.
There are essentially 6 keys to success in patient care of orthopedic issues.
Physical Therapy is the only treatment method that addresses all 6 of these goals. Elite Physical Therapy is here for you – to help you improve how you move through life!
In November of 2010, I had shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff. After 6 weeks of going through the healing process, I was referred to Elite to begin Physical Therapy. I don't mind saying that I was not looking forward to going through this at all. I had heard all kinds of horror stories about pain and therapists that were somewhat uncaring about what patients were going through.
To my delight, Elite was wonderful and my therapist was exactly the opposite of uncaring. She was caring and sympathetic to my fears and discomfort and never pushed me beyond what I could do. But, she was determined that I would return to my life as it was before the surgery. Her patience and perseverance returned me to my physical condition prior to my injury.
I love to garden, ride my horses, and play golf. All of which I have now been able to pursue again, thanks to her. I would highly recommend ANYONE who is restricted by pain, surgery, or other physical problems to make Elite one of your first priorities!
Barbara B., Kansas
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LEGAL UPDATE!! The Missouri Physical Therapy Practice Act has changed. Nurse Practitioners are now able to refer directly to Elite Physical Therapy. Referrals to Elite are accepted by Physicians, Physician Assistants, APRN's, Dentists, and Podiatrists.
FIRST CLASS FREE! Mat Pilates, Core Strength, Total Body Strength, and Golf Specific classes have all been added to the Wellness Department schedule. Although everyone is welcome to attend, these classes are PERFECT for transitioning patients beyond traditional PT at an affordable price. Check out eliteptkc.com for more information.
For those of you who are ready to get serious about your health and fitness, personalized one-on-one training sessions are also available.
Erin Ward began employment as a Patient Service Specialist in January.
Angie Gutierrez, PT recently completed a clinical internship at Elite and will begin employment in July.
NOT ALL PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICES ARE THE SAME!
Skill level, education, specialization, and quality of care can vary tremendously from one practice to the next.
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