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Programs at Physiofirst

Physiotherapy programs vary based on individual patient needs – your therapist will work with you to understand your condition and implement a treatment plan. Know more about these programs below:
Aquatic Therapy

Water has unique properties that allow better treatment for certain conditions, especially those that affect the ability to bear weight.

What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic physical therapy is the use of skilled physical therapy in an aquatic environment. The unique properties of water can enhance interventions for many injuries including orthopedic, neurologic, skin, and cardiovascular conditions. These properties include:

  • Buoyancy: The buoyancy of water absorbs most of the pressure that our body weight puts on our joints.
  • Hydrostatic Pressure: The hydrostatic pressure of water can reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and increase lymphatic flow to enhance healing
  • Accommodative Resistance: The resistance of water can be used to vary and progress strengthening exercises.

 

Benefits

Aquatic therapy interventions can improve or maintain:

  • Function
  • Endurance
  • Balance, coordination, and agility
  • Flexibility
  • Gait
  • Muscle strength


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Athletic Training

Our athletic trainers provide optimal, efficient care to injured athletes.

What is the Athletic Training Program?

Our Athletic Training Outreach Program provides professional health care services to professional sports, colleges, high schools, club sports and various youth sports throughout the country. Our non-traditional model allows us to provide optimal, aggressive and efficient care to your injured athletes by utilizing a combined sports medicine team approach. Our athletic trainers and clinical staff work closely together and are committed to providing superior sports medicine services.

 

Benefits

Our athletic trainers also work closely with local physicians and coaches within your organization and/or institution to tailor each program to best fulfill your sports medicine needs. Our staff excels at both the “art” and “science” of care, and has been trained in the latest scientific information available. We pride ourselves in providing care and customer service that exceeds the overall expectations of our athletes, parents, physicians, and administrations; resulting in a provider to patient experience like no other.

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Concussion Management

Concussions can happen to anyone, from athletes to auto accident victims, and our concussion management program can help.

What is Concussion Management?

It is estimated that 5%-10% of all athletes will experience a concussion in any given sport season, with football carrying the highest risk for males (75% chance for concussion), and soccer carrying the highest risk for females (50% chance of concussion). Concussions are also common after falls and motor vehicle accidents.

Concussion rehab may include:

  • Manual therapy to reduce neck pain and headaches
  • Vestibular rehab to reduce dizziness and improve gaze stabilization
  • Balance and agility training
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Returning to sport, work and/or functional activities while monitoring symptoms

 

Benefits

When diagnosed with a concussion, rest is not best. Instead, consider the benefits of physical therapy:

  • Athletes return to sport more quickly and safely
  • Lower risk of second impact syndrome
  • Reduced symptoms (disequilibrium can be reduced with just four to eight weeks of rehab compared to years if left untreated)


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Injury Prevention Program

While our clinicians are experts in treating injuries, we also have programs to prevent the injuries from happening.

What is an Injury Prevention Program?

We are committed to keeping you safe, optimizing your performance, and helping you recover from injury. Our clinics provide community-based instruction to athletes to reduce the risk of injury, particularly for the hips, knees, and ankles. Our clinicians are specially trained to understand what risk factors exist and how they can be addressed during warm-up, practices, and games.

In addition, injury prevention strategies and ergonomics can be provided to for employers looking to invest in the safety of their employees. This can include job specific stretching and strengthening, body mechanics analysis, and comprehensive training.

 

Benefits

When implemented correctly, injury prevention programs have been shown to reduce the risk of injury and enhance athletic performance.

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Lymphedema Management

In addition to treating the fluid build-up of lymphedema, our specially trained clinicians also help restore any lost range of motion.

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of fluid (edema) just below the skin. It most often occurs in the arm or leg, but can occur in other parts of the body is well.

People affected with lymphedema often have difficulty with everyday tasks due to the size of their limb, which can reduce their independence and quality of life. Symptoms may include:

  • Heaviness and tightness
  • Aching
  • Infections
  • Limited mobility

Benefits

While lymphedema is not a curable condition, it can be controlled and one can learn how to effectively manage it during daily life. Physical therapy will help to reduce the size of the involved limb and the therapist will teach techniques to maintain improvements. Proper management will help reduce the chance of infection, improve wound healing time, and improve overall mobility.

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