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Physical Therapy: FAQ

What is a Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a health care specialty involved with evaluating, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the muscular skeletal system. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to restore maximal functional independence to each individual patient. Physical Therapy treatment often includes exercise, especially for patients who have been immobilized or who lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. Physical therapists encourage patients to use their muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion. More advanced exercises focus on improving strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and at home.

How are the Physical Therapists at Advanced different than trainers in a gym?  What really is the purpose of physical therapy?   Is it just increasing my range of motion?
Our Physical therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. Their patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.  As treatment continues, physical therapists document the patient’s progress, conduct periodic examinations, and modify treatments when necessary

Is Physical Therapy painful?   Is there anything available at your place that will facilitate the speed of my healing and alleviate pain while I am going through physical therapy?
Our Physical therapists use electrical muscle stimulation, hot packs or cold compresses, and ultrasound to relieve pain and reduce swelling. They may use traction or deep-tissue massage to relieve pain and improve circulation and flexibility. Our therapists also instruct patients on how to use the wide variety of exercise equipment in our gym.  Therapists also teach patients to use assertive and adaptive devices, such as crutches, prostheses, and wheelchairs. They also may show patients how to do exercises at home to expedite their recovery.

Can I work and do Physical Therapy?   Do you have flexible hours?  Evening hours?  Transportation?
Our office tries to make our patients recovery as easy as possible while also accommodating to the many different schedules are patients keep.  Physical Therapy is offered 5 days a week Monday through Friday.  Evening hours are made available on Monday Wednesday and Thursday till 6pm.  Complimentary transportation is available to all of out patients in the area who do not have access to a vehicle or ride. 

Do I Need a referral or prescription for Physical Therapy?
In the state of New Jersey, an updated prescription is necessary for consultation with your Physical Therapist.  The prescription can be obtained from your primary doctor or any specialist you may be seeing.  Doctors are often very supportive to the idea of Physical Therapy for a patient before and after any surgical procedure.