Specialized Orthopedic Care
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional organization representing more than 100,000 members throughout the United States, established the specialist certification program in 1978. Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice. Clinical specialization in physical therapy responds to a specific area of patient need and requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and unique to the specialized area of practice. The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.
Manual therapy is the skilled passive movement of joints (joint mobilization/ manipulation) and soft tissues (soft tissue mobilization/specific localized massage). Manual therapists use specific hand placements and the precise application of forces to restore normal movement to joints and soft tissues. Manual therapy is used in conjunction with other physical therapy techniques, exercises and modalities.
Therapeutic exercise is the systematic and planned performance of body movements or exercises which aims to improve and restore physical function. Exercise is defined as “activity that is performed or practiced to develop or improve a specific function or skill to develop and maintain physical fitness.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a movement based diagnostic system designed to enhance the practitioner's current evaluation skills. By using a standardized, algorithmic, approach to evaluate movement, the assessment will guide you to the root impairments that are contributing to pain and dysfunction in the human movement system. Your evaluation will become more efficient and effective, resulting in better patient outcomes.
Graston Technique® (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes. GT uses specially designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of manual therapy. The use of GT instruments, when combined with appropriate therapeutic exercise, leads to the restoration of pain-free movement and function.
Myofascial Decompression (MFD), otherwise known as Cupping, is a form of soft tissue work where a pneumatic pump is used along with clean, plastic vacuum cups and placed on the skin to release the fascia and muscle tissue underneath.