Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

NJIB offers a unique combination of excellent customer service, highly trained therapists, innovative, evidence-based practice and comfortable, well-equipped and convenient facilities.

You will be treated by the same therapist each visit. You will receive hands-on treatment. You will perform exercises that are functional, fun and exactly what you need. Patients are scheduled so that you have plenty of one-on-one time with your therapist. There are no aides or support staff supervising your treatment, only the therapist. A physical therapist will work with individuals who have physical impairments or limitations.  They promote movement and physical functional ability and prevent and treat impairment to movement.  A PT will work with individuals of all ages who have altered physical function secondary to injury, disease, orthopedic or neurological conditions.

Examples of our skills and treatments include:

Vestibular rehabilitation/Balance Training

The physical therapist will provide therapeutic intervention to help respond to changes in the inner ear which effects the position of your body. This is helpful if you are suffering from vertigo/dizziness. Balance training will also benefit those who are clumsy on their feet or people who are at risk for falls.

Orthopedic /post-surgery rehab

The physical therapist will work with a patient following surgery to promote optimal functional return after surgery.

Therapeutic massage

A physical therapist will apply pressure to soft tissue to decrease pain and reduce swelling.

Mobilization

A therapist will increase movement in muscles, ligaments and joints by therapeutically moving bones and ligaments into position to decrease pain, increase flexibility, increase circulation and relax muscles.

Pain Management

A physical therapist uses therapeutic modalities to address pain issues a person may be having.

  • TENS
  • Ultrasound
  • Hot/Cold Therapy
(Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) Sends small electrical pulses through the skin via electrodes being placed on parts of the body needing treatment.
Sends high pitch sound waves which produce gentle heat to muscles to reduce spasms, inflammation and pain.
Heat is used to increase blood flow and relax muscles. Cold is used to reduce muscle pain, spasm and inflammation by slowing down circulation.

Gait training/Ambulation

A physical therapist will address ambulation/gait disturbances by working on strengthening, balance and endurance exercises. They will all assess and train in the use of ambulatory devices most appropriate for specific needs (Cane, walker, etc.).

Stair training

The therapist will evaluate one’s ability to navigate steps safely. Recommendations may be made to compensate for difficulties in this area.

Strengthening/Conditioning

The physical therapist will work with individual to promote optimal strength and endurance so they are able to function safely and effectively.

What is Physical Therapy?

It all starts with an evaluation. The therapist spends your first visit, approximately one hour, interviewing you, establishing goals, testing and examining your condition and setting up a treatment plan. The therapist teaches you about your condition and reassures you about what to expect in the recovery process. Some form of treatment is always included in the first visit.

Subsequent treatment sessions systematically fix the injuries, movement disorders and pain that brought you in the door in the first place. The key tool of the therapist is his/her hands-on techniques to stretch and mobilize stiff, misaligned and restricted areas of your body. Once mobility is improved, then exercises are used to improve strength, balance and function. Injured athletes looking to return to sports do sports specific training under the watchful eye of the therapist.

Who are Physical Therapists?

They are specialists in restoring movement. PTs receive intensive education in anatomy, physiology, pathology and rehabilitation. It is among the fastest growing professions because of the value therapists provide for our increasingly active society. All physical therapists are licensed by the state in which they work.
What Makes an NJIB Therapist Different?

Simply stated, it is their values. They are dedicated to helping others. They want to reach the pinnacle of excellence in the profession. They are graduates of premier academic programs. They have a desire to learn. They are not complacent. Thus, they continually participate in continuing education workshops to advance their knowledge and skills.

Who can go to Physical Therapy?

Anyone who has an injury, pain or movement impairment can attend physical therapy. The following conditions are frequently seen in our clinic:

  • Low back pain and neck pain including herniated discs and spinal stenosis
  • Rotator cuff injuries and other shoulder problems
  • Concussions Vestibular and balance problems
  • Knee pain
  • Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-operative rehabilitation from orthopedic surgical procedures
  • Muscle strains
  • Joint sprains/pain/swelling, including knee and ankle sprains
  • Chronic pain
  • Tendinosis and tendinitis including Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Hand injuries and surgeries
  • Running and cross-fit injuries
  • Sports injuries

Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Orthopaedics is a medical specialty concerned with the correction of functional impairments of the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes all the body’s bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and joints.

Orthopaedic rehabilitation is a form of therapy that treats a wide variety of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system and is a cornerstone of the programs and services we provide throughout the country. Orthopaedic rehabilitation encompasses the following programs and services we provide every day to the patients in our care:

  • Physical therapy
  • Hand therapy
  • Work health
  • Sports medicine/athletic training

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