Who can benefit from Physical Therapy with a Skilled Manual Therapist?
Anyone in need of assistance managing or eliminating musculoskeletal pain, restoring injured body parts, increasing mobility & flexibility, building overall strength and endurance, or simply those who want to feel better and be proactive about their health.
What are some commonly treated problems that respond well to PT?
Jaw pain/TMJ dysfunction
Upper/mid Back Pain
Low back pain
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) Dysfunction
Muscular Pain and Tightness
Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
IT Band Syndrome
What will treatment aim to do?
Improve posture & body awareness, to help prevent physical decline over time.
Decrease pain and/or compensations.
Restore desired levels of function, activity, exercise, and sport performance.
Address factors that contribute to chronic pain or syndromes that have not improved with other approaches/therapies.
Teach ways to self-manage and self-treat, to achieve maximum long-term results.
Educate on ways to prevent injury or flare-up.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
A script for Physical Therapy, if available.
Previous diagnostic reports/summaries (x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, Bone Density, Blood Work)
A list of your current medications, allergies and surgical history
A list of current and prior doctors and/or health care professionals from whom you have received care.
A list of any questions or concerns you may have.
What should I wear?
Please wear or bring comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing. Your clothes should allow evaluation of your area of injury.
How long does each visit last?
The initial visit will be approximately 60 minutes, and will include history intake, a comprehensive assessment process, and initiation of treatment. Subsequent sessions will be either 30 or 60 minutes, or a customized length of time.
When should I start seeing improvement?
It is not uncommon for patients to report a decrease in pain after the first session. More consistent pain relief/improvement is usually noted within the first few visits, depending on frequency of sessions. If at any point you feel that you are not progressing at a satisfactory rate, your treatment plan will be modified accordingly.
How long will I need physical therapy?
This will vary from person to person, and will largely depend on the complexity of the problem(s) for which you are being seen, how long you have had the problem(s), and your compliance with recommendations and your home exercises.
Once you have reached and/or maintained your desired level of improvement, you can either be discharged from therapy, or continue with a longer-term Wellness Maintenance program. This typically consists of "as needed" follow-up visits (commonly 1x/month), to monitor overall progress and maintenance of gains, and prevent further injury or flare-up.
Will you keep in contact with my doctor?
Yes...if you are referred to PT by your doctor, a copy of the assessment and plan of care will be sent, along with periodic updates, if/when needed.
If you are referred by another health care or rehab professional, Lisa is happy to communicate with others involved in your care...a team approach helps to facilitate the best outcomes.
Will I see the same physical therapist every time?
YES! Currently, VITALITY is a solo-practitioner clinic, so you will work with Lisa at each and every visit.
Do I need a physician's referral for physical therapy?
Legislation has finally changed in the State of Michigan! Consumers now have Direct Access to Physical Therapy, and no longer need a script from their doctor to seek or receive services. There are still a few guidelines that need to be followed, so if you have any questions regarding specifics, please contact Lisa prior to your first appointment.