Expert Physical Therapy to Restore Your Mobility
Our physical therapy division, Performance Physical Therapy, employs spine and sports medicine specialists who provide top-rated, comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation services. Working closely with our physicians, our physical therapy team makes your full recovery its number one goal.
Whether you are a high school quarterback, a grandparent living with arthritis, or an employee injured at work, we understand how musculoskeletal pain can impair your ability to function and keep you from doing the things you want and need to do. Available at the same location as your orthopaedic surgeon, we offer individualized care programs to address your specific injuries, loss of function and resulting pain.
Physical Therapy Coordinated With Doctor’s Care
Beginning with a bio-mechanical and neuromuscular evaluation, we pinpoint the best physical therapy treatment for your rehabilitation needs and work in coordination with your referring physician and relevant members of your health care team in efforts to:
- Relieve your pain
- Protect against recurrence
- Restore biomechanics and optimize movement patterns
- Attain optimal strength, flexibility and range of motion
- Gain a better understanding of your condition and rehab process
Performance Physical Therapy at Cary Orthopaedics performs the latest PT methods, including:
An Osteopractor is a physical therapist or medical doctor that has completed an evidence-based post-graduate training program in the use of HVLAT spinal manipulation and dry needling for the Diagnosis and Treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the spine and extremities.
There are only 200 practitioners worldwide who hold these credentials accredited by The American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and APTA. Performance Physical Therapy is lucky enough to have the only physical therapist in the triangle to have the Osteopractor credentials. In pain? Make your appointment today!
Hand therapy is the specialized practice of evaluating and treating conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Performance Physical Therapy has two Occupational Therapists who are Certified Hand Therapists and one OT assistant with over ten years of hand therapy experience at our Cary and Morrisville locations.
What is a certified hand therapist (CHT) and what can they do for me? A CHT is an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist who specializes in the treatment of individuals with conditions affecting the upper extremity. The therapist has the knowledge and experience required to manage the challenging recovery of complex hand impairments. The hand therapist works closely with the physician to monitor your progress following an injury or surgery to provide immediate treatment to reduce recovery time and assist you with returning to your prior level of function.
Conventional physical therapy is designed to help patients improve their functional abilities – such as walking, running, sitting, reclining, bending and lifting. We utilize active therapeutic exercise to improve strength, flexibility and endurance. In addition to rehabilitating the injured or non-performing muscles and joints, our physical therapists also help patients learn proper biomechanics to optimize mobility and prevent injury recurrence.
Manual therapy describes a specialized form of physical therapy delivered by touch as opposed to a machine or device. Our skilled manual therapists use a hands-on approach to apply specific pressure to your affected muscle tissue and joints to produce a corrective action to alleviate problems caused by your sports or work injury. Therapy can include passive and active assisted range of motion, soft tissue mobilizations, joint mobilizations and various forms of stretching or manually resisted exercise for any affected body parts.
Our physical therapists may use a highly specialized technique called dry needling to treat myofascial pain, that is pain in the connective tissue that covers the muscles. The “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, is inserted through the skin to release trigger points in the fascia. Dry needling has been found to release muscle tension and reduce pain.
Aquatic (or pool) therapy is an exercise program performed entirely in water for those suffering from musculoskeletal; neuromuscular; cardiovascular; and other diseases, disorders or conditions. This type of treatment is extremely beneficial for a variety of injuries and conditions where the reduced impact on joints is crucial. In addition to making exercising easier and less painful, aquatic therapy allows for muscle strengthening without the use of weights and utilizes hydrostatic pressure to decrease swelling and improve joint position awareness. It also contributes to overall patient health and wellness.
Our physical therapists are fully trained in the Graston technique. This hands-on method of treatment combines the use of specific instrumentation and skilled evaluation and treatment techniques to address painful and restricted areas of the body resulting in positive outcomes in many orthopaedic and spine-related conditions.
As part of a total approach to treatment and rehabilitation, our physical therapists employ the Kinesio taping method, which is a specific taping technique that stabilizes muscles and joints to facilitate the body’s natural healing process. Kinesio taping is used for anything from headaches to foot problems.
BPPV information and treatment:
BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) occurs as a result of displaced otoconia, which are small crystals of calcium carbonate (also referred to as “otoliths” or “canaliths”) that are normally attached to the otolithic membrane in the utricle of the inner ear. Reasons of incidence range from trauma, infection, or even simple aging, canaliths can detach from the utricle and collect within the semicircular canals causing “spinning” or vertigo.
The goal of the canalith repositioning procedure (CRP), a form of vestibular rehabilitation therapy, is to move the displaced canaliths to stop these false signals and the debilitating symptoms they can cause.
These maneuvers involve a series of specifically patterned head and trunk movements performed by a trained professional who closely watches eye movements with each position change. CRP is very effective, with an approximate cure rate of 80%. The recurrence rate for BPPV after these maneuvers is low. However, in some instances additional treatment(s) may be necessary.