Physical Therapy Clinic Baltimore, MD
When you go to a physical therapy clinic in Baltimore, MD, you will receive treatment from a physical therapist who has received extensive training in how the body functions and moves. A therapist understands that in order to live a happy, healthy life, patients need to be able to go about their daily lives in little to no pain. When conditions develop that cause long-term or chronic pain, the impact that pain can have on a patient’s quality of life can be significant.
Your physical therapist will work with you to not only help alleviate your pain, but to do so without the risk of additional injury, loss of movement, or the need to undergo invasive surgery.
What Happens During an Initial Evaluation with a Physical Therapist?
When a patient comes to our Baltimore physical therapy clinic for the first time, the therapist will ask them about their prior medical history, as well as the current issue that brings them to the clinic. It will also be important to treatment for the physical therapist to understand the patient’s level of pain and how that pain is affecting the patient’s ability to go about their daily life.
The therapist will then perform a physical evaluation of the patient. Some of the tests the patient may undergo include the following:
- Muscle test – Checks the contraction and strength of the muscle, as well as any pain and/or weakness with the contraction.
- Neurological screening – Checks to see how the communication is from nerves to muscles, including how pain is sensed, temperature, touch, and vibration.
- Palpitations – Checks the area where the pain is emitting from for tenderness, swelling, inflammation, tissue temperature, and more.
- Posture assessment – Checks to see if the position of the patient’s joints are where they should be.
- Range of motion – Checks the quality of movement the patient has and if there are any restrictions to that movement.
Physical Therapy Treatments
There are a number of treatment options a physical therapist may incorporate into a patient’s treatment plan. This will all depend on the circumstances and the extent of the patient’s condition.
Therapists usually incorporate a variety of exercises in a treatment plan, both during appointments and at-home exercises. These can include active range of motion and active assistive range of motion exercise, isometric, isotonic, passive range of motion, and progressive restrictive.
A therapist may also use joint mobilization, heat therapy, cold therapy, muscle massage, ultrasound, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation for treatments.
Call Our Clinic Today
If you are having issues with pain, limited mobility, or other condition and are considering treatment from a Baltimore physical therapy clinic, contact LeMoine Physical Therapy to schedule a consultation and find out what treatment options may be available for your situation.