My Treatment Philosophy
My treatment philosophy is based on the principles of PREVENTION, REHABILITATION AND OPTIMAL FITNESS.
Prevention of injuries is emphasized. If you have an existing injury, you'll be taught how to keep from aggravating it as well as how to prevent or minimize the chance of it recurring.
Rehabilitation begins with controlling pain, swelling and inflammation. This is accomplished by using appropriate treatment that could incorporate heat/cold, electricity, ultrasound, hydrotherapy, and/or specialized manual techniques. The next phase involves restoring normal range of motion/flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance/stability to the affected body area. This is accomplished by hands-on techniques as well as specific exercises that could involve calisthenics, resistive bands, free weights and/or machines targeting your deficits.
The final phase of your rehabilitation will be geared toward safely returning you to the functional demands of your occupation, sports, or activities of daily living. Once you've regained normal movement and function with your hard fought efforts, you may want to maintain optimal fitness by learning exercise techniques that you can continue for a lifetime at home or in a fitness center. My approach has always involved emphasizing active rehabilitation techniques as much as possible. Patient education regarding understanding your condition and what role you must perform in your recovery is also considered of major importance.
I do not espouse the "No pain, no gain" approach. Do not misunderstand me, often times improving range of motion, strength or endurance after an injury or surgery may be uncomfortable and physically demanding. But, if any of the exercises or manual techniques that I perform with you magnify pain to an unbearable level and/or increase swelling around the injured site, please communicate to me how you are feeling and appropriate adjustments in your program will be made.
Through the years I've observed that the patients who've had the most successful outcomes tend to be the patients who've been actively involved in their recovery and have worked in partnership with their therapist and physician. Do not hesitate to ask any questions regarding any aspect of your care that could further foster this partnership. I look forward to assisting you in improving the quality of your life.