Physical therapy has been shown to reduce long-term opioid use and can reduce the need for surgery or prepare your body for surgery.

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy will assess your movements, strength, and functional mobility and then develop a treatment plan to improve your ability to move, reduce or manage pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

Orthopedic Manual Therapy

At Align Medical we believe that movement is key to optimal health, however there are a lot of musculoskeletal impairments that can benefit from hands on treatment to improve joint mobility, soft tissue flexibility and improve pain to get you moving again. Our physical therapist focuses on prevention, identification, assessment, minimization, and correction of pain and disability due to acute or prolonged injuries including:

Post surgical care

Low-back and neck pain

Headaches

Arthritis

Joint pain

Muscle strain

Joint sprains

Hip impingement

Patellofemoral syndrome

Meniscus injuries

Carpal tunnel

Tennis or golfers elbow

Sciatica

Exercise Prescription

Research shows that a combination of manual therapy in conjunction with exercise leads to the best long term relief of pain, particularly in chronic low back pain. At align medical center, we like to get you moving every session to improve tissue healing, reduce pain and improve joint mobility under 1:1 supervision and guidance. We encourage compliance with exercises to create lifelong systemic changes to your health and wellbeing.

Pelvic Health

Did you know that 1 in 3 women suffer with pelvic floor dysfunction and 1 in 6 males suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction! Pelvic pain and pelvic floor issues can be debilitating and interfere with the fitness activities you love, your intimate relationships, and even activities such as laughing or sneezing. At AMC we utilize evidence based manual therapy, biofeedback, lifestyle modifications, dry needling and exercise prescription to reach your goals. Typical symptoms that may benefit from pelvic floor PT include:

Pelvic Pain

Pain with intercourse or sexual dysfunction

Urinary or fecal incontinence

Urinary urgency and frequency

Sensation of incomplete urination

decreased urine flow

Pelvic organ prolapse

Constipation

Chronic hip or low back pain

Prenatal/postpartum care

Pudendal neuralgia

Testicular pain

Here is some research on pelvic floor training.

Prenatal / Postpartum Care

Pregnancy can be such an overwhelming time full of new hormones and lifestyle changes. At Align our physical therapist assists in keeping you moving during this time, may assist in birth prep, educate on labor and delivery and get you set up for return to exercise postpartum. Every pregnant woman should participate in physical activity unless contraindicated, even women who were not previously active are recommended to begin exercise. Don’t know where to start or when you should stop doing certain exercises? Our PT is a prenatal/postpartum exercise specialist who is passionate about getting mommas back to fitness.

See exercise guidelines during pregnancy here.

Dry Needling

As a doctor of physical therapy, we can utilize dry needling as an adjunct to our exercise programming to provide a reset to the problematic tissue. Dry needling is safe, minimally discomforting and often a very effective technique for patients with certain musculoskeletal pain and movement deficits. Dry needling utilizes a dull tipped, thin monofilament needle (similar to acupuncture needle) that penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points that are inhibiting movement or causing pain. Dry needling has been shown to assist in neuromuscular reeducation, decrease pain and inflammation, and improve ROM.

Therapeutic Cupping

Therapeutic cupping dates back to 1550 BC with the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. It has been used to treat pain, inflammation and decreased mobility by improving blood flow and decompressing tissues. At Align Medical Center we utilize cupping as a form of manual therapy to assist in myofascial decompression with movement of both the cups and the patient to improve mobility. Check out this article for more information on how it has helped chronic neck and shoulder pain.

Sports-Related Injuries

At Align Medical Center our physical therapist can use a variety of interventions to prevent and treat sports-related injuries and keep you participating in your sport as long as possible or get you back as quick as possible. We utilize movement and video analysis to improve running form, sports performance and reduce risk of injuries. which include, but are not limited to, video motion analysis to improve running and sports performance and reduce injuries, pre-participation movement screening, cardiovascular, resistance, endurance, and neuromuscular re-education exercise programs, taping and bracing, sports specific ergonomic and training regimens, manual physical therapy, and orthopaedic physical therapy.