WHAT IS OSTEOPRACTIC PHYSICAL THERAPY?An Osteopractor is a physical therapist or medical doctor that has completed an evidence-based post-graduate training program in the use of spinal and extremity high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation, dry needling, instrument-assisted manual therapies, and differential diagnostics for the management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Osteopractic Physical Therapy is an approach to care, a sub-specialty within physical therapy, and more accurately describes the kind of physical therapy services (rather than simply "physical therapy") offered so the public, potential patients and colleagues alike, can identify the appropriate practitioner of choice for the condition in question. When you break a bone, you look for an orthopedist, not just a general medical doctor. When you have a skin condition, you go to the dermatologist. When your child needs medical care, you look for a pediatrician, not just a general medical doctor. Likewise, when you have neck pain, low back pain, headaches, tennis elbow, heel pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis, shoulder impingement, or joint pain etc., it makes sense to look for a specialist within physical therapy, i.e. an Osteopractic Physical Therapist or Osteopractor, not a generalist, that is specifically trained and has advanced post-graduate qualifications to treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Recent Evidence
Physical Therapists are the experts in treating neuromusculoskeletal conditions ranging from chronic pain to sports injuries in an effort to avoid surgery and/or medications. Physical Therapy is a conservative treatment option that many patients and doctors decide is best in order to treat certain injuries and/or pain without medications, injections, or surgery in order to avoid the risks and potential harmful effects that can result. However, this is not to say that therapy can help everyone, nor that surgery or medications is not necessary at times. However, in cases where surgery or medications is necessary, PT is very beneficial to use in adjunct in order to promote healing, reduce inflammation, and guide patient's through the recovery process. Physical therapy usually includes a combination of exercises, stretches, and manual interventions aimed to reduce pain and improve function. At Advanced Manual Therapies, we specialize in advanced manual treatment techniques, such as dry needling, cupping, and manipulations, in order to treat the symptoms quickly. When these advanced techniques are combined with education on stretches and exercises to prevent the return of symptoms, patients experience greater relief for longer durations. This means getting back to weekend golf, afternoon tennis, or simply the drive to work without pain, faster.
What types of things can we treat?
- Neck Pain - including whiplash, headaches, migraines, degenerative disc disease, and osteoarthritis
- Back Pain - including herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, and osteoarthritis
- Shoulder Pain - including labral tears, rotator cuff tears/disease, impingement, bursitis, tendonitis, and adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
- Elbow Pain - including medial epicondylitis (golfers elbow) and lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Hand/Wrist - including carpal tunnel and tenosynovitis
- Hip - including sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and trochanteric bursitis
- Knee - including osteoarthritis, meniscus tears, runner's knee (IT Band friction syndrome), and patella-femoral pain
- Ankle/Foot - including lateral ankle sprain, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, neuroma, and shin splints
- Chronic Pain - including fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, and osteoarthritis
- Sport Injuries/Traumatic Injuries
- Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Related Whiplash Injuries