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Spine

There are three main regions in the spine: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar. Between each vertebral bone are intervertebral discs that help cushion and allow for flexible movement in the spinal column. Many times with spinal injuries these intervertebral discs may get impinged or compressed in ways that induce pain.
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Shoulder

The shoulder joint is a commonly treated injury due to its vast range of motion. Since it can move a full 240 degrees and has a shallow bone socket, it can be more vulnerable to dislocate and separate. Ligament and muscle tears are also a common problem that can occur within this joint.
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Knee

The knee is one of the most commonly injured joints treated by physical therapists. The knee is held together by four main ligaments (Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Posterior Cruciate Ligament, Lateral Collateral Ligament, and Medial Collateral Ligament) and a cartilaginous tissue called the meniscus.

Our Mission

Meet the needs of the physical therapy community through high-quality, evidenced based physical therapy. Physical therapy is provided with an emphasis on patient education and home exercise program, therefore minimizing costs for the patients and insurance companies.

FAQs

  • What is physical therapy?

    Physical Therapy is the art and science of restoring functional use of the body, spine, and/or the extremities (i.e. legs, arms,) through exercise and manual therapy; these techniques focus on improving a person’s balance, strength, and flexibility so patients can get back to doing the things they enjoy.
  • What are the hours of operation at Active Physical Therapy?

    Active Physical therapy is typically open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.
  • What do I need to bring to my first physical therapy appointment?

    For the first visit we recommend our new patients to bring their insurance card, a referral (if needed), and any operational notes if applicable. For self–pay patients, we will just need a photo id. If patients want to get a head start on paperwork they can print a copy of our new patient form and have it filled out before their first visit.​
  • What should I expect at physical therapy?

    For the first physical therapy session, the physical therapist will do an examination of the patient after reviewing their medical history to see where the patient stands on his or her injury. This can last from 45 minutes to an hour. The examination will help our physical therapists get a feel for the symptoms and diagnosis of the patient and allow them to develop a treatment plan that will be effective for that particular patient.​
  • ​How long will I be in physical therapy for?

    The amount of visits may vary depending on the extent of the injury and what is recommended by the physical therapist. For typical injuries, it may require 10 visits or less. However, some injuries may require both pre-surgical and post-surgical visits and can be more than 10 visits.​
  • What can physical therapy do for me?

    ​Physical therapy can help you recover from an injury and avoid future injury by helping to decrease the pain felt in the soft tissues (e.g. muscles, tendons, ligaments) improving flexibility and function, and building up muscle strength. Physical therapists may also give the patients useful suggestions and educational information to help make the patient more aware about their particular injury and what strategies they can use to help improve their condition.

Blog

02
FEB
2013

What is a Doctor of Physical Therapy?

Having been a practicing physical therapist for over six years now, I often get the question “What is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T)?” This question comes not only from my patients, but from other medical professionals as well.  The simple answer is “an individual with a doctora
17
JAN
2013

Tips for Stretching the Shoulder:

Focus more on lots of repetitions and less force…in other words start gently. Don’t push the stretch into or through the pain barrier. Stretch 3x/day for improvement, stretch 1x/day for maintenance. Use on/off stretching for repetitions (think two sets of 15) rather than the tradition
14
NOV
2012

Shoulder Pain and Impingement Syndrome

The pain starts innocently enough.  As you go about engaging in your recreational activities, you begin to notice some minor pain with overhead motions such as throwing a baseball/softball, or during your tennis serve.  Soon, you start to notice pain when reaching up to the top cupboa