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What is Physical Therapy?

Posted by Scott Rosen on November 15, 2016

“Physical Therapy is an active approach to your wellness via a combination of manual techniques, rehabilitation exercise and movement analysis.  We’re not going to do all it for you; we’re going to teach and educate and show you how to continue to independently maintain well-being and functionality.”

Dr Scott Rose-ACPT_500x500

Scott Rosen, PT, DPT, Clinic Director and Physical Therapist for the new Physical Therapy clinic at the JCC in Squirrel Hill, PT at the JCC Powered by the JAA

Q: What is Physical Therapy?

A: The primary goal is helping people return to functionality through rehabilitation of their musculo-skeletal and neurological systems.

Physical Therapy focuses on movement and biomechanical dysfunctions. Physical Therapy works to help clients regain strength, mobility, range of motion, flexibility and function in order to help a person improve her or his quality of life.

Q: Who is PT for?

A: PT is for individuals:

  • Who have suffered an acute injury, such as from sports, overuse, work or auto accidents.
  • Recovering from surgery such as joint replacement, ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff repair or other traumas.
  • Preparing for surgery fro pre-operative strengthening and mobility leading to better outcomes.
  • With degenerative conditions – wear and tear on the body – such as arthritis, muscle breakdown, neck/back pain, deconditioning or generalized weakness.
  • For balance and vestibular disorders.
Q: What does Physical Therapy entail?

A: First, it’s important to know that you can come to our clinic without a physician referral because we are licensed for Direct Referral. Pennsylvania is a Direct Access state and therefore no referral is necessary. Should your therapist determine that further medical assessment is indicated you will be referred to a physician.

We start with a comprehensive evaluation to help diagnose your condition and determine the proper techniques and interventions needed to treat you. Physical Therapists do not just treat the symptoms; we treat the problem — the cause. Pain is a symptom. We have to identify the source. We identify functional impairments and symptoms in order to get to the root of the problem. Patients are always actively included in developing a plan to reach your Physical Therapy goals.

Evaluation and treatment is very hands-on. Once we identify the problem(s), we develop a comprehensive approach to treatment that includes:

  • Manual therapy
  • Rehabilitation exercises to do in our clinic
  • Exercises to do at home
  • Activity education
  • Environmental modifications
  • Self treatment

Our goal is for the patient, at the end of their course of treatment, to leave with techniques for maintaining and continuing the progress that they have made in Physical Therapy.

PT at the JCC

PT at the JCC Powered by the JAA is conveniently located on the JCC lower level, adjacent to JCC fitness facilities and swimming pools, allowing enhanced Physical Therapy services. Call 412-697-3505 to set up a free consultation to see if Physical Therapy is right for you.

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