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Physical Therapy

A Physician may prescribe Physical Therapy for an individual experiencing injury or illness that impedes daily tasks and overall function. Physical Therapists use a variety of tests and measures to determine a specific treatment plan unique to a patient's particular diagnosis and needs. This plan consists of short and long-term goals geared towards helping the patient regain strength, flexibility, and to eliminate pain. In addition, our skilled Physical Therapist here at Active Physical Therapy will update your physician about your progress and prescribe a home exercise program.

Specialties:
  • Lower Back Pain, Cervical Pain, Sciatica, Frozen Shoulder, and Chronic Pain
  • Post-Surgery Joints Rehabilitation
  • Sports Injuries and Arthritis Pain
  • Therapy for Auto and Work Injuries

Hand Therapy - Certified Hand Therapists

Hand injuries can occur in several ways; on the sports field, at your place of employment, or overuse of the muscles over time, causing dysfunction and chronic or acute pain. After your initial evaluation, our experienced hand therapists will help you restore mobility with a custom-designed treatment plan. This plan may include the use of specialized equipment, joint exercises, and pain management. Our professional hand therapists are highly proficient in the treatment of all hand and upper extremity pathologies.

Specialties:
  • Auto, Industrial Accident, Work Injury and Trauma Cases
  • Sports Injuries, Tennis Wrist, Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Amputations: Fingers, Hands, and Arms
  • Chronic problems as arthritis or a neurological condition.

We have Certified Hand Therapists in our Clinton, College Park, Frederick, Gaithersburg /Germantown, Laurel, and Rockville locations.

Low Back Program

Lower back pain occurs due to several causes such as muscle strain, incorrect posture, over-use, and spinal injuries, etc. Most people have reasons for general back pain, but conditions like Osteoarthritis, Herniated Disc, Degenerative Disc, Spondylolisthesis, and Spinal Stenosis are never general, so the specific reason behind it must be diagnosed and treated. Our physiotherapists study your medical history, evaluate your current condition, examine problems to determine all major causes of the condition, and then design a fast recovery therapy program. Physical therapists also provide initial education about the problem and guide the patient in daily routine, how to correct body postures during all daily activities, self-stretching exercises and various motions to improve nutrition to spinal discs, care of the spine and precautions to make their recovery fast and (alleviate or eliminate) the pain long term.

Specialties:
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Chronic Lower Back Pain
  • Back Strains and Sprains
  • Spondylosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Degenerative Disc

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Rehabilitation consists of the diagnosing, managing, and treatment of disorders and injuries involving the musculoskeletal system. Individuals who have had an orthopedic surgical procedure or have suffered an injury or disease affecting the muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons will benefit from an assessment by an Orthopedic Therapist.

Our Orthopedic therapists specialize in treating post-operative joints, acute sports injuries, arthritis, and amputations. Joint mobilizations, strength training, hot/cold packs, and electrical stimulation are often used in an orthopedic setting to expedite recovery.

FCE/ Work Hardening

FCE/ Work Hardening is a Physical Therapy based program designed specifically for clients who are injured at work (on worker's compensation). The primary goal of our FCE/ Work Hardening program is to get the client back to their previous job.

Our FCE/ Work Hardening Program is divided into three major parts: Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs), Work Conditioning Programs, and Work Hardening Programs.

Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs)

The Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) objectively determines an individual's current physical capacity and ability to perform work tasks. These types of evaluations are useful to physicians, case managers, insurance adjustors, employers, and/or vocational counselors to determine if an injured worker is able to return to his pre-injury job. They are also useful in facilitating a timely closure to worker's compensation claims. The clinicians who administer our FCEs are experts in the field of FCE/ Work Hardening and have extensive experience in performing these evaluations. Components of this test may include:

  • Musculoskeletal Screen
  • Sub-maximal cardiovascular stress test
  • Isometric strength testing
  • Dynamic strength testing
  • Positional tolerance testing
  • Job simulation

Work Conditioning Program

Work Conditioning is a rehabilitation program that starts with a job goal or training program in mind. The client starts therapy on a three-day-per-week, two-hour-per-day basis. Normal progression increases the duration to four days per week and advances to five days per week by the end of the program. During this time period, modalities are still used regularly. The overall goal is to increase strength and stamina through the use of an extensive exercise routine. The treatment plan addresses specific parts of the job that are limited due to injury. Our staff works hard to simulate the aspects of the job that each individual needs to address.

Work Hardening Program

Work Hardening is a more extensive version of Work Conditioning. The patient must have a specific job or training goal to participate in this program. The goal of this program is to increase the client’s ability to function in a work setting for eight hours a day, five days a week. This is achieved by starting the program on a five-days-per-week, four-hour-per-day regiment with a progression to six hours and finally eight hours per day. The Work Hardening program focuses on decreasing pain through the use of exercise routines to increase strength, endurance, and function.