Conditions Physical Therapy Treats

Physical therapy has a wide range of advantages and helps treat many different conditions. A lot of people are not aware of the benefits of physical therapy. A few common conditions This form of therapy helps with include headaches, pain within the lower back and vertigo. Read on to discover other ailments this therapy can help improve.


ACL Injuries

ACL injuries are common among athletes. According to research conducted by AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons), more than 150,000 athletes suffer from this injuries. Athletes who suffer from these injuries are often enrolled n the 3P program. This program focuses on exercises that strengthen the lower leg, knee and core part of the hip.Therapy can also benefit an injured individual by building and regaining strength within the muscles.



Many people suffer from this common condition and the pain that is associated with it. This condition is inflammation within the joints. According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 45 million adults suffer this condition which is 1 in 5 persons who are 18 years of age or older. This condition is the primary cause of disability in America. Nearly 1 million people are hospitalized and more than $150 billion is lost annually in medical bills and lost wages. Therapy is essential for individuals who suffer from this condition. Therapy helps relieve pain and aches within the body caused by this condition.


Back Pain

Back pain occurs for many different reasons. Most people will experience some form of this pain in their life. Conditions such as pregnancy and injuries can cause this type of pain. Another cause of this pain is being overweight. Aside from going on a diet, therapy can help with the pain. In order to alleviate this pain, you will need to schedule an appointment with a therapist or chiropractor.



Over the past few years, concussions have been the talk of sports, especially football. There are many symptoms associated with a concussion, including confusion, headache, mild depression, sensitivity to light, ringing in the ears and excessive fatigue. Head injuries, including concussions can benefit greatly from therapy techniques. There is a management program for head injuries that helps individuals find different ways to cope with their pain and other symptoms of a concussion or other head injury they may be experiencing.



The pain level of a headache ranges from mild, moderate, and severe, and can be caused by a number of things. Common causes of this condition include muscle tightness, poor posture, tightness between the shoulder blades and muscle tension. As far as this condition is concerned, every person experiences them differently. There are many different treatment options, but therapy is the most popular option. Many people prefer therapy as a form of treatment for these type of aches because the treatment is natural and there are no negative side effects.


TMJ/TMD Syndrome

TMJ/TMD syndrome is more common than many people think. One of the most commonly used joints within the human body is the Temporomandibular Joint. Some people frequently experience chronic or acute inflammation within this joint which is known as Temporomandibular joint disorder. There are a few therapy options that can help with this condition. The most common form of therapy for this condition is manual therapy and posture correction. Other forms of therapy include therapeutic exercises and anti-inflammatory modalities.


Plantar Fasciitis

This condition occurs when the connective tissues at the bottom of your foot is inflamed. This connective tissue is called plantar fascia. Therapy options for this condition include walking and calf stretches.



Sciatica is a common problem within the lower back. Sciatica is a condition that can cause a person to experience pain that extends down the leg. Common therapy treatments for this condition include exercises that strengthen a person’s core and various muscle energy techniques.


Urinary Incontinence

Many people suffer from urinary incontinence for different reasons. Urinary incontinence makes people experience frequent urination or bladder leakage. Physical therapy can help in a lot of different ways, including increasing endurance and improving the strength of the pelvic floor and hip muscles.



Vertigo is a condition that causes individuals to experience ringing in their ears, dizzy spells and loss of balance. Therapy helps improve a person’s balance and the manual treatment of the cervical spine.



Whiplash is commonly seen in persons who have been involved in a car accident, but is seen in sports players and people who are involved in high-velocity sports. Common symptoms of whiplash include chronic neck pain and degeneration. Before physical treatment options are considered, a spine assessment is conducted. The form of therapy will depend on the results of the assessment.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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