Physical therapy is a form of treatment for physical disease or injury to the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems of the human body without the use of drugs or surgery.
Physical Therapists play an important role in today’s life style. They are healthcare experts in restoring movement function and eliminating pain. Despite the scientific effort in the field of physical medicine the pain epidemics is on the rise. The number one healthcare spending is for treatment of pain due to neuromuscular and orthopedic disorders. With sitting becoming the most prevalent human activity our society will realize that it’s easier to prevent movement disorders if preventative measures are taken from early childhood and regularly throughout human life.
We hope that in the future PT’s will become life to death practitioners. Their contribution to the quality of life is immense. In work-related injuries as well as sports injuries therapy is often the last course of treatment utilized before the patient is released to return to work or return to sport.
Yes, in fact over the past 15 years due to advances in technology there have been varieties of scientific evidence validating efficacy of therapy treatment over surgery and invasive pain management interventions.
I.P. Pavlov said “Movement is life.” Our treatment is an intervention targeting variety of different structures and systems within a human body as well as their interactions within the human body and their interactions with the environment.
Yes, it is a synonym for physical rehabilitation. PT treatment falls under the physical medicine umbrella.
Some of the methods still practiced today date back to the ancient Greek culture. During European renaissance different methods of exercise were developed to treat orthopedic disorders.
What Type of Treatments Constitutes the Cornerstone of the Profession?
The cornerstone of physical therapy is therapeutic exercise. With the advancement of neuroscience and deeper understanding of the brain’s neuroplasticity more advanced methods are being developed. Some new methods are a fusion of the best parts of the older methods which have been clinically validated by therapeutic success over the years. Some of these methods are being improved and revised based on new scientific evidence. Our methods are strictly evidence based or based on new scientific discoveries. The skillful modern NYC physical therapist uses a combination of different approaches.
Our approach is based on the functional model and the dynamic fusion of manual medicine into rehabilitation medicine. We utilize the most advanced technology available. We have invested in this technology in order to deliver care which addresses the origin of the problem rather than the symptoms. With this technology, we can be precise with the functional movement diagnosis from a biomechanical as well as a neuromuscular perspective. We also utilize diagnostic musculoskeletal sonography to diagnose the structural pathology as well as monitor tissue healing. Our treatment is always precisely tailored to specific individual problem. This is only possible because of our experience and unique expertise in variety of different approaches.
Our experience with the DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization) – a breakthrough scientific method, allows us to integrate this reflex neuromotor CNS-based approach into the treatment of back pain, sports injuries and orthopedic disorders.
Dr. Karel Lewit (our mentor and the godfather of European school of manual medicine and rehabilitation) once said “Rehabilitation is time consuming and the time cannot be wasted.” With that in mind we have created a thoughtful and rational approach combining the most unique rehabilitation methods with modern therapy. Our therapeutic method is based on integration of the most scientifically proven, innovative approaches and techniques such as, Dr. Shirley Sahrmanns MSI and the DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation) by Dr. Pavel Kolar. This is in combination with our cutting edge technology such as CAREN (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment), force plate biofeedback training, AlterG antigravity treadmill, cold laser, and ESWT ( Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy).
Our approach is based on meticulous clinical evaluation of movement function using the most advanced and scientifically proven examination techniques and motion analysis technology.
Dr. Kalika’s experience goes back to working under one of the world’s leading physicians in the field of rehabilitation medicine Prof. Vladimir Janda of the renowned Czech School of Rehabilitation, who was also named by the Spine magazine as “the world’s leader in the field of physiotherapy and rehabilitation of the 20th century.”
Dr. Kalika’s proficiency in imaging with diagnostic ultrasound, his many years of experience working with leading European sports medicine and back care specialists, his knowledge in orthopedics and sports medicine allow him deeper understanding of medical diagnosis and its implications for the rehabilitation. This is a rare occurrence among the practitioners in the fields of musculoskeletal medicine. Knowledge of medical diagnostics is also rare among physical therapists and chiropractors, while the knowledge of functional medicine an understanding of movement is uncommon among medical doctors.
Our individualized approach and broad expertise in musculoskeletal dysfunctions has helped patients with variety of neuromuscular and orthopedic disorders. Among our Manhattan physical therapy patients are star Olympians, elite professional athletes, triathletes and NYC ballet dancers.
What Kind of Treatment Approaches Are Used at Our Manhattan Physical Therapy Facility?
We provide all types of PT treatments with emphasis on functional restoration.
We are very advanced in rehabilitation of sports specific repetitive trauma disorders as well back pain and rehabilitation of walking and lower kinetic chain disorders.
We provide technologically advanced treatment for patients with headaches and dizziness.
We use most advanced and effective modalities like Extra-corporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT).
At our Manhattan physical therapy location we specialize in many unique, cutting-edge manual and neurological approaches:
At DNR we make sure that every PT is trained in at least two approaches in the different fields of therapy such as: comprehensive manual therapy, sports injury, orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation.
We feel that establishing proper functional and structural diagnosis is a priority because it dictates the choice of technique or method, which should be, used in particular case, however; even then, not a single technique is either preferable or superbly efficient in itself. Over the years of practice we have learned to integrate various methods into optimally successful treatment protocols.
Most importantly, our goal is to put you on the road of recovery and enjoy pain free living.
Dr. Kalika, I just want to thank you and your incredible team for helping me recover and run the NYC marathon for the 30th time this coming Nov. 7th.
Jonas Hoegh-Christensen is a famous Danish sailor who has taken part in the Summer Olympics in 2004, 2008 and 2012. He became a men’s sailing champion Finn class in London. Now, Jonas, a holder of an Olympics Silver, is getting ready for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. He is thankful to Dr. Kalika that he has managed to resolve all Jonas’s issues quickly and easily. We will cheer for Jonas and hope that this time we will not miss out on the gold.
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