Physical Therapy In Alpharetta
What is physical therapy? It is defined as “the treatment of disease or injury by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise, rather than by drugs or surgery.”
At Alliance Sports Medicine in Alpharetta, GA, we truly believe that physical therapy can be life-changing. Our interventions are designed to improve mobility and balance, reduce or eliminate pain, aid in rehabilitation, prevent injury and improve general health. In some cases, physical therapy, also known as sports medicine, can assist clients enough to avoid the need for invasive surgery altogether.
What is physical therapy?
According to the American Physical Therapy Association as of 2022, there are 545,386 physical therapists in the U.S. These individuals are highly educated, attending accredited programs with a minimum of 4-6 years of training in the field of biology, nutrition and medical science. Physical therapists possess extensive knowledge of the body and its movements.
Physical therapy and sports medicine services assist patients in developing, maintaining and ultimately restoring maximum body movement and function. This non-invasive discipline can be utilized by patients of all ages, at any stage in life, to improve health and mobility. Often times a PT doctor is recommended when an individual is recovering from surgery or an injury. However, physical therapy is also beneficial for managing chronic medical conditions, relieving pain, preventing future injury and restoring vitality.
Physical therapists are trained, licensed movement experts, who can diagnose and treat a range of injuries, disabilities and health conditions. At Alliance Sports Medicine, our goal is to maximize range of bodily motion and improve quality of life for our clients.
Different Types of Professional Physical Therapy
Manual Therapy encompasses a multitude of skills that our therapists have received advanced training for. Manual Therapy includes spinal mobilization and manipulation, joint mobilization, myofascial release, and muscle energy technique. Manual Therapy is most successful in an unhurried, one on one environment, and by an experienced practitioner.
Functional Dry Needling
Functional Dry Needling is utilized by our physical therapist of myofascial pain and trigger point release. Extensive training is required in the state of Georgia to perform this technique. While an acupuncture needle is used to gain access to the muscle, functional dry needling is not acupuncture and is not based on eastern medicine.
Our Physical Therapists have over 20 years experience as your exercise experts. Whether you are just entering into a fitness program or a triathlete looking to improve performance, our trained eyes will guide you through a logical and effective exercise program that is evidence based.
Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Our physical therapists are highly specialized to treat orthopedic and sports medicine problems. You will have access to our board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) as you progress through yo8ur recovery. We work with Atlanta’s finest sports medicine and orthopedic physicians to deliver excellent coordinated care.
Redcord is a suspension system that is used to offload painful and dysfunctional areas of your body so that you can successfully perform and exercise a joint(s) that may otherwise be impossible without compensation. Neurac is the physical therapy version of Redcord which requires advanced training.
Spine and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
Our physical therapists are leaders in their field for the treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and have co-authored both books and articles on the condition. We regularly teach courses to other physical therapists on our treatment method. We have successfully rehabilitated patients from around the world with SIJD.
Blood Flow Restriction Training
Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR), is a safe and effective training technique used to increase muscular size and strength using a FDA-approved tourniquet system. Weight training with BFR can recreate the stimulus of heavy resistance training except very low weight is used during the exercise. Growth in the muscle tissue can occur in as little as two weeks. BFR is great for post-surgical patients who have not been able to regain muscle strength with conventional physical therapy or athletes looking to increase power and strength.
What to expect?
Generally speaking, an initial evaluation is the first step when beginning physical therapy. This includes an examination and a review of medical history. Often times, this is the point in which a clinical diagnosis and prognosis can be determined. Collectively, the information gathered helps to guide the creation of a treatment plan outlining both short and long term goals. Once physical therapy treatment is underway, progress will be monitored at various intervals. At any point, the treatment plan may be altered, typically based on goal achievement and progress results. Additionally, most physical therapy practitioners will provide recommendations, including exercises, that can be accomplished at home.
The highly trained physical therapy specialists at Alliance Sports Medicine offer traditional physical manipulation, also referred to as manual therapy. This approach includes spinal mobilization and manipulation, joint mobilization, myofascial release, and muscle energy technique. We also offer the following service options: Functional Dry Needling, Exercise Performance, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Redcord and Neurac suspension treatments, Spine and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction treatments and Blood Flow Restriction Training.
Locating a knowledgeable physical therapist near you may seem like a challenge. However, if you live in, or near, Alpharetta we would be pleased to assist you on your wellness journey. We have a number of healing services from Chiropractic to Hydromassage Beds The experienced doctors at Alliance Sports Medicine would be honored to support you in enhancing your quality of life. Reach out today with any questions you may have, or to schedule an appointment.