What to expect with your initial evaluation?
On your first appointment the evaluation will consist of an interview portion where you will be asked questions about your injury to better diagnose your injury, the second part of your evaluation will be the examination portion. During this portion, the following may be done if appropriate, special tests, Range of motion, manual muscle testing, joint mobility testing, palpation, cranial nerve and dermatome testing, reflex testing. Following the testing you will be given a full plan of care and a home exercise program will be reviewed with you, mobilizations/manipulations may be performed on initial visit if necessary.
Some of the Evidence Based Therapeutic Treatments We Offer:
All of the interventions performed are based from evidence based research put into practice to provide each client with the highest quality of care.
Therapeutic Exercise/ Home Exercise Program
The home exercise program (HEP) is very important, each patient will be given an individualized plan with frequency specified to each person and their injury. Patients’ HEP will be updated periodically throughout the patient’s plan of care. Client will receive electronic or printed copy of HEP depending on client preference. Therapeutic exercises can include flexibility, strengthening, and stabilization exercises. Home exercise program and treatment can also include balance and gait training for improved patient outcomes.
Dry Needling With Electrical Stimulation
Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Dry needling can inhibit the transmission of pain signals in our spinal cord, reduce inflammation and promote the release of the body’s own pain-relieving chemicals. It is a common misconception that dry needling is like acupuncture. Although the tool we use is similar in that it is a very thin needle, the evaluation process, treatment and goals of the technique are very different from acupuncture. Our physical therapist will fully evaluate the function of your neuromuscular system to determine what tissues are contributing to your painful limitations and apply the dry needling techniques to improve healing, decrease pain and increase your ability to perform activities without limitations. https://www.choosept.com/health-centers/dry-needling
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
This intervention utilizes Stainless steel instruments that allow clinicians to detect and affect scar and fascial restrictions, increase blood flow to the area, cause re-organization of scar tissue, facilitate ligament healing, and reduce increased muscle tone. A trained clinician will use a specially designed tool to help assist with treatment over areas within the muscle, tendon or scar tissue. Patients can expect improvement of function after one to four treatments. Patients with a wide variety of symptoms related to chronic pain, muscle spasm or scar tissue buildup may benefit from IASTM.
The benefits of cupping include local pain relief and muscle relaxation. Cupping also improves
overall health by increasing blood flow to a particular muscle region and releasing myofascial
restrictions throughout the body. The results are reduced pain and tension. Cupping is a highly
effective treatment when incorporated in a program, which includes manual therapy, massage
and myofascial release techniques. It is quick, effective and a pain free option to help reduce
myofascial pain symptoms.
Meet the Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Ayana Graham, PT, DPT, DN.CERT
She has over 6 years of experience as a physical therapist and is passionate about helping
others regain physical functions, decreasing pain to allow them to live the best life possible.
Read more about her in the about us tab.
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