Frequently Asked Questions – Physical Therapy

What is physical therapy?

Physical Therapy is a health profession that combines skilled manual therapy and therapeutic modalities with therapeutic exercise to rehabilitate the body, restoring maximal mobility and optimal mechanical motion, as well as provide preventative care. A physical therapist performs a comprehensive analysis of movement, which includes identifying joints dysfunction, tissue limitations, muscular imbalances and structural pathologies. In order to assist patients, physical therapists use a variety of methods to create changes in tissue and movement patterns to ultimately restore function.

What diagnoses can be helped with physical therapy?

There are many factors that can impair a person’s abilities and functions, which can significantly impact one’s quality of life. Physical Therapy can help significantly with a wide variety of health conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injuries, neurological diseases, arthritis, surgery or an injury, which can all limit the body’s ability to function optimally. At Manalapan Spine & Physical Therapy Center, our staff is trained to evaluate each person and design an individualized treatment plan to allow each patient to return to activities important in their lives.

What makes Manalapan Spine & Physical Therapy Center different from other physical therapy facilities?

Manalapan Spine & Physical Therapy Center is committed to providing a comprehensive approach to pain relief and rehabilitation. Unlike most of the physical therapy facilities out there, at Manalapan Spine & Physical Therapy Center, our patients are not just a number. You will always receive one on one care with the same therapist on every visit. Our skilled therapists are expertly trained to provide the latest treatment techniques for any and all health conditions requiring physical therapy.

What kind of education do your physical therapists have?

At Manalapan Spine and Physical Therapy Center, all of our physical therapists are board certified, licensed health care professionals. Prior to practicing they must obtain a Master and/or Doctorate of Physical Therapy from an accredited education program and pass their state board exams to be licensed. They have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, neurological sciences, disease and injury pathophysiology in addition to skilled therapeutic treatment application. In addition, physical therapists attend continuing education courses to stay abreast of the latest medical developments and treatment approaches.

How long does a therapy session last?

At Manalapan Spine & Physical Therapy Center, treatment sessions generally last about one hour. The frequency and amount of visits you will receive is determined by your referring physician.

What should I wear to my physical therapy appointments?

Loose, comfortable clothing is ideal. This will insure maximum movement and will not inhibit your therapist in any way.

What do I need to bring to my first physical therapy appointment?

The first time you come to Manalapan Spine & Physical Therapy Center for physical therapy, you will need to bring your insurance card and co-payment if you have one. If you already have a prescription for physical therapy, bring that as well. We also have a licensed Chiropractic physician on staff who can provide you with a prescription for physical therapy treatment, if necessary.

Do I need to see a physician before I can receive physical therapy?

No, it is not necessary. If you feel that physical therapy is a treatment option you would like to pursue, we have a licensed Chiropractic physician on staff who can examine you and provide you with a valid prescription for treatment.

What can I expect when I come to Manalapan Spine & Physical Therapy Center for my first physical therapy visit?

Manalapan Spine & Physical Therapy Center provides a modern, friendly atmosphere to our patients. You can expect to be greeted with courtesy and a smile, and always treated with respect. On your first visit, you will be thoroughly evaluated and provided with a comprehensive treatment plan to best suit your needs.

What can a physical therapy program do for me that I cannot do on my own?

Many patients may think that they know how to properly exercise, manage their pain and rehabilitate themselves. I have commonly been given explanations from patients for why they do not need therapy – for example, “I can just do these exercises at home or the gym” or “I know what is causing this, because my neighbor had the same thing so I will just do what she did” and attempt to manage themselves.

A physical therapist is a specialist skilled and educated specifically in proper rehabilitation. They are continually educated to manage different dysfunctions, differentiate one dysfunction/injury from another and work closely with the referring physician in the development of a rehabilitation program specifically designed for each individual.

The other important aspect to remember with physical therapy is that each individual is different. We all have different types of bodies, different patterns of movement, alignments and habits. A Manalapan Spine & Physical Therapy Center physical therapist, along with their trained staff, monitors each individual and attempts to correct improper movements, alignments and habits.

Most importantly with therapy comes education. Because of healthcare guidelines and reimbursement changes, your physician may not have the time needed to explain exactly what your injury/dysfunction/disability is and why/how it occurred. Your therapist is specialized in this and many times is the person who will educate you about the specifics of your problem and what the course of action will be to correct it and hopefully prevent it from reoccurring. PT focuses on education, correction and prevention.