At Symmetry Physical Therapy we provide a wide range of services to help you to find your balance in health. We take pride in the clinical experience that we provide and work hard to make sure that you always receive the highest quality of care while in our clinic. We are pleased to offer expertise in the following areas:
Orthopedic Physical Therapy
At Symmetry Physical Therapy, our expertise is in orthopedics – the treatment of musculoskeletal issues that impact movement.
Our evaluation process goes beyond the typical localized assessment of pain to also examine the additional effects that an injury or illness can have on posture and global body movement. We also take care to explore the various possible causes of the immediate problem that brings a client to our office – some of which may be rooted in mechanical patterns that have existed for a prolonged period of time.We treat bones, joints and muscles, in a manner that recognizes the global relationships between parts of the body and between different body systems. We understand that injury to one body part not only affects that specific structure, but also the way that the whole body moves.
Effectively treating global musculoskeletal function results in better rehabilitation outcomes and reduces the risks of repeated injury.
The core of our care at Symmetry is hands-on treatment. We incorporate a wide variety of manual therapies into each therapy session, which may include joint mobilization, soft-tissue release techniques, nerve mobilization, assisted movements and stretching, or high-velocity ‘thrust’ manipulations. Enabling joints and muscles to move without restriction allows the body to attain optimal mobility. Restoring normal movement in an area that has been too loose or too stiff also has a significant impact on decreasing pain. Physical therapy research is consistently demonstrating that the use of manual therapy generates good treatment results, particularly when combined with specifically designed programs of activity and movement. We utilize this ‘Best Practice’ as the basis for virtually all of our patient care.
Knowledge is power. It is our belief that a good understanding of how the body works and why a treatment regimen may be recommended is key to achieving a good result in therapy. Knowing what is going wrong when a body is injured, as well as how it is designed to recover, enables the design of efficient and effective treatments. Your therapist at Symmetry will incorporate individualized education into a comprehensive rehabilitation program, to help each patient to understand the how and the why of treatment. Enabling patients to become active participants in treatment creates better short-term therapy results as well as improved long-term health and function.
At Symmetry we also make an effort to educate our patients about relevant news regarding physical therapy, health and fitness. We invite patients to follow our blog and other media updates for information about current events, research findings, and also local and national policy issues that affect public health.
Symmetry PT provides pre-season baseline screenings, preventative care and post-injury management of concussion. A Concussion is a type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that occurs when the head is jolted – either by a direct force or by a blow to the body that results in a jerking action of the head and neck. If a concussion has occurred, appropriate management is critical. Rest is important for recovery. Physical activity should be resumed gradually, under controlled circumstances. Education should be provided to patients and their families regarding prevention of further injury and safe guidelines for return to normal activity.
Our global healthcare system is progressively recognizing that maintaining health and wellness is advantageous in comparison to simply treating disease and dysfunction. People stay healthier when they get regular medical and dental check-ups and screen for possible disease periodically, according to their individual risk factors and family history of illness. Symmetry Physical Therapy believes that physical health can be similarly responsive to consistent ‘maintenance’. Regularly evaluating items such as body weight, strength, flexibility, and cardiopulmonary fitness can help patients get started on or modify activities or exercise programs that can create ongoing musculoskeletal health. At Symmetry, we offer several different Wellness Screenings – modified for particular patient goals. If you are a young athlete getting ready for a season of play, a working-age adult hoping to attain or maintain fitness, or an older adult wanting to maintain good balance and agility during daily activities – we have an assessment that will provide you with a ‘snapshot’ of your individual strengths and areas for improvement.
The temporomandibular joint, or ‘TMJ’, is a strong but also very mobile connection between the jaw and the skull on each side of the head.
Due to its proximity to the ear and to the cervical spine, problems with the TMJ can create a wide variety of pain and mechanical problems – not just in the jaw area, but also in the head, face, or neck. TMJ problems can also cause ear aches or symptoms such as ringing in the ears. A specially trained physical therapist can effectively treat the TMJ and also work in conjunction with other medical practitioners such as dentists or ear, nose, & throat specialists to find personalized solutions that can decrease and eliminate TMJ-related pain. Symmetry Physical Therapy offers TMJ treatment as a part the clinic’s specialty spine rehabilitation program, with a therapist that has over a decade of experience treating patients with TMJ disorders.