Physical Therapy In Delray Beach

Through a combination of different techniques, our physical therapists here at Basis Medical’s Delray Beach physical therapy center are dedicated to creating a plan that targets your problem areas, helps retrain your body to heal properly, and function as it did prior to the injury so that you get back on your feet in no time.


What Is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is widely known for the treatment of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, and respiratory disorders as well as a wide range of injuries. This could include injuries due to illness, sport, or accidents along with surgical or age-related injuries. The main focus of physical therapy is to physically rehabilitate patients and combines regular in-person and at-home strengthening and stretching exercises to increase mobility, range of motion, flexibility, and overall quality of life. Physical therapy also looks to decrease pain, restore function, and promote a return to sport or job within a timely manner.


Benefits of Physical Therapy

The benefits of physical therapy are multifaceted in that they can manage pain, restore function, and return patients to a better quality of life. Physical therapists consult with their clients to create specialized plans that meet their individual needs and expectations, and with each appointment, those plans are evaluated and modified based on the client’s progress. It often takes a series of appointments to reach the client’s desired end-goal, and continuing exercises at home and after the end of treatment is also important in achieving and maintaining recovery. The two main ways that physical therapy can be utilized are for the recovery or rehabilitation of an injury to the body or for preventative care against future injuries.


Recovery & Rehabilitation

Physical therapists can aid in the recovery and rehabilitation process by helping you work to improve and restore movement and function to an injured area. This is especially important after surgeries or after long periods of immobilization where the body is prevented from engaging in a particular movement as that area heals. Physical therapy is known to help manage and reduce pain as well as symptoms of chronic conditions and diseases. In many cases, it can be used to decrease, prevent, or improve symptoms of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, and some cancers. Physical therapy plays a vital role in many athletes’ lives where the recovery of injuries determines playtime. It is also used widely and effectively in helping someone regain mobility after a stroke.


Preventative Treatment

Because physical therapy improves overall health, wellness, and fitness through education, demonstration, and hands-on work with licensed therapists, it can be used in the prevention of future injury. Through increased independence and less reliance on others for mobility, physical therapy helps to strengthen problem areas and promote increased balance which is key to preventing future falls or injuries, especially in older patients. And this can also lead to an increased quality of life for those older patients as well. Physical therapy can prevent the need for some surgeries that involve tears in the muscle, tears in the rotator cuff, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disk disease. By preventing these surgeries, it is easier for the patient to recover fully and get back to their full range of mobility quicker. Physical therapists also offer body mechanics education to prevent work injuries.


Physical Therapy Services Offered at Basis Medical

The services we offer at Basis Medical expand across multiple disciplines to create the most effective treatment plan for you. We offer:

    • Hands-on Manipulation: Similar to chiropractic treatments that realign the neck and spine to ease pain and promote healing, this can also be classified as hands-on mobilization which is a gentler realignment process for more severe injuries and for elderly patients with more fragile bones.
    • Exercises and Stretches: Learned while the patient is with the therapist, these treatments enable our clients to perform these on their own at home or at work in a safe and effective way.
    • Electrical Stimulation: Used to target specific muscles to restore function after periods of no movement due to surgeries, this can also be used as a form of pain control.
    • Traction Therapy: Helps to alleviate pressure and realign the neck and spine through manipulation, this can help ease pain associated with pinched nerves and herniated discs.
    • Massage Therapy: Targets deep tissues and is important for healing sports injuries and muscle reconstruction.
    • Hot and Cold Therapy: Helps relieve inflammation and pain in the muscles. The heat relaxes the muscles if they are constricted or seized up and the cold constricts blood vessels to reduce swelling and inflammation.
    • Ultrasound Therapy: Used to promote circulation deep within the muscle tissues and is most helpful for injured ligaments.
    • Laser Therapy: Able to reduce inflammation, pain, and promote healing.


Is Physical Therapy Right For Me?

If you are experiencing pain from a sports injury, an accident, a fall, or generalized aches and pains, it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible to start a treatment plan. The first visit will include an examination of the body and of your medical history to determine possible injuries and what the best plan of care moving forward will be. Some physical therapists can refer you to a testing center to receive X-Rays or other forms of testing for more conclusive determinations of the injuries as well which enables the most effective plan.

In some cases, you would need a referral from a physician in order to obtain physical therapy treatment, however, Florida is a direct access state which means that you are able to go directly to a physical therapist for 30 days without a referral. Following that 30 days, the physical therapist will need their treatment plan to be approved by a healthcare provider. This allows patients to seek immediate treatment without having to wait to see a physician first, and it can enable the healing process much to begin sooner.

At our Delray Beach physical therapy center, we offer a variety of testing techniques and examinations that are easy and can determine what injuries you may have, what types of pain it may be causing, and how best to treat it. Consultations are the best way to decide whether physical therapy is right for you, especially if the injuries are not visible or appear to have no cause.