Our Approach to Physical Therapy
At Harmeling Physical Therapy and Sports Fitness, we feature:
- Quick access
- Comprehensive evaluations
- Personalized treatment plans based on the patient's needs and goals
- Careful, thorough education of the patient about all aspects of his/her condition.
When we opened our office in 1988, we did so with one goal in mind: to bring an aggressive, educational approach to rehabilitating patients' injuries. We recognize that our patients want to recover from their injuries as quickly as possible. Rather than sitting home, they want to be at work, at school, playing sports, enjoying activities with their children, and doing so with confidence.
Our approach includes a thorough initial assessment, focusing on a detailed history, orthopedic, biomechanical and neurological evaluations and a complete analysis of the patient's condition. We evaluate not only the area of symptomatic complaint, but also all related movement areas in both the spine and extremities.
Upon completing this initial assessment, we present a plan of action to the patient. This plan is designed to help the patient regain normal movement and function as quickly as possible. It involves what the patient needs to do (or not to do) at home as well as what will happen in the clinic.
We realize that, just as important as the therapeutic decisions, is the interpersonal relationship between the therapist and the patient. This relationship is vital in helping the patient achieve maximum results. For this reason, we work hard to provide an "environment of care," in which we strive to educate, and empower the patient to manage his or her condition.
Our physical therapy is exercise-based. While we use certain physical agents (massage, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, etc.) to relieve acute pain, it is the application of appropriate, progressive exercise that achieves the desired long-term solution to the problem.