Services at ATS
Physical and Occupational services include, but are not limited to the following:
PRE- AND POST-OPERATIVE CARE
Multi-faceted intervention following evidence/research based guidelines for both pre- and post-operative orthopedic procedures. Areas of focus include all joints in both the upper and lower extremities as well as the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
CUSTOM FOOT ORTHOTICS
These orthotics assist with providing proper alignment of the foot/ankle and lower extremities to prevent or correct foot deformities, or to improve the functions of the foot and the entire lower extremity.
This can identify problem areas leading to tendonitis, bursitis, joint inflammation and related issues resulting in pain and inability to perform desired tasks and /or sport.
Manual therapy of the upper and lower extremity joints, as well as for the spine is utilized to increase blood flow, provide proper anatomical alignment, nerve health, and to increase range of motion or flexibility by following evidence- and research-based guidelines.
The clinicians at Advanced Therapy Solutions have a unique approach, utilizing influences by Maitland, Cyriax, McKenzie and Mulligan. Manual therapy usually includes, but is not limited to:
- Joint Mobilization/Manipulation – A direct mobilization technique of the affected and symptomatic joint to address pain and stiffness.
- Soft Tissue Mobilization – These are techniques performed on the muscles, tendons, ligaments and capsules to eliminate spasm, trigger points, adhesions (scar tissue) to restore normal tissue length or to diminish pain and soft tissue restrictions.
- Neurodynamics (Neural Mobilization) – Specialized mobilization techniques to restore normal gliding and flexibility of potentially irritable nerve tissue.
Most back pain is caused by muscle strain, awkward lifting of heavy objects, bad posture, weak core muscle strength and general poor overall conditioning. These factors can cause both sudden back pain and intermittent back pain that comes on slowly over time. (According to the Mayo Clinic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Current evidence and research indicate that four out five people have had back pain at some point in their life. The direct cost of treatment for low back pain is upwards of $50 billion a year according to the Archives of Internal Medicine (February 2010).
The therapists at Advanced Therapy Solutions are experienced in the non-surgical treatment of bone and joint, tendon and muscle conditions. They can help patients recover using hands-on physical therapy and supervised, targeted exercise. In addition they also teach patients how to prevent injuries and how to manage ongoing musculoskeletal problems.
The Spine Care Philosophy at Advanced Therapy Solutions:
We help find solutions to easy or complex spine problems by working closely with your doctor. Regardless of whether you are a post-surgical or non-surgical spinal patient, our therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation on your first visit and develop an individualized program based upon your needs and functional goals. The physical therapist will incorporate both manual therapy techniques as well as a therapeutic exercise progression into most treatment programs.
In the July 2006 issue of the Clinical Journal of Pain, researchers found that patients who were seen by a physical therapist within two days of injury or pain reported less pain after six months than patients who waited four weeks before receiving therapy. Bottom line: seeing a physical therapist quickly means less pain in the long run.
The Goals of Physical Therapy in Spine Care:
- Reduce any postural shifts that a patient may display.
- Down regulate the nervous system that might be “buzzing” at higher levels.
- Eliminate or reduce radiating symptoms into the arms or legs.
- Restore normal range of motion in the spine.
- Increase muscle length, when needed, through a stretching program.
- Increase the strength and endurance in local stabilizing musculature.
- Functional strength and endurance training to help return you to daily activities, work and sport.
Which Spine Conditions do we treat?
Patients who have acute and chronic low-back, mid back and neck pain, muscle-tension headaches, pain radiating into arms or legs, general arthritic spine related pain complaints, lumbar spinal stenosis, and work-related spine pain may benefit from physical therapy at Advanced Therapy Solutions. In addition, post-surgery physical therapy is critical for successful and faster recovery from operations such as laminectomy and fusion procedures. Some more specific diagnosis that we treat include: spondylolisthesis, lumbar or cervical radiculopathies, facet joint dysfunction and sacroiliac pain.
Outcome or prognosis:
Multiple factors contribute to your prognosis for a full recovery. The extent of injury, whether this is an acute or chronic condition, the presence of additional health problems, co-morbidities, general activity and fitness level and patient motivation will all factor into your recovery. Although every patient is different, the therapists at ATS are dedicated to helping you return to your previous functional level.
SPORTS PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS
Our sports performance assessments can identify restrictions or deficits. They also assist in reducing the risk of injury and helping the athlete in their goal of reaching optimal levels of performance.
Anyone who has difficulty moving on land may find it easier to move in water. In order to determine whether aquatic therapy might be right for you, your physical therapist will do an initial evaluation. Once it is assessed that a patient can benefit from aquatic therapy, treatment sessions will mostly take place in the water, with the occasional session on land. The ultimate goal of aquatic therapy is to gain function which can be transferred to a land based program.
The benefits of aquatic therapy lie in the properties of the aquatic environment: resistance, buoyancy, pressure and temperature.
Air resistance is less than water resistance which means more muscles are utilized during a therapy session in the water than on land which helps improve strength and balance.
This property makes the body feel lighter which relieves joint stress during exercises, benefiting patients with arthritis and high levels of pain.
When submerged in the water the hydrostatic pressure helps decrease swelling, improves blood flow, and relieves joint stress. This property also helps to improve body awareness in space.
Warm water can help to relax tight muscles, improve circulation and relieve pain.
Aquatic therapy can be used to treat many medical conditions, such as chronic pain, low back pain, joint pain, as well as neurological and orthopedic injuries. Patients experience improved cardiovascular function and strength, less pain with normal activities, as well as improved balance and coordination.
You don’t have to be able to swim to participate in aquatic therapy, but it is important to be comfortable in the water.
Advanced Therapy Solutions provides aquatic therapy for their adult patient population at the indoor pool of the Hampton Inn, at 801 Spartan Boulevard, across from City Range restaurant, on the west side of Spartanburg.