Treatment Approach: Step by Step
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For rehabilitation following an injury, postural and body mechanics training, enhancement of athletic performance, or for simply exploring your existing potential, IPA Manhattan Physical Therapists follow a consistent approach to ensure we understand your goals, provide you with the highest level of care, and make sure you are empowered with the knowledge to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
We have developed a series of medical questionnaires to guide our initial evaluation of your current condition and help us pinpoint the true root of pain caused by prior injury or existing habits. We also want to understand your goals. Is your primary goal to eliminate pain or enhance your function? As your treatment progresses, we'll continue to discuss and evaluate your goals. We hope to inspire full participation in order to achieve your optimum functional performance. We ask that prior to arriving you do your best to answer each question truthfully, which will make the most efficient use of our time. If you don’t have the opportunity to complete the questionnaire beforehand, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your initial consultation to do so.
Utilizing our revolutionary total body approach called Functional Manual Therapy™ (FMT), which thoroughly evaluates and treats your body’s mobility, neuromuscular function and daily strategies for posture and movement, we will perform a comprehensive examination of your medical history and current condition. Your initial visit will last 60 minutes and will be conducted by one of our advanced physical therapists. In order to ensure that there is time to get to treatment during the initial evaluation, it is imperative that all of the intake forms are filled out prior to your appointment, and that you arrive on time for your appointment. A treatment plan that outlines your goals, the frequency of treatment sessions, and a home exercise prescription will be developed. We encourage you to schedule regular treatment sessions at the frequency prescribed by your physical therapist as soon as possible to secure appointment availability.
Our one hour treatment sessions allows our physical therapists to individualize a treatment program for each patient and have enough time to focus on discovering and correcting the true source of your pain or dysfunction. You will be empowered with the knowledge of how to care for your body, make it work efficiently and prevent future injury. Even though many patients see and feel results within the first 1-3 visits, we’ve discovered that for most injury recovery and optimum performance goals, an average length of 60 days is the most effective timeframe for sustaining future performance and on-going injury prevention. Your physical therapist will tailor the number of treatment sessions based on your individual physical needs to achieve your optimal performance.
Following the completion of your first rehabilitation experience, we strongly recommend a 'tune-up' at 6 months, prior to engaging in new sports, or preceding any intensive future activity. This is all about ongoing injury prevention and ensuring your system continues to function efficiently. Similar to how you might view going to the dentist…a teeth cleaning is much easier to endure every 6 months than a root canal. A similar view should be considered regarding injury prevention and your physical health. Our 6-month 'tune-up' is both hands-on treatment and a check-in to ensure no new ailments or bad habits have reformed.
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