What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy involves the direct treatment of physical injuries. We work to assist people in returning to their previous functional status. The emphasis is always on the goals that the patient has in mind. This can be as simple as returning to daily activities, the physical demands of work or as advanced as retuning to sports. The goal of Physical Therapy is also to educate the individual on the underlying cause of their symptoms/injury in order to help them prevent a recurrence of problems in the future.
Who can benefit from Physical Therapy?
Our Physical Therapists work with individuals of all ages. When people think of Physical Therapy, they often think that it is only for individuals who have had an injury or surgery. We also work with individuals suffering from chronic aches and pains who have not had a specific injury.
What is involved in the Physical Therapy process?
Your Physical Therapist will use a very comprehensive approach in determining exactly what you will need to obtain the maximum benefit from your rehab. First, your therapist will do a thorough evaluation and then develop a customized plan of care that addresses all of these specific findings. A home exercise program is developed with your goals in mind. This home program is to be performed on a structured timeline provided by your therapist and must be adhered to in order to maximize your results. Please dress comfortably in loose fitting clothing to allow your therapist access to the affected part of you body.
How do I make an appointment?
All patients treated at Greater Austin Physical Therapy require a referral from one of our physicians. We have two offices located in Austin for your convenience. Our North office is located at 12701 FM 620 on the corner of 183 and 620 across from Lakeline Mall. The North PT office phone number is 512-401-8400. Our South office is located at 4310 James Casey suite 3B. It is off of 290/Ben White and 1st behind South Austin Hospital. The South PT office phone number is 512-441-6008.
Occupational Therapy/Certified Hand Therapy
Occupational therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and preventative or live better with illness, injury or disability.
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.
Jul 15, 2010