Physical Therapy in Austin TX
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy involves the direct treatment of physical injuries. Here at Greater Austin Physical Therapy our top notch physical therapists work to assist people in returning to their previous functional status. Our emphasis is always on the goals that the patient has in mind, which can be as simple as returning to daily activities and the physical demands of work, or as advanced as retuning to various sports activites. Another goal of physical therapy is to educate the patient on the underlying causes of their symptoms and/or injuries in order to help them prevent a recurrence of problems in the future.
Who can benefit from physical therapy?
Our physical therapy specialists work with individuals of all ages. One common misconception when people think of physical therapy is that they often think that it is only for individuals who have had an injury or surgery; however, physical therapy is also beneficial for 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 comprehensive approach in determining exactly what you will need to obtain the maximum benefit from your physical rehabilitation. First, your therapist will do a thorough evaluation, and then they will develop a customized plan of care that addresses all of your specific issues. Your therapist will also develop a home exercise program with your specific 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 a physician. We have two offices located in South Austin for your convenience. Our South Office is located at 4310 James Casey St., Suite 3B. It is just off of 290/Ben White and directly behind South Austin Hospital. Our South PT Office phone number is (512) 441-6008. Our Southwest Office is located at 5625 Eiger Rd., Suite 160. Our therapists share space with McKinley Chiropractic in suite 160 and they are located directly across the hall from our physicians office. Our Southwest PT Office phone number is (512) 401-0700. Our offices are open extended hours throughout the week, opening as early as 7 am and closing as late as 7 pm for your conveinience. So call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our exceptional therapists.
Certified Hand Therapy / Occupational Therapy
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 CHT 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.
Specialized hand therapy includes rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. Our Certified Hand Therapist uses specialized skills in a patient’s assessment and treatment with the goal of restoring function and improving an individual’s ability to execute tasks and better participate in activities of daily living.
The intricate anatomy of the hand and arm frequently requires a higher level of competence offered by a CHT.
Conditions that a CHT commonly provides treatment for may include, but are not limited to:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Wounds & Scars
Nervous System Injuries