You don’t need to live with pain! If you have pain in your neck, back, hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists, or other part of your body – or if you suffer from brain disorders such as dizziness, vertigo, headaches, memory loss, and more – talk to a physical therapist at TurningPoint Medical Group right here in Colorado Springs, CO. Physical therapy (or PT) might be the right answer for you. Ultimately, we get you back to fully enjoying life pain-free!
The primary advantages of physical therapy (a.k.a. physical medicine or rehabilitation) can be lower costs, less pain, and faster recoveries. You might also avoid the need for surgery or medicines, in some cases. Of course, if you have surgery, physical therapy is commonly prescribed for a complete rehabilitation and recovery.
Also know that Colorado is a First Access state which means you can see a physical therapist to diagnose an injury or musculoskeletal condition. In many cases, physical therapy is covered by insurance. Of course, check with your insurance provider for coverage details.
To learn if physical therapy is right for you, let us help. Schedule your appointment at TurningPoint Medical Group Today! Your first consultation is provided at no cost or commitment.
Why Choose Our Colorado Springs Physical Therapy Clinic?
You have many choices when it comes to seeking medical treatment for an injury or disease. Physical therapy may not always be the right or only treatment. Therefore, it’s important for you to become an advocate for your own health care. Be sure you get the right diagnosis and the right patient care.
1. Hands-On Care – We Actually Touch You!
Likewise, at TurningPoint Medical Group, our physical therapists touch you. This is what we mean by ‘hands-on’ manual physical therapy. Similar to how a chiropractor touches you in order to adjust your spine, a physical therapist holds and moves parts of your body to determine what’s wrong and how to properly treat your condition.
2. Exclusive GyroStim Therapy to Treat the Brain!
Finally, we offer the very unique technology called GyroStim Therapy to repair and retrain the brain. The results have been nothing short of amazing. GyroStim therapy is proven to treat brain injuries and brain disorders with highly effective results. We are the only clinic in Colorado Springs with GyroStim and one of only a handful in the United States. We have patients come from all over the world for this new, life-changing treatment.
Watch Our Video
In this video, owner and physical therapist, Markus Ernst, explains the role physical therapy in your overall health care and what’s unique about TurningPoint Medical Group:
Overview: What is Physical Therapy?
There are 206 bones in the human body. We have 360 joints, 644 named muscles, and an estimated 7 trillion nerves that span 65,000-90,000 miles of sensation. The human body is a beautiful, complex structure – with many parts that can go wrong which causes disease or pain.
Physical therapy is a way to treat diseases and injuries without surgery or drugs. Our physical therapists treat your condition and ease your pain using treatments that have stood the test of time along with the latest technology. We help you recover after illness, injuries, or surgery. We also help with many chronic conditions, such as COPD, asthma, or arthritis.
Essentially, with physical therapy, we:
- mobilize joints
- stabilize joints
- relieve nerves
- stretch or strengthen muscles
- correct posture and static
- increase balance
- reduce pain
- retrain the brain
Physical therapy can help you avoid surgery and take fewer medications. It can also help your overall well-being and prevent new illness and injuries by helping you manage your health better. Our physical therapists help you increase your strength, range of motion, endurance, and mobility so you can carry out your daily tasks, perform your work duties, and get back to doing the things you enjoy.
Types of Rehabilitation
- Pediatric physical therapy helps children who have or are recovering from major health problems, such as cerebral palsy, scoliosis, or spina bifida. Pediatric physical therapists help children in many of the same ways they help adults, but they also pay attention to the special needs of growing and developing children.
- Sports therapy (or sports medicine) is a type of physical therapy that focuses on preventing injury and helping people who are already injured get back to the highest level of occupational, functional, and athletic performance possible. Sports therapy is not just for youth or professional athletes. Regardless of your age or athletic ability, sports therapy can help you get back into shape for training, athletic competition, or physical labor.
- Occupational therapy is often confused with physical therapy. Even though they have things in common, there is an important difference between them. Occupational therapy helps you relearn how to do your basic daily activities, or helps you find a new way to do them. Physical therapy helps you get back to the job of living, working, and playing by helping your body heal and making it easier for you to move and get around.
You can read a bit more about physical therapy and the role of a physical therapist at these websites:
Next, we explain how physical therapy actually works to heal the body.
How Does It Work?
Physical therapy restores your body’s movement function through specialized exercises, hands-on manual physical therapy, and a variety of specialized treatments, such as therapeutic ultrasound and electrical stimulation therapy. Physical therapy not only helps your body recover from illness or injury, it also helps to prevent future injuries and protect you from some types of illness. Your therapist may use exercise therapy, manual therapy, education, and other forms of therapy to help you recover.
Exercise therapy improves balance and coordination. It can also increase your strength, endurance, and flexibility. Your therapist prescribes specially designed exercises to target your particular injury or illness and also improve your overall fitness. Your therapist may also teach you exercises you can do at home.
Manual therapy is also called bodywork. Your therapist may use bodywork to help your body relax, increase your flexibility, and reduce your pain. Manual physical therapy might include techniques such as massage, mobilization, and manipulation. Your physical therapist may use massage to:
- relax tight muscles
- increase the blood circulation to specific areas of your body
- help ease your pain.
Mobilization is a hands-on technique used to improve flexibility and help realign affected body parts. Manipulation is another important treatment your therapist might use. During manipulation, careful pressure is applied to a joint.
Patient Education includes your physical therapist teaching you how to safely carry out your daily tasks and protect your body from being injured again. Also, your therapist can help you learn how to safely and effectively use a wheelchair, walker, or other assistive device. Maybe you have trouble with balance and coordination? Maybe you have weakness or vision loss? Your therapist can teach you how to make your living space safer.
Other therapies are used in physical therapy. Cold therapy can help ease pain, redness, and swelling. Heat therapy is often used to increase blood flow to muscles and other soft tissues. This encourages relaxation and healing. Electrical stimulation therapy has several uses in physical therapy. Two important uses for electrical stimulation are pain relief and muscle contraction. Ultrasound therapy relaxes tissues, increases circulation, and breaks down scar tissue. Finally, Water therapy is another option. Although, it has largely been replaced by newer treatments. Some physical therapists, however, still use water exercise to help their patients.
When to See a Rehabilitation Specialist
Physical therapists treat everyone from tiny infants to the elderly. Physical therapy may be right for you if:
- you have a health problem that causes you pain
- makes it hard for you to get around
- or causes you trouble doing your daily tasks
Our physical therapists help people with a wide range of injuries or illnesses that affect:
- soft tissues
- and tendons.
Additionally, physical therapy can help people with conditions that affect other areas of the body. This can include:
- and the spinal cord.
Physical therapy can very effectively help people recover from injuries. It can also help people with other health conditions. Physical therapists are a crucial part of the team that helps heart attack, stroke and cardiopulmonary patients recover. Physical therapy helps patients who have undergone certain surgeries to regain their strength and mobility. It also helps ease pain and reduce troublesome scar tissue. Other patients who can benefit from physical therapy include:
- people with muscle weakness
- balance problems
- traumatic brain injuries
- joint disease
- neurological disorders
- lung conditions
- or chronic back problems.
However, these are only a few examples. The list of people who can benefit from physical therapy is much longer. Some indications that you may need physical therapy include:
- pain that increases when you try to do more than normal
- pain that disrupts your quality of life
- an athletic injury that has lasted longer than two weeks
- numbness that has not improved after two or three weeks
- failure to get back to normal after surgery
- or an existing or newly diagnosed neurological disease.
Most patients have questions and concerns about their treatment. Your physical therapist will answer most of your questions during your first appointment. Here are the answers to some common questions that many new patients have:
Is Physical Therapy Covered by Insurance?
Insurance coverage varies from plan to plan. Some plans pay for more than others do. Our office will be happy to contact your insurance company to find out exactly what your plan will cover. However, your physical therapist will work to create a treatment plan that fits within your budget.
Do I Need A Doctor’s Referral?
Colorado is a ‘Direct Access State.’ Therefore, you do not need a physician’s referral. You can see a physical therapist as a first line of care for pain or an injury.
How Long Does It Take?
Physical therapy typically takes as few as six visits to as many as a dozen. However, we often see results quickly. Some patients may only need two or three visits. And then you’ll see noticeable improvement with each physical therapy appointment. Furthermore, completing your physical therapist’s treatment plan is an investment in a healthier, more functional life.
Do I Have to Do Rehabilitation Every Day?
You will not have to come to the rehabilitation clinic every day. Your physical therapist creates a custom plan that works with your schedule. However, your physical therapist may prescribe home exercises to help ease your pain and increase your mobility, strength and endurance. You should do these exercises regularly if you want to get the full benefit of physical therapy.
Does It Hurt?
Physical therapy should not be painful. You may have some mild soreness and swelling, but these are normal reactions that most people do not find troubling.
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
First, we ask questions and examine you. Your muscle strength, range of motion, and balance are evaluated during the examination. We also talk to you about your symptoms and how they impact your life. Next, based on all the information gathered in the examination, our physical therapist recommends a treatment plan for you.
- Your treatment plan focuses on 1.) increase your ability to move around, 2.) make you more flexible, 3.) improve your balance and coordination, and 4.) build up your strength and endurance.
- The first treatment you receive may focus on reducing your pain and decreasing swelling. As we talked about earlier, your therapist may use manual therapy to help your condition. Your therapist might also use cold therapy, heat therapy, water therapy, ultrasound therapy, or electrical stimulation therapy.
- Expect to move around. Exercise is one of the most powerful tools your physical therapist has. Therefore, exercise is included in most physical therapy treatment plans. Exercises range from walking to stretching, to core-strengthening exercises, to weightlifting. Your therapist may also prescribe exercises for you to do at home to ease your pain and help your condition.
- Finally, on the day of your appointment, wear or change into comfortable clothing that fits loosely. T-shirts, shorts, and sweatpants are great choices. Avoid office or street wear such as tailored blouses, work shirts, and long pants. Don’t wear high heels, dress shoes, or sandals to therapy. Instead, choose shoes with good support, such as gym shoes.
Insist on World-Class Physical Therapy in Colorado Springs, CO
Your search for “physical therapy colorado springs” is over. But maybe you still have questions? Maybe you’re still not sure if physical therapy is right for you? Well, it doesn’t hurt or cost a thing to get answers. Schedule a free consultation with one of our fully credentialed Colorado Springs physical therapists. During the consultation, your physical therapist asks you questions and completes an evaluation to determine the best plan of care.