Your physical therapy will start with a full body postural assessment. This assessment will include examining your ROM in multiple joints in your neck, shoulders, ribcage, lumbar spine, hips, pelvis, and knees. A strength assessment will also occur to test for muscle activation and positioning. A diaphragm test will also be performed to assess your diaphragm activation and position. Additional functional movement tests may be done to see how your joints are working together.
Once we find those faulty movement areas, we will work on repositioning. I will help you learn how to move correctly, clean up your underlying biomechanics so the painful area will subside, and then help you strengthen and condition so you will better than ever!
I specialize in the treatment of orthopedic injuries. Some diagnoses include:
- IT Band Pain
- Hip impingement
- Disc Problems (Bulging, compression, herniation)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shoulder impingement
- Rotator cuff injury
- Muscle strains/sprains
- Stress injuries/repetitive injuries
- Shoulder blade pain
- Knee arthritis/meniscus tears
Your initial evaluation will last between an hour and an hour and a half. It will be completely one-on-one and will entail a full body assessment looking at physical movement and hands on passive mobility. Any follow up visits will also be completely one-on-one and will last either 30 minutes or 1 hour depending on your choice and your plan that we develop together. You will only work with the physical therapist, I have no assistants or technicians.
Don’t have a diagnoses? Haven’t been to the doctor? No problem. In most cases, a referral in not required. I am licensed to assess, treat, and refer as needed. In fact, musculoskeletal conditions are my specialty, so why wouldn’t I be your first line of treatment?
Want to improve your performance, agility, mobility? A postural assessment can be the difference for you! This wellness-type visit is designed to catch any postural/muscular deficits before they become an issue! I will also work with your trainer to discuss exercises and treatments to help correct specific muscle imbalances and patterns that are flagged for potential injury. Correcting imbalances will improve your power, speed, and endurance.
Sure, I might not know your specific sport, but I know biomechanics. Looking deeper into your biomechanics and working with your coaches and trainers will only further develop your skills. I have improved clients’ baseball throws, golf swings, ballet control, running times, horseback riding posture, and even a fisherman’s cast! All by looking at underlying biomechanical positions and muscle coordination.
If you think I am the one that can help you get better, but are unable to make it to beautiful Charleston, SC for an assessment, then I can help you online! Thanks to amazing technology such as Facetime, telehealth is a new and upcoming trend that gives individuals access to their favorite providers, regardless of their distance. To learn more about my online services, click here at Online FAQ.
Do I need a referral?
In most cases, no. You do not need a referral from a physician to be seen by a physical therapist. Per South Carolina state guidelines, you can be treated by a physical therapy for 30 days without a doctor’s referral. However, if you have Medicare, Tricare, or your insurance requires authorization, you will need a referral to be treated for physical therapy. Wellness and performance assessments do not require a referral because they are not reimbursable by insurance.
Do you accept insurance?
Joint Effort Physical Therapy is considered a hybrid clinic, meaning we are in network with some insurances, but are also a cash-based practice. We are uniquely specialized, and some treatments performed are not covered by insurance. This doesn’t mean that your therapy will cost more money! Many insurances have high deductibles and co-pays, and many physical therapy practices will want you attending 2-3 times per week. Because of the specialized, one-on-one, hands on attention you receive at every session, more often than not, you won’t need to be seen as often. We strive to get you as independent with managing your symptoms as quickly as possible so you can go on your way!