What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is treatment to improve or restore the mobility you need to move forward with your life. If you are looking for possible alternatives to surgery and/or medication for pain, consider physical therapy. Physical therapists are licensed health care professionals who utilize intensive education and clinical expertise and apply scientific research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion. Physical therapists will examine, diagnose and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life.

Your physical therapist will develop an individualized plan for you to promote your ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. To help you, your physical therapist will teach you how to prevent or manage your condition and motivate you during your treatment to reach your health goals through fitness and wellness-oriented programs.

What is Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy?

Oregon Spine & Physical Therapy is one of only 90 clinics worldwide that are certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), also known as the McKenzie Method®. MDT is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is used by clinical practitioners and patients world-wide for back, neck and extremity problems. It is a comprehensive approach to the spine based on sound principles and fundamentals that when understood and followed properly are very successful.

There are three steps to success in the McKenzie Method:

  1. Unique to the McKenzie Method is a comprehensive and logical step-by-step process to evaluate the patient’s problem quickly. The mechanical examination can “classify” most patient conditions by the level of pain or limitations that result from certain movements. A McKenzie assessment can eliminate the need for expensive diagnostic and/or invasive procedures.
  2. McKenzie treatment prescribes a series of individualized exercises. The emphasis is on active patient involvement, which minimizes the number of visits to the clinic. Ultimately, most patients can successfully treat themselves when provided with the proper knowledge and tools.
  3. By learning how to self-treat the current problem, patients gain hands-on knowledge on how to minimize the risk of recurrence if it occurs. The likelihood of problems persisting can more likely be prevented through self-maintenance.

What can I do to prevent pain?

The goal of physical therapy is to reduce pain, restore function and educate patients on how to prevent pain from recurring. Physical therapists teach patients about proper body mechanics and posture along with exercises to stabilize and strengthen your joint or spine. Your physical therapist is highly trained in the mechanics of the human body and will work with you to determine the proper body positioning to help you reduce or prevent pain. You will be taught optimal positions and exercises that will help you control your pain.

Pain in knees, shoulders, necks…

Although our clinic’s name is Oregon Spine & Physical Therapy, our clinicians treat more than back problems. We provide treatment for many types of injuries as well as rehabilitative therapy after surgery. Our clinicians have expertise in:

  • Orthopedic and Sports Injuries
  • Back, neck, hip, knee, shoulder and ankle problems
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Injury Prevention for People Engaged in Sports and Fitness Programs
  • Employer Based Injury Prevention Programs