Our Physical Therapy Services
Pick PT has an incredible team of skilled, certified and experienced physical therapists at our Idaho Falls location. Our goal is to help people LIVE LIFE MOVING, there are a variety of issues that may be preventing you from living a life like that. We do our best to identify what is going on and creating a customized treatment plan to help improve your quality of life. Every patient we treat is unique but some of the conditions we frequently work with include but are not limited to the following:
Back Pain Relief
Back pain is an extremely common reason people come to Pick PT. Chronic or even just short term back pain can be debilitating. It can dramatically change an active and productive lifestyle into a sedentary one. This could easily lead to other problems that will negatively impact your life. If you have been suffering from back pain and live in here in the Idaho Falls area, come and chat with our physical therapists today. We’ve helped hundreds of others get back to a more fulfilling life and we can likely do the same for. We will take a holistic approach to your medical care and create a customized treatment plan just for you and your needs. At Pick PT, our goal is to help you LIVE LIFE MOVING! Don’t let back pain stop you from living life the way you want to.
Neck Pain Relief
People suffering from neck pain is another extremely common patient in our clinic. You never realize how much you turn your head until it becomes difficult or painful to do so. There are so many ways that neck pain can be caused. Our skilled staff of physical therapy professionals can help identify what may be causing your pain. In addition to creating a treatment plan for you, we’ll ask questions to try and identify what may be causing or contributing to your chronic neck pain. Sometimes there are small changes in your sleeping positions or daily habits that may be causing the pain outside of obvious injuries or accidents. Our physical therapist will help you strengthen certain groups of muscles to help support your body in better ways to reduce, mitigate or eliminate neck pain.
Chronic Pain Relief
Chronic pain of any kind is a sign that things just aren’t working the way they should be. In most situations, we can either help relieve or reduce the amount of pain to help give you a higher quality of life. When you come in to meet with our team, we will walk you through the full process, trying to identify what the true source of your pain is. Then from there, we assess what needs to be done to help relieve or reduce the pain you are experiencing. In many cases, the muscles aren’t quite firing the way they need to be or an area of the body needs to be strengthened. We can then create a treatment plan to get you well on your way to living a better life.
Chronic pain is anything lasting more than three months. Acute pain can evolve into chronic pain because the brain becomes overly sensitive to pain responses in the body. Therapy can assist with chronic pain by retraining the brain. Overcoming chronic pain is a multi-step process, but physical activity is one important aspect.
Accident or Injury Recovery
Car accidents, slips, trips, falls, and whatever else may have happened can leave you seriously hurt. Sometimes, the pain goes away with a little bit of time and the body will heal itself. In other situations, your body may need a little help recovering. That’s where Pick PT comes in. We have years of experience identifying and helping relieve pain in a variety of different situations. One of our biggest concerns after an accident is the risk of obtaining another injury while your body is in a weakened state. Physical therapy can speed up recovery time to get you back to normal life as soon as possible while also reducing the potential for secondary injury. At physical therapy you will strengthen and repair your body’s damaged tissues so that your body can heal in a healthy way. Physical therapy after accidents can also decrease your chances of needing surgery or need for prescribed pain medicines. Let us help you regain strength in your body’s normal and natural ways. Some common injuries we treat are: broken bones, whiplash, spine or tissue damage, stiffness and headache.
Many of our therapists participated heavily in athletics during high school and still currently play to this day. We know what enjoyment and satisfaction sports can bring to a person’s life. We also understand the difficulty and the pain athletic injuries can bring. We do our best to create a plan to get you back out on the field and feeling great. This plan will be catered to your specific needs depending on which sports you are involved in, and which movements are required for your position in that sport. Physical therapy can help athletes reach their full athletic potential by preparing and stretching the body to perform in the best and safest way possible. Therapy trains muscles to move correctly and strengthens them to reach full capability. With sports medicine you can not only rehabilitate an injury, but you could also prevent serious injury from ever occurring. You don’t need to wait until you are injured to see a therapist. Muscle weakness is often a good enough diagnosis for a doctor to recommend therapy.
Athletic Performance Conditioning
One of the great advantages Pick PT’s Idaho Falls location is that it is located within a fitness and performance gym. This means that we easily have access to world-class fitness and conditioning equipment. Dr. Pickering and our other physical therapists can help athletes improve their overall sports performance. We can also develop a training regiment to build and strengthen our patients. We cannot entirely prevent but our athletic conditioning programs can reduce the likelihood of injuries later. The therapists at Pick PT are anxious to help you set and attain specific athletic goals that meet the needs and demands of your specific sport and position. Some of the most common improvements we see are with stability, speed and agility.
The time and what a person does after a surgery occurs is important. It’s important that proper therapy happens to help the body appropriately recover. If it doesn’t it could negatively impact other portions of the body. Therapy after surgery helps improve blood circulation which is a great tool to aid with proper healing. Having decent circulation to the repaired area can also reduce inflammation which can cause pain and other issues. Regaining mobility and muscle function is also a top priority after surgery. Your therapist may request access to imaging that has been done before and after the procedure in order to better know exactly what exercises and stretches will benefit you. Regardless of which area of the body was operated on, your therapist will most likely focus on core exercises, because whenever a muscle is compromised it is important to have a strong core so you do not end up overcompensating and pulling other muscles as a result.
Dizziness is often caused by crystals in the inner ear that can be maneuvered by the physical therapist to a different position that will cause less vertigo. If crystals are the issue, then physical therapy is more effective than any other treatment. In older adults over 65 falls are a concern. Improving balance can help decrease the chance of a fall. Our physical therapists can help you strengthen your legs and improve overall mobility as well as balance which will not only decrease your chances of falling, but could improve recovery time in case of a fall. Therapists can identify the root cause of dizziness and balance issues and make a catered plan accordingly. We can also help with education on the proper use of canes and other stabilizing devices.
One of the reasons people continue to go to a physical therapist even after they have been given exercises that can often be done at home is for manual manipulation. This kind of manual therapy must be done by a qualified therapist. Manual therapy not only involves the actual manipulation of the muscles and tissues but can help the therapist identify exactly where the problems are through feeling and touch. After a session of manual manipulation, you may feel uncomfortable or sore, but this is a way for patients to see results quicker.