Injury Assessment and Diagnosis

On your first visit, your therapist will perform a comprehensive physical assessment of the affected area.  This will consist of testing various movements/positions and stressing or provoking various structures in order to determine the cause of your symptoms. The therapist will piece together the objective information he/she measures in order to provide you with a working diagnosis for the cause of your complaints. This will help the therapist to devise a treatment plan suitable for your goals and needs. 

Exercise Prescription

Your treatment plan will most likely consist of your active participation in your recovery. Specific exercises may be prescribed in order to restore balance about and control over your joints.  Restoring balance and control helps to eliminate and/or avoid undue strain to structures that cannot handle the demands, which can lead to injury and subsequent pain complaints. 

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is the hands-on component to your treatment plan.  Where appropriate, your therapist will help to mobilize or stabilize the joints in question by isolating components of the movement that you cannot perform actively.  This helps to improve the mobility of the joints as well as the quality of the movement.  Joint mobilization also activates mechanoreceptors in the joints that can help to alleviate pain and improve circulation to the affected areas.  Joint mobilization is graded and utilized at the discretion of the therapist.  

Passive Stretching

Passive stretching is stretching that is performed by the therapist while you stay relaxed.  This helps to alleviate muscle tone and tension which can contribute to, or even be the cause of your symptoms.  Stretching is most effective when done with warm, relaxed muscles, which makes passive techniques an efficient choice.  


Acupuncture is the insertion of disposable, stainless steel needles used to stimulate affected areas of the body.  Acupuncture is used for relief of symptoms by the release of endorphins into the circulating blood.  It also stimulates the body’s physiological response to the foreign material.  Your body senses the presence of the needles, and kick-starts a healing response which can alleviate inflammation, pain and improve mobility.  It can also help to stimulate improved muscle firing.  Ask your therapist if acupuncture is an option for you today! 

Orthotic Assessment and Casting

Orthotics are custom inserts designed for your footwear that can help to correct imbalances from the ground up.  Abnormal alignment or restricted mobility in one area of the body can have large compensatory implications for other regions.  Along these lines, by correcting position and alignment from the ground up (ie. from your feet!), it is possible to alleviate abnormal strain higher up the chain, which can manifest as pain in the knees, hips, pelvis and low back.  Your orthotics are custom fitted using a foam casting of your feet by your therapist.  The therapist will conduct a thorough assessment of your lower extremity, including a scan of posture and gait, in order to pin-point any areas of susceptibility.  This will enable the therapist to implement any modifications to your orthotic that may help to ease your symptoms accordingly.  Ask your therapist if you are a candidate for orthotic prescription today! 

Soft Tissue Release/Mobilization

Your body is comprised of much muscle and other soft tissue.  More often than not, muscle and soft tissue are contributing to your injury and/or your pain complaints. By mobilizing or releasing the tension that can build up in the soft tissue, your therapist can help to normalize the forces acting on a joint. This can aid in restoring proper mechanics and resolution of symptoms. 

Therapeutic Taping

Taping can help to aid recovery from your injury.  Some tapes are rigid and can provide temporary stability, where others are flexible and can facilitate or inhibit muscle function.  This can help to ensure that the proper muscles are doing the proper jobs at the proper time! 

Therapeutic Modalities

Modalities such as ultrasound, electrical current, thermotherapy and cryotherapy can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Your therapist may implement the use of one or more of these modalities based on your specific injury and needs.