When we use the term "manual physical therapy" we are talking about a group of techniques which use hands-on procedures to maximize therapeutic gains, meaning relief of pain and improvement in movement and function. These techniques are selected based on expert evaluation of the body’s movement systems. Specifically, joint mobilizations/ manipulations, muscular releases, re-education of the nervous system, and proprioception training (body awareness) are implemented by highly trained clinicians.

These techniques are augmented by traditional physical therapy mainstays, such as exercise, some limited modalities such as electrical stimulation, and patient education. To perform the more advanced mobilizations, our providers have had years of extra training in numerous courses and treatment approaches. The end result is the acquisition of advanced skills and a more complete approach to treatment. That is what we are offering you the consumer, a brand of therapy that is well beyond average.

Back and neck pain have many different causes. Therefore, a single or generalized approach for treatment obviously will not work for everyone. Individualized plans of care are most effective. Our approach is to utilize techniques that medical research evidence has demonstrated to be most effective for a particular condition. This involves performing a thorough evaluation, and then matching appropriate treatments for you based on your response to evaluation. Treatment may involve a combination of manual therapy interventions, exercise, education in healthy lifestyle choices, and traction/ spinal decompression. Each person’s plan of care will differ, because each person is different.

Traction and spinal decompression are synonymous. They are the same treatment, and most insurances pay for it. Traction/ decompression is the use of computerized machine to apply the traction stretch to the spine in an attempt to relieve compression of spinal structures. This may be a component of your plan of care if your therapist determines you may benefit from it.

Orthopedics and sports medicine involve the identification, assessment, and correction of pain and disability that can result from everyday activity, occupational tasks, or athletic endeavors.

Your Physical Therapist may use a variety of interventions to prevent and treat injuries related to these activities, which include but are not limited to: cardiovascular, resistance, endurance, and neuromuscular re-education programs, taping and bracing, sports and activity-specific regimens, manual Physical Therapy and orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Vestibular rehab is an approach used to aid in the recovery from vertigo, disequilibrium, dizziness, and imbalance resulting from impaired function of the vestibular (inner ear) system. Depending on the cause of the problem, treatment can include repositioning maneuvers applied by your Physical Therapist, and/or specific exercise. The exercise is designed to:

  1. Decrease dizziness.
  2. Improve visual control.
  3. Improve balance and ability to do work.
  4. Improve endurance, strength, and ability to perform everyday activity.
  5. Promote central nervous system compensation for deficits that may or may not be permanent, allowing individuals to improve their function.

Hershey Orthopedic & Spine Rehabilitation provides top-notch care for those who have undergone a surgical procedure. Evidence based rehab protocols are used, tailored, to the needs of each patient. Examples of conditions treated include, but are not limited to:

Spine Surgery (Cervical and Lumbar): Fusion, Discectomy, Decompression, Laminectomy, Forminotomy, Disc Replacement.

Shoulder: Rotator cuff repair, Acrominoplasty, Laberal Tears, Bankart repairs, Total Shoulder Replacements, Fracture Fixations.

Hip: Total Hip replacements, Fracture Fixations, Laberal repairs.

Knee: Ligament and Meniscus Surgeries (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL, medial and lateral menisci), Total Knee Replacements.

Ankle: Ligament Repairs, Fracture Fixations, Ankle Replacements.

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