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What is Physical Therapy?

What is Physical Therapy?

Do you have muscle or joint pain? If you answered “yes”, physical therapy is the best, non-pharmaceutical approach to address what ails you. Research has shown physical therapy treatment to be an effective, conservative way to manage of all sorts problems, including low back, knee, and shoulder pain [1],[2],[3],[4]. So…are you ready to hear more?

Back or neck pain? Physical therapy treats that and so much more.

What should you expect when you walk into a therapy clinic like MoveMend? Your Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) will be a highly skilled and educated, licensed healthcare professional who is an expert in decreasing pain with movement.  Physical Therapists take a look at your body through the lens of your everyday activities to find the cause of pain and a link to your limitations. After finding the source of the problem, we then develop a treatment plan to get rid of your symptoms, address the cause, and improve your function.

Some common physical therapy treatments include:

  • supportive taping to decrease pain and inflammation
  • specific massage techniques to decrease muscle tension
  • hands-on movement of your joints to increase mobility
  • education on optimal movement patterns
  • therapeutic strengthening

Avoid surgery, injections and medication.

Your Physical Therapist will work with you to develop a goal-oriented plan of care that values short-term gains combined with long-term change. Be ready to feel empowered and in control because we are going to help you understand how to heal so you can move from injury to activity.



  1. AC Gellhorn, L Chan, B Martin, J Friedly. Management Patterns in Acute Low Back Pain. The Role of Physical Therapy. Spine, 2012. Apr 20;37(9):775-82. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181d79a09.
  1. Jeffrey N. Katz, Robert H. Brophy, Christine E. Chaisson, Leigh de Chaves, Brian J. Cole, Diane L. Dahm, Laurel A. Donnell-Fink, Ali Guermazi, Amanda K. Haas, Morgan H. Jones, Bruce A. Levy, Lisa A. Mandl, Scott D. Martin, Robert G. Marx, Anthony Miniaci, Matthew J. Matava, Joseph Palmisano, Emily K. Reinke, Brian E. Richardson, Benjamin N. Rome, Clare E. Safran-Norton, Debra J. Skoniecki, Daniel H. Solomon, Matthew V. Smith, Kurt P. Spindler, Michael J. Stuart, John Wright, Rick W. Wright, Elena Losina. Surgery versus Physical Therapy for a Meniscal Tear and OsteoarthritisNew England Journal of Medicine, 2013; 130318220107009 DOI: 1056/NEJMoa1301408
  1. Jacobs WCH, van Tulder M, Arts M, et al. Surgery versus conservative management of sciatica due to a lumbar herniated disc: a systematic reviewEuropean Spine Journal. 2011;20(4):513-522. doi:10.1007/s00586-010-1603-7.
  1. Longo UG, Franceschi F, Berton A, et al. Conservative Treatment and Rotator Cuff Tear Progression. Med Sport Sci. 2012, vol 57, pp 90–99 DOI: 10.1159/000328910


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