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Some physical therapy companies treat multiple patients at the same time, use support staff to provide treatments, and/or do not use current research to help guide their treatments.  At Manual Medicine Physical Therapy you will receive 1-on-1 treatment by a licensed physical therapist in the State of North Carolina who uses the most current research to help guide treatments.

Not All Physical Therapy Is The Same

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Recurrence of injury is common and it is the goal of Manual Medicine Physical Therapy to help individuals understand what causes their pain, as well as, how to fix it so that they can better manage their symptoms and reduce the rate of re-injury.  Many people fear movement when they are in pain. Our job is to ensure that nothing dangerous is present and that movement will not cause any further damage, teaching the patient that it is okay to move again.  Often times as movement and confidence are restored, pain is improved.

What Is Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy?

  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Joint Mobilizations
  • Muscle Stretching
  • Soft Tissue Mobilizations
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Augmented Soft Tissue Techniques
  • Spinal Thrust Manipulation (Medical Physician Signature Required)
  • Peripheral Joint Thrust Manipulation
  • Neuromuscular Re-education

Potential Treatment Interventions 

Understanding Is Important

"Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) is a specialized area of physical therapy practice utilized in the management of musculoskeletal conditions and based on clinical reasoning and the use of highly specific manual techniques and therapeutic exercises.  It encompasses, and is driven by, the available scientific and clinical evidence and the biopsychosocial framework of each patient."
-Quote from American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) Standards Document (2011) 

OMPT involves a thorough patient history and assessment to allow the physical therapist to identify specific impairments that are causing the musculoskeletal dysfunction and as a result, causing pain.  Once the impairments have been identified, passive and active interventions are prescribed using both hands-on treatments and exercise to help reduce them.  As the deficits are resolved, pain is reduced and mobility is restored allowing the individual to return to their normal activities.