Our Mission Statement
To provide local quality physical therapy services to all in our community. We support this by encouraging generous continuing education and mentoring to all therapy staff in order to stay up to date and knowledgeable about physical therapy treatments.
What We Do
Physical Therapy addresses the musculoskeletal (bones, muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments) and neurological systems to reduce pain and restore function. Correcting movement patterns and postures that perpetuate pain, modifying sport technique, and teaching ways to relieve pain at home are just some of the techniques we utilize. By coming to physical therapy you are choosing to start moving and take control of your symptoms.
The majority of our patients at Cottage Grove Physical Therapy will have some complaint of pain and/or loss of function. Some common examples are injuries or chronic problems of the shoulder, knee, foot, neck or back. Loss of balance/proprioception or deconditioning following injury or diseases is also common. Our staff is trained to evaluate your pain and functional loss, and will specifically design a treatment program tailored to treat your problems. Success hinges on a “team approach” between the patient and clinician — this means the patient must be involved in their own treatment which may include working on home self-treatment techniques, working on an independent program, or possibly utilize the access patients have to the athletic club.
Your treatment is based on your specific problems identified during your evaluation. Each visit we assess the effectiveness of the previous treatment, and progress your program until recovery is achieved. Our physical therapists have advanced training in research based treatment and frequently take continuing education courses to ensure they are providing the best possible care.
To ease your pain and restore your function we utilize a combination of exercise, manual therapy techniques, and various modalities. The types of exercise that we may employ include balance, propioception, stabilization programs (gym balls, pilates, isometrics), pool exercise, stretching, muscle energy techniques, functional strengthening, and sport specific retraining. Manual therapy techniques include joint mobilization, soft tissue work, cross friction massage, muscle energy, strain counter strain, trigger point release, and myofascial release techniques. Physical therapy also utilizes various therapeutic modalities which include taping techniques, ultrasound-phonophoresis, functional muscle electric stimulation, iontophoresis, TENS, biofeedback, and more. Our staff emphasizes a functional approach, with the goal of each session resulting in the patient being able to do something they could not do before. As joints, muscles and tendons return to normal function, pain generally improves.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Please come in 15 minutes early to complete medical questionnaires, or you may download these Forms and complete them prior to your visit. The first appointment includes a thorough evaluation as well as treatment session which is scheduled for 45 minutes. Your follow-up visits are also 45 minutes. Your therapist will take time to get a complete understanding of your problem (including a complete history and a comprehensive evaluation) and provide you with information about what your treatment will include and the expected time frame for recovery. You should be given a schedule of your physical therapy appointments at the completion of your first visit as well as a copy of all home instructions.
You are welcome to have family members present during your physical therapy visit. Be prepared to have appropriate clothing. For example, if you are having knee problems be sure to wear clothing that will allow this area to be exposed. If you do not have these clothing at home we do have a collection of shorts and gowns for people to wear.
Your success hinges on your ability to be involved in your own care and improvement of your physical health.
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