Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy services offered in Tigard, OR

Whether you’re recovering from an orthopedic surgery, a sports-related injury, or a motor vehicle accident, our highly skilled physical therapy team will help you return to your daily activities. At SW Physical Therapy, our team is committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based care, including offering specialties such as pelvic floor rehabilitation and work injury management, in a direct, one-on-one care format.  To make an appointment, contact our office in Tigard, Oregon today.

How can physical therapy help you?

Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, manual techniques, and patient education.

Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages. Many patients have injuries, disabilities, or other health conditions that benefit from treatment. PTs also care for people who simply want to become healthier and to prevent future problems.

Physical therapists carefully assess each patient and then develop a treatment plan to improve movement, manage pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

Physical therapists can have a profound effect on people’s lives. They help people regain their independence, and in maximizing active lifestyles.

At SW Physical Therapy, our team knows every patient has unique needs. Instead of implementing a one-size-fits-all treatment approach, we develop an individualized care plan to help you achieve your goals.  

Who can benefit from physical therapy? 

Physical therapy uses typically non-invasive treatments to improve mobility and improve your quality of life. The team at SW Physical Therapy provides physical therapy to:

  • Relieve neurological or musculoskeletal pain
  • Help people recover from sports, motor vehicle, or work injuries
  • Improve balance and reduce the risk of falls
  • Help expectant mothers during pregnancy and after delivery, in achieving maximum recovery.
  • Help people recover from orthopedic surgical procedures

You may also be a candidate for physical therapy if you have suffered a stroke. Stroke recovery can help you re-master critical tasks, like safe transfers, and returning to walking in the community.

What happens during a physical therapy visit?

On your initial visit, your SW Physical Therapy provider reviews your medical history and asks specific questions about your symptoms, including when they started, their severity, and how they affect your ability to perform routine tasks.  He or she will also screen for any medical signs or symptoms that may require further medical attention.

Next, your provider performs a physical evaluation. They skillfully administer neurological and orthopedic tests to assess important factors, such as your:  posture, tissue integrity, muscle strength, range of motion, and performance of functional tasks.

After analyzing your tests and measures, your provider develops a treatment diagnosis, and prescribes an individualized treatment plan to help you reach functional goals specific to you.  Treatment may include: 

  • prescribed exercises for strength, range of motion, and/or balance/coordination, often using our modern gym equipment.
  • manual techniques to increase joint motion and resolve soft-tissue limitations.
  • progressive functional activities.
  • biofeedback.
  • physical modalities, such as electrical stimulation and ultrasound.
  • periodic re-assessment of your key tests and measures.

How long will I need to participate in physical therapy?

The length of time you need to participate in physical therapy depends on various factors, including your medical history and profile, the severity of your symptoms, and your goals. Typically, musculoskeletal injuries take six to eight weeks* to improve, but stroke recovery can take months or even years.

As your body heals, your SW Physical Therapy provider will adjust the treatment plan, ensuring you stay on track to maximum recovery.

Is physical therapy safe?

Physical therapy is a clinically-proven, conservative intervention. During treatment, follow your provider’s instructions closely and listen to your body; if a specific prescribed activity is painful or too difficult, stop and let your therapist know. 

To explore the benefits of physical therapy, make an appointment at SW Physical Therapy by contacting our office today.

*Individual results may vary.