Modalities are used to manage pain, reduce inflammation and restore function and may include the following:
Cervical or pelvic traction, McConnell taping, hot or cold packs, Low Level Laser, Interferential current, paraffin bath, Iontophoresis, Tens application and instruction, kinesiotaping, ultrasound, Neuromuscular electrical stimulation.
Patient education regarding diagnosis, postural modification, body mechanics, nutrition, stress management and exercise is an integral part of the treatment plan. This education is done individually or in a group setting with our Back Education Program. Education promotes the patient's taking responsibility for their recovery process.
We offer consulting and training services to the corporate, industrial and government communities to reduce injury in the workplace, increase productivity and improve employee/employer relationships. This includes on-site ergonomic training, pre-employment screening, job analysis, postural evaluation and biomechanics assessment.
We perform a comprehensive evaluation for each patient to determine baseline clinical date in order to monitor progress, establish an appropriate treatment plan, and to help motivate the patient towards recovery.
Exercise to improve fitness and restore function with the ultimate goal of preventing recurrence of injury. Individualized programs are designed for each patient according to age, fitness level and diagnosis. The program addresses flexibility, strength and endurance. Home exercise programs are utilized to facilitate the patient's progress with their rehabilitation program. We want patients to take home what they learn in the clinic in order to continue with an independent program to reduce the risk of re-injury. We believe that physical fitness should be a lifelong commitment.
Q & A
A: This varies greatly from individual to individual based on age, fitness level, diagnosis, length of the problem, and other factors that will influence both the outcome and the time in therapy. Generally patients come in for treatments from 1 to 3 months.
Q: What is the difference between physical therapy and chiropractic?
A: Physical therapy is directed more towards the musculoskeletal system, with an emphasis on movement (how is the injury/pathology effecting movement patterns, how does the involved side move compared to the uninvolved side, how is posture affecting movement, etc.), with treatment focusing more on exercise for correction. Chiropractic primarily deals with spinal alignment, treating with adjustments to the spine or extremities.
Q: Do I need to have a physician's referral to go to physical therapy?
A: Only if your insurance requires it. New Mexico state law states that you have to have a current diagnosis. For example, if you have a diagnosis of arthritis of the knee and are having a current episode of knee pain, but have not had a new injury, you can come in for treatment if your individual insurance does not require a referral. If you do not have a current diagnosis or suffer a new injury, you should contact your physician.
Q: Do you accept Medicare patients?
A: Yes, we do accept Medicare patients, and have many elderly patients. However, since we do not accept Medicaid, any Medicare patients who have Medicaid as their secondary insurance cannot be seen at this facility.
Q: How did you get the name 'Think Back'?
A: When Think Back Physical Therapy first opened almost 30 years ago, the primary focus was on spinal problems. Think Back could refer to 'think back to when you were younger and didn't have aches and pains', or 'think more about your back when you are active so you do not injure it'.