Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a clinical approach to helping you regain functional capacity after injury, and get back to the life you were meant to live. Each Spear therapist is equipped with the skills, tools and expertise to not only promote injury healing and pain reduction, but to identify other underlying physical impairments—including weakness, flexibility and joint stiffness—that might require a more specialized path to recovery.

Here at Spear, a holistic approach to healing means always treating the individual rather than simply a diagnosis or single body part. In this way, our motto “Back to Life” is more than a goal we have for you. It’s also a goal our therapists have for themselves—to customize individualized treatment plans to address the whole body. This approach goes well beyond standard PT care, and will get you moving and performing more optimally while also preventing future injuries.

Who Can Benefit from Physical Therapy?

Anyone feeling limited when participating in normal day-to-day functions, exercise, or sport and recreational activities due to pain or other symptoms can benefit from physical therapy. An ideal candidate for PT is someone who is trying to reach a functional goal and feels motivated to actively work toward and achieve that goal. 

Conditions Our Physical Therapy Services Treat

At Spear Physical Therapy, we treat a number of different orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions and diseases. Here are just a few of the many diagnoses our therapists treat every day:

HAND: Post Surgery, Splints, Epicondylitis

SHOULDER: Rotator Cuff, Tendonitis, Labral Pathology

NECK: Spasm, Headaches, Trigger Points, Dizziness

BACK: Herniated Disc, Postural Dysfunction, SI Joint, Stenosis, Sciatica

HIP: Osteoarthritis, Bursitis, Labral Pathology, Impingement

KNEE: Tendonitis, ACL, Patellofemoral, Meniscus, Illiotibial Band Syndrome, Osteoarthritis

ANKLE & FOOT: Plantar Fascistic, Sprain, Strain, Shin Splints, Achilles Injury

How Does Spear Physical Therapy Work?

When you receive PT treatment at Spear, you can expect to be taken through an individualized program that addresses your unique needs and goals. On your first day, your physical therapist will take time listening, observing, and examining to generate a more complete picture of your injury and symptoms. This session will conclude with an explanation of your treatment plan, what to expect going forward with physical therapy, and instructions for any exercises you can begin performing at home.

From this point on, your treatment should be thought of as a partnership between you and your therapist. You know your body better than anyone else! Your therapist will guide you as you take charge of your recovery, thus ensuring results that last well beyond your time at Spear.

Costs of Physical Therapy Services in NYC

Services offered in a typical PT session can all be billed through insurance and therefore are no extra cost to the patient. Certain specialized treatments (golf swing analysis, transitional care/personal training, etc.) are not covered by insurance, and therefore billed at self-pay rates.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy has grown and evolved in the last century to become an indispensable part of rehabilitation. It is a clinical approach that brings together dedicated and highly motivated health care professionals or physical therapists who help improve mobility after injury by working to reduce pain, increase your range of motion, strength, and balance, and, most importantly, give you your independence back. A physical therapist will also look at underlying impairments such as balance problems, muscle weakness, and reduced flexibility to help develop special exercises and treatment plans to get you on the right path to recovery.

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What kind of physical therapy treatments are provided at Spear?

At Spear Physical Therapy, our therapists treat different orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions and diseases ranging from spinal cord injury to joint replacement, pelvic floor dysfunction, and balance disorders. From offering neurological physical therapy, pediatric physical therapy, and sports physical therapy, our treatment plans include modalities and techniques that use soft tissue massage, joint mobilization, electrical stimulation, stretching, therapeutic exercises, heat therapy, and cold therapy.

When is physical therapy recommended?

If you are dealing with pain or an injury that’s affecting your ability to carry out your daily activities and exercise normally, or if you’re dealing with other physical function limitations, you could benefit from physical therapy. As a non-invasive approach to pain reduction, it can be your first line of defense to help manage symptoms before resorting to surgery.

What does a physical therapy treatment involve?

During your first visit, your physical therapist will spend time understanding your medical history to get a complete picture of your symptoms and issues. The session will end with a personalized treatment plan, a timeline of how your treatment will progress, and exercises and instructions you need to continue at home.

When you come in for your treatment, we ask you to check in 15 minutes before your appointment wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and a pair of rubber-soled sneakers. Carry all your verification, including your insurance coverage, physician’s prescription, list of medications, and radiographs (MRIs, X-rays).

Frequently asked questions about
Physical Therapy

New York is a direct access state, so you don’t need a referral from your primary caregiver to go to physical therapy. 

PT should not hurt when performed by a licensed physical therapist. However, you must be prepared for it to be challenging and expect discomfort and soreness during and after a session.

At your first visit, be prepared to give your therapist an hour or more to study your case. They might perform tests and collect measurements to help them determine a diagnosis, establish a treatment plan, and give you exercises to continue at home.

PT can treat various conditions, including osteoporosis, sports injuries, joint replacement, back and neck pain, ankle sprain, limited range of motion, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscular dystrophy, knee ligament injury, foot fracture, herniated disc, pelvic floor dysfunction, and vertigo.

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