Whether you are a current Physical Therapy Partners patient or are a new patient you’ll find everything you need here.
What is Physical Therapy?
In a nutshell, physical therapy is the practice of using assisted movement, mobilization, and health education to assist recovery from muscular, skeletal, or joint-related injuries. It is also preventative: balance and mobilization training help prevent further injuries, and pre-surgical physical therapy can result in shorter recovery times.
Physical therapists are rigorously trained specialists, and often hold doctorate degrees and multiple certifications. Physical therapy is a complex, multi-faceted discipline, and new specialties require significant knowledge and often years of study and training.
Most patients come directly to us for services, particularly our regulars like athletes, dancers, or other highly physical people. You know your body best, and we encourage you to schedule an appointment if you believe physical therapy could help you.
You do not need a doctor referral to be seen by a physical therapist in North Carolina, however your doctor may refer you as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, especially before and after surgery.
What Do I Need to Bring?
When you come for your appointment, be prepared to move! Bring comfortable clothing: think leggings, sweat pants, gym shorts. The clothing should be able to clearly expose the area of treatment; for instance, if your appointment is focused on your knee, wear shorts. We need direct skin contact for treatment to be most effective.
What is the PT Experience Like?
Our physical therapy is highly customized. We begin with an in-depth evaluation of your problem; if you were referred, we collaborate with your doctor. We take the time to explain our findings as knowledge of your injury empowers you to take charge of your healing.
All treatment plans are personalized. You can expect a mixture of specialized treatments like dry needling, hands-on joint manipulation, balance training, exercise routines, and more. Your physical therapist is not a personal trainer, and physical therapy is not a “workout” in the traditional sense. So if you don’t usually exercise, there’s no need to fear. Our number one goal is to keep you comfortable.
You will also see the same physical therapist for every visit, and work with them one-on-one with no aides or technicians in a private room. Cardio and pilates, if required, are done in our exercise studio.