Physical Therapy Specialist

CHW Cares

Medical Center & Comprehensive Dentistry located in Washington Heights, New York, NY

If you struggle with weakness, an injury, or ongoing pain, turn to New York City’s CHW Cares in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Highly trained physical therapists offer a variety of services to get you on the road to recovery quickly.

Physical therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy at CHW Cares includes an array of strength and stretching exercises that improve musculoskeletal function in place of, or in addition to, orthopedic surgery. Highly trained physical therapists use innovative equipment and techniques to give you the best outcome and maximize your quality of life in a comfortable, friendly environment.

What are the benefits of physical therapy?

Some of the many benefits linked with physical therapy sessions at CHW Cares include:

  • Less pain
  • Faster healing
  • Increased strength
  • Better flexibility
  • Improved range of motion
  • Better mobility
  • Lower risk of injuries

Physical therapy helps you recover as quickly as possible after surgery or reduces the need for surgery in some cases. It’s also beneficial if you have a sports or work-related injury, arthritis, or another inflammatory condition that diminishes musculoskeletal functioning.

Is physical therapy right for me?

To determine if you’re a candidate for physical therapy, the team reviews your medical history, checks your vital signs, discusses your symptoms, and completes a physical exam. They may have you undergo blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures before personalizing a rehabilitation treatment plan just for you. 

What happens during physical therapy sessions?

During physical therapy sessions at CHW Cares, your therapist helps you complete a variety of strength and flexibility exercises. They may use manual manipulation, massage, provider-assisted stretching, bands, free weights, stationary bikes, or other equipment to help you achieve the best outcome.

How many physical therapy sessions might I need?

Every patient is different, which is why the expert physical therapy team customizes each treatment based on your unique needs. You might attend sessions once, twice, or even three times weekly initially and taper off appointments as your body heals and gets stronger.

Your therapist often gives you exercises to complete at home between sessions to maximize your results. After surgery or when healing from an injury, it’s important to get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activity until your provider gives you the okay to do so.

 

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