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AC Physical Therapy provides treatment for a wide variety of injuries and conditions including:

  • Orthopedic and neurological injuries or pain in the following areas: Neck, Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacrum, Pelvis, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Foot and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
  • Pre/Post-surgical care
  • Total Joint replacement
  • Chronic Pain
  • Headaches
  • Motor Vehicle Injuries
  • Dizziness/Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Balance dysfunction
  • Sports related injury
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Arthritis pain
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Prenatal pain
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    AC Physical Therapy offers a variety of treatments and specialized care including:

    • Manual therapy
    • Postural assessment
    • Individualized exercise instruction
    • Body Mechanics instruction
    • Ergonomics
    • Aquatic Therapy
    • Trigger Point Dry Needling
    • Pelvic floor Rehabilitation
    • Vestibular Rehabilitation
    • Specialized rehabilitation based Pilates instruction (Mat and Reformer)
    • Modalities (including spinal traction, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, biofeedback and more)
    • Kinesiotaping
    • Wound Care

     

    Additional information on some of our specialty services:
    Trigger Point Dry Needling(TDN)
    Dry needling is performed by inserting a filament needle into a muscle in the area of a trigger point. The goal of dry needling is to decrease muscle tension and provide pain relief by deactivating trigger points in the muscles.  Dry Needling is an effective treatment for many conditions with minimal side effects, the most common of these being muscle soreness. Often patients report immediate pain reduction or relief following a treatment.

    • What are trigger points? Trigger points are hyperirritable spots, usually a taut band of skeletal muscle or fascia. The spot is painful on compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, tenderness, and autonomic phenomena.
    • Why do trigger points form?Trigger points are thought to form due to: increased or altered muscle demands, muscle overload prolonged muscle contraction (such as working at a computer), nerve compression, post trauma, and stress.
    • How does TDN work? The insertion of the filament needle into the muscle will ideally cause a reaction known as a twitch response. The twitch response is an involuntary contraction of the muscle. This muscle twitch acts as a reset for the muscle fibers in the surrounding area resulting in decreased muscle tension, improved range of motion and decreased pain. The exact mechanism behind the improvements seen with dry needling is still uncertain. These improvements are likely a result of mechanical, neurophysiologic, and chemical changes in the muscle tissue.
    • What conditions can be treated with TDN? TDN is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions including low back pain, neck pain, tennis elbow, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, headaches, chronic pain, muscle strains, and many others.
    • Is TDN like acupuncture? Trigger point dry needling is NOT acupuncture. TDN is based on western medicine. It is a technique used to treat the neuromusculoskeletal system based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction and other orthopedic signs and symptoms.  Needles are placed in a specific anatomic structure based on examination findings.Acupuncture is a treatment based on traditional eastern medical diagnosis and requires training in traditional Chinese medicine.  Practitioners of Traditional Chinese medicine treat patients using acupuncture points located on meridians. These are metaphysically determined points which do not correspond with a specific anatomic structure.

     

    Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: This includes treatment for incontinence, pelvic pain, dyspareunia, hypertonia, constipation and pudendal neuralgia
    What is the Kegel exercise?

    • Kegel exercises strengthen muscles of the pelvic floor responsible for maintaining bladder continence.
    • Your physical therapist will take time to help you isolate and identify the muscles of your pelvic floor. Often a few visits will be all you need to start on your independent strengthening program.
    • Kegel exercises are recommended during pregnancy. Well-toned pelvic floor muscles can make you more comfortable as your due date approaches. You will be less likely to develop urine leakage and hemorrhoids — both common near the end of pregnancy and prone to persist long after you’ve given birth.

    Biofeedback can help.

    • If you have trouble doing Kegel exercises, biofeedback training can help. During a biofeedback session you will insert a small monitoring probe into your vagina or rectum. When you contract your pelvic floor muscles, you’ll see a measurement on a monitor and hear a beep that lets you know whether you’ve successfully contracted the right muscles. You’ll also be able to see how long you hold the contraction.

     

    Aquatic Therapy:
    For patients who are in severe pain or are weakened due to an injury, disability, or surgery, aquatic therapy offers the perfect solution to begin treatment. By conducting your care in water you will have greater control over your movement with less pain as your body weight is partially supported by the buoyancy of water, reducing stress on joints and allowing freedom of movement. Plus, the natural pressure of water reduces joint and soft-tissue swelling and provides enough resistance to strengthen muscle.  The ultimate goal of aquatic therapy is to progress you to a more functional, land-based program.
    A licensed Physical Therapist will perform your initial evaluation in the clinic and determine if aquatic therapy would be a beneficial addition to your individualized plan of care. We utilize the warm water pool at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center for our aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy treatments are customized to meet the needs of each patient and  performed by a Physical Therapist. There is no additional charge for aquatic therapy as it covered by all of our in network insurance carriers.

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