Physical Therapy

Bay Area Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

The team at Bay Area Physical Therapy offers the latest treatments and exercise plans for clients of all ages throughout Lafayette and the greater San Francisco Bay, California area. Between modern Pilates stretches, active release therapy, skilled manual therapy, and other highly effective treatments, you can get relief for all types of orthopedic and soft tissue conditions. Schedule your physical therapy evaluation by using the online booking feature or by calling the clinic.

Physical Therapy Q & A

Bay Area Physical Therapy

Why do I need physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a branch of therapeutic medicine designed to help with restoring function and movement. Trained physical therapy experts can evaluate your overall health and put together an individualized care plan. You might need physical therapy to:

  • Pre and post surgical conditions
  • Gait, balance and postural alignment-related disorders
  • Strains and inflammation such as those caused by ACL or ankle injuries and tendonitis
  • Improve strength, stability, and flexibility
  • Improve back, neck, and other pain including sciatica
  • Help with sports injuries or conditioning
  • Reduce pain and restrictions in movement
  • Help manage bone-related disorders such as arthritis, osteoporosis and osteopenia
  • Sports-related injury and prevention
  • Many other orthopedic, neurological, and geriatric conditions

Since physical therapy includes a variety of treatments and exercises, your care plan can evolve with you as you continue to heal and build strength.

What happens during physical therapy?

Generally, physical therapy begins with an evaluation. Once your dedicated specialist understands your condition, they will design your treatment plan. And once you have your plan, you can often get started on therapy the same week.

If you recently had surgery or have a severe injury, your initial visits could include passive exercises where your therapist moves the affected limbs for you. As you continue to heal and build strength, you will gradually start performing exercises on your own. Your physical therapy sessions could include:

  • Skilled, hands-on manual therapy.
  • Targeted exercise programs.
  • Specialized therapy modalities, such as hot or cold packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and infrared light therapy.
  • Education concerning your condition and how to correct, alleviate or manage symptoms.
  • Communicating with your physician and other healthcare professions to create synergistic care for treatment.

Our therapists are trained in a variety of techniques and disciplines in order to provide comprehensive care to our clients. Many of our therapists have additional training in popular and effective techniques including Graston Technique®, Mulligan Mobilization®, Active Release Techniques (ART), Myofascial Release, Gyrotonic® method, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Functional Movement Screening® (FMS), or Pilates.

Physical Therapy and the interventions used have been proven to help heal soft tissue damage and relieve issues with pain and movement disfunction.
Physical therapists assess, treat, and give you the necessary tools to thrive. It is your direct participation in performing these prescribed exercises and modifying certain patterns that contribute to your overall success. It is amazing how even simple adjustments can significantly improve your life!

How many physical therapy sessions do I need?

The frequency and duration of physical therapy depend on the condition, factors contributing to the condition, how quickly a person heals, how diligent you are about attending their regular sessions and performing their prescribed home exercise program between sessions. In most cases, it’s common to schedule 2-3 physical therapy sessions per week for 3-6 weeks.

During your initial evaluation at Bay Area Physical Therapy, your physical therapist will let you know about how many sessions they feel you will likely need. They can always request additional sessions through your doctor and coordinate with your insurance company, so you can get the comprehensive care you need to fully recover.

Get started on your custom physical therapy plan at Bay Area Physical Therapy today by booking your visit online or over the phone.