An Integrated Approach to Physical Therapy Benefits Our Patients
We had a clear vision for how physical therapy and our clinical and surgery teams would work together to benefit our patients when we opened the doors to Integrated Orthopedics in January 2015.
We wanted to connect the two areas in a unique and integrative way, where there was regular and ongoing communication and collaboration between the doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists and athletic trainers on our team. Our patients who have entrusted us with their care have benefited from this approach. You can read about some of their stories in these articles:
- Integrated Orthopedics’ Continuity of Care Between its Surgical and Physical Therapy Teams Provides Patient Cynthia Standley Relief and Healing from an Uncommon Leg Injury
“Our model is unique in that it keeps everything within the practice and we are able to see our patients through from start to finish,” said Holly Augustine, PT, DPT, director of physical therapy. She added that the physical therapy team meets weekly with Brian Gruber, MD, MBA and Rob Hutchinson, PA to review the week’s upcoming cases.”
In the early days of our physical therapy practice, the majority of physical therapy patients were individuals we saw in clinic or who were surgical patients. As the physical therapy practice has grown, we now see more patients coming to us for physical therapy who are referred by other doctors, athletic trainers, chiropractors and urgent care centers in our community. These patients also benefit from our integrated approach with consultation between our clinical and physical therapy teams, as needed.
The Integrated Orthopedics physical therapy clinic offers a broad range of services, including:
- Sports medicine injuries
- Work related injuries
- Pre and post-orthopedic therapy
- Balance disorders
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Motor vehicle accident injuries
- Musculoskeletal pain and injuries
- Joint and soft tissue mobilization/manipulation
- Taping techniques
- Dry needling
Our physical therapy team, led by Augustine, is composed of a diverse group of therapist and trainers, who love their jobs and enjoy the interaction they have with their patients on a daily basis. “Seeing a patient come in for their initial evaluation and then seeing them through their rehabilitation program and the progress they make is incredibly rewarding,” said Augustine.
You can learn more about the physical therapy team here. To hear firsthand from the team and learn more about our integrated physical therapy model, view the video below.