Services

Conditions
• Auto Injuries and Whiplash
• Scoliosis
• Sacroiliac Injuries
• Neck Pain
• Work-related Injuries
• Low Back Pain
• Sciatica
• Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
• Herniated Discs
• Leg Pain
• Arthritis
• Sports Injuries
• Headaches
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Ankle Sprains
• Shoulder Pain
• Knee and Ankle Injuries
• Muscle Strains
• Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow
• Tingling or Numbness
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Bursitis/Tendonitis
• Rotator Cuff Injuries
• Pre and Post-Orthopedic Surgery
• Sprains and Strains
• Tendonitis/Bursitis
• Rotator Cuff Injuries
• Carpal Tunnel
• Overuse Injuries
• Post-fracture Weakness/Stiffness
• Degenerative Disc Disease
• Muscular Headaches
• Whiplash
• Sports Related Injuries
Sports Medicine

Sports related injuries can be both acute and chronic in nature, occurring from obvious trauma or subtly over time from an overuse situation. Treatment of an athletic/sports related injury is best implemented following a thorough evaluation, and the establishment of specific and individualized functional goals that, when achieved, will allow the individual to return to the activity level desired. Restoring range of motion, strength, flexibility, and eliminating pain, swelling, and inflammation are essential. Addressing muscle imbalances and correcting those will also aid in the performance of the athlete, once he or she is safe to return to playing. We develop and implement individualized sport specific rehabilitation programs for each athlete, and his or her needs. The rehabilitation of the athlete is not completed when the athlete can walk or move the involved extremity, but only when he or she has been returned to the prior level of play before the injury occurred. It is for this reason, the therapists at AMPT encourage maintaining communication with the athlete/patient, even after discharge from formal treatment, in order to assist and guide the individual while progressing their program independently. At AMPT, we believe that own job is not done until the athlete/patient has returned to a level of function with which he or she is satisfied. Our goal is to help you reach yours.

Workmans Compensation (Industrial Services)

At AZMPT, we realize the financial and emotional impact that results when someone gets hurt on the job. We work with employers, case managers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals every day to help injured employees return to work quickly and reduce the likelihood of further injury. All new patients are seen within 24-48 hours of their referral date, and same day appointments are also available. Our physical therapists are experienced professionals trained to evaluate conditions and provide a personalized plan of intervention for patients. These specialized interventions include targeted exercises, manual therapy techniques, and pain control measures to address specific conditions. We take the patient’s age, daily work responsibilities, activities, and personal goals into consideration. We will communicate frequently with employers, physicians, and case managers regarding the progress of their workers compensation patients. We believe that patient accountability and active participation maximize the effectiveness of treatment and long-term recovery; if an employee fails to keep a scheduled appointment, we notify the employer, physician, and case manager of the missed visit the same day.

  • Personalized consulting services for injury prevention
  • All new evaluations scheduled within 24-48 hours of notification
  • Licensed Physical Therapists
  • Ongoing communication with employer, physician, insurance company, and case manager regarding patient progress, recovery, and attendance

Techniques & Programs

Therapeutic Exercise

Utilizes individualized programs designed with specific goals for each patient. The physical therapist will work one-on-one with the patient to teach these specific exercises and activities to reach the goals of the rehabilitative program including improved range of motion, increased strength, normalization of gait and posture, and increase in endurance for return to routine, work and recreational activities. The exercises may include strength training both active and resistive, aerobic conditioning, stretching, and mechanics training.

Joint Mobilization

Similar to, but less forceful than manipulation is a hands on technique performed by a physical therapist to increase joint range of motion and decrease painful movement of the joint. During this technique the patient’s joint surfaces are passively glided across each other in an attempt to increase movement of the joint. Gentle joint traction may also be used during this technique to aid in increasing mobility and stretching of the joint capsule. There are various grades and types of mobilizations that are used to treat many different joints in the body including the spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, pelvis, knee and foot.

Muscle Energy

This involves the patient actively using his or her muscles from a controlled position in a specific direction against counterforce applied by the physical therapist. Goals of this treatment are to assist in normalizing joint position and function.

Postural Restoration

This unique treatment approach used by our trained physical therapists addresses the underlying mechanical influences of the body that may lead to pain and dysfunction. Posture and proper respiration are focuses with this manual therapy treatment. Patients experiencing pain at the knee, hip, groin, SI joint, back, shoulders, between the shoulder blades, neck and TMJ are treated with this technique.

Strain/Counter-Strain

This is a manual therapy technique used to relieve pain and restore function. The objective is to maximize relaxation of the body part involved, thereby normalizing neuromuscular reflexes.

Soft Tissue Mobilization/Manual Therapy

Massage and soft tissue mobilization are hands on techniques used by physical therapists to increase blood flow, decrease pain and muscle spasm, and to increase soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) mobility. Techniques used include myofascial stretching, deep friction massage, and trigger point release. Trigger points are hyperirritable taut bands of tissue.

Mechanical Traction

This is a gentle, and controlled stretching of the cervical and lumbar spine. This distraction force, commonly used in treating spinal disk problems, helps to decompress the spine and assist in pain reduction and spinal mobility.

Iontophoresis

This is a process that uses electrical current to transmit medication through the skin, into inflammed tissue. It is often used in treating tendonitis.

Electrical Stimulation

This i s used in physical therapy treatment programs for different reasons such as pain relief and muscle re-education. Different frequencies and current types have different effects on the tissue.

Phonophoresis

This is the application and delivery of medication through the use of sound waves (ultrasound). A cream or gel preparation (usually a high concentration cortisone preparation) is applied to the skin and then ultrasound is utilized to drive the medication through the skin to the structures below. This process helps reduce inflammation.

Ultrasound

This modality works by the use of inaudible sound waves that are transmitted into the soft tissue. The physiological high frequency effects of ultrasound include increased blood flow and cellular activity to help speed up the healing process of many common injuries.

Hot Packs/Cold Packs

This is commonly used before and/or after therapy treatments to enhance the effectiveness of the other procedures. The superficial heat provided by hot packs is used to increase blood flow, decrease pain and stiffness and to promote muscle relaxation. Cold packs are applied to specific body areas to decrease pain, spasm, and swelling (inflammation).