At Great Moves Physical Therapy, we have a broad range of Colorado Springs physical therapy services for adults and children to prevent, evaluate, diagnose and treat conditions that may hinder people from living life as fully as they would like. The need for physical therapy may be as a result of injury or disease. But physical therapy can also be used to enhance motion performance.
At Great Moves, you always receive hands-on care from a fully certified physical therapist (PT).
Also, you should know that in Colorado, you can see a physical therapist immediately, without a referral. We get you on the fast track to pain-free living. Schedule a free consultation today:
Let’s next talk about how we help you ‘get better everyday’ and how we are different from other physical therapy clinics in Colorado Springs.
VIDEO: Physical Therapy in Colorado Springs
Watch this video interview with Jacki Koury, MPT, to learn more about the physical therapy services we offer at Great Moves Physical Therapy:
Now that you have a better understanding of what we do at Great Moves, let’s talk about what is physical therapy and how it works.
How Does Physical Therapy Work?
Physical therapy (PT) involves the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of physical, emotional, and psychological conditions (usually those that affect motion and mobility) that may hinder adults and children from living life as fully as they would like.
In Colorado, you can see a physical therapist immediately, without a referral, and we will get you on the fast track to pain-free living.
Some of the conditions that we treat:
- Low back, shoulder, neck, hip, knee and foot pain
- Golf performance
- Pelvic and SI pain
- Rehabilitation after surgery, including total joint replacement
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Endurance performance
- Dizziness, vertigo, and balance (Fall prevention program)
- Movement disorders after a stroke
- Incontinence, pelvic pain, pre and post-partum (Women’s health)
- Difficulty walking
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
- Joint pain and instability
- Sprains and Strains
- Arthritis and osteoporosis
- Sport injury prevention and rehabilitation
- And many others….
What we can do for you:
- Evaluate, diagnose and treat
- Develop customized exercise programs while in the clinic and for home
- Offer treatments that are supported by the most up-to-date scientific research
- Custom foot orthotics casting and fabrication
- Athletic and “Kinesio-Taping”
- Hands-on treatment
- 1-to-1 treatments without the use of aides, techs or assistants
Common Diagnosis Tools Used in Physical Therapy
Physical therapists use diagnostics much the same as doctors to evaluate conditions. However, a physical therapist doesn’t do the actual screening. That’s typically done by a radiologist – a doctor who specializes in medical imaging or radiology. But a physical therapist can use an image to help determine the best course of physical therapy for a patient.
Some of these you’ve likely heard of before, but some you may have not. Below is a list of diagnostic tools commonly used in the world of physical therapy:
Also known as a CAT scan, computed tomography uses xrays and computers to take images of your body. CT scans are most often used to take pictures of bone, blood vessels, check for cancer, blood clots, and to see if there is internal bleeding. Sometimes dyes are injected into the blood stream so that it is easier to see a contrast between different types of tissues. CT scans are very useful, but they do use radiation, so that is a precaution for CT scans.
Electromyography is used to measure the electrical activity of the muscle. Muscles and nerves have an electrical signal that can be measured when they are contracting. By recording these signals, trained personnell can determine if there is something going on at the muscle, the nerve, or the junction of the muscle and the nerve. EMG is often done together with a nerve conduction velocity test (NCS- see below) to gain more complete information.
Magnetic resonance imaging is a safe and noninvasive way to take pictures of the inside of the body. Strong magnetic pulses cause the hydrogen atoms in the body to line up in the same direction (like a needle on a compass). The signal that they give as they return to their regular position gives the technician a picture of the soft tissues of the body. There is no ionizing radiation with an MRI like there is with an xray or a CT scan, so MRI is often a preferred test.
NCS, or nerve conduction study
This is a test that’s done to see how well the nerve is conducting a signal. If the impulses are not transmitting as quickly as they should, it indicates that there is something abnormal about the nerve. There are a number of different problems that this could indicate. The test is done using electrodes on the skin and using mild electric shock. This test is also known as a nerve velocity test, or NCV.
X-rays are one of the most common types of imaging that is used. Electromagnetic radiation is used to capture pictures of the body. Bones absorb the most radiation, so they appear white on the x-ray. Soft tissues absorb less, so they appear gray on an x-ray. X-rays are most typically used to diagnose problems with the skeleton, because soft tissue is not well seen on an xray. X-rays are fairly cheap and easily obtained, but amount of radiation is a precaution.
After The Evaluation
After receiving a thorough evaluation, we will work with you to create a customized program to meet your specific needs. During your treatment sessions at Great Moves, you will spend the entire time exclusively with your therapist. Your therapist will meet your individual needs using ‘hands on’ therapy, education and exercises to enhance your quality of life.
OK. Great. Now you know a bit about how physical therapy works. The next question you might have is how do I set an appointment and do I need a doctor’s referral?
Benefits of Physical Therapy
Improve Mobility and Strength: A physical therapy program can assist you in restoring mobility. With many different exercises, strength training activities and the proper equipment, it is possible to reduce pain, and in some cases, eliminate the cause of the problem. Physical therapists have a good understanding about the limitations of the body and can help you regain mobility in the joints without a lot of pain. Your physical therapist will recommend and guide you through the therapy, working on the affected joints and muscles until mobility and strength have been improved.
Pain Relief: Ultrasound and electrical stimulation treatments are used to diminish pain and accelerate the physical therapy treatments. With these treatments, electrical currents and high frequency sound waves are used to restore blood flow to the affected tissue. Physical therapists use this approach as an effective way to provide quick alleviation of pain.
Maintain Wellness and Fitness: Physical therapy can also help you improve your wellness and fitness and enjoy long life and good health. Your physical therapist can examine your functional skills and your needs for moving around your home and community, and then devise ways that will increase your potential for living a productive and satisfying life. The program your physical therapist designs for you might include assistive forms of technologies you need to help you reach you goals.
Other Considerations: Physical therapists are able to detect the mobility deficiencies in the different parts of the body, and then target specific areas, to ensure that the body’s mobility goals are achieved. A qualified physical therapist can help you regain strength and mobility so that you can perform your routine activities without hindrance. An evaluation of your situation will determine your specific needs and a plan will be developed to address these needs.
DID YOU KNOW?: Colorado is a ‘Direct Access’ state.
In the state of Colorado, you can make an appointment with a physical therapist directly, without a physician’s referral. Physical therapists are trained as first providers who are qualified to recognize if a patient presents with signs and symptoms that are outside the scope of physical therapy practice and will make appropriate referrals to other medical providers when needed.
Always contact your insurance company for details. Or better yet, call us at 719-477-6870 to schedule a free consultation and insurance benefit confirmation. We assess your condition during your consultation and determine the best treatment plan for you.
10 Special Programs at Great Moves
So, yup, we do physical therapy to help people who experience pain of some sort. But that’s not all. We do more than physical therapy – even if you’re not hurt or in pain! We invested in some wonderful programs and technologies to achieve peak performance in sports such as golf, running, etc.
1. Anti-gravity Treadmill
Great Moves is proud to be one of the few providers in the state of Colorado to offer its patients and clients the ability to train and rehab in the Alter-G Anti Gravity treadmill (Alter-G) as a part of our physical therapy services at Great Moves Physical Therapy. This revolutionary piece of equipment allows you to walk, jog, and run at any percentage of your body weight to take the stress off of your joints and eliminate the risk of falling.
Who benefits from the Alter-G treadmill:
- Endurance athletes with overuse injuries
- Endurance athletes without injuries looking to increase their miles
- Lower extremity pre and post-operative patients
- Anyone with difficulties walking
- People with gait dysfunctions after a stroke
- People who want to walk, jog or run without increased stress on joints
Injury recovery reasons to use the Alter-G:
- Allow for protection of healing tissue
- Encourage range of motion
- Earlier weight-bearing activity
- Encourage more rapid return of motor control
VIDEO: Alter-G Treadmill Overview
Are you needing the miles but suffering from joint pain or concerned about the effects of your training on your knees and ankles? The Alter-Gravity treadmill will allow you to increase your mileage while decreasing the stress placed on your joints, and do not worry, you are receiving the same cardiovascular conditioning you would while on the road.
Just look at Adam Goucher, a Colorado Springs native, 10 time National Champion in Cross Country and Track, who added 25-30 extra miles per week while training for the 2006 World Championships on the Alter-G treadmill. That year, he finished 6th at Worlds and had the 3rd fasted 2 mile ever run by an American at the Prefontaine Classic!
Pre and post-operative patients:
If you are scheduled for a lower extremity operation and are limited in your activity due to pain, the Alter-Gravity treadmill will allow you to maintain your strength and cardiovascular endurance while you wait for your surgery.
If you have had surgery and have been placed on a weight bearing restriction of 25 percent or greater, the Alter-Gravity treadmill will allow you to walk normally without any assistive device. This reduces your risk of compensatory injuries and allows you to maintain your normal gait pattern.
We offer FREE half-hour consultations so you can try the Alter-G. Call to set up your trial!
2. Return to Running Program
Is pain keeping you from your run? Whether your goals are recreationally or racer-minded, here at Great Moves Physical Therapy, we can get you back to your running game with our physical therapy services. You can expect a holistic physical therapist evaluation of your musculoskeletal system, pin-pointing fine discrepancies in your muscle length, joint mobility, muscle strength, muscle firing patterns, running form, etc., that are keeping you from reaching your full running potential.
3. Endurance Performance Program
At Great Moves Physical Therapy, our motto is “getting better every day!” When it comes to endurance performance, we can help you do just that—get better every day—so you can get and enjoy the most of your endurance activities.
Cyclists, runners and triathletes are at a high risk of sustaining an over-use injury. Our job is to keep you moving, whether you’re preparing for Olympic trials or for your first marathon at the age of 60. We are here to see that you get to the starting line, and sprint across the finish!
Who can benefit from our endurance performance program?
- Elite athletes
- Weekend warrior and high school athletes
- Post-operative patients
- Lower extremity sports injuries
- Cardiac rehabilitation patients
4. Sports Performance & Injury Prevention
Whether you are a high school athlete, a weekend warrior or needing to peak for an Olympic event, Great Moves therapists have the knowledge and tools to maximize your performance and reduce your risk of injury with various physical therapy services.
Based on the latest research, we will build a customized program for you reducing your risk of injury from your first visit. Or, if you have already felt the sting of an injury, we will get you back to your sport as fast as possible while creating a home program to reduce your risk of re-injury.
As an athlete, your body is your tool. Without proper maintenance, it can break down. We will help you focus on any ‘power leaks’ we find so you can forge ahead to accomplish your goals, pain-free.
Research based tools that we use in Sports Performance:
- Head-to-toe assessment
- Manual therapy
- Core training
- Athletic and “Kinesio-tape”
- Alter Gravity Treadmill
- TRX: body weight exercise equipment
- Personalized exercise routine for strength, flexibility, balance and stability
- Plyometric exercises
- Speed and agility drills
“Overuse injury, which occurs from repeated motions over time, is responsible for almost ½ of all sports injuries in middle and high school athletes.” (Stopsportsinjuries.org and American Academy of Orthopedic Sports Medicine)
“Half of injuries to young athletes are preventable…” according to a 2003 study in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine (Emery CA).
Want to improve your sports performance and/or prevent injury? Selective Functional Mobility Assessment is a quick tool to screen for overall musculoskeletal impairments – dysfunctional mobility and/or stability – helping therapists efficiently zero in on whether or not joint and muscle treatment needs to be the focus for your plan of care to regain motion or stability needs to be the focus for your plan of care to improve functional movements and help you play and live pain free. Schedule your screening today to jump start your sports performance into high gear and prevent injury.
6. Health & Wellness
With more than 14 years of experience coaching patients/clients to identity and obtain appropriate health, wellness and fitness goals, here at Great Moves Physical Therapy, we can take you that extra step toward reaching your goals for pain-free living and playing.
Some topics include:
- Food? You are what you eat; a guide to food choices for various ailments etc.
- Bad habits? Where to start? Do more of this, and less of that.
- Stressed out? Stress reduction, body image and relaxation techniques.
- Menopause; How to get through it in a Flash.
- Traveling? Great hotel room workouts.
- Hate the gym? Great workouts using a mat/floor, a Swissball or a theraband.
- Bad back, knees or shoulder? Customized, protective strengthening and appropriate activities.
- Poor balance? Vestibular, proprioceptive and core strengthening program.
- Osteoporosis? A guide to nutrition, activities and exercises key for osteoporosis.
Also an available option for your wellness assessment includes a Cholestyc blood test which looks at cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides etc.
Ask your therapist or call us to find out how to include these health and wellness topics (and others) into your plan to greater living with Great Moves.
7. Trigger Point Dry Needling
Trigger Point Dry Needling is a technique utilizing acupuncture-like needles to release trigger points in your muscle.
Trigger points are more commonly referred to as, “knots,” which are tender or painful areas within a muscle. Research has shown that trigger point dry needling is very effective in reducing pain and increasing range of motion.
At Great Moves, we have a licensed trigger point dry needling therapist who will walk you through all of the steps and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Common questions about dry needling:
Is it painful? A majority of our patients say that dry needling is painless, or that the trigger point was more painful than the procedure.
How will I know if it works? Dry needling has an immediate effect on your muscle pain and tightness. Our therapist will assess you after each procedure to maximize the effectiveness
How often is it needed? Most patients are seen 1 to 2 times a week for 3 weeks. Most appointments are ½ hour in length
Does insurance cover dry needling? Dry needling is covered under physical therapy benefits. We will verify your benefits and discuss payment options before treatment to ensure that you are covered.
Please call to set up a FREE half-hour consultation to see if you are a candidate for dry needling therapy.
8. TRX Training
TRX training is one of our physical therapy services which includes a suspension strap (suspension training) and weighted bar exercise tool (rip training) that helps you build lean muscle, boost your metabolism, tighten your core, and increase endurance.
Born in the Navy SEALs, suspension training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. Rip Training complements suspension training by providing a unique mix of rotation, core stability, control, power, balance, and coordination challenges for all fitness levels.
Did you know walking more slowly can actually increase your risk of falling?
1 in 3 people over the age of 65 and 1 in 2 people over the age of 80 will fall this year. Falls are the leading cause of injury and trauma related hospital admissions annually. However, a majority of falls are PREVENTABLE!
9. Dizziness & Balance
Do you have a fear of falling? Do you have difficulty reading while moving? Do you get motion sickness? Great Moves can help with a customized balance and dizziness program with our physical therapy services.
Risk factors associated with falls:
- Age: over 65 years old
- Difficulty with balance or walking
- Poor vision
- Pre-existing medical conditions such as Parkinson Disease, stroke or diabetes
- Polypharmacy: taking 3 or more prescription medications
- Vertigo or a feeling of dizziness
- History of falls
How Great Moves can reduce your risk of falls:
- Perform a complete medical history to educate you on your health risk factors
- Perform a thorough examination to identify any musculoskeletal risk factors
- Perform a balance, proprioception and vestibular examination
- Develop a personalized plan that addresses all risk factors identified during examination
- We will track and document your progress during therapy
- Educate you on common risk factors and how to correct them at your house and in the community
- Educate and teach you a home program to continue your fall prevention program once discharged from therapy
10. Women’s Services
Great Moves offers a variety of physical therapy services that are specific to the healthcare needs and wants of women. We understand that this can be a sensitive topic for some, and we take every step to ensure your privacy while working at Great Moves.
Common diagnoses we treat:
- Urinary incontinence
- Pregnancy and post-partum pain
- Pelvic pain
- Low back pain
- Hip pain
Many of these issues were once seen as untreatable with non-surgical approaches, however, with recent advancements in physical therapy treatments we have great success with our treatments in as little as 4 weeks.
Have more questions about our Colorado Springs physical therapy services?
Please give us a call at 719-477-6870 if you have any further questions about our physical therapy services at Great Moves Physical Therapy.