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Physical Therapy is a conservative intervention that addresses the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems of the body. If a patient complains of pain and there is no pathology or disease found, typically a muscle or nerve dysfunction can be the culprit. Therapists conduct comprehensive evaluations in private treatment rooms to test the function, quality and tone of each muscle involved and locate the cause of the dysfunction. Like traditional physical therapy, we initially address all patient problems with a comprehensive history in-take, and conduct a biomechanical and soft-tissue evaluation. Treatments can consist of joint mobilizations, soft tissue work, myofascial and trigger-point release, strain/counter-strain techniques, state-of-the-art modalities for pain or tissue relaxation as well as re-education with computerized biofeedback up-training (strengthening) or down-training (relaxation). Real-time ultrasound is used for muscle imaging and instructional use to teach our patients how to control their muscles. We teach each patient a personalized home instruction program that can empower you to manage your own symptoms.
Most patients who come to physical therapy are in great pain. Unfortunately, it is the driving factor in which patients seek care. Luckily, we have many ways to help our patients. We use traditional modalities such as interferential stimulation, ultrasound, TENS, and moist heat and ice. We use computerized biofeedback and real-time ultrasound that educates and assists patients to realize the muscle tension, ineffective muscle holding patterns or even muscle weakness that is present. There are home biofeedback units available to carry out a patient's educational program at home. This assists our patients to get out of pain at a quicker rate.
Pain management, using prescription pharmaceutical agents, may be necessary and help speed a patient's rehabilitation. We have relationships with Pain Management Physicians, Anesthesiologists, who specialize in low back, sacral, coccyx and pelvic pain and realize the depth of pain and its obstacle toward recovery.
We have close relationships with alternative medicine practitioners such as acupuncturists, massage therapists and yoga specialists who specialize in spinal and pelvic rehabilitation and are able to refer patients to them as needed to add as adjunctive treatment to our care.
We also refer to other medical professionals such as urology, gastroenterology, colorectal, gynecology and urogynecology who specialize in pelvic pain and dysfunction.
OUR PARTNERS IN GOOD HEALTH
NDPT is proud to share space with other skilled and nuturing providers all committed to assisting you on your journey to better health. Please read on for information about some of our neighbors:
THE LONG ISLAND INSTITUTE OF SEX THERAPY
The Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy (LIIST) is dedicated to helping people work through life’s unique challenges. Dr. Rosara Torrisi was just named the best sex therapist on Long Island!
Dr. Sumin Wen is a New York State licensed acupuncturist and a Chinese medical doctor who graduated from Liao-Ning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where she studied both traditional Chinese healing art and Western medicine.
Patrick F. Annello, MD, co-director of pain management at St. Francis Hospital and physician director of the hospital's Pain PI Committee, is an anesthesiologist with specialization in the treatment of chronic and acute pain.