Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy is a group of locally-owned AZ physical therapy clinics. We provide the latest physical therapy techniques to patients all over the Valley, and we believe in a hands-on and individualized approach to patient care. You can go online today to schedule a free assessment with one of our expert staff, by simply clicking here. If you want to read more about physical therapy techniques and tips, follow our blog!
Stacey Scherzer is an AZ physical therapy expert who works at our Arrowhead location. As a physical therapist (PT) and Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), she has years of experience in out-patient orthopedics and has treated a wide variety of diagnoses. She is here today to explain how having a Foothills physical therapist will benefit you.
Physical therapists offer many benefits to patients, in both their approach to treatment, and their accessibility. PTs can treat a wide array of musculoskeletal diagnoses and neuromuscular problems — meaning we can fix the way your entire body moves, and even change the way your brain thinks about this process. Our staff is full of experts in sports medicine and we can offer training for functional movement, sports, gait, balance, and any other concerns or issues that a patient may be experiencing. PTs have a wide variety of manual, hands-on techniques to serve their patients, including: trigger point dry needling, manipulation, mobilization, STM, and stretching techniques. We will teach you corrective exercises to accomplish your therapy goals, and to remain healthy and pain-free in the future!
When patients feel like they have a connection to someone within the medical community, a so-called “friend in the business,” it puts them at an advantage. You have a person who can help navigate the medical system, direct you where you may need to go, educate you on the causes of your problem, recommend treatments, and explain complicated medical terminology.
There are many benefits of working with a physical therapist here at Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy. First, we can typically get a patient in for a free consultation much faster than other medical providers. From there, we can begin an intervention. Arizona is a direct access state, which means you do not need a referral from a physician to see a PT. Many insurance companies do not require this either, so you can save time and money by not having to see your doctor first. Treatment and symptom management can begin very quickly, which is paramount in a quick recovery process.
If physical therapy is not an appropriate route for treatment, your physical therapist can refer you to a doctor that can deal with the condition best. Foothills Sports Medicine has many great contacts with physicians that can assist this process, and can often expedite the time it takes to secure an appointment. We see a multitude of patients from various doctors, so we know which doctors typically produce the best results and outcomes, and can find the best fit for a patient’s particular needs.
Finally, your physical therapist can be used as an invaluable resource for information. Physical therapists are great educators and experts in anatomy and physiology, so they can teach patients about their diagnosis and the reasons for their pain. They can assist patients with understanding their imaging reports, and they can provide activity modifications and recommendations to begin the healing process.
Injuries, chronic pain, limited mobility, decreased strength, and functional deficits can all be sources of frustration for individuals. Furthermore, trying to navigate the medical field can be trying, confusing, and full of medical terms that often don’t make sense to patients. Let the AZ physical therapy experts at Foothills help you by making your recovery process as stress-free as possible. We will work with you to walk you through each step, making sure that you feel comfortable and confident along the way.