Physical Therapy

5th Avenue Chiropractic, PLLC

Chiropractors located in Midtown, New York, NY

By combining quality physical therapy and expert chiropractic care, you can increase your chances of effectively treating your musculoskeletal and nervous system conditions in the long-term. The chiropractic team at 5th Avenue Chiropractic, located in New York City’s Midtown West, believes in using a multidisciplinary approach to back, neck, and extremity pain whenever possible. To incorporate physical therapy into your treatment plan, call or book an appointment online today.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy (PT) is a medical discipline that focuses on rehabilitation and restoration of function of the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and bones. PT often works closely with other specialties to help patients return to normal levels of activity after:

  • Traumatic accidents
  • Orthopedic surgeries
  • Falls or fractures
  • Sports injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injury

Using exercises, specialized techniques, and assistive devices, physical therapists are highly skilled to support patients throughout the process of healing.

How do chiropractic care and physical therapy work together?

Combining chiropractic care and physical therapy can increase the potential for complete recovery after a musculoskeletal injury or loss of function.

While chiropractic care focuses on correcting misalignment and dysfunction of the bones and spine, physical therapy works to restore function that was lost as a result of the underlying problem, and to strengthen and increase stability in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons around the affected area.

Effective physical therapy can help protect problem areas from reinjury and decrease long-term complications from musculoskeletal and nervous system problems that can initially be treated using chiropractic care.

What does physical therapy entail?

Your chiropractor may refer you to a trusted physical therapist as part of your personalized, ongoing treatment plan. Your first visit with your physical therapist involves a detailed assessment and evaluation, which includes any information your chiropractor shared regarding your condition.

Depending on your musculoskeletal concerns, they may evaluate your:

  • Gait or walk
  • Major or minor coordination
  • Range of motion
  • Muscle strength and ability
  • Pain level with certain movements
  • Functional abilities, or ability to do daily activities

Based on their findings, your PT treatment plan may include at-home and in-office exercises, stretches, and weight training. They also recommend a certain number of PT office visits, create goals based on your desired level of function, and give ongoing support as you improve and heal.

Your physical therapist works closely with your chiropractor to meet their mutual goals of getting you to a level of health where you’re pain-free and functioning at your best.

To see how PT can enhance the effectiveness of your chiropractic care, call or book an appointment online with 5th Avenue Chiropractic.