Clinical Services

Proactive Physical Therapy Services

The Institute offers the most modern, diagnostic-specific methods of physical therapy which empowers the patient to control pain and regain maximum functional abilities independently. ISR Institute has a high success rate with rehabilitation of patients with various problems of the spine including serious disc disorders. All patients are treated using a highly effective clinical approach which includes McKenzie concepts of mechanical evaluation of the spine, manual therapy and stabilization exercise principles. Rehabilitation of the injured patient also involves behavioral modification techniques and ergonomic education. The Institute’s proactive physical therapy program has been so effective that most patients require less than six weeks of therapy.

Post-Surgical Spinal Stabilization and Functional Restoration

Based on the type of surgical procedure performed, consultation with the referring surgeon, and a careful evaluation, a comprehensive treatment plan is created. Assessment of the patient provides the basis by which rehabilitation can best address the post-surgical status of strength, flexibility, and mechanical characteristics of spinal function. All deficits are identified, reported to the referring physician and the plan of treatment is conducted progressively based on the stage of healing, degree of any complications, patient response and current functional capacity. Spinal stabilization exercises are conducted specifically on target muscle groups identified during the initial assessment. Strengthening is conducted along with stretching and joint mobilization in order to restore muscle balance of the shoulder girdle, spine and pelvic regions. Functional restoration involves training the patient to actively utilize spinal stabilization techniques while performing activities of daily living and/or specific work-simulated tasks. Each patient is taught basic ergonomic principles and how to prevent re-injury to the spine.

Work Conditioning

Work conditioning involves physical therapy procedures directed toward improving the individual’s physical capacity to perform job-specific functions. Work conditioning is rehabilitation focused on job-simulated tasks based on the patient’s job description. Unlike work hardening, which is multi-disciplinary, costly, and often unnecessary, work conditioning is a cost-effective, streamlined method focused on correcting impairments for the sole purpose of rapid, safe return to work and avoidance of re-injury.