Types of Physical Therapy
Common Conditions and Treatments
Frequently Asked Questions
Your therapist may use these treatments, known as modalities.
Ice - can reduce swelling, inflammation and pain.
Heat - can increase blood flow and decrease inflammation.
Ultrasound heat - penetrates deeply to aid healing in the tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Exercises - movements that strengthen muscles and increase flexibility in joints. Your therapist will demonstrate exercises you can do at home.
Massage - gentle pressure and movement allows joints and muscles to loosen and regain function.
Stretching - allows muscles, ligaments and tendons to lengthen and move.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) - uses a small unit to deliver a non-invasive nerve stimulation that has been found to reduce acute or chronic pain in many patients.
Whirlpool - water eases muscle and joint pain and may increase flexibility.