Southwest Therapy Specialists, P.C.
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Each session has one-on-one instruction by Southwest Therapy Specialists' caring, licensed Physical Therapy team.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy (PT) is a form of health care that identifies, corrects, and alleviates an acute or prolonged musculoskeletal or neurological dysfunction. Our Physical Therapists have either a Master's or Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy and are licensed in Arizona to practice.
Southwest Therapy Specialists ranked Best Physical Therapy Phoenix 2020 and 2021!(* Source: EXPERTISE February 19, 2021)


Hands-On Physical Therapy: The Plan of Care is personalized for each patient addressing a series of posture, stretching, strengthening, and aerobic home program. The therapist may touch, provide Hands-On treatment and mobilize the restrictive tissue (shown in the above picture)  through myofascial and soft tissue manual techniques. Pain, swelling, stiffness, muscle weakness, low energy levels, poor posture, or overall needing to get back to the activities of life, let’s do this together! Call (602) 249-9129 to schedule your first appointment.

We are committed to instructing and teaching with the use of our hands. This one-on-one contact is critical and often lost by our competitors. We have been providing this compassionate care for over 30 years.It is the reason we excel in the patient results. In person, our patients achieve their return to work, to leisure activities and daily living lost by many over the past two years.


Falls Risk Screening - Our team is ready to help:


Fearful of falling? Feel helpless? Social isolation causing you to loose your strength and balance? Seeing the physical decline? Talk with your doctor asap for a referral to Southwest Therapy Specialists and have the physician fax the order to (602) 249-4115.

If you score more than 4 on the self-assessment below you may be at high risk and our professional therapists are here to help. We strive to help build the strength and balance reconnection with the brain to help reduce your risk for falls. Even Bob Eubanks is promoting balance and reconnecting the brain for falls prevention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every second an older adult suffers a fall in the U.S. Women fall more often than men. 1 out of every 5 falls result in serious injuries including broken bones or head injuries. 3/4 of all hip fractures are caused by falling - usually sideways. Falls account for 8% of all work-related trauma injuries leading to death. When the fall occurred, most of the injured were wearing sandals, slippery soles or flipflops rather than athletic shoes with rubber soles. But there are other risks...

Dehydrated? Aging circulations issues? Parkinson's Disease? BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) problems? Medication for heart conditions impacting your risk for falling? Poor lighting? Rugs or spills that cause a slip and fall?

We will teach you the three times a week routine needed and it is not just walking more. Strength training, balance training, sensory reeducation, and overall physical mobility will help you regain safety and self-efficiency.
 

 Check your Risk For Falling below. 4 or more...call us!

EVALUATION

An assessment of a patient's condition that is based on history, objective measurements, and specific testing that is used to establish rehabilitation goals and to develop a treatment plan. An Initial Evaluation is required by our license to be initiated on the first visit, and re-evaluations are carried out as required by either the days specified by the insurance carrier, the follow-up visit with the referring physician/PA-C/FNP, and/or every 30 days in order to further the rehabilitation goals and customized treatment plan.


MODALITIES

 


Hot Packs


Cold Packs


Mechanical Traction - Using specific amounts of pulling force to stretch tissues of the spine and increase the amount of space between vertebrae.


Electrical Stimulation - Safe electrical impulses that create a tingling sensation to stimulate muscle contraction, reduce swelling, reduce areas of muscle tightness and relieve pain.
Ultrasound - High frequency sound waves at various intensities for heating deep tissues down to the joint level, increasing circulation and relieving pain.Iontophoresis - Using electrical impulses to introduce anti-inflammatory medication through the skin into an inflamed area.




PROCEDURES

 


Therapeutic Exercise - Specific exercises taught to increase flexibility, strength and endurance.


Neuromuscular Re-education - Using principles from nerve and muscle physiology to improve function by improving muscle coordination through specific types of exercises.




Manual Traction - Therapist uses his/her hands or a hand held towel or belt to apply specific amounts of force for stretching soft tissues (such as: skin, subcutaneous tissue, muscle, tendon, ligaments).


Massage - Therapist using his/her hands for soft tissue stretching, increasing circulation to the soft tissue and relieving pain.


Soft Tissue Manual / Joint Mobilization - Very specific stretching techniques to various levels of soft tissue and to all joints in the body.

Cupping - By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping is used to: loosen scar tissue, increase circulation-hydration and blood flow, break up dense tissue, relax connective tissue adhesions, release tension held in connective and muscle tissue to drain toxins, and relax chronically tight muscles. The negative pressure occurs from the plastic, glass or silicone cups  and draws blood flow to the area sparking an inflammatory response to facilitate healing.

Suspension Training - Utilize a physical support system to unload on land with less body weight during the lunge, pull, push, bend, squat and other movements and resist against the system. OR unload - suspend your entire body in the Aquatic Therapy 7 foot deep area of our indoor pool.

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Education

   We are here to help each person we work with to better understand their diagnoses, the treatment we provide, any precautions, and the customized home program to carry over treatment. This may include instruction in self-care and body mechanics for home and work, strength-training, weight control and management, posture, and personal fitness. Our goals include minimizing the re-occurrence of the problems based on individual lifestyle.

   Often, we are told by our patients that Southwest Therapy Specialists' teaches more in the first few visits how to effectively manage their needs then the same person has ever received from competitor PT clinics or "For Life" treatment walk-in strip-mall shops.

Direct Access: Arizona is a direct access state for both physical therapy and occupational therapy. That directly allows a person to have rapid care without a physician referral, often the same day, and without having us bill your insurance company. Whether by cash, credit card, debit card or Health Savings Account card payment, our licensed therapist evaluates, provides the hands-on care and home program instruction as essential participants in the healthcare needs of those who desire direct access. We are able to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions without the need for diagnostic testing. We will communicate if there is ever a need, however, for a physician to diagnose and/or care beyond the scope of the therapist. After all, helping return to a full, healthy life is our utmost focus. ?


For further information, please call us! (602) 249-9129 or have your physician fax over a prescription for services to FAX (602) 249-4115 and let's get started. Our Patient Care Coordinators and/or licensed therapists are able to answer your questions about our services.

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