Physical Therapy

I feel physical therapy should be different than what has become the typical status quo for rehabilitation. Physical therapy at Flow PT and Pilates is 60 minute sessions with only one physical therapist. Treatment can be a combination of precise exercises, stretches, manual/hands on skills, balance training, and Pilates.

Treatments are determined by what is appropriate for your body and may include: soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, mobilizations with movements (Mulligan), Maitland joint mobilizations, McKenzie technique, ART (Active Release Technique), Kinesiotaping, strain counterstrain, Thai massage techniques, acupressure, scar mobilization, and stretching.

What Can Physical Therapy at Flow Do For You?

I treat a wide variety of orthopedic injuries, though my favorite joints truly are the shoulder and ankle/foot complex. My other passion is treating women, especially in the prenatal and postpartum life phases. The variety of clinics I’ve worked in and continuing education courses I’ve taken give me the expertise to treat many different types of injuries and patients. I truly love the variety of people I work with and look forward to solving the problem with the patient.

Physical Therapy for Prenatal and Postpartum Pain

This is one area of physical therapy that I truly enjoy. Pregnancy and postpartum are amazing times of change in a woman’s life! These changes are physical, emotional, and social. The changes can impact a lot of things in woman’s life, including her body and the way it functions and moves. While taking care of this growing being, it’s important to take care of mom too. Prenatal and postpartum pain can occur in many ways and there are lots of options for treating the pain. You don’t have to wait for it to “go away on its own with time” or accept that it is just “part of the process.” I treat the following prenatal and postpartum pain:

  • Diastasis recti
  • Symphysis pubis pain
  • Low back pain (lumbar pain)
  • Upper/mid back pain (thoracic pain)
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction
  • Abdominal scar restriction
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Abdominal muscle weakness

General Orthopedic Injuries

Most people will suffer from at least one general orthopedic injury in their lifetime, even if it doesn’t require treatment. Whether it’s from poor posture, overuse, or just a silly misstep, injuries just happen. The following are just a few that I treat:

  • Rotator cuff impingement/tears
  • Ankle sprains
  • Neck pain
  • Bulging discs
  • Shoulder pain
  • Patellofemoral knee pain
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction
  • Hip impingement
  • Hip bursitis
  • Back pain
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Muscle strain
  • Compression fracture
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Sport/Athletic Injuries

I have always been involved in athletics in some form. It is what originally drew me to physical therapy. Living in San Diego and working with active duty military pushed my career solidly in the direction of sports rehabilitation for a while. My focus is on return to activity, not performance enhancement. I geek out on analyzing the movements it takes to complete a component of athletics. I treat the following athletic injuries and more:

  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Iliotibial band (IT) syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendon strain
  • Ankle sprain
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Cycling injuries (a bike assessment can be done)
  • Running injuries (a running assessment can be done)
  • Golf injuries

Post-operative Rehabilitation

Sometimes an injury is serious enough that surgery is required. The most successful outcomes occur when the patient, the orthopedic surgeon, and the physical therapist are all working together. I have rehabilitated many different patients from many different surgeries, including the following:

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Total knee arthroplasty (replacement)
  • Total hip arthroplasty (replacement)
  • Shoulder labral repair
  • Discectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Tendon transfer
  • ACL repair
  • Medial meniscus repair and/or debridement
  • Lumbar vertebral fusion
  • Hip (acetabular) labral repair
  • Mastectomy
  • Bunionectomy

“Change happens through movement and movement heals.”

Joseph Pilates