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FL Credentials & Specialties | Sarasota Physical Therapy

Specialties

Physical therapists with this advanced degree are autonomous provider of physical therapy services.
They are leaders in patient examination, evaluation, intervention and case management. They serve the community through commitment to excellence in clinical practice, and understand the economic, and psychosocial needs of their clients.

Certified Lymphedema Therapy.

Lymphedema is the abnormal swelling of the body, commonly in the limbs after insult to the lymphatic system as in the case of surgery to remove lymph nodes where cancer cells have been found. There is no cure for lymphedema, and due to its chronic nature, early diagnosis and treatment are imperative to successfully living with this potentially debilitative disorder. The treatment method of choice is Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). This noninvasive treatment has yielded tremendous results in the United States, Europe, & elsewhere. The treatment consists of manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy via short stretch bandages, therapeutic exercise and patient education.

Manual Certified Therapy.

Manual Certified Therapists practice with a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including manipulation and mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain. Their goals are to:

  • Increase range of motion (ROM)
  • Reduce or eliminate soft tissue inflammation
  • Induce relaxation
  • Improve contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement
  • Improve function

Gait & Balance Therapy

Abnormal gait may be caused by conditions in many different areas of the body. For example:

  • Vestibular disorders (the inner ear is responsible for maintaining balance, and damage results in vertigo)
  • Arthritis
  • Foot conditions (plantar warts, bunions, ingrown toenails, pressure ulcers)
  • Spinal cord abnormalities (disease, trauma, degeneration)
  • Peripheral nerve diseases (nerves from the spinal cord to the muscles may be damaged by disease or trauma and result in gait abnormalities)
  • Degenerative muscle diseases (muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy, myositis)
  • Neurodegenerative illnesses (Parkinson’s disease)
  • Skeletal abnormalities and disease

By evaluating each individual phase of the gait cycle, our Physical Therapist obtains clues into specific muscular weaknesses and shortening. We will address these issues in a rehabilitation program that may include exercise therapy, walking re-training and in-shoe splints. With proper treatment, this may lead to a more efficient gait pattern, resulting in:

  • Decreased risk of injury
  • Less energy expenditure
  • Greater functional independence
  • Improved muscular balance.

Sports Training
We offer comprehensive strength and conditioning programs developed specifically to your needs. We have specific targeted programs for:

  • Beginners
  • Post-rehabilitation patients
  • High school, collegiate & professional athletes
  • Personal trainers
  • Amateur to Professional Golfers

We work with individuals or groups to develop personal fitness or sport-specific programs focusing on increasing strength, flexibility and endurance.

Our therapists also have advanced studies in orthopedics, spinal evaluation and manipulative techniques. Other specialties include geriatrics’ including Alzheimer’s & other neurological disorders.