Idaho Falls Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy is an area of healthcare that provides services that develop, maintain, and restore individuals maximum movement and functional ability. Physical Therapists are health care professionals who assess and treat individuals of all ages. They diagnose medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit an individual's ability to move and perform daily activities. Physical therapists help people maximize an individual’s quality of life through assessing physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being. A physical therapist will undertake a comprehensive initial examination/assessment of a patient/client in order to make clinical decisions and formulate a diagnosis in order to move forward with the best plan of care. Each individual’s plan of care is customized to match the impairments noted in the Initial assessment and treatment interventions are implemented to improve functional outcomes. Services offered at Pick PT Physical Therapy include, but are not limited too:
- Back and Neck
- Sports/Weight Lifting
- Manual Therapy
- Pre/Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Acute/Chronic Pain
- Hand/Wrist PT
- Personal and Auto-injury
- Workers Comp Rehab Services
Pick PT Advantages
Why choose Pick PT over other physical therapy clinics in Idaho Falls? Our purpose at Pick PT is to provide EXCEPTIONAL physical therapy and ELEVATE LIFE. Our clinic and providers offer an exceptional environment where you can maximize your rehab potential in an uplifting atmosphere. We ALWAYS make clinical decisions using the most up-to-date evidence, clinical experience, and patient’s preference. Using all three allows us to make the most appropriate decisions for each individual plan of care. All of our Physical Therapists at Pick PT have completed rigorous coursework to achieve their Doctorate of Physical Therapy. We strive to be experts in our field and as such, we continue to make furthering our education a priority to ensure our patients receive the best quality of care. At Pick PT we specialize in treating acute/chronic neck and back pain, vestibular rehabilitation (I.e. Dizziness/balance issues), orthopedics/sports, and pre/post-op rehabilitation. We genuinely care about the well-being of our patients/clients and we empathize with those who are unable to participate in hobbies and/or activities that they love. Our job is to get our patients better so they can LIVE LIFE MOVING.
This place was fantastic! I dealt with some abnormal back pain for quite a while before finally deciding to visit a physical therapist. Dr. Cordell Pickering was very friendly and helped me to get my back feeling better while providing plenty of resources and help along the way. I would highly recommend Dr. Pickering for any sort of back problems.
Less than two months ago, I was having intense lower back pain. This was due to a condition I have known as psoriatic arthritis. I was in so much pain, I went to a pain specialist in Idaho Falls, where they had planned to give me an epidural to help with the swelling in my back. Having a long needle in my back for 10 minutes kind of freaked me out and I didn’t go thru with it. That was November of 2019. So instead, I chose to go to Doctor Pickering who taught me what I needed to do to strengthen my back muscles. After two weeks of physical therapy at PickPT, my back problems were practically gone. I wanted to minimize the change of ever needing an injection, and decided to continue seeing Doctor Pickering. For months, I have been nearly pain free in my lower back!
I went to Pick PT after having surgery. I was able to heal quickly and met all of my goals to getting back to normal! The staff is so friendly and they know what they are doing! Doctor Pickering did an amazing job of pushing me to get better while also making sure I was never in pain. If I could give them 10 stars I would!
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Our Physical Therapy Services
Pick PT has an incredible team of skilled, certified and experienced physical therapists at our Idaho Falls location. Our goal is to help people LIVE LIFE MOVING, there are a variety of issues that may be preventing you from living a life like that. We do our best to identify what is going on and creating a customized treatment plan to help improve your quality of life. Every patient we treat is unique but some of the conditions we frequently work with include but are not limited to the following:
Back Pain Relief
Back pain is an extremely common reason people come to Pick PT. Chronic or even just short term back pain can be debilitating. It can dramatically change an active and productive lifestyle into a sedentary one. This could easily lead to other problems that will negatively impact your life. If you have been suffering from back pain and live in here in the Idaho Falls area, come and chat with our physical therapists today. We've helped hundreds of others get back to a more fulfilling life and we can likely do the same for. We will take a holistic approach to your medical care and create a customized treatment plan just for you and your needs. At Pick PT, our goal is to help you LIVE LIFE MOVING! Don't let back pain stop you from living life the way you want to.
Neck Pain Relief
People suffering from neck pain is another extremely common patient in our clinic. You never realize how much you turn your head until it becomes difficult or painful to do so. There are so many ways that neck pain can be caused. Our skilled staff of physical therapy professionals can help identify what may be causing your pain. In addition to creating a treatment plan for you, we'll ask questions to try and identify what may be causing or contributing to your chronic neck pain. Sometimes there are small changes in your sleeping positions or daily habits that may be causing the pain outside of obvious injuries or accidents. Our physical therapist will help you strengthen certain groups of muscles to help support your body in better ways to reduce, mitigate or eliminate neck pain.
Chronic Pain Relief
Chronic pain of any kind is a sign that things just aren't working the way they should be. In most situations, we can either help relieve or reduce the amount of pain to help give you a higher quality of life. When you come in to meet with our team, we will walk you through the full process, trying to identify what the true source of your pain is. Then from there, we assess what needs to be done to help relieve or reduce the pain you are experiencing. In many cases, the muscles aren't quite firing the way they need to be or an area of the body needs to be strengthened. We can then create a treatment plan to get you well on your way to living a better life.
Chronic pain is anything lasting more than three months. Acute pain can evolve into chronic pain because the brain becomes overly sensitive to pain responses in the body. Therapy can assist with chronic pain by retraining the brain. Overcoming chronic pain is a multi-step process, but physical activity is one important aspect.
Accident or Injury Recovery
Car accidents, slips, trips, falls, and whatever else may have happened can leave you seriously hurt. Sometimes, the pain goes away with a little bit of time and the body will heal itself. In other situations, your body may need a little help recovering. That's where Pick PT comes in. We have years of experience identifying and helping relieve pain in a variety of different situations. One of our biggest concerns after an accident is the risk of obtaining another injury while your body is in a weakened state. Physical therapy can speed up recovery time to get you back to normal life as soon as possible while also reducing the potential for secondary injury. At physical therapy you will strengthen and repair your body's damaged tissues so that your body can heal in a healthy way. Physical therapy after accidents can also decrease your chances of needing surgery or need for prescribed pain medicines. Let us help you regain strength in your body's normal and natural ways. Some common injuries we treat are: broken bones, whiplash, spine or tissue damage, stiffness and headache.
Many of our therapists participated heavily in athletics during high school and still currently play to this day. We know what enjoyment and satisfaction sports can bring to a person's life. We also understand the difficulty and the pain athletic injuries can bring. We do our best to create a plan to get you back out on the field and feeling great. This plan will be catered to your specific needs depending on which sports you are involved in, and which movements are required for your position in that sport. Physical therapy can help athletes reach their full athletic potential by preparing and stretching the body to perform in the best and safest way possible. Therapy trains muscles to move correctly and strengthens them to reach full capability. With sports medicine you can not only rehabilitate an injury, but you could also prevent serious injury from ever occurring. You don’t need to wait until you are injured to see a therapist. Muscle weakness is often a good enough diagnosis for a doctor to recommend therapy.
Athletic Performance Conditioning
One of the great advantages Pick PT's Idaho Falls location is that it is located within a fitness and performance gym. This means that we easily have access to world-class fitness and conditioning equipment. Dr. Pickering and our other physical therapists can help athletes improve their overall sports performance. We can also develop a training regiment to build and strengthen our patients. We cannot entirely prevent but our athletic conditioning programs can reduce the likelihood of injuries later. The therapists at Pick PT are anxious to help you set and attain specific athletic goals that meet the needs and demands of your specific sport and position. Some of the most common improvements we see are with stability, speed and agility.
The time and what a person does after a surgery occurs is important. It's important that proper therapy happens to help the body appropriately recover. If it doesn't it could negatively impact other portions of the body. Therapy after surgery helps improve blood circulation which is a great tool to aid with proper healing. Having decent circulation to the repaired area can also reduce inflammation which can cause pain and other issues. Regaining mobility and muscle function is also a top priority after surgery. Your therapist may request access to imaging that has been done before and after the procedure in order to better know exactly what exercises and stretches will benefit you. Regardless of which area of the body was operated on, your therapist will most likely focus on core exercises, because whenever a muscle is compromised it is important to have a strong core so you do not end up overcompensating and pulling other muscles as a result.
Dizziness is often caused by crystals in the inner ear that can be maneuvered by the physical therapist to a different position that will cause less vertigo. If crystals are the issue, then physical therapy is more effective than any other treatment. In older adults over 65 falls are a concern. Improving balance can help decrease the chance of a fall. Our physical therapists can help you strengthen your legs and improve overall mobility as well as balance which will not only decrease your chances of falling, but could improve recovery time in case of a fall. Therapists can identify the root cause of dizziness and balance issues and make a catered plan accordingly. We can also help with education on the proper use of canes and other stabilizing devices.
One of the reasons people continue to go to a physical therapist even after they have been given exercises that can often be done at home is for the manual manipulation. This kind of manual therapy must be done by a qualified therapist. Manual therapy not only involves the actual manipulation of the muscles and tissues but can help the therapist identify exactly where the problems are through feeling and touch. After a session of manual manipulation, you may feel uncomfortable or sore, but this is a way for patients to see results quicker.
Physical Therapy FAQ Section
Q: Do I need a doctor referral to schedule a visit?
A: Idaho is a direct access state meaning that most individuals can access physical therapy without a doctor referral. That being said, some insurances do require pre-approval which does require a doctor referral. If you are unsure, give us a call and we will check with your insurance company to see if you require pre-approval.
Q: Is physical therapy painful?
A: The ultimate objective for most of our patients is pain relief. Hands-on techniques also known as manual manipulations and modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and heat or cold therapy are used to achieve your personal therapy goals. Some patients experience pain during these visits. Retraining an injury, or regaining range of motion after a surgery requires stretching that can be uncomfortable. Just as going to the gym and targeting a muscle can result in soreness, physical therapy can also lead to sore muscles. It is important for our patients to verbally communicate to the therapist the severity, duration and exact location of the pain they are experiencing. Treatment plans can be adjusted accordingly. We do not find pleasure in inflicting pain on our patients, but we do find pleasure in seeing results and for you to be able to return to the activities of daily living.
Q: Is physical therapy expensive?
A: We are contracted and in-network with many insurance providers. We follow standard rates set by the state and contractual agreement with insurance companies. Pricing will vary depending on who you are insured with. Each individual can expect to pay copays/coinsurance if required by their insurance and deductibles where needed to be met. We also accept cash-pay for uninsured individuals and follow standard rates set by the state.
Q: What should I wear to my appointment?
A: Be sure to wear something comfortable and easy to move in. Loose fitting gym attire is best. If you have a knee injury, shorts are recommended. If you have a shoulder injury, a loose fitting t-shirt or tank top is preferred so the therapist has access to the injured area. During your appointment you will be performing a number of exercises and stretches so please do not wear dress clothes or high heels. Athletic shoes are required for some machines. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any further questions about what is appropriate.
Q: How long will each session be?
A: Each session can be expected to range from 60-75 minutes. The first visit may take longer due to the need for an initial assessment and paperwork to be filled out prior to treatment.
Q: How often will I come to Physical Therapy?
Your personal care plan will be based on the recommendation of your doctor and your physical therapist. The average physical therapy schedule is 1-3 times per week. Frequency will depend upon the extent of the injury. If it is recommended for you to come multiple times a week, you can schedule appointments as far in advance as your schedule allows. This will make it easier for us to accommodate the times that work best for you. Our office has extended hours on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays in an effort to treat even our busiest working class patients.