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Moist Heat

Best for: Injuries involving inflammation and swelling
Ice can be a major component of injury treatment. By constricting blood vessels after application, ice is an effective way to reduce and even prevent inflammation immediately following an injury. Cold therapy can also leave the joint more mobile and enhance manual therapy. Applying cold packs to inflamed areas has been shown to significantly reduce swelling in soft tissue injuries


Best for: Injuries involving muscular spasms and tightness
Applying heat has been shown to decrease pain and increase mobility after some injuries — mainly those involving soft tissue like muscles, tendons, and ligaments . By making the tissue more pliable, the therapist can better stretch the affected area. Note: Heat is just one tool to help the therapist be more effective and  is not the main focus of a treatment plan.

Functional Electrical Stimulation

Best for: Restoring muscular strength
It’s electric — no really. Electrical stimulation, also referred to as ESTIM, is a common treatment option to restore muscular function following a traumatic injury. By applying a minor but steady electrical stimulus, therapists can cause contractions from muscles that may otherwise remain dormant. This leads to restoring proper movement and function sooner than relying on exercise alone. While ESTIM can’t restore movement in every case, research shows it can speed recovery following ACL and total knee replacement surgery over the course of a few weeks .


Best for: Connective tissue injuries
By using sound waves (undetectable to the human ear) to generate heat deep in the body and align healing tissue. Ultrasound therapy can help loosen up tissues in preparation for manual therapy or exercise. How it works: Therapists use a wand (unfortunately not the magic kind!) to apply the sound waves directly — and safely — to the skin. Ultrasound has also been shown to increase ligament-healing speed.

Electrical Stimulation
Therapeutic Exercise

Best for: Any injury to stay healthy after treatment
It may sound obvious, but exercise is a go-to strategy to treat and prevent pain. But these aren’t just any exercises — they’re personalized to help patients move better by strengthening targeted muscles and addressing any muscular imbalances that may exist. 

Manual Therapy
Manual Therapy

Best for: Almost Any injury
This hands-on approach separates physical therapists from other health practitioners. Although manual therapy may refer to many things such as:

  • stretching,

  • massage, and

  • hands-on strengthening exercises to reeducate the body into proper movement and mechanics.

Manual therapy is a prime method to helping patients improve.

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Moist Heat and Cryotherapy

Modalities are therapeutic methods and agents.  Examples of the most common ones used at PRO Physical Therapy & Massage, P.C. include: Therapeutic Exercise, Manual Therapy, Ultrasound, Electrical Stimulation, Moist Heat and Cryotherapy.

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