Our Mission is to enhance the physical health, quality of life and wellness of our patients within the Greater Baltimore region. Our practice is guided by a compassion for those in need and suffering, a commitment to clinical excellence, and a dedication to lifelong learning.
When you choose Physical Therapy First in Baltimore, Maryland for rehabilitation, you will first be thoroughly evaluated to determine the underlying dysfunctions causing your symptoms and limitations. By accurately determining the impairment, your physical therapist will then be able to develop a plan of care to address the dysfunction, facilitate pain-free functioning, promote independence with activity, design a home exercise program and prevent re-injury.
Each patient's treatment plan will be designed to address each individual's physical limitations, injury or diagnosis, functional deficits and medical history. Some of the areas assessed in physical therapy include: joint range of motion, joint mobility, muscle flexibility, strength, neurological function, balance/joint proprioception, pain and muscular function. Speed, agility and power may also be assessed in athletes or patients who are returning to sports and recreational activities.
An important part of every treatment is patient education. Education provides patients with a better understanding of the current injury/dysfunction, the effects that injury has on the patient's everyday life, and reviewing modification of daily activities and biomechanics to prevent re-injury.
Our private practice physical therapists will communicate directly with the referring physician, primary care physician, coaches and family members/care-givers when appropriate to facilitate optimal therapy outcomes.
Through comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and continual re-assessment, we hope to effectively address the therapist findings and patient concerns to promote a return to normal daily and recreational activities for the patient.
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- Strengthening through free-weights, manual resistance, theraband, machines
- Manual Therapy: Advance treatment techniques that focus on joint mobility; promoting normal muscle tone / activity, and decreasing pain / soreness
- Electrical stimulation
- Therapeutic exercise
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Joint proprioception/coordination drills
- Iontophoresis / phonophoresis
- Hot packs/cold packs
- Proprioceptive neuromuscular re-education
- Cardiovascular training
We want to make sure each visit to PTF is pleasant, productive, and worry-free.
Your first visit
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start of your first appointment to complete your new patient paperwork. This paperwork will include information about your injury, current functional limitations, and medical history. For your first visit, be sure to:
- Bring your insurance card or insurance information
- Bring your photo identification card
- Wear comfortable clothes
- If your physician requested physical therapy, please bring referral or prescription
Your physical therapy treatment
For every appointment at PTF, you will be seen one-on-one by a licensed physical therapist. On your first visit, your physical therapist will evaluate your condition and identify the source of your pain or physical injury. Your physical therapy initial evaluation will include a thorough examination of muscle, nerve, tendon, ligament, bone, and body tissues/organs as they pertain to your physical complaints or limitations. If a physician previously examined you, then your initial physical therapy examination will be directed on the specific region or condition identified by your doctor.
After your physical therapy evaluation, your therapist will develop a treatment program that will often address physical deficits, such as: strength, posture, flexibility, neurological status, joint motion, and functional limitation with activities of daily living. Physical therapy treatment may include the use of manual therapy techniques and exercises. Therapeutic modalities may be used to decrease swelling, decrease pain and/or soothe injured muscles. You will also receive instruction in a home exercise program. The home exercise program may include: education on proper body mechanics, posture to prevent re-injury, exercise instruction, cold/heat therapies and general self-care. Your therapist will plan, implement, and monitor your progress throughout the treatment program.
The initial evaluation will typically last approximately 60-75 minutes. Subsequent appointments are scheduled for approximately 60 minutes. Please arrive 5 minutes before each appointment. If you are unable to keep an appointment, we require at least 24 hours notice of cancellation.