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Physical Therapy Specialists, P.C. Help to Improve and Maintain the Quality of Life

By S. Mathur

Physical Therapy Specialists, P.C. (PTS) have been serving southeastern Michigan since 1977. While the office has always seen its quality care translate into excellent outcomes for patients, the practice of physical therapy has changed over the years, adding preventive care to the expertise.

Paul J. Roubal, PhD, DPT, OCS, Owner and Physical Therapist, explains that "Physical therapy used to do little more than rehabilitate surgical patients and accident victims. But as health care has changed, the role of physical therapy has greatly expanded. For example, today's health care places a greater emphasis on preventing illness rather than just treating it, on improving quality of life rather than just maintaining it."

Physical therapists now use preventative exercise regimens, postural improvement therapy, pre-surgical conditioning and overall physical conditioning to help patients. All physical therapists at PTS maintain membership in the American Physical Therapy Association. They are all qualified in Orthopaedics, and also have advanced training in Strength and Conditioning, Neurology, Mobilization, Sports Therapy, TMJ Dysfunction, and or Fitness Evaluation Programs.

Physical therapists develop programs in consultation with the referring physician. Some of the therapies they offer are used to treat include chronic pain, dental patients with craniovertebral disorders, teenagers for scoliosis screening, and cancer patients among many others. The practice also provides hand therapy, cardiac conditioning/rehabilitation, custom foot orthotics, neuromusculoskeletal evaluations. PTS is one of the largest private practices in the state, and also maintains a fitness center that is open to the public.

For effective physical therapy, says Roubal, it must be coordinated with other treatments: "To do this, we must establish a healthy working relationship with both the patients and the referring physician. Our facility is designed to effectively address your needs and those of your physician's office."

The practice also has a "team approach" philosophy, says Roubal: "You will generally be assigned to a specific physical therapist who will coordinate and manage your program. Your "team" may include supportive staff such as Physical Therapist Assistants and Physical Therapy Techs. Our physical therapists regularly coordinate your program both verbally and in writing, by daily progress notes and periodic re-evaluations."

For patients with chronic or long-term illness, PTS develops an appropriate exercise program, which can be incorporated into the patient's daily life. This helps then to maintain and continue the progress made during the treatment. This tried and tested method has been used for four decades with very good results. PTS is also committed to using rehabilitation research and newly-developed procedures for testing, evaluation, and treatment to improve results.

Patients use two words to describe the therapists at PTS: caring and knowledgeable. The one-on-one care and follow-up home exercise programs have been helping improve the quality of life for people for forty years.

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