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What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a unique science and art that utilizes a wide variety of procedures to restore function to the body, reduce pain and prevent future injury. Conditions treated include, but are not limited to, sprains and strains to the neck, back, wrist, knee and ankle, arthritis, fractures, peripheral nerve compression or injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders related to repetitive motion injuries. Emphasis is placed on the patient's progress towards functional capacities for home and work demands.

On the first physical therapy visit, an initial evaluation and individualized treatment program is completed. Patient goals are established and treatment begins. The Physical Therapist's main goal is to provide rehabilitative care and education that allows the patient to resume their previous lifestyle.

At Bay Area Hand Surgery, we may refer to a physical therapist for treatment of the shoulder, neck or upper quadrant. This may or may not be in conjunction with a hand-related condition.

  • Stretching and flexibility exercises
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Strengthening and conditioning
  • Manual therapy
  • Modalities
  • Pain management techniques
  • Self care management skills
  • Body mechanics training
  • Patient Education
  • Home exercise program
  • Return to work job coaching and modifications

Bay Area Hand Surgery Associates works with many fine therapists in the San Francisco Bay Area. We refer our patients to locations that can be found on our Physical Therapy Referral Network. If you can not find a clinic near your home or business, please contact our office and we will assist you.

Note: If you are a physical therapist and wish to be added to our referral list, please contact our office and provide your clinic information.