MSPT has a unique physical therapy approach to examination / evaluation and patient management. In addition to their individual backgrounds, each physical therapist has been trained in the theories of Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA, author of Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes (Mosby, ©2002), and founder of the continuing education course entitled, "Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes." Carrie Hall, PT, MHS, President of MSPT has been an instructor of the course developed by Dr. Sahrmann since 1983, and is lead author of Therapeutic Exercise: Moving Toward Function (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 3e ©2010)

page1c-20It is the belief of the physical therapists at MSPT that the most important aspect of patient management is accurate diagnosis of the condition we are treating. A typical examination / evaluation at MSPT includes standard orthopedic tests designed to determine the source of the patient’s symptoms. However, the primary focus of the examination is on the impairments that contribute to the biomechanical cause of the symptoms . We are particularly concerned with the habitual postures and repeated movement patterns that contribute to the development and/or perpetuation of the current condition (or potential future condition).

Once an accurate movement diagnosis is developed, a plan of care is implemented to treat the movement impairments and underlying contributing physiologic impairments. All sessions at MSPT last 55 minutes and are spent with the patient’s designated physical therapist. We believe the physical therapists at MSPT are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat the complexity of the movement system and therefore we do not use aides or physical therapy assistants in the delivery of care.

page3c-35The physical therapists at MSPT provide treatment that often includes manual therapy and soft tissue mobilization to address impairments in joint integrity and mobility, but the emphasis is on specific exercise prescription used to treat impairments in motor control, muscle performance, range of motion, joint mobility, and muscle length. The philosophical approach toward patient management, based on the work of Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is that musculoskeletal pain syndromes are the result of the loss of precise control over rotating segments. This is thought to be due to impairments in the movement system that are the consequence of habitual postures and repetitive movement patterns. Therefore, treatment focuses on restoring precise control over rotating segments by resolving the impairments related to the movement dysfunction. This approach requires experienced and specially trained physical therapists to teach the patient to improve precise patterns of motor control, and then utilize these patterns during specific exercises. As the patient gains control over simple movements, more complicated movements are introduced to the program. Eventually, functional, and if need be, sport specific movements are introduced to the program to restore function to the best of the patient’s capabilities and lifestyle requirements.

page4c-16aWith our specialized knowledge and skill in analyzing movement impairment, the physical therapists at MSPT are uniquely qualified to analyze the biomechanics of athletic movement during sport specific activities. Once recovered from injury, our ultimate goal is to instruct athletes in personalized conditioning programs that, if followed properly, will help prevent injury, promote fitness, and enhance athletic performance. With a focus on evidence based practice, our goal is to serve as experts in movement analysis, movement reeducation, and in the development and instruction of personalized conditioning programs for athletes of all types.

page2c-4aIn addition to working with athletic populations, the evaluation and treatment of persons with chronic complicated musculoskeletal conditions remains our resolute specialty.MSPT provides the one to one intensive analysis and exercise instruction, posture education, and movement training required for this population to achieve positive functional outcomes. We feel it is our mission to teach this population how to gain control over the diagnosed conditions and move toward a lifestyle focused on health and wellness. We continue to excel in this patient population, assisting persons who have all but given up on gaining control over their pain. We teach this population that muscle control leads to pain control, and pain control leads to a lifestyle of health, wellness, and fitness.

In summary, Movement Systems Physical Therapy would like to be the facility of choice for persons with conditions that affect movement, function, health, and wellness regardless of gender, age, or fitness level.

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