ACE Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Institute pledges to provide excellent physical therapy care. We accomplish this by infusing quality and purpose into everything we do and by going above and beyond the norm. To us, quality means excellence, superiority, value, worth, and moving from “good to great”. It means providing service with compassion, conviction and passion for being and giving our best.
The primary service provided at ACE Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Institute is physical therapy and management of physical therapy centers. Our definition of Physical Therapy, includes the evaluation, planning, and implementation of treatment procedures to assist a patient in returning to his/her highest level of physical and mental function. This type of physical therapy is utilized as conservative management of musculoskeletal and/or neurological dysfunction or as pre and post-operative rehabilitation with the conditions being evaluated and treated ranging from acute, sub-acute, long-term or even disabled. Types of treatment may include the use of physical, chemical, and other properties such as air, cold, heat, electricity, exercise, massage, water, ultrasound, and radiant energy including ultraviolet, visible, and infrared rays.
The primary goals of physical therapy treatment are to prevent disability, to restore the patient’s functional capacities to an optimal level, to assist the patient in maintaining that restored level in all aspects of a patient’s daily life. We pride ourselves in assisting the patient in returning to pre-injury functional, work and athletic status as quickly as medically possible.
Additional therapy services offered at some, if not all, of the ACE Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Institute facilities may include, but are not be limited to:
Definition: This is the individualized training and competition preparation in sports, where every physical and mental aspect of the athlete is evaluated to determine how to improve current levels of training and performance and be able to reach his/her true potential (which may include climbing to the top of a profession and/or extending a career). Being able to train at the most efficient level and finding the consummate formula to enable every part of the mind and body to work together proficiently is the key component to enhancing one’s performance in sports.
Definition: This is the practice of preventing, recognizing, assessing, managing, treating, disposing of, and reconditioning athletic injuries under the direction of a licensed physician. Athletic injuries constitute injuries sustained by a person as a result of the person’s participation in an organized sport or sport-related exercise or activity, including interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, semiprofessional, and professional sports activities.
Services provided by an athletic trainer of ACE Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Institute (ACE-PTSMI) may include, but not be limited to planning and implementing a comprehensive athletic injury and prevention program; initial assessment of an athlete’s injury or illness and formulation of an impression of the injury or illness in order to provide emergency or continued care as well as refer the injured athlete to a physician for definitive diagnosis and treatment, if appropriate; administration of first aid and emergency care for acute athletic injuries and illnesses; provision of health care information; counseling of athletes; provision of instruction on subject matter related to athletic training or sports medicine; and setting up and carrying out a rehabilitation plan for an injured athlete in an attempt to prepare them for a return-to-play.
Definition: Industrial rehabilitation is a type of rehabilitation program aimed at the prevention and reduction of work-related injuries, the evaluation and treatment of the injured worker and return of injured worker to productive employment safely, efficiently, and as soon as possible.
- Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)
This is an assessment tool, beneficial in an industrial environment to:
Evaluate new employees in a post job-offer FCE in order to determine appropriate job placement to match the employee’s physical level with the physical requirements of the job:
- Determine an employee’s readiness to return to work after an injury in order to better determine the need for restrictions, modified job duty, and/or return to job without restrictions; and
- Assist the employer and physician to better improve the employee’s health and job performance.
Job Site Analysis
This is an analysis performed of a job site to determine employee safety and job appropriateness. Results of such can provide better comprehension for the employer, the physician, and therapy staff of the employee’s environment when attempting to understand the nature of an injury and when preventing further injury. As a result of a job site analysis, an industrial consultant can provide recommendations to the employer to increase safety for employees and increase efficiency with employee productivity. In addition, the consultant can work with engineering and ergonomic specialists in a team approach to increase manufacturing productivity.
Early Symptom Investigation (ESI)
This service involves having an industrial rehabilitation consultant visiting work sites to meet with employees for purposes of identifying the beginning stages of a potential musculo-skeletal injury and reducing the likelihood that more expensive medical care will be required. The consultant will meet with those employees who have reported problems such as soreness, muscle strains, spasms, joint pain, and/or catching during movement while at work. The consultation will occur during the employee’s work duties so consultant can observe the employee’s performance of job tasks and be able to assess any problem areas. Appropriate treatment will be provided to the assessed problem with plans to minimize the employee’s time off from work. Consultant shall meet with the employee weekly to follow the progress of recovery and to determine if further care is necessary to improve health and productivity.
Stretching programs can be designed and provided to employees to be performed prior to shifts in groups and/or independently to decrease risk of cumulative injury as the result of repetitive movement throughout the day. Stretching programs are specific to movement requirements, job duties, and past injury. Employees can participate in a group education setting or individually as needed based on injury.
Definition: This is the evaluation, planning, and implementation of treatment procedures to assist a patient in regaining maximum use of his/her hand after injury, surgery, or the onset of disease. Additionally, hand therapy may include the evaluation and rehabilitation of the entire upper extremity, below the level of the shoulder. The goal is to help injured patients regain maximum function of their injured upper extremity in preparation for a safe, early, and effective return-to-work, recreation, activities of daily living (ADLs), etc.
Hand therapy is typically provided by an occupational or physical therapist who has pursued additional training in the specialty of hand therapy.
Definition: Simply, this is the provision of therapy services in a patient’s home when a patient, based on his/her condition or status, is unable to travel to a facility for therapy as determined by the referring physician.
Definition: The goal of the back school is to educate the patients regarding proper posture and the body mechanics of the entire spine. In our back school, our therapists review proper posture of the patients’ entire spine in sitting, standing and horizontal position. Our therapists give special attention to the upper back, neck and the core musculature. Demonstrations of proper lifting techniques and exercises are presented in order to strengthen and stretch the muscles of the body that directly or indirectly affect the entire spine. This preventative education enables the patients to help reduce the symptoms of their current condition, while at the same time learning the correct techniques to avoid future injury.