Altru’s Physical Therapy helps people overcome disabilities caused by accidents, illnesses or chronic conditions. With locations in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and the region, our physical therapists offer acute care and rehabilitation services for patients of all ages and diagnoses.
Goals of Physical Therapy
Physical therapists use temperature, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage and exercise to treat a variety of medical conditions and injuries.
A therapist may specialize in treating specific areas, such as the back, neck, knee or shoulder. Some physical therapists focus on sports injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, amputations or other conditions.
Physical therapy is designed to:
- Restore motion and decrease pain
- Correct deformities
- Increase muscle strength, flexibility and endurance
- Decrease swelling
- Improve balance, coordination and walking
- Prevent injury
Altru's Physical Therapy provides the following programs and services:
What to Expect
Even though a patient may call for his or her own appointment or another professional may initiate one, a physician's prescription must accompany the patient. Our staff will work closely with referring physicians, communicating and sharing information on treatment planning, goals and patient progress.
During your initial visit, the physical therapist will evaluate your condition. This involves reviewing your health history, determining how you could benefit from physical therapy, outlining treatment goals and developing a plan.
The quality and speed of your recovery depend largely on you. The time and effort you invest in your therapy program will help you enjoy the best possible outcome.
Your physical therapist will maintain a careful record of your progress and periodically re-evaluate your condition. You are encouraged to ask questions and openly discuss problems.