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Therapeutic Modalities

Eugene Physical Therapy

Therapeutic Modalities are those physical agents which may be utilized by Physical Therapists to try to change human physiology towards promoting tissue healing.  As this treatment is applied to the patient, and the patient has no physical interaction, it is considered a "passive approach".   Current research is conclusive that a treatment plan with this as the primary focus is associated with a poor clinical outcome.2  That being said, therapeutic modalities have their place when pain may be so severe that "patient interactive procedures" are not possible.

In line with our commitment to "Excellence as a Standard of Care" our clinical goals are to progress a patient as quickly as possible towards more advanced and more effective forms of therapeutic intervention, which is associated with clinical success.  Examples of this are manual therapy, PNF, exercise, proprioception training, gait training, conditioning programs. 1,3-5

Therapeutic Modalities we offer in include:
Fluidotherapy (desensitization for nerve problems)
Electric Stimulation:  all forms (T.E.N.S., interferential current, neuromuscular
            stimulation, microcurrent)
Home Cervical Traction unit
Home Hip Traction unit
Cold packs

  1. Jewell DV, Riddle DL.  Interventional that increase or decrease the likelihood of a                       meaningful  improvement in physical health in patients with sciatica.
               Phys Ther 2005 Nov; 85(11): 1139-50

  2. Jewell DV, Riddle, Thracker LR.  Interventions associated with an increased or
                decreased likelihood of pain reduction and improved function in patients with
                adhesive capsulitis:  a retrospective cohort study.  Phys Ther. 2009 Mar 6

  3. Jull G, Trott P, Potter H et al. A randomised control trial of physiotherapy management of
                cervicogenic headache.   Spine 2002  27: 1835-1843.

  4. Senbrusa G, Baltaci G, Atay A. Comparison of conservative treatment with and without
                manual physical therapy for patients with shoulder impingement syndrome: a
                prospective, randomized clinical trialKnee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2007
                Jul;15(7): 915-921

  5. Walker MJ, Boyles RE, Young BA et al.  The effectiveness of manual physical therapy and
                exercise for mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial.  Spine 2008 Oct
                15;33(22) 2371-8