At your first visit, a physical therapist will perform an evaluation and talk with you about your condition. The therapist then creates a physical therapy program based on your physician’s recommendations and the results of the evaluation. The therapist takes into account your expectations and goals, your age and physical abilities. 

If you are in pain at your first visit, you should expect the physical therapist’s goal is to provide a treatment that gives you immediate short-term pain relief. To achieve this, your therapist may provide electrical stimulation, ultrasound, manual therapy such as soft tissue mobilization, and cold packs. The therapist may also provide you with instructions in proper positioning to control your pain symptoms. 

Common Conditions Treated at OCPT

Exercise is almost always an important part of your program. You will usually exercise in our gym and we will give you exercises to do at home.

Following your first visit, your therapist will send a report to your physician regarding your evaluation and program plan. Before you return to your doctor, your therapist will send an updated report describing your progress in therapy.

Each therapy session takes about one hour. If you are coming for knee, ankle, shoulder or spine rehabilitation, your session may take a little longer in order to carry out your exercise program. 


Strains and Sprains
Degenerative Disc Disease
Compression Fractures


Strains and Sprains
Groin Strain
Hip Replacement 


Adhesive Capsulitis
Rotator Cuff Tears
Sprains and Strains
Labral Tears
Impingement Syndrome
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 

Knee and Leg

Meniscal Tears
Ligament Injuries
Anterior/Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tears
Plicae Syndrome
Patellofemoral Syndrome
Knee Replacement 

Elbow, Wrist, Hand

Sprains and Strains
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Trigger Finger

Ankle and Foot

Sprains and Strains
Achilles Tendinitis
Ankle Tendon Rupture
Plantar Fascitis

Specific Components Of A Physical Therapy Session


 Modalities are used to reduce pain and inflammation. Common modalities used in physical therapy are: 

Hot Packs, Whirlpool, Cold Packs, Ultrasound, Low Level Laser

Hot packs, whirlpool, cold packs, ultrasound and low level laser are heating and cooling and non-heating (photo therapy) agents that are used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and speed healing. Modalities such as these are used in physical therapy and are adjunct to rehabilitation programs. 

Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation is a method of treatment used to excite nerve and muscle tissue for the purposes of acute or chronic pain relief, neuromuscular reeducation and prevention of disuse muscle atrophy. 

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a passive treatment technique that uses the therapist’s
hands to move a mobile and/or immobile segment for the purposes of examination
and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders such as muscle spasm, myofascial
restriction and joint compression. Common techniques used in therapy are: 

Soft Tissue and Joint Mobilization

  • Massage
  • Joint Mobilization (Grades I, II, III)
  • Cervical Traction
  • Pelvic Traction
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular 
  • Facilitation (PNF)
  • Myofascial release 

Exercise Training

In our physical therapy practice, exercise training is the cornerstone of success in rehabilitation. Almost all of our patients receive some form of exercise training. Exercise training is used to improve joint range of motion, strength, balance and endurance. Exercise helps relieve pain and improve function. Patients routinely receive home exercise instructions as part of their rehabilitation program. 

  • Spine Stabilization Exercises
  • Open and Closed Chain Rehabilitation Exercises
  • Assistive Gym Exercises
  • Manual Assistive Active and Resistive Exercises
  • Proprioception Training
  • Balance Training
  • Endurance Training
  • Functional Training and Lifting