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Physical Therapy Associates of Wilkes
1915 West Park Drive, Suite 102, North Wilkesboro, NC, 28659

Physical therapy outpatient services for evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. Treatment may include therapeutic exercise and body mechanics training, manual techniques and physical agents such as: ultrasound, Anodyne phototherapy, therapeutic heat, iontophoresis - transdermal electro-delivery of a steroidal drug, as well as other thermo/electric modalities.

Hand Therapy - Specialized treatment for the restoration of hand function. Treatment may include therapeutic techniques, functional retraining, static and/or dynamic splinting.

Wound Care - Referral will consist of evaluation, prescribed treatment, and may include debridement (whirlpool and/or mechanical), edema control, Anodyne phototherapy, patient education, and appropriate modern dressings. Dressing selection is based on desired goals such as: debridement, granulation, and re-epithilization.

Therapeutic Exercise - Treatment for the goal of increasing ROM and strength and may include any or part of the following: isometric, isotonic, and isokinetic rebuilding exercise, active ROM, stability and re-education exercise, release or stretching, closed chain proprioceptive exercise, partial or full weight bearing treadmill, upper and lower body ergometery.

Self-Care Spine Program - Treatment program for clients with acute back or neck pain. Consist of 3 sessions only and emphasizes self-care through home exercises and posture/body mechanics training. Frequency is usually 1 time per week, and a safe lift assessment is performed on the third visit. A clinical based hands-on program is also available with goals toward a self-care program.

Fibromyalgia Protocol - Physical Therapy evaluation and treatment for this pain syndrome is an aggressive progression from therapeutic massage and posture correction exercises to aerobic conditioning. A team approach is preferred, from the referring physician, clearing cardiac status and aggressive pain management. Treatment duration is usually of one month, 2- 3x/wk.

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) - A 3 to 4 hour evaluation to determine an individualís capacity to perform functional activities normally associated with work activities, Validity criteria measurements are useful in establishing non- organic signs with possible psychological overlay. Workers Comp patients are allowed only two fully administered tests. FCEís are performed most frequently for: return to work, to establish a work conditioning plan, providing information for impairment ratings, litigation, and determine work capabilities for vocational services and post offer screenings.

Work Conditioning - An outcome oriented, individualized treatment program for injured workers. The focus is return to work. Goals should include improvement of cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal functions, patient education, and symptom relief Treatment consists of 2 to 8 hoursí intervention 3-5days/wk for 4 weeks. A FCE or modified FCE is performed at conclusion of program documenting patientís Physical Demand Classification for return to work. Inclinometry measurements are performed according to AMA guidelines for impairment ratings.

Extremity Joint Testing - Isokinetic testing for reliable isolated joint ROM and strength measurements. Jamar grip and pinch dynomometry testing for upper extremity function.

NCV/EMG - Testing for peripheral entrapment neuropathies.

Hours of Operation Monday - Friday, 7am to 6pm, Sat. and Sun, by appointment only.