Whenever surgery is a part of your treatment, physical therapy will play an important role in your post-surgery protocol and in your recovery process. All surgeries, even the most minimally invasive surgeries, require some level of physical therapy. PT assists most patients with movement and mobility, decreases pain, restores function, and limits disability in individuals with injuries or impairments. *
Michael Friar, D.P.T., board-certified in all types of physical therapies, leads our physical therapy department here at the Kew Gardens clinic of the NYSI in providing physical therapies personalized to patients’ needs. Some treatment plans rely heavily on proper stretching, exercise, and manual therapy with the ultimate goal being the improvement of health. Patients learn about their own body mechanics and postural awareness, and are offered instructions on how to perform home exercises. Home exercises are beneficial to the healing process and help patients to avoid reinjury.
Physical therapy treatment options typically include combined cardio and weight machines that target strength and endurance training. A licensed physical therapist evaluates and assesses you in order to determine functioning levels, pain thresholds, and physical restrictions in advance of assigning a PT plan to you. Your personal doctor together with Michael Friar, will design and develop a PT treatment plan focused on your health goals.