Physical Therapy: A Cost-Efficient Healthcare Option

Did you know physical therapy, when used as a first-line of defense, is a more affordable healthcare option than injections or surgery? According to a 2017 study by the Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation (APTQI), patients experiencing low back pain were observed incurring lower healthcare costs when physical therapy was used as an initial intervention as opposed to injections or surgery.

Moreover, the study expands on the importance of beginning treatment within 15 days of onset of pain or injury, as recovery time and healthcare costs are significantly decreased with early intervention.

At Elite Integrated Therapy Centers, we understand the options you have as a healthcare consumer and we’re happy to offer a cost-saving option to you and your family. If you have an issue that you’ve been considering scheduling an appointment for, our team verifies your insurance benefits ahead of your first appointment. That way, you will know your financial responsibility before beginning treatment!

 

Free Movement Screens at Anytime Fitness

 

Elite Integrated Therapy Centers at Anytime Fitness

Join us at Anytime Fitness in Indian Land on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 from 3:00pm-7:00pm. Our team of physical therapists will be available to members of Anytime Fitness for Free Movement Screens, pain assessments, and for a chance to grab some Elite swag. A partner in helping you achieve your health and fitness goals, our skilled clinical professionals are trained to assess and coach through movement patterns, which helps prevent injury and, for those already injured, expedites recovery.

Details…

  • Location: Anytime Fitness, 5090 Ridgeline Ln, Indian Land, SC 29707
  • Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
  • Time: 3:00pm-7:00pm

For directions, click here.

COMING SOON to the Prisma Health Family YMCA

Since 2006, Elite Integrated Therapy Centers has provided Physical Therapy services to Greenville, Anderson, and their surrounding communities. Keeping consistent with our tagline “We’ve Got you Covered”, we’ve done just that by opening clinics across the Upstate of South Carolina and in the Fort Mill area, as well as expanding our services to include Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Home Visits.

In February 2021, we are excited to announce the opening of our 12th location in the Prisma Health Family YMCA in Simpsonville. Joining us at this location is Tracy Wilde PT, OCS. A skilled clinician with 30+ years of outpatient orthopedic experience, Tracy treats a wide variety of patients and diagnoses, from spine to post-operative to athletic injuries. Having experienced ACL reconstruction surgery firsthand, she has a unique perspective into patients’ recovery and rehabilitation journeys. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from UNC Chapel Hill in 1988, Tracy relocated to Upstate SC where she has diligently served her community in and out of the clinic. She is a board member of the Prisma Health Family YMCA, an active member and volunteer at First Baptist of Simpsonville, and an avid Tarheel fan!

We are now accepting new physical therapy patients for this location, making our services available to YMCA members as well as outside guests. We look forward to continuing to serve our local communities!

Get Back in the Game

ELITE Performance, is designed to help athletes prevent injuries and confidently return back to sport after a lower extremity injury by teaching proper jumping, landing, and lifting mechanics, we work on increasing lower extremity and core strength and enhancing change-of-direction/agility techniques.

SEMI-PRIVATE TRAINING

For active individuals who are looking for more personal attention than a group class, but love working out with other people for motivation, accountability, and a sense of community.

  • Sports Performance
  • General Fitness

PERSONAL TRAINING

Training takes an individual approach towards the client’s fitness goals and is based on their health/fitness assessment.

  • General Fitness
  • Sports Performance
  • Post-Rehab Training

LOWER EXTREMITY INJURY PREVENTION/RETURN TO SPORT

Designed to help athletes, confidently/successfully, return back to sport by teaching proper jumping, landing, and lifting mechanics. We work on increasing lower extremity and core strength and enhance change of direction/agility training.

Conditions that are suitable for this program are:

  • ACL/MCL tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Patellar tendon issues
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Ankle Injuries

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Hip Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Low Back Injuries
  • Substantial growth spurts

Team Training

Private team training packages are available for all sports, ages, and skill levels. This team training program is tailored to meet the specific needs of athletes based on sport, age, skill level, and performance goals. Team training is a great way for athletes to get an edge up on the competition by increasing sport performance levels, decreasing risk for injury, and building team camaraderie. Focuses on:

  • Strength and Conditioning geared toward increasing / enhancing strength, power, functional movement, injury prevention, and lifting mechanics
  • Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training geared toward increasing / enhancing linear and lateral speed, agility, change of direction, and injury prevention

CONTACT ONE OF OUR CLINICS TODAY

To schedule a session or to learn more about our Elite Performance trainings for individual athletes or team trainings, contact one of our 12 locations throughout the Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Belton, Boiling Springs, Fort Mill, Powdersville, Seneca and Simpsonville, SC areas.

Prices vary based on service. For inquiries, call at 864.233.5128 or e-mail us at info@elitetherapycenters.com.

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Pregnancy and Physical Therapy

pregnancy and physical therapy

Pregnancy and Physical Therapy

Did you know a physical therapist can effectively treat many diagnoses both during and after pregnancy? Few people are aware of this option, although the benefits are well worth it. A women’s health physical therapist can treat a large range of diagnoses, including but not limited to: back pain, pelvic pain, incontinence, carpal tunnel, headaches, painful intercourse and diastasis recti (separation of abdominal musculature). Often these symptoms are disregarded because of how commonly they occur with pregnancy. However, you do not have to suffer through these symptoms; we can help you overcome them for improved quality of life during pregnancy.

Why Would I Need Physical Therapy During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, women experience many changes. As the baby grows, a mother’s ribs must expand, organs slide out of the way and the abdomen stretches. As the baby grows heavier, the pelvic floor also has more pressure being pushed down onto it. This extra pressure can cause pelvic floor symptoms, such as pelvic pain or incontinence. A women’s health physical therapist can work with you during pregnancy to reduce and/or prevent these symptoms altogether. 

Pregnant women may also experience back pain, carpal tunnel and headaches during pregnancy. Poor posture, stress, the additional baby weight and the change in your center of gravity can all contribute to these symptoms. However, these are all musculoskeletal issues that physical therapists are able to address with positioning considerations, manual therapy techniques and gentle therapeutic exercises for optimal posture and strength. Any of these conditions can be effectively treated at any point in your pregnancy. Your physical therapist will evaluate you and provide an individualized plan of care aligned with your trimester of pregnancy. 

Physical therapists can also provide tips and techniques for labor and delivery, while taking into consideration any musculoskeletal pain or impairments. Previous injuries or painful regions, especially in your back or hips, may become irritated or worsened from labor or delivery. To prevent this, you can set up a third trimester appointment with one of our women’s health physical therapists. During the third trimester visit, we will discuss your medical history, perform a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation and discuss potential laboring positions. We will also talk about the functions of the pelvic floor and how to prevent tearing during delivery. Then, following your third trimester visit, you can schedule a postpartum evaluation to ensure you are on track for a good recovery.

 

What About Postpartum Physical Therapy?

In the past few years, studies have shown that women do not feel they are adequately prepared for the postpartum experience, termed “the fourth trimester.” Typically, women are seen for many doctor visits before the baby is born but only one visit postpartum. In 2018, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published guidelines for postpartum care, which included a referral to physical therapy for urinary or fecal incontinence. It also explained that postpartum care should be an ongoing process, rather than just one visit.

There are many diagnoses a women’s health physical therapist can treat following delivery. A few common examples are: low back pain, pelvic pain, urinary or fecal incontinence, pain with sexual intercourse and diastasis recti (separation of abdominal musculature). Therapeutic exercise and manual therapy techniques are used during treatment of these depending on your individual presentation and symptoms.

A women’s health physical therapist can even be useful for a postpartum checkup to provide you with the necessary knowledge to prevent future issues. This can be especially important if you want to return to working out or running. It is even more highly recommended if you experienced a tear or surgical cut during your delivery to make sure your body heals correctly without any complications. A women’s health physical therapist can help you gradually return to your normal daily activities and manage any pelvic floor symptoms that occur along the way.

Exercise is also an important aspect of the recovery process postpartum. We can create a program focusing on strengthening and stability to improve motor control and overall well-being. A women’s health physical therapist is trained to do this, while also considering any postpartum complications to ensure your safety. If there is a post-surgical scar, this is extremely important so the scar is not re-opened from too much rigorous activity. A therapist can suggest adjustments and specific exercises based on your functional capabilities and limitations.

 

When to Call Us?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed above, women’s health or pelvic floor therapy may be a great option for you. This includes:

  • Pain during or following pregnancy, especially pelvic pain, hip pain or low back pain
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence (leakage) in general or during exercise
  • Diastasis recti
  • Pain with sexual intercourse
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Headaches
  • Back pain

During your first visit, we will take a subjective medical history and chat with you about your goals. We will also perform a musculoskeletal exam of your trunk & lower extremities and, when indicated, an internal pelvic floor examination. Follow-up visits will include therapeutic exercise and manual therapy dependent upon the findings of your evaluation.

To schedule an appointment with one of our women’s health physical therapists, you can either give us a call directly or you can ask to be referred by your physician. Please don’t hesitate to also reach out if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about pelvic floor physical therapy & what we can offer. We would love to help!

To schedule an appointment with one of our women’s health physical therapists, give us a call at one of our 12 locations in Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Belton, Boiling Springs, Fort Mill, Powdersville, Seneca and Simpsonville, SC or you can ask to be referred by your physician.

Elite Home Visits: Bringing the Clinic Experience Home

home visits

Elite Home Visits

Elite Integrated Therapy Centers offers physical, occupational and speech therapy services in the home and in assisted-living facility settings. Our home visits are offered to anyone in the Upstate area with no restrictions or extra costs. It is billed exactly as if you are in the clinic with us, and there are no guidelines that need to be met to qualify for in-home treatment. This program also serves as an effective home health discharge plan reducing re-hospitalization/readmission rates for vulnerable patient populations.

Who Qualifies for Elite Home Visits?

Anyone and everyone! There are no limitations on who can receive these services. In contrast to home health, we bill Medicare Part B rather than Part A. Therefore, there are no additional fees or qualifications. Your copay will be dependent upon your insurance. We will also pre-verify your benefits before your first appointment so there are no surprises.

Those Who Benefit the Most

That said, this program is more beneficial to some more than others. We strongly encourage patients to attend their therapy sessions in the clinic. However, we realize that is not feasible for everyone so we wanted to bridge that gap.

Our home visit services are ideal for those who:

  • Are immunocompromised or have a respiratory condition at this time.
  • Are home-bound.
  • Have transportation issues.
  • Reside far from healthcare facilities.

If you fall into one of these categories, Elite home visits would be a great option for your physical, occupational and/or speech therapy needs. Our goal is to help you live your best, pain-free life.

Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapy vs. Speech Therapy

Physical, occupational and speech therapy all mutually focus on targeted tasks and problem solving to promote success in the home environment. However, each one can then be further broken down into assisting with the following objectives:

  • Physical Therapy: functional mobility, rehabilitation, assistive device utilization and balance.
  • Occupational Therapy: activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, driving), returning to work and fall prevention.
  • Speech Therapy: speech & language, cognition (memory, problem solving, safety), feeding/swallowing, fluency and voice disorders.

Treatment methods vary dependent upon your specific needs and goals. Your doctor may refer you for one of these services. You may also call us personally to schedule your appointment – no referral necessary! We will continue to keep your primary care physician updated with your progress throughout treatment.

What to Expect

Now that you have made your appointment, what can you expect?

We provide you with a two hour window in which we will arrive at your house and will call you the day of when we are on the way. Upon arrival, we will review your insurance information, as well as some general paperwork. The first part of your evaluation will be spent discussing your medical history, symptoms and goals. Various tests will be performed to determine your functional capabilities and limitations. Your results are then used to create a unique, individualized treatment program. We will work closely alongside you, helping you achieve your goals and measuring your success along the way.

Added Bonus!

In addition to these services, our in-home speech language pathologists can also help during this time for those who have suddenly become tasked with being an at home educator, which includes special education services. Our therapists can help bridge the gap and prevent regression. We are able to work with all ages, including infants, children and adolescents.

For Your Convenience

We accept most commercial insurances, Medicaid, Medicare and offer private pay services/payment plans. We are happy to work around your schedule to find a time most convenient for you. Our goal is to assist you as best we can during this unprecedented time. Continuing progress in therapy prevents regression or worsened symptoms of pain or injury, which is why we have chosen to remain available to those who need us the most. We are continuing to treat in the clinics, as well, and going above and beyond all CDC and WHO safety guidelines.

Our goal is to assist you as best we can during this unprecedented time throughout the Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Belton, Boiling Springs, Fort Mill, Powdersville, Seneca and Simpsonville, SC areas.

Contact one of our clinics today to schedule an appointment.

8 Sneaky Reasons Your Back Hurts

Did you know that about 80% of people will suffer from back pain? Sometimes, it’s obvious when you injure your back – whether you’re involved in an accident or simply feel something go wrong when lifting heavy objects. Back pain can sneak up on you through seemingly harmless motions. We’re diving into 8 sneaky reasons your back is hurting:

More Money, More Problems

Especially prevalent with men, storing a wallet in your back pocket is second nature. However, when seated, it causes your hips to be slightly angled and can throw your back’s position off—leading to pain.

Working (Too) Hard

Think of where your phone, printer, stapler, etc. sit on your desk at work. Is there something you grab for often that is ever so slightly out of reach? The repetitious leaning movement can misalign your back and move muscles improperly. Make sure your desk essentials are conveniently placed.

Country Roads

Often long drives are met with an inevitable groan. You spend most of the drive twisting and turning trying to get comfortable. The answer is in your seat position! Make sure your driver’s seat is angled so that it keeps your back upright and your hips at a 90-degree angle. Also, make sure to get out of your car every two or so hours to stretch and get your blood flowing.

Keeping You On Your Toes

While you may stretch your back in the morning or your hamstrings before a run, how often do you think about the flexibility in your big toe? Understandably, not very often. Experiencing decreased flexibility in your big toe and/or ankles can throw off your normal walking pattern. If your feet and ankles are stiff, then there may be too much movement or unbalanced movement in the lumbar spine.

Hips Don’t Lie

We know about Leg Day and Back Day at the gym, but what about Hip Day? A weakness of your hips can lead to straining low back muscles to compensate. Strengthen those hips by throwing a few sets of clam shells or leg lifts into your next leg day regimen.

Sleeping Soundly

While you’re tossing and turning at night, certain positions put the hips and/or low back in a bad position for hours at a time. The best positions for sleeping are on your back or side, making sure your pillows are properly set up to keep your neck neutral all night.

Fresh Kicks

Shoes with proper arch support, rigidity, and the proper size help keep a normal walking pattern that can take the pressure off of your low back. Next time you’re shopping, make sure to check out this post by The Fitness Tribe ranking some of the best shoes for avoiding back pain or go to your local running store to get properly sized!

Labor Pains

Mothers who deliver by C-section see increased side effects post-birth, as they are also recovering from major surgery. C-sections are performed by cutting through muscle groups that important in spinal stabilization. If that muscle is never retrained, the spine is often unstable which can move vertebrae and muscles out of place.

Back pain can be debilitating and make you feel that you’re on the sidelines of your own life. Hopefully, these tips and tricks help get you back on your feet. If you’d like more insight or help with your back pain, give one of our skilled physical therapists a call and get scheduled today!

Wallet in back pocket can lead to misalignment your back!

Living Life Up to Par: Physical Therapy to Prevent Pain and Injury

Feel ‘up to par’: Physical Therapy prevents pain and injury!

While physical therapy is commonly thought to address existing pain or the onset of an injury, it just may be the best kept secret to preventing pain or injury. We’re here to let this secret out, just in time for you to enjoy much-anticipated summertime activities!

Injury Prevention

 

Whether you’re an avid athlete or a weekend warrior, knowing the right way to go through the motions of your preferred activity can play a big role in injury prevention. Same concept as knowing proper lifting mechanics so as not to injury your back, a physical therapist who understands your activity of choice can assess injury risk factors and make corrections as necessary. For example…

  • Do you experience soreness in your back or shoulders after a round of golf?
  • Are your muscles tight after pulling weeds in your garden?
  • Does it take some time to recover following a run around the neighborhood?

Perhaps this is your body’s way of sending you a message. While you may experience muscle pain or soreness following activity after you’ve been dormant for a time period, you should not be experiencing it following activities that you perform on a regular basis. Reviewing your activity with a physical therapist will help them determine potential movement-related risk factors, which in turn can curb potential injury. Moreover, a physical therapist will make corrections to your movements which will help lessen risk factors later on down the road. This can include, but does not limit to…

 

Performance Improvement

 

Not only is physical therapy beneficial for injury prevention, but it’s also helpful for “healthy” individuals as well! Particularly targeted toward the athletic community looking to improve performance in a sport or activity, physical therapy can target strength, agility, flexibility, and coordination.

 

At Elite, you not only have access to excellent clinical care from our therapy staff, but our Fitness and Wellness program is also available for individual and group personal training.

 

Interested in how physical therapy can help you with your goals? Call any of our 9 locations to speak with a physical therapist—no strings attached! Should you be in need of physical therapy, we can accommodate you within 24-48 hours, no referral needed.

You Asked, We Answered!

Last month in our e-mail newsletter and on our social media platforms, we invited you to “Ask the Experts” and we’re excited to address your questions about physical therapy! Make sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on all of the latest PT happenings, contests, and announcements here at Elite!

 

Q: What is Physical Therapy?

A: Physical Therapy is the treatment to improve mobility, relieve pain, restore physical function, and address disease or deformity.

 

Q: What can Physical Therapy treat?

A: The better question is… what can’t physical therapy treat? We can treat a wide variety of diagnoses. While PT is most commonly thought of for either back pain or sports injuries, some lesser known diagnoses can include headaches, vertigo, and TMJD/lockjaw. Click here for the full list of diagnoses we treat here at Elite!

 

Q: Do I need a referral from my doctor?

A: In most cases, no. In the state of South Carolina under “Direct Access” laws, you can be seen by a Physical Therapist for 30 days before a physician’s script is needed. But we like to get ahead by looping in your Primary Care Physician from the get-go. That way, if we need to see you past 30 days, we already have their consent to move forward!

 

Q: What if I’ve been referred to another facility?

A: As a patient, you have a choice in where you would like to attend therapy. If you want to come see us, let your physician know!

 

Q: How much does Physical Therapy cost?

A: This depends on your insurance coverage. While we accept all private and commercial insurances, we verify insurance benefits ahead of time to let you know what your financial responsibility is prior to your first appointment.

 

Q: Do I need to wait until the pain goes down to come in for treatment?

A: No! In fact, seeing a therapist in the midst of pain will help us better assess the situation and take action appropriately. Moreover, the sooner you are seen and treated, the faster and more effective your recovery will be.

FACT: Studies show that patients seen by a physical therapist within 2 weeks of onset of pain or injury have a 93% success rate.

 

Q: Can I continue working out while attending physical therapy?

A: This will all depend on what you’re being seen for and what you’re looking to do in your workout. Often, your physical therapist can make recommendations on exercises and cater your treatments to your individual goals. If maintaining an active lifestyle during physical therapy happens to be one, your physical therapist can assist you in coming up with a plan that won’t disrupt your PT progress!

 

Q: Should I get an MRI or X-ray first?

A: Your therapist can still evaluate you and see what’s going on. If they see a further underlying problem, your clinician can work with your doctor to determine if radiology would be appropriate.

 

Q: Does physical therapy hurt?

A: While the “No Pain, No Gain” mantra is often associated with physical activity, it’s not always the case with physical therapy. Depending on your diagnoses and advised treatment plan, you may deal with soreness or slight discomfort due to reactivating your muscles and joints. While this is to be expected, pain levels are monitored by your therapist throughout the course of treatment to ensure you’re not overworking your body. Keeping the lines of communication open between you and your therapist in regards to how your body is reacting will allow the therapist to better manage your treatment plan.

 

Were we able to answer your physical therapy questions? If not, shoot us a message and we’ll help you out!

In addition to Physical Therapy, we also offer Occupational Therapy, PT Home Visits, Massage Therapy, and Fitness & Wellness. Check out a full list of our services here.

Your Wait Time Will Be…

From two day shipping to grocery concierge services to being able to know in real time which traffic route is the fastest just by pulling up an app on your phone—we live in a day and age of instant gratification and convenience. Wouldn’t it be nice if healthcare worked the same way? What if, at the onset of pain, injury, or physical inconvenience, you were able to contact your healthcare provider and be seen within a week? a couple of days? a matter of a few hours? As evidenced by the growing number of urgent care facilities in the Upstate, there’s certainly a need that’s being addressed in the community. However, when you’re in need of a specialist, the process can become lengthy and in some cases, your health care should not be put on hold.

Fortunately, the state of South Carolina recognizes this sense of urgency and has Direct Access regulations in place that allow you to be seen by a physical therapist for up to 30 days, no referral needed! At Elite Integrated Therapy Centers, we make it our mission to accommodate you within 24-48 hours. During your first visit, we will evaluate the issue and create a plan to treat the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. On the back end, we will loop in your primary care physician to keep things on pace, just in case we anticipate going over that 30 day mark. Physical therapy is a great option to not only address your issues quickly, but is also cost effective in the long run. For example, a recent study found seeing a physical therapist within 14 days of onset of pain can minimize health care costs by 50%!

Curious as to what physical therapy can treat? While physical therapy is commonly thought of for back pain or athletic injuries, it can address so much more: muscle pain, joint pain, vertigo, TMJ/lock jaw, pre- & post-surgery, pain pre- & post-pregnancy, and incontinence, to name a few. Why put your healthcare on hold? Call today to speak with one of our team members at Elite Integrated Therapy Centers!