What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is the treatment of injuries and conditions, inflammation, stiffness, and soreness through exercise, manipulation, massage, and modalities such as electric stimulation, ultrasound, and heat and ice therapy, and Kinesio Tape applications.  Physical therapy is geared to reduce and ultimately eliminate pain, prepare for or avoid surgery, improve mobility and function, and prevent reoccurrence.

Do I need a prescription?

No.  Under Direct Access, a licensed Physical Therapist can evaluate and treat a patient without the referral or prescription of a doctor.  Upon an evaluation, we will send the report to the doctor or team of healthcare professionals of your choice to inform them you are under our care and of your progress.  If there is no progress made within a 30-day period, you must then see a doctor. We have a list of specialists we can recommend for you.

When should I see a Physical Therapist?

If you have pain, discomfort, or limitation that interferes with your daily activity such as dressing, getting in and out of a car, going for a walk, climbing stairs, cooking or cleaning for the amount of time you would like, or performing exercise that is part of your daily regimen, you should seek a consultation from a Physical Therapist.  Physical Therapists also treat acute injury such a sprains, strains, fractures, or sharp pain.

Will I be forced to exercise?

Depending on your injury or condition, a Physical Therapist will tailor a program that works for you.  The program should be designed to quiet down your pain first and then slowly introduce therapeutic exercises and stretching patterns.  Therapeutic exercise is much different than a gym routine. You will never be forced through pain or pushed through movements you are not comfortable with.  Each exercise will be designed to improve strength and mobility for both your conditions are the area(s) of the body that may have been limited causing your injury/condition to occur in the first place through a passive and compassionate approach.  The goal will always be to make sure you understand why you are doing each exercise and the benefit of continuing the exercises at home as well.

You can always benefit from a Physical Therapy consultation to discuss your goals and see if Physical Therapy is the appropriate form of treatment for you.  Physical Therapy can assist with:


  • Orthopedic Injury
  • Pre-and Post- Operative Care
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Sprain/Strain
  • Tendon Tears
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Instability
  • Low Back and Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervicalgia
  • Postural Awareness & Correction
  • Workplace Ergonomics
  • Shoulder Pain and Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Tennis/Golfer Elbow
  • Epicondylitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Trigger Finger
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • ACL injuries
  • Hyperextension on the knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Foot/Ankle Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Marathon Training
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Core Strengthening
  • Gait Correction
  • Balance Training
  • And much, much more


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Ascend Physical Therapy – 119 Grove Street – Montclair, NJ 07042