Our goal every day at 3 Dimensional Physical Therapy is to exceed our patients’ expectations in treatment and customer service. In each of our South Jersey offices, we create a positive relationship focused on helping people return to the best health possible.
PATIENT OF THE MONTH
3DPT would like to congratulate our August patient of the month, Chase Dershem. Chase plays football at Eastern High School and has overcome an ACL tear with hard work and dedication to his rehab. 3DPT: Tell us about the injury that brought you to physical therapy....
3 Dimensional Physical Therapy would like to congratulate Aubrey on being named Patient of the Month! Check out her interview below to see how far she’s come, and what she has planned for her future! Go Aubrey! 3DPT: Tell us about your injury that brought you to 3DPT?...
3DPT congratulates Bill Wallner on being nominated Patient of the Month! Bill is a competitive olympic weightlifter and has had ongoing back pain. Through therapy he is working on being able to maintain this high level of competition and activity. Bill sets a positive...
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OUR PATIENT PLEDGE
SERVICES AND TREATMENTS
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Active Release Technique (ART)
Active Release Technique (ART) is a movement based massage technique which has shown to have great effect in conditions involving strains/ sprains and overuse conditions such as tendinopathy. ART is performed by professionals who have undergone extensive training and have superior knowledge of anatomy. ART is unique from other types of massage in that it has an active component.
Joint Replacement Rehab
If you’re planning to undergo knee replacement, hip replacement, or any other joint replacement procedure, the importance of physical therapy cannot be overstated. It is the most important part of achieving a great outcome following your surgery.
If you want to get the most out of your new joint, you have to get the most out of your physical therapy.
As common as various joint replacement procedures have become in recent years, recovery is still difficult. It takes hard work, commitment and perseverance on your part, and it takes the guidance, motivation and compassion of your physical therapist to get you to the finish line.
3DPT will ensure your program is customized to your needs and your lifestyle.
Frustration, pain and stiffness will be gradually replaced by mobility, flexibility and excitement. You’ll learn how to reduce strain on your joints and keep the momentum going with simple exercises you can do at home.
Think about why you’re considering joint replacement in the first place. Maybe the pain is constant. Maybe it keeps you awake at night. Maybe it’s too painful to do the things you love. The more active you are, the more important physical therapy is.
Contact 3DPT at 609-714-3378 to find out how physical therapy after joint replacement can help you regain the active lifestyle you deserve.
Post Surgical Conditions
The therapists at 3DPT have experience treating a wide array of post-surgical conditions. We will ensure that you fully understand your surgical procedure and its accompanying treatment protocol. It is important to realize that for the patient, the surgery is the easy part. The difficulty lies in putting forth the necessary effort in physical therapy – our therapists will guide you through this part of the rehab and help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Here is a partial list of the common surgical procedures we specialize in:
- rotator cuff repair
- total knee replacement
- total hip replacement
- total shoulder replacement
- ACL reconstruction
- arthroscopic menisectomypost surgical
- hip labral repair
- shoulder labral repair
- achilles tendon repair
- spinal fusion
- spinal laminectomy/discectomy
- UCL reconstruction (Tommy John surgery)
The therapists at 3DPT will utilize manual therapy to help you achieve a positive outcome. Manual therapy is a hands-on technique that is used to decrease pain, improve range-of-motion, and promote flexibility to stiff joints and muscles. The therapists at 3DPT believe that most patients will benefit from incorporating some form of manual therapy into their treatment program. Manual therapy is most effective when combined with flexibility and strengthening exercises, as this will help to reinforce the effect the therapist is trying to achieve with the manual techniques being employed.
Sports Physical Therapy emphasizes the identification, assessment, and correction of pain and disability associated with athletic injuries. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and maximize performance while minimizing the risk of injury. 3DPT works closely with local high school and college athletic trainers to coordinate care while the athlete is transitioned from injured to return to play. The therapists at 3DPT are the only board certified PTs in Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy in all of South Jersey.
At 3DPT we will utilize a variety of interventions to treat sports related injuries, including:
- Class 3 laser treatment
- Manual therapy
- Return to sport testing
- Functional movement screen
- Sport specific exercise interventions
- IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Instrument-assisted soft tissue release, or IASTM (similar to Graston) is effective in detecting scar tissue and treating the restrictions it causes to your normal function.
The therapists at 3DPT will use stainless steel instruments designed to help pinpoint thickening or scarring produced by the body in response to injury.. We will then use the instruments to separate and break down scar tissue, stretch connective tissue and muscle fibers and increase blood flow to and from the affected area, all of which are crucial to the healing process.
As a result, patients experience increased range of motion and a significant reduction in, or elimination of, pain. If pain and reduced range of motion have been a problem for you, IASTM may be part of the solution.
Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie Method)
The McKenzie Method of diagnosis and treatment uses a movement based system to assess and treat back and neck pain (www.mckenziemdt.org). This approach uses movements to reduce pressure on the nerve or disc and decrease the pain. in the neck, mid back, back, arms, or legs. There is also an emphasis on posture while sitting and sleeping to alleviate pressure throughout the day and night. The therapist will help you to establish an exercise program that will alleviate your symptoms and increase core strength to maintain the improvements made during Physical Therapy.
Pediatric Physical Therapy
Physical therapists have a strong knowledge base of anatomy and movement. They perform assessments to recognize dysfunctions in almost every system of the body and provide interventions to promote optimal physical function and health. Often times, physical therapists will specialize in a specific area of physical therapy (for example, Orthopedics, Neuro, Pediatrics). Pediatric physical therapists specialize in working with children – newborns to young adults, and everything in between. In the pediatric setting, physical therapists use clinical reasoning and evidence based practice to improve independence, facilitate motor and developmental skills, increase strength and flexibility, improve endurance and fitness, and increase participation in age appropriate gross motor activities. Pediatric physical therapists collaborate closely with families to develop individualized treatment programs centered around the wants and needs of the child.
A common misconception is that physical therapy is physical therapy. PT is so diverse! With this in mind, it is very important to seek out a pediatric physical therapist for your child. Even better, you can go on the American Physical Therapy Association website and find a board certified Pediatric Physical Therapist in your area (http://www.abpts.org/FindaSpecialist/).
The services a pediatric physical therapist can offer include:
- Assessment of developmental and gross motor skills – to help make sure your child is reaching milestones on time
- Upper/lower extremity and spine evaluation – to make sure things are moving the way they should be
- Assessment of balance, gait, and mobility – to make sure your child is walking, running, and hopping the way he or she should be
- Assessment for brace or orthotic needs – to help make sure your child has good alignment from head to toe
- Assistive device and equipment assessment – to help promote independent mobility, no matter your child’s skill set
Pediatric PT’s work with children with a range of diagnoses, including, but not limited to:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Connective tissue diseases (such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome)
- Coordination or balance disorders
- Developmental delay
- Gross motor delays
- Juvenille Rheumatoid Arthritis/Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Neuromuscular disorders ( such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth)
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Trisomy 21
The vestibular system is made up of a series of 3 canals of fluid located within your ears, and is a very important component of balance and vision. Disruptions of this delicate system can result in balance problems and frequent falling, as well as vertigo. The therapists at 3DPT are inner eartrained in assessing the vestibular system and building a program that can improve your balance and dizziness.
WHAT NEW PATIENTS NEED TO KNOW
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Your First Visit
Your first visit to 3DPT will be a thorough evaluation of your condition/injury and will last approximately 1 hour. It is best to wear comfortable, loose clothing that will allow the therapist access to the area that is being assessed. The goal of the initial evaluation is to diagnose the cause of the problem and construct a treatment plan that will provide you with an optimal outcome. The therapist will explain his/her findings and will explain in detail the plan that will get you back to 100%. It is important that you communicate your goals for your treatment so the therapist can design a treatment plan that meets your needs.
Insurances We Accept
3DPT will collect your insurance information when you call to schedule your first appointment. We will then call the insurance company to verify your benefits, and determine any out of pocket costs (deductible, copay or coinsurance) that you will be responsible for each visit. 3DPT will then inform you of your benefits on or before your first appointment.
We accept the following insurances:
Independence Blue Cross/Blue Shield
US Family Health Partners
Most Worker’s Compensation and Motor Vehicle insurances
If you have an insurance that you do not see listed, please call the office at 609-714-3378 and we will be happy to verify your benefits
In the state of New Jersey, physical therapists have what is called “Direct Access”. This means that patients are permitted to be seen by a physical therapist without a prescription from a physician. Physical therapists are experts in musculoskeletal problems, and it is recognized that PT’s are the health care provider of choice in treating these types of conditions/injuries. This “direct access” to patients allows them to be seen more quickly and results in better outcomes and fewer treatments. If we suspect a problem that needs to be assessed by a physician, we will help you get an appointment with the appropriate specialist in a timely manner as 3DPT has close relationships with area physicians.
Advanced Board Certifications
Orthopedic certified specialist (OCS) – Advanced board certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties that requires 2000 hours in orthopedic physical therapy and passing a 7 hour written examination. As of January 2012, there are 170 physical therapists with the OCS designation in the state of New Jersey.
Sports certified specialist (SCS) –Advanced board certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties that requires 2000 hours in sports physical therapy in both the clinical setting and on field training, completing a First Responder certification by the American Red Cross, and passing a 7 hour written examination. As of January 2012, there are 12 physical therapists with the SCS designation in the state of New Jersey.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) – Advanced certification in strength and conditioning by the National Strength and Conditioning Association that requires completion of a 4 hour written and practical test.
Certified Golf Fitness Professional – Advanced certification training by the Titleist Performance Institute in recognition and treatment of golf swing faults and injury risk that requires completion of a 2 day course and a written test.
When discussing movement, there are three dimensions, or planes – forward and backwards, side to side, and twisting or rotation. Each and every movement in our lives occurs through a combination of all three of these dimensions.
3DPT believes that the best and most efficient way to progress a patient from injury to return to activity is to teach the body to move through these three dimensions.
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175 Route 70 West - Suite 19
Medford, NJ 08055
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115 N. Route 73, Unit 80
West Berlin, NJ 08091