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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is an active approach to manage injury or pain through an evaluation, assessment, and treatment plan by a licensed physical therapist.

Physical Therapist's are movement experts who optimize quality of life and function through a variety of treatment methods. These methods often include an individualized exercise plans and education. Physical therapy will improve your movement, boost performance, and reduce pain so you can lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

What We Treat!

Conditions for Knee Physical Therapy:
  • Knee pain (deep or superficial)
  • Meniscus tears
  • Ligament sprains (ACL/PCL/LCL/MCL)
  • Patellar issues: tendinitis, chondromalacia, tracking, bursitis 
  • IT band syndrome (runner’s knee)
  • Knee weakness
  • Meniscectomy
  • Ligament repair (ACL/PCL/MCL/LCL)
  • Arthroscopic debridement
  • Total/partial knee replacement
  • Tendon repair
  • Fractures

Conditions for Foot & Ankle Physical Therapy:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Foot pain
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendonitis 
  • Tendinitis
  • Fracture 
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Toe pain
  • Ankle Instability
  • Heel pain
  • Bunionectomy
  • Bone spur removal
  • Fractures or Fusions
  • Ligament (ATFL) repair
  • Achilles tendon repair

Conditions for Hip Physical Therapy:

  • Hip pain (deep or superficial)
  • Sacroiliac Issues
  • Sciatica or Sciatic issues
  • Sports hernia
  • Bursitis
  • Labral tear or sprain
  • Tendonitis / strain of hip flexor, adductors (groin), or hamstring
  • Total hip replacement
  • Labral or tendon repair
  • Arthroscopic Hip Debridement
  • Fracture 
  • Hip weakness

Conditions for Spine Physical Therapy:

  • Core weakness 
  • Herniated disc
  • Back pain (deep or superficial)
  • Spine strain/sprain
  • Stenosis
  • Hyper-Lordosis
  • Forward Head Posture 
  • Spondlyoisthesis
  • Scoliosis
  • Facet Issues
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Posture Issues
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Fusion
  • Disc replacement

Conditions for Shoulder Physical Therapy:

  • Shoulder pain (deep or superficial)
  • Rotator Cuff Issues / Tendonitis
  • Biceps Tendonitis / rupture
  • Labral Tear
  • Chronic dislocations / subluxations 
  • AC / SC Sprain
  • Bursitis
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive capsulitis)
  • Impingement Syndrome
  • Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery

Conditions for Elbow Physical Therapy::

  • Elbow pain (deep or superficial)
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ulnar nerve pathology
  • Bicep/tricep/forearm tendinitis
  • Elbow/wrist/hand sprain
  • Joint dislocations
  • Fracture
  • Tendon rupture repair
  • Post traumatic fracture internal fixation
  • Nerve relocation

Non-Orthopedic Issues that can be treated with Physical Therapy:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Balance dysfunction
  • Multiple sclerosis rehabilitation
 
At Agile Physical Therapy we don’t look at you as your injury, we see you for how your injury has affected your life. We will work with you to achieve your goals. Learn why Agile is the best in the business.
 

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Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

Athletes are everywhere. You do not have to be a professional to take your sport seriously. Athletics keep us active and create wellness both mentally and physically.

At Agile Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we take your sport seriously. Our Sports Medicine Physical Therapy program is meant to keep you participating in your sport of choice and help you obtain your specific fitness goals. You are only as strong as your team. At Agile, 68% of our physical therapists are board-certified compared to the 12% national average, which results in highly qualified therapists helping you achieve your goals. 

No human is the same and therefore no injury should be treated the same. 

Taking a proactive approach to an injury decreases your recovery time and gets you back to your sport sooner. Sports physical therapists are your movement experts that can help evaluate your injury and, in addition, tailor your program to your specific phase of recovery and your unique needs. Here are some specialized services we offer: 
  • Pre and Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Running Analysis 
  • Injury Screenings and Prevention
  • Bike Fit Assessments 
  • Custom Orthotics
  • Dance Medicine
  • Yoga and Pilates
  • Hand Therapy (with Physical and Occupational Therapists)
  • Vestibular Therapy (for post-concussive patients)
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Cupping (Myofascial Decompression) 
  • Pre / Post-Partum Recovery 
  • Personal Training
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 3.5 million sports injuries per year, the most common are: 
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Hamstring Strain
  • Groin (Adductor) pull 
  • Knee Pain (Patellofemoral syndrome) 
  • Knee Ligament Strain (ACL is most common) 
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) 
  • Shin Splints (Tibial Stress Syndrome) 

When you have individualized care, you'll be back on your feet faster AND have the potential to be better than ever.

At Agile Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine you are a unique individual. We will work with you to achieve your goals. Learn why Agile is the best in the business.

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Pre/Post Operative Physical Therapy

Get back to your favorite sport or activity with Pre/Post operative care at Agile Physical Therapy! 

Recovering from a major surgery can be physical and emotionally challenging. Doing everything you can do in your recovery can be helpful. As a matter of fact, Pre/Post operative physical therapy can make a significant difference in how fast you recover!

What is Pre/Post Operative Physical Therapy?

Pre operative physical therapy is performing strengthening prior to your surgery. It has been shown in the research to improve your strength and recovery after your surgery.  Post operative care is performing physical therapy after your surgery. It has been well-known in research to promote faster and better recoveries. Altogether, Physical therapists have substantial medical knowledge that includes how surgery affects a person’s body. They understand the limitations of surgery so you can be pushed appropriately to quicken your recovery. While you might be pushed, our physical therapist's will not allow you to do any exercise that may slow your recovery or worsen your condition. 

Benefits of Pre/Post Operative Physical Therapy

Research supports pre/post operative physical therapy can have expansive benefits including:
  • Improve Operative Outcomes
  • Blood Flow
  • Prepare for operative procedures, both mentally and physically
  • Preventing blood clots
  • Posture
  • Balance
  • Self-care training
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Reduce hospital stay length
  • Gait training
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Pain control/management 

What do you love doing? We can’t wait to get you back there with strengthening, mobility, range of motion, and balance training at Agile Physical Therapy.

While following your doctor’s protocol for movement, strengthening and movement is an important part of having a safe, expedient, and comprehensive recovery. Additionally, your doctor may recommend one of the following treatments which we can also provide: 
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Heat and Ice application
  • Ultrasound

Which surgeries can physical therapy help with?

If you don’t see your operation here? Don’t worry, just give us a call and we can tell you if we can help! 
  • Meniscectomy surgery
  • Ligament repair (ACL/PCL/MCL/LCL) surgery
  • Arthroscopic debridement
  • Total/partial knee replacement operation
  • Tendon repair surgery
  • Fractures
  • Bunionectomy operation
  • Bone spur removal surgery
  • Fractures or Fusions surgery
  • Ligament (ATFL) repair operation
  • Achilles tendon repair surgery
  • Total hip replacement operation
  • Arthroscopic Hip Debridement surgery
  • Labral or tendon repair surgery
  • Microdiscectomy surgery
  • Laminectomy surgery
  • Fusion surgery
  • Disc replacement surgery
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Labral Repair Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Tendon rupture repair operation
  • Post-traumatic fracture internal fixation surgery
  • Nerve relocation surgery
At Agile Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine your goals are our top priority. Learn why Agile is the best in the business.

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Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialty area that provides care for bowel, bladder, and sexual function. Our therapists are uniquely trained in this area of the body to provide comprehensive and sensitive treatment. Pelvic floor physical therapy is for all individuals regardless of how you identify your gender or sexual orientation. Our caring and empathetic pelvic floor physical therapists will walk you through the process. They will collaborate with you to create a mutually agreed upon plan of care.

What to expect in a pelvic floor physical therapy session:

Pelvic floor physical therapy is similar to regular physical therapy. Firstly, your pelvic floor physical therapist will take an in-depth medical history, talk about your current lifestyle, and future goals. Secondly, they will evaluate your movement and assess your strength and mobility. The therapist may suggest an internal exam, but it will never be mandatory. Your preferences are important to us. Your therapist will use this exam to create a customized exercise program just for you. Collaboration on an exercise program that works for your lifestyle is paramount. For example, if you can't fit 30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine, tell us what you can fit in, and we will make it happen! 

Are you pregnant or postpartum? Pelvic floor physical therapy is a great first step!

If you're newly pregnant or postpartum and don't know what to expect, we understand. Our pelvic floor physical therapists are specialized in this area and can help you anticipate what to expect. They can review birthing positions, look at your low back pain, or teach you how to kegel. They will prescribe pregnant-appropriate exercises to reduce your current pain and make you strong for labor and delivery! In conclusion, we want to give you the advice and education to feel powerful, assertive, and independent in these challenging life stages.

What can a pelvic floor physical therapist treat (included but not limited to):

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Painful sex
  • Post-prostatectomy incontinence
  • Diastasis recti abdominis
  • Postpartum recovery from vaginal and cesarean birth
  • Prenatal physical therapy
  • Exercise in pregnancy
  • Anal incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pudendal neuralgia
  • Interstitial cystitis
At Agile Physical Therapy San Francisco you are a unique individual. Your goals are our goals. Learn why Agile is the best in the business.

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Concussion Rehabilitation

Concussions are increasing in our world for the last decade. They are often associated with athletics but can occur anywhere; life can be a contact sport! Not to fear, most concussion symptoms resolve within 14 days. If you suspect you or someone you know has a concussion, Agile is here to help! The best offense is a good defense! Nothing can make you bulletproof from concussions but you can decrease your chances by strengthening your neck muscles and those that support it. Neck muscles are the brakes for your head that slow down the force your head sustains during any impact. You don't need a lot of equipment to start, just a personalized exercise program from one of our highly trained physical therapists.

What should I expect from my physical therapy appointment?

  • A detailed health and injury histories
  • Discuss treatment goals
  • Perform a comprehensive clinical exam
  • Implement individualized treatment plans
  • If needed, provide referrals to other specialists based on clinical examination findings, which may include:
    • Neurologist, Neuro-optometrist, Cognitive Psychologist, etc.
  • Communicate with patients, as well as involved healthcare providers, families, schools, etc. regarding treatment plan

What will my concussion program look like?

  • We will first perform a physical therapy concussion examination, which may include:

    • Cognitive screen
    • Neck and head exam
    • Head-eye-neck coordination exam
    • Balance and walking assessment
    • Heart assessment, including concussion treadmill testing
    • Return to sport testing
  • We will develop an individualized concussion rehabilitation program, which may include:

    • Cervical spine treatment
    • Visual and vestibular treatment
    • Head-eye-neck coordination exercises
    • Balance exercises
    • Dual task activities
    • Graded aerobic program
    • Sport or work-specific training
For those patients suffering from neck or back pain after their concussion, any of the Agile staff is able to help you feel better sooner than later.  
At Agile Physical Therapy we don’t look at you as your injury, we see you for how your injury has affected your life. We will work with you to achieve your goals. Learn why Agile is the best in the business.

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ACL Physical Therapy and Prevention

There are 100,000 and 200,000 ACL ruptures per year in the United States alone. Current research states females have a 2-10x higher risk of tearing the ACL.

ACL Physical Therapy and Prevention: 

If you tear your ACL you will likely need ACL physical therapy to return to full function. Furthermore, if you're weighing surgical options, talk to one of our highly trained physical therapists to help you navigate this decision.  There is a lot of research showing exercises that enhance the brain-body connection are highly effective in preventing ACL tears and reducing injury severity. These studies support that by using performance tests, we can accurately assess injury risk. To support youth athletes, Agile Physical Therapy will design individualized training programs and administer research-based performance tests. These tests detect imbalances in strength, power, and control to prevent/reduce injury. 

ACL Surgery: 

After a knee injury, the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) can be torn and needs to be surgically repaired. Your doctor may send you for pre-surgical physical therapy. You and your physical therapist will address your strength and range of motion deficits before surgery. Evidence shows that the stronger your muscles and the better the knee range of motion, the better your outcomes. You and your surgeon will discuss which graft will be best for your recovery and lifestyle. The most frequent grafts used are allograft (from cadaver) or autograft (from yourself). Your surgeon harvests them from your patellar tendon or hamstring tendon.

ACL Physical Therapy: 

The success of an ACL surgery comes from your post-surgical physical therapy.  It is important to anticipate that ACL reconstruction physical therapy will require a good amount of time and effort for optimal results. Agile’s physical therapists are well educated in the rehabilitation process, regardless of which graft your surgeon used. Firstly, you should start physical therapy 1-3 days post-surgery to ensure you regain your range of motion. Secondly, quadriceps activation is crucial to start regaining function. As you get stronger and start to return to weight bearing activities, your physical therapist will coach you in how hard to push by prescribing an individualized exercise program. Using graded functional measures, your physical therapist and surgeon will guide you to return to your sport. Additionally, physical therapists will use injury prevention screens to help clear athletes for returning to practice and games. 
ACL surgery and physical therapy can be physically and emotionally demanding. Work with physical therapists who care about you and your goals.  Learn why Agile is the best in the business.

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Virtual Physical Therapy

Don't want to leave home? Try Virtual Telehealth Physical Therapy!

Telehealth physical therapy is physical therapy delivered through a HIPAA- compliant video platform (Zoom). All Agile physical therapists are certified Telehealth practitioners. They understand the complexities of treating remotely to ensure a quality experience for you. Additionally, Telehealth care is a convenient, easy, and effective option for getting fast, quality care for your pain. Furthermore, research shows that Telehealth physical therapy is as effective than in-person care. Your physical therapist will do a complete evaluation of your painful or injured areas by assessing your movements through a camera on any device. We might ask you to grab a household item to demonstrate strength or other activities giving you trouble. Your physical therapist will work with you to develop a personal exercise program for your goals. In the session, we'll go through your exercises virtually and send them to you via email so you can do them in your home. Additionally, we offer a downloadable app with videos of your individualized exercise program so you can exercise anywhere!

Not sure if Telehealth Physical Therapy is right for you?

We will not charge you for your Telehealth visit if your therapists thinks you're better suited for in-person care. You can visit one of Agile's convenient locations around the bay area for in-person care. We use Telehealth for many issues including sports and pelvic floor! Unless there are specific instructions from a doctor, a safety issue, or a preference for in-person care, almost all conditions can be treated virtually. 

If time, driving, or convenience is a reason you are not getting care, Telehealth is a great option for you! 

At Agile Physical Therapy we don’t look at you as your injury, we see you for how your injury has affected your life. We will work with you to achieve your goals. Learn why Agile is the best in the business.

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Functional Movement Screen

Movement screens involves a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s movement to identify risk factors that predispose them to injury.

With the results of your functional movement screen, your physical therapist will prescribe a personalized exercise program to work on weaknesses or restrictions to reduce your injury risk. The most common screening tools are:
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
  • Motion analysis via video recordings

What does the Functional Movement Screen systems (including SFMA) do?

Firstly, these screens are movement analysis frameworks that generates scores. These scores are used to target problems and track progress. Secondly, the scoring system guides the physical therapist to the most beneficial exercises for your movement limitations. These systems simplifies movement to allow for standardized evaluation and treatment of movement dysfunction. Additionally, they can be applied at any fitness level to simplify corrective exercises customized to the individual. By looking at seven fundamental movement patterns, your physical therapist using the functional movement screen will generate your score and individualized treatment plan. These patterns are:
  • Deep Squat
  • Hurdle Step
  • Inline Lunge
  • Shoulder Mobility
  • Active Straight Leg Raise
  • Trunk Stability Push-up
  • Rotary Stability
In conclusion, the functional movement screen gives your physical therapist objective information to design their assessment. With this assessment, they will work with you to create a strengthening and mobility program to help you achieve your goals. In collaboration with your therapist, you'll be working to reduce your risk of injury so you can spend more time doing the things you love.  
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Injury Prevention

Physical therapists are movement specialists that treat and help prevent injuries.

As a specialist in injury prevention strategies, our physical therapists examine how a patient moves in order to detect strength and mobility deficits. Our physical therapists advise patients on a maintenance program to reduce their risk of injury and return to sport safely. World-renowned leading organizations recommend strengthening muscles. It lower rates of sports-related injury, increases bone strength, and improves self-esteem. Our physical therapists are uniquely trained to customized a strengthening program based on your history, current lifestyle, and future goals. We work together to make sure your program is suitable for YOU!

You don't need a specific sport or fitness level to participate in injury prevention.

If you want to make sure you don't twist your ankle walking your dog, we can help! Strengthening is for everyone, no matter your activity. Our caring and empathetic physical therapists will listen to your health history and activity goals. This will inform a personalized an exercise program just for you. For some people that means lifting weights, for others it means using body weight to strengthening. You and your needs come first when creating your exercise program.

Do you work from home? Are you worried about your posture in 20 years?

This is also injury prevention and we can help! Our trained physical therapists will listen to your concerns about the future, watch you move, and test your strength in the area of concern. They will design an exercise program that will address your specific concerns. Additionally, we can discuss what should you be concerned about as you age and strategies to improve. Don't waste another minute worrying about your body in the future. Meet with one of our caring physical therapists who can educate, reassure, and get you moving today!  
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Bike Fit Assessment

To make cycling an enjoyable and sustainable activity, bike experts recommend a bike fit assessment and basic knowledge of how to operate it.

The health benefits of riding bikes include improved fitness, decreased body fat, and the prevention of chronic disease.  Our physical therapists are trained in bike fit assessment to optimize performance and experience. Additionally, they will assess and address acute aches and pains before they transition to longer term symptoms. Our physical therapists will advise you on choosing the right bike, common injuries to prevent, and tips to maximize your bike riding experience.

Common injuries in cyclists

According to research, the most common overuse injury is low back pain, followed by knee pain. Neck pain followed by knee pain is most common in recreational cyclists. While a bike fit assessment addresses and often eliminates these issues, a strengthening and mobility program off the bike is a great way to prevent and reduce pain. Our trained bike fit physical therapists will guide you through everything you need to know!

Whether you're a recreational or competitive cyclist, a bike fit assessment can help.

A bike fit assessment is especially important for optimal performance, movement efficiency, and comfort. Our highly trained physical therapists will perform an examination including both a bike position analysis and a physical assessment. This will allow your physical therapist to determine issues that may increase risk for injury or movement inefficiencies. This custom assessment will benefit both the elite and recreational cyclist. Recommendations for appropriate fit and equipment will be provided. In addition, your physical therapist will design a customized home exercise program for you based upon the findings of the physical exam and your individual goals.  
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Custom Orthotics

Each step you take is a complex interplay between muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. Our feet do a lot for us! But they can also create pain and injury that can be relieved through custom orthotics. Custom orthotics are individually shaped and fit insoles used in conjunction with a full evaluation of movement from a skilled physical therapist. Physical therapists are experts in movement and some are uniquely trained in custom orthotics.

What should I expect in my custom orthotics visit?

First, you and your physical therapist will have a conversation around your medical history. They will want to know if you've had any previous injuries, surgeries, or medical conditions that may be affecting your condition. In addition, they will want to know a detailed description about your lifestyle, activity levels, and symptoms. You will also discuss your future goals to ensure alignment. Secondly, your physical therapist will look at how your entire body moves. Additionally, they will test the strength and mobility associated with your movement. Our feet have to support our entire bodies so there maybe be weak or tight areas elsewhere that affect your foot condition. Your physical therapist has extensive education in movement analysis to understand these connections to your symptoms. Lastly, your physical therapist will discuss their findings with you and create a mutually agreed upon treatment plan. In addition to custom orthotics they may recommend, your physical therapist will usually give you a home exercise program specific to their exam findings. They will provide you advice, education, and activity modification when appropriate. In conclusion, we want you to leave Agile feeling good, confident, and informed about your condition.

Conditions custom orthotics can help:

  • Arthritis
  • Toe pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hammer toes
  • Foot pain
  • Heel spurs
  • Bunions
  • Back pain
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Foot deformities
  • Foot issues associated with diabetes
  • Bursitis
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Running Gait Analysis

Running gait analysis is an assessment of many factors that can impact an individual’s running performance.

Agile physical therapists are uniquely trained to assess the mechanics of your running gait. Gait is another word for your pattern of running or walking. Your physical therapist will identify muscle weakness and mobility deficits that contribute to inefficient running. Furthermore, they will listen to your history, current lifestyle, and future goals to design a unique exercise program to bolster your running.

Whether you're recreational or competitive runner, a form assessment will help you!

You don't need to be a marathon runner to get a running gait analysis, just a desire to be better! Running mechanics is multifactorial and leans on several different elements for performance. These factors include strength, motor control, pain perception, sensory impairments, and range of motion. Our well-trained physical therapists examine these all of these elements to identify areas of improvement. Afterwards, they will customize an exercise program for you that usually involves specific strengthening, mobility, and education.

How does running gait analysis work?

Physical therapists observe running gait mechanics using smartphones to analyze joint angles. Your physical therapist will use these mechanics and angles to determine which factors contribute to your pain or increase injury risk. For example, your therapist may see a hip drop on one side or lots of vertical motion that indicates certain hip weaknesses. Not only can we give you a personalized strengthening program, but also give you cues to help your running efficiency such as "lean forward" or "shorten your stride." In conclusion, using your exercise program, education, and running modifications you'll achieve efficient running to enhance performance and enjoyment of running.  
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TMJ

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, better known as TMD or TMJ, is the common cause for facial pain, pain with chewing/eating, and difficulty opening your mouth.

Did you also know that it can be the source of headaches, neck pain, and even dizziness? If you clench or grind your teeth, TMJ pain may be a source of your neck pain or headaches. TMJ can result from a variety of factors including posture, stress, previous dental history, foods, teeth grinding, previous injury, and arthritis. TMJ is a multifactorial condition and it takes a skilled professional to parse out what's most contributing. That's where Agile Physical Therapy can help!

How can physical therapy help?

Physical therapy is a conservative and holistic approach for TMJ pain. It can help reduce muscle tension, manage pain, and reduce painful jaw clicking/popping. Our highly trained physical therapists will ask you about your medical and dental history, your current lifestyle, and future goals. They will do an extensive upper body evaluation to assess all the factors that may be underlying your TMJ pain. Included in this will be an assessment of your jaw mobility, strength, and coordination. Additionally, they will outline an exercise program with you that usually consists of stretching, strengthening, and coordination exercises. You therapist will check your form and answer any questions before sending you home with information on how to access your specific program online. 

TMJ pain can affect your daily life in an impactful way. You don't need to live with it and you don't need medications or expensive treatments. Take the conservative approach that will last.

At Agile Physical Therapy we don’t look at you as your injury, we see you for how your injury has affected your life. We will work with you to achieve your goals. Learn why Agile is the best in the business.

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Dance Medicine

Dance Medicine is a specialized area of physical therapy to treat the unique challenges dancing presents. Our physical therapists have specialized dance training to help you prevent injury, rehabilitate an injury, or boost your performance. Dancers put themselves through rigorous training to move their bodies through extreme flexibility with grace and elegance. If training is pushed too far or too fast, the dancers can create compensatory movements that could result in injury or compromise their longevity on the stage. Our dancing specialists aim to promote dancers’ health, well-being, and quality of life.

How can physical therapy help my dance injury?

Dance medicine physical therapists specialize in dance and have the experience and expertise to create customized exercise programs for dancers. Through their keen evaluation skills and dance knowledge, their goal is to treat and guide their dancers through injury prevention and performances. Their goal isn’t to just return their dancers to their prior level, but to improve their physical potential. Whether for an injury, pain or limitation with dance movements or injury prevention, all dancers of varying ages and levels can benefit from a physical therapy assessment. 

What should I expect at my dance medicine physical therapy visit?

Firstly, your dance specialist will talk with your about your medical history, your current dancing lifestyle, and your future goals. Secondly, your physical therapist will watch how you move and test your strength and mobility. They may ask you to perform difficult or painful dance movements so they can assess your form. You never have to do something you don't want to do. We respect your preferences. Lastly, your physical therapist will discuss their findings and their ideas for a personalized plan of care. This plan of care usually involves exercise, education, and movement modifications. They will make sure to email you videos of the exercise program so you can do it at home. We want you to leave Agile feeling confident and knowledgable about your injury.
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Male Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Pelvic floor physical therapists are uniquely trained to treat male pelvic anatomy with conditions that relate to men's urologic, sexual, and colorectal health.

While pelvic floor physical therapy is commonly prescribed for those with female anatomy, men have many pelvic issues that can be successfully treated. At Agile, your empathetic and caring pelvic floor physical therapist is highly trained in treating pelvic conditions of male anatomy. Above all, we understand this is a sensitive area and topic. Our therapists will work with you to make sure you are comfortable and informed about your condition and treatment.

What should I expect with male pelvic floor physical therapy?

Pelvic floor physical therapy is similar to other types of physical therapy. Firstly, your therapist will begin by learning about you! You will discuss your past medical history, your current lifestyle and symptoms, and your goals. Secondly, your physical therapist will watch your movement and test your strength and mobility. Your physical therapist may recommend an internal exam to test your pelvic floor muscles, but it is never mandatory. Thirdly, your physical therapist will discuss their findings and collaborate with you on a plan of care. Treatment plans usually consist of exercises, education, and building helpful habits. They will go through the exercises with you and send you an email with videos of them so you can continue your therapy at home. In conclusion, we want you to leave physical therapy feeling comfortable, confident, and educated about your condition and plan forward.

What can a pelvic floor physical therapist treat (included but not limited to):

  • Testicular pain
  • Groin pain
  • Penile pain
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Painful sex
  • Post-prostatectomy incontinence
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Constipation
  • Anal incontinence
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pudendal neuralgia
  • Bladder pain
  • Tailbone pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Ejaculation pain
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination
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Pilates Physical Therapy

Not working out because of your injury? Try pilates with a licensed physical therapist.

Pilates is a century-old exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates. This practice is aimed at improving overall fitness and encouraging wellness. Physical therapist's are extensively educated on the body's muscle system, it's movement, and treatment of injury. Agile has physical therapists that have additional pilates certifications hence, pilates physical therapy. This duo of training is a perfect pairing because your physical therapist can appropriately account for any injuries or pain during the Pilates session. Furthermore, they have the unique training to make modifications during the pilates sessions to avoid worsening of your symptoms.

Benefits of pilates:

  • Enhanced mind-body connection
  • Better movement control
  • Stronger core muscle
  • Improved posture
  • Greater overall muscle strength
  • Improved balance

What should I expect in a pilates session with a physical therapist?

A pilates physical therapy session is similar to a regular pilates session except your physical therapist will firstly, ask you about your medical history or current injuries. Secondly, they will use their education to modify pilates moves accordingly to mitigate your pain.  Lastly, because of their extensive schooling, they will be able to cue your movement and muscle engagement in specific detail. In addition, they know how hard to push and will respect your boundaries because they treat injured patients everyday. At Agile, we focus on tailoring Pilates to the individual to ensure a safe and effective workout for all.

Conditions that pilates physical therapy can help:

  • Sciatica
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Foot & Ankle pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Poor posture
  • Headaches
  • Pre/Postnatal pain
  • Pre-surgical strengthening
  • Sports injury rehab
  • Cancer fatigue
  • Pelvic floor strengthening
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Physical Therapy for Cancer Patients

Going through cancer can be one of the most emotionally and physically challenging events in one's life. The American Cancer Society recommends that cancer patients should generally maintain physical activity to decrease fatigue and maintain function. Physical therapists are physical movement experts with medical background, making them the perfect pairing for this recommendation. In addition, we will communicate with your healthcare team to understand your condition and create an appropriate treatment plan. Furthermore, physical therapy for cancer patients is a paramount service we provide and we are proud of the work and collaboration we will do to design a safe and individualized rehabilitative program for you.

How physical therapy can help cancer patients:

  • Mitigate pain
  • Improve balance
  • Reduce cancer-related fatigue
  • Improve swelling
  • Build strength
  • Reduce numbness
  • Improve function

What should I expect at my physical therapy appointment:

First, our physical therapists will get to know you. They will ask you questions about your medical history, previous injuries, and your cancer treatments. They will inquire about your lifestyle and activities to understand what future goals you hold. Secondly, they will do a physical assessment. This includes watching you move and gently testing your strength and mobility. Because of their expert body knowledge, our physical therapists will not push you beyond what you can handle. We work with you to see what you're comfortable doing. Thirdly, our physical therapists will discuss their findings with you and what exercise they feel are appropriate. They will create a customized home exercise program and review it in detail. Treatment plans for cancer patients also may include manual therapy, education, advice, and activity modification. Our empathetic and caring physical therapists have the extensive knowledge base to help you through this difficult time.
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Cupping

Myofascial Decompression (MFD), or cupping, is a technique to assess and treat myofascial restrictions, muscular imbalances, and other soft tissue issues. Our highly skilled physical therapists are trained in cupping as a treatment modality in the larger context of your injury, physical exam, and home exercise program. If your doctor wrote a note specifically for this technique, make sure to bring it on your first visit.

How does cupping work?

Cupping uses negative pressure tools applied to the target area to address areas of concern by utilizing a decompressive effect. This effect improves fascial gliding, mobility, circulation, and decreases muscle tension. Cupping with movement can further address movement impairments and improve mobility. Agile physical therapists have specialty training in this technique to specifically treat your needs within a larger movement exam.

How is cupping used in physical therapy?

Agile Physical Therapy offers cupping as a treatment option for appropriate patients. Firstly, your physical therapist will ask you questions about your symptoms, activities, and medical history to understand how your concerns affect your life. Secondly, they perform an extensive physical exam. In this exam, they assess your movement, test your strength and mobility, and assess your coordination and stability. This informs the root cause of your issue and the best path forward. Lastly, they discuss your goals with you and how your customized treatment plan will get you there. This customized treatment plan may include the following: cupping, an individualized exercise program, manual therapy, education, and activity modification. We want you to leave Agile feeling confident, strong, and informed about your condition and how Agile can help!  
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Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio Taping ® Method is a therapeutic taping technique that facilitates the body’s natural healing. Our highly skilled physical therapists are trained to apply these taping techniques in the larger context of your injury, physical exam, and home exercise program. If your doctor specifically prescribed Kinesio Taping please let us know on your first visit.

How does Kinesio Taping work?

Kinesio Taping provides support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s motion or limiting activities. Additionally, there are also taping techniques to reduce swelling and bruising. Latex free, water resistant and wearable for up to 5 days, it is safe for all ages. It can help reduce pain, change movement patterns, improve posture, and change muscle tone. Agile physical therapists are uniquely trained in these techniques to address your needs within a larger movement exam.

How is Kinesio Taping used in physical therapy?

Agile Physical Therapy offers this taping technique as a treatment option for appropriate patients. Firstly, your physical therapist will ask you questions about your symptoms, activities, and medical history to fully understand how your concerns affect your life. Secondly, they perform an extensive physical exam. In this exam, they assess your movement and stability, and test your strength and mobility. Lastly, this assessment helps them design a customized treatment plan to reach your goals. This individual treatment plan may include the following: Kinesio Taping, cupping, an individualized exercise program, manual therapy, education, and activity modification.

Kinesio Taping is for:

  • Orthopedic pain (shoulder, hip, knee)
  • Hamstring strain
  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Swelling
  • Patellar dislocation
  • Kneecap tracking issues
Furthermore, we want you to feel confident, resilient, and informed about your condition and treatment when you leave Agile!
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Vestibular Therapy

What is Vestibular Therapy?

Vestibular therapy is specialized physical therapy for inner ear disorders. These disorders include but are not limited to  benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, vestibular migraine, post sports concussion, and cervicogenic dizziness.

What should I expect at my vestibular therapy appointment?

Firstly, your vestibular physical therapist will complete an extensive medical history, including your current lifestyle and future goals. Secondly, they conduct an evaluation of your inner ear issue. Our caring and empathetic therapists will perform tests using specialized equipment to view eye movements. In addition, they will conduct standardized tests for balance. Lastly, they will use this information to develop an individualized treatment plan which includes:
  • Balance retraining and balance strategies
    • Assists the body to regain confidence in activities of daily living and work
  • Sensory organization techniques and gaze stabilization strategies
    • Empowers the body to use its senses to overcome dizziness and decreased balance
  • Habituation exercises
    • Aids the body to decrease dizziness by repeatedly exposing it to a stimulus
  • Canalith repositioning maneuver
    • A maneuver performed by the physical therapist to manipulate the calcium crystals found in the inner ear
  • Individualized home exercises
    • Your therapist will guide you through your exercises and email you videos of them so you can do them at home

Where is your Vestibular system?

The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that processes information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. If there is dysfunction in these processing areas, vestibular disorders can result. Vestibular disorders can also result from genetic or environmental conditions, or occur for unknown reasons.

How common is Dizziness due to Vestibular origin?

Dizziness (including vertigo) affects about 15% to over 20% of adults. Additionally, it has been reported that 35% of US adults age 40 years and older had evidence of balance dysfunction. BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) is the most common vestibular disorder. BPPV accounts for up to one-third of vertigo presentations, can occur at any age, most common is 5th-6th decades of life. Furthermore, vestibular migraine is the second most common cause of dizziness with prevalence of 6–9%. Who can benefit from Vestibular Therapy? The most commonly diagnosed vestibular disorders include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, vestibular migraine, post sports concussion, and cervicogenic dizziness. In conclusion, vestibular therapy along with balance training has many benefits including:
  • Decreased fall risk
  • Improved balance
  • Decreased dizziness
  • Increased body strength
  • Improved ability to keep vision steady
  • Improved neck motion
  • Reduced symptoms
  • Return to prior level of movement
  • Increased confidence to maintain balance
  • Return to athletic performance
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Pregnancy and Postpartum Health

Pregnancy and postpartum health is an important part of staying well through this challenging life event.

Don't worry Agile is here for you. We understand how emotionally and physically challenging it can be to carry, deliver, and recover from pregnancy. That's why we have specialized physical therapists that are uniquely trained in pregnancy and postpartum care to help you achieve your goals. Pregnancy and postpartum states carry unique challenges that should be treated with empathetic consideration. Whether is pain or urinary incontinence, our caring pelvic physical therapists have the skills and sensitivity to support healthy pregnancies and facilitate effective postpartum recoveries.

How can physical therapy help me in my pregnancy and postpartum health journey?

First, our specialized pelvic physical therapist will ask you about your medical history, current state, and future goals. Our physical therapists want to get to know YOU and what's important in your life. Secondly, they will perform a physical exam that will look at your movement and strength. This information will help your physical therapist determine areas of opportunity to help you achieve your goals. Lastly, your physical therapist will collaborate with you to create a shared plan of care. This plan often includes exercise, manual therapy, education, and activity modification such as breastfeeding positions. We know it's hard to leave your little one to take care of your pregnancy and postpartum health, so try a convenient telehealth visit! Our pelvic floor physical therapists can guide you through a physical therapy exam right in your home!

Pregnancy and postpartum health conditions we treat (include but not limited to):

  • Postpartum recovery for vaginal or c-section
  • Urge frequency (urinary or fecal)
  • Low back pain in pregnancy
  • Exercise modification in pregnancy or postpartum
  • Round ligament pain
  • Symphysis pubis dysfunction
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Pelvic floor spasm / pain
  • Scar pain or immobility (c-section, episiotomy, tearing)
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction or weakness
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Vaginismis
  • Joint pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tailbone pain (coccydynia)
  • Pain during of after pregnancy
  • Diastasis recti (abdominal separation)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Sciatica
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Anal incontinence
  • Pudendal neuralgia
See our pelvic floor resource page for tons of helpful tips on all things pelvic floor!
At Agile Physical Therapy, our caring and empathetic therapists will work with you to achieve your goals. Learn why Agile is the best in the business.
 

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Hand Therapy

Our arms and hands are integral to everything we do. You need the best physical therapy for your pain or surgery and that's Agile Physical Therapy.

We're simply the best. Hand therapy is a therapeutic specialty provided by physical and occupational therapists. This speciality service focuses on rehabilitation for injuries and/or surgeries of the fingers, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Our empathetic physical therapists understand what it means to lose function in such an important part of your body. They want to partner with you to create a treatment plan for an efficient and effective recovery so you can get back to doing what you love!

What should I expect of my hand therapy appointment?

First, your highly skilled hand therapist will take an extensive medical history. They will ask about your current condition, pain, or surgery and your goals for the future. They will work together with your doctor or surgeon to ensure they know everything about your particular case. Secondly, they will perform a movement evaluation on relevant body regions. That may mean just the hand, wrist, elbow or the entire upper quarter. Lastly, they will explain what they saw / felt and how that relates to their clinical findings. Your caring hand therapist will work with you to create an individualized plan of care.

What will my plan of care look like with hand therapy?

Your plan of care will be create in collaboration with your physical therapist based off your goals. They often includes exercises, stretches, manual therapy, education, activity modification and modalities when appropriate. We want to make sure your plan of care fits with your lifestyle. They will make sure to go through your exercises with you and email them so you can do them at home. In conclusion, we want you to leave your appointment feeling confident, informed, and empowered for your recovery journey.

What are conditions does hand therapy treat (include but not limited to):

  • Hand, finger, wrist, forearm fractures, muscle sprains, or dislocations
  • Tendon repairs
  • Arthritis
  • Trigger finger
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golf elbow
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Hand / finger / wrist pain
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • De Quervain's tenosynovitis
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Hand or finger fine motor skill deficiencies
 
At Agile Physical Therapy we don’t look at you as your injury, we see you for how your injury has affected your life. We will work with you to achieve your goals. Learn why Agile is the best in the business.

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In Home Physical Therapy

Want the Agile Experience to come to you in the comfort and privacy of your own home?

We now offer our one-on-one personalized home physical therapy Orthopedic & Sports care by our highly trained physical therapists. A physical therapist will drive to your home to collaborate with you about your past history, current injury, and future activity goals. This information will allow your physical therapist to design a personalized treatment plan just for you! Because your home exercise plan is specific to you, its easier to stay engaged and motivated. Additionally, because you are using your home and household items for your program, its sure to be convenient!

In home physical therapy offers a convenient alternative to driving to a clinic.

In home physical therapy allows the physical therapist to see your everyday environment. It will give them the chance to look at your work-from-home computer set-up or troubleshoot everyday difficult tasks. In addition, your physical therapist can use what is in your house to design a personalized exercise program. For example, using your stairs for quad strengthening or your kitchen door way for stretching. Being inside your home gives your physical therapist a unique and crucial view into your life that you otherwise wouldn't receive in a clinic. Furthermore, it saves you time from driving so you can have more time for the things you love doing. Cities that we serve: Palo Alto, Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, San Jose What we treat in home: Low Back, Neck, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Shoulder, etc., Sports, Prenatal/Postpartum, Post-operative, Osteoporosis Care **Note: this service is not for home health scenarios**
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Weightlifting Physical Therapy

Are you injured and want to get back to top performance? Weightlifting is the answer!

Our trained sports specialists at Agile Physical Therapy are here to push you appropriate to first recover from your injury. Secondly, our sports medicine team will help you build the muscle and power that you need to excel in your sport. Weightlifting promotes increased bone, muscle, tendon, and cartilage health so you can do the things you love, longer and better. Not only is weightlifting safe, but will decrease your risk of injury, and bolster your performance.

In addition to the joint health weightlifting provides, you'll improve your day-to-day function and decrease your chances of chronic disease, disability, and early death. This is why the World Health Organization recommends that individuals should weightlift 2 or more days per week.

You don't have to be an athlete to gain the benefits of weightlifting. 

Have you noticed that carrying groceries are heavy or your weekend pickleball is tiring? Come meet one of our sports specialists to design a program for you. They will ask you questions about your goals and design a program specifically for you. It may include weightlifting or powerlifting depending on your needs. You don't have to play a sport to receive the benefits of weightlifing or powerlifting. The widespread effects of getting stronger will make carrying your 2-year old lighter, hanging that frame easier, and family hikes more enjoyable.

Weightlifting, powerlifting, olympic lifts, and coaching with a sports specialist can help promote recovery from injury, encourage healthier living, and boost sports performance!

At Agile Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine your goals are our goals. Our empathetic and caring therapists are here to push you to new heights. Learn why Agile is the best in the business.

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