Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a health profession that helps people recover from pain and injury to return to normal lifestyles. Whether it standing, sitting, running, jumping, or climbing, physical therapists help people of all ages and lifestyles return to what they want to do. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate the human body and analyze movement to assist patients in regaining and improving their range of motion, flexibility, strength, endurance, balance, coordination, and mobility. A good physical therapist will treat the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms. At Champion PT, each patient will receive a personalized evaluation and an individualized, specific treatment plan to address the problem. The evaluation and treatment provided are about the patient and not just a one-size-fits-all treatment approach.

Be wary of…

  • Be wary of physical therapy offices that provide only a passive type of therapy (using only hot/cold packs, massage, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound). These treatments may feel good for a very short period afterward, but they are not a cure for your problem.
  • Be wary of physical therapists who do not teach you something new for your problem each appointment, whether it be a new exercise or self-help tip.
  • Be wary of medical offices that advertise physical therapy but do not have a physical therapist on staff.
  • Be wary of physical therapy offices where you do not see improvement in just a few visits (2-6 visits).


What do we treat?

Head, neck, and spine rehabilitation
  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated disc
  • Sprains/strains
  • Core weakness
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Post-laminectomy
  • Post-spinal fusion
  • Whiplash


Shoulder rehabilitation
  • Rotator cuff tear/repair
  • Impingement
  • Sprains/strains
  • Fractures
  • Bursitis/tendonitis
  • Dislocation/subluxation
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Labral tears/repairs
  • Total shoulder replacements/reverse
Elbow, wrist, and hand rehabilitation
  • Fractures
  • Sprains/strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Lateral epicondylitis-tennis elbow
  • Medial epicondylitis-pitcher’s/golfer’s elbow
  • Dislocation
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Post-surgical care
Knee rehabilitation
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Meniscal tears/repairs
  • Chondromalacia
  • Patella femoral syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • ACL tears/reconstruction
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Total joint replacement
Hip rehabilitation
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Sacro-iliac misalignment
  • Bursitis
  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Total joint replacement
Ankle and foot rehabilitation
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Achilles tendon repair
  • Posterior tibialis tendon repair
  • Fractures
  • Post-surgical care
Neuromuscular disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Headaches

Treatments we use:

Functional Exercise Progressions

The physical therapists at Cutting Edge Physical Therapy will create a customized treatment plan to address your diagnosis or condition. One method used is to prescribe exercises that will help you return to normal function and perform the activities you need to do throughout the day. The therapist will use their skill and knowledge to progress exercises as noted in the chart below. Our exercises are made for you, the patient.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy involves direct one on one contact from the therapist by using one of several specific hands-on techniques to assist with decreased pain and increased function.

Techniques used in the clinic include

  • Joint mobilizations
  • Soft tissue mobilizations
  • Myofascial release
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization
  • Mobilization with movement
  • Muscle energy techniques

Other techniques are used as well. Our goal is to do everything we can to address your problem and help you return back to life!


Cupping is a form of alternative therapy that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. It is believed to help with pain, inflammation, and blood flow. Cupping is often used in traditional Chinese medicine, but it has also gained popularity in Western countries in recent years.

During a cupping session, the therapist will typically place cups on the skin using a vacuum or heat to create suction. The cups may be left in place for several minutes, or the therapist may move them around to create a massage-like effect. Cupping may leave temporary marks on the skin, which are caused by the suction and usually fade within a few days.

Champion PT performs cupping as an add-on service and does not bill insurance for the treatment.

Price for Cupping per body region treated: $20

alternative therapy

Dry needling

Dry needling is a form of therapy that involves inserting thin needles into trigger points in the muscles to relieve pain and tension. It is similar to acupuncture, but dry needling targets specific muscle knots or trigger points rather than following traditional acupuncture meridians.

During a dry needling session, a therapist will insert thin needles directly into the trigger points of the muscle, causing a twitch response. This twitch response can help to release tension and promote healing in the muscle. Dry needling may also stimulate the nervous system to release natural painkillers, reducing discomfort and promoting relaxation.

Dry needling is often used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. It may also be used to treat sports injuries, chronic pain, and other conditions that cause muscle tension or pain.

Champion PT performs dry needling as an add-on service and does not bill insurance for the treatment.

Price for dry needling:

Simple, 1 body part $30 

Moderate, 1-2 body parts $50 

Complex, >2 body parts $70  

Therabody full-leg compression boots

Therabody compression boots help to boosts circulation, reduces delayed onset muscle soreness, decreases swelling and stiffness, and relives muscle fatigue.

Champion PT performs Therabody compression boot treatment as an add-on service and does not bill insurance for the treatment.

Price for Therabody compression boots:

15’ = $15

30’ = $25

10 visit package – 30’ treatments = $225 (great for athletes or chronic swelling)


Kinesiotaping is a therapeutic technique that involves applying flexible tape to the skin to support muscles and joints, reduce pain, and promote healing. The tape used in kinesiotaping is made of a thin, stretchy fabric that is designed to mimic the properties of human skin.


During a kinesiotaping session, a therapist will apply the tape to the affected area, stretching it to provide support and relieve tension in the muscles and joints. The tape may be left in place for several days, allowing the patient to continue with their normal activities while receiving the therapeutic benefits of the tape.

Kinesiotaping is often used to treat musculoskeletal injuries, such as sprains, strains, and tendonitis. It may also be used to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and promote healing after surgery or other medical procedures.

Champion PT performs dry needling as an add-on service and does not bill insurance for the treatment.

Price for kinesiotaping:

Application to one joint or body area:


Pain control techniques

At Champion Physical Therapy, we use a variety of treatment techniques to assist with decreased pain and full recovery. These techniques will not cure your condition alone, but they may help with pain, relaxation, spasms, and overall feeling better. These are tools in our toolbox. They should be used in conjunction with manual therapy, functional exercises, and patient education.

Techniques used at Champion Physical Therapy include, but are not limited to:

  • Heat
  • Ice
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Compression
  • Elevation
  • Iontophoresis
  • TENS