Types of Treatment

The first step on your road to recovery is finding the right treatment.

Getting to the root of what holds you back and finding the right therapy for your mobility issue is the key to finding long-term relief. You deserve to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer, and that’s just not possible when you’re constantly slowed down by pain or limited mobility.

With the ongoing research, the latest technologies, and personalized plans incorporating healthy movement, Colorado in Motion will help you regain the life you love. 

Here’s how we help:

Orthopaedic Manual PT

At Colorado In Motion, we specialize in non-operative and post-surgical orthopaedic care. Our physical therapists are leaders in the field and include board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists. Most importantly, we tailor our expertise to meet your needs and goals for health with personalized plans for each patient.

How Orthopaedic Manual PT Works

Through Orthopaedic Manuel PT, our team emphasizes the prevention, identification, assessment, minimization, and correction of pain and disability due to acute or prolonged musculoskeletal impairment. This includes post-surgical as well as non-surgical conditions. The goal of treatment is to promote optimal health and function using a variety of interventions to diminish pain, impairments, and disability associated with orthopaedic disorders.

Examples of some commonly used interventions include manual physical therapy, therapeutic exercise, as well as ergonomic intervention, and education. Therapists who are board-certified as Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists by the American Physical Therapy Association are optimally trained and educated to effectively deal with orthopaedic disorders.

Is Orthopaedic Manual PT right for you?

We using Orthopaedic Manual PT to treat the following issues: 

  • Low-back and neck pain
  • Muscle-tension headaches
  • General arthritic complaints
  • Hip and knee osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Joint sprains

Specific diagnoses, such as ACL sprains and tears, patellofemoral pain syndrome, meniscus tears, hip and shoulder labral tears, plantar fasciitis, bunions, achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, and strains, rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow (epicondylitis), wrist pain or carpal tunnel syndrome are particularly improved with our treatments. 

In addition, post-surgical rehabilitation is critical for a successful recovery from operations, such as anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, total hip and knee replacement, shoulder decompression, laminectomies, discectomies, and fracture and tendon repairs.

Certified Hand Therapy

Our Certified Hand Therapy program involves a branch of rehabilitative medicine that assesses functional limitations and develops a rehabilitation program to improve function. Your occupational therapist will design an exercise program specific to your needs, maximizing your return to functional activities. 

Physical therapists and occupational therapists can become Certified Hand Therapists, working side-by-side with the use of treatment approaches from both disciplines to enhance the recovery from an upper extremity injury. Colorado In Motion has three Certified Hand Therapists, providing services at the Windsor Clinic and the East Fort Collins Clinic.

How Certified Hand Therapy Works

Hand therapy combines the skills of occupational therapy and physical therapy to provide a specialized approach to treating disorders of the upper extremities.

Healthy movement techniques, splinting, adaptive equipment, and energy conservation techniques are some of the many potential components of your rehabilitation. In addition to dealing with an individual’s physical well-being, OT practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that may hinder your functional independence. This unique approach makes occupational therapy a vital part of any healthcare team.

A typical treatment from our therapists will begin with a thorough evaluation of your condition. Your OT will provide hands-on treatment, custom splinting if necessary, recommendations for adaptive equipment as necessary, education regarding your condition, and instruction in a home program.

Is Certified Hand Therapy right for you?

Common injuries and conditions treated by our Certified Hand Therapists include: 

  • Sprains & Strains in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and fingers
  • Fractures of the upper extremity
  • Tendinitis
  • Trigger finger
  • DeQuervain’s syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Open wounds
  • Tendon repairs
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder adhesive capsulitis
  • Fine motor coordination deficits
  • Repetitive trauma injuries

Pediatrics

The pediatric physical therapists at Colorado In Motion are dedicated to improving the quality of life for both our patients and their families. Our therapists focus on providing one-on-one, individualized care to maximize patient development and function – and we make sure your child is having fun along the way, too! 

How Our Pediatric Programs Work 

We treat children with a variety of impairments, including developmental delays, sports injuries, neurological disorders, musculoskeletal impairments, and genetic defects. Pediatric patients benefit from one-on-one, individualized care that’s designed to maximize your child’s function, participation, and development, whether at school, at home, on the playground.

Our team uses a play-based approach to ensure that your child achieves age-appropriate and condition-based goals. 

Early Intervention

All of our pediatric physical therapists are contracted with Larimer County’s Early Intervention Program, Foothills Gateway. We offer parent education and hands-on physical therapy services in your home for children, from birth to three years of age.

If you have any concerns about any of the children in your life, know that help is available – and close to home! Pediatric physical and occupational therapy with Colorado in Motion won’t feel like hard work for your child, because we make it fun! Our team employs age-appropriate methods to turn the serious work of therapy into playtime for your child. 

Can your child benefit from Pediatric therapy?

Is your child struggling in school, at home, or in certain parts of the community? Do you often ask yourself, “Is my child developing similarly to their peers?” Pediatric Occupational therapy (OT) with Colorado in Motion might be able to help.

Your child may be experiencing physical, motor, visual, emotional, behavior, cognitive, or sensory challenges which affect how they participate in everyday activities. Our pediatric OTs are committed to improving your child’s quality of life through education and child-centered, play-based therapy.

If you’d like to help your child make progress with daily tasks and boost their independence and confidence level, reach out to Colorado In Motion today!

Chronic Pain

While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years.

Common chronic pain complaints include headaches, low back pain, arthritis pain, or neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself).

How to Treat Your Chronic Pain

Chronic pain makes everything harder than it has to be, from getting up in the morning to brushing your teeth before you go to bed. Our team believes that life doesn’t just stop because you have chronic pain. We specialize in getting Coloradans just like you up and moving again through a wide range of cutting-edge physical therapy treatments, like Trigger Point Dry Needling, massage therapy, and more.

Many patients who have chronic low-back and neck pain, headaches, general arthritic complaints, hip and knee osteoarthritis, and shoulder pain will benefit from our comprehensive management approaches. 

Chronic Pain therapy near you 

Colorado is a beautiful state with plenty of sunshine and an endless number of outdoor activities to enjoy – it’s time to let us help you find relief so that you can enjoy them, too! Many of our clients have succeeded in overcoming painful disorders and mobility issues, despite years of failed programs in the past.

With Colorado in Motion on your side, you may just find the relief you need to live life to the fullest and get moving again. With offices in north, Old Town, and south Fort Collins, as well as offices in Windsor and Greeley, we’re equipped to provide physical and occupational to people throughout all of Northern Colorado. Take the first step towards finally finding relief today.

Other specialties include: 

Chronic Neurological Conditions

At Colorado in Motion, our team treats a wide range of chronic neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease. You benefit from one-on-one, individualized care that’s designed to maximize your movement and function when dealing with neurological and musculoskeletal impairments.

Our neurological physical therapy program includes:

  • Evidence-Based outcome tools to track and monitor changes for stage-specific goals
  • PWR!Moves from a PWR!Therapist
  • LSVT BIG – Individualized intensive, whole-body, amplitude-based training
  • Body-weight support treadmill training
  • Fall prevention and balance training
  • High-Intensity therapeutic exercise that includes strengthening, flexibility, and aerobic conditioning
  • Coordination, agility, and power training
  • Functional video motion analysis
  • Sensorimotor integration and postural awareness
  • Dual tasking and cued strategy training
  • Manual therapy to joints and muscles for neuromuscular retraining
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Instrumented soft-tissue mobilization
  • Community collaboration and exercise groups, including Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes

What is Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training (BWSTT)?

  • BWSTT uses a harness system to support a percentage of the patient’s body weight while ambulating on the treadmill or over the ground.
  • The harness system controls the amount of weight-bearing, provides proper posture, and eliminates concerns with balance during high-intensity exercise training.
  • The physical therapist facilitates the training of coordinated lower extremity movement, as well as proper trunk/pelvic position.
  • Optimal environment for learning and/or refining the ambulation skills of patients with a wide range of impairments and functional abilities while performing high-intensity exercise training.

Is physical therapy right for you? 

People diagnosed with neurological conditions who are in any stage of the disease can benefit from a specialized physical therapy program to maximize their quality of life and minimize their risk for falls. An individualized treatment plan that utilizes evidence-based measurement tools to track changes is essential to moving towards maximum function – so you can get back to living the life you love with confidence.

Other Specialty Areas Include...

Colorado In Motion’s Workplace Services and Industrial Health program applies the fundamentals of occupational health, safety training, and injury prevention education. Offering on-site occupational health services, including ergonomic assessment, injury prevention education, and seminars, we work to improve employee health and productivity.

 

Join us at Colorado in Motion for industrial health services in Colorado’s Front Range. Our team is here to serve you in four locations with the following services:

  • Pre-Employment Testing - Pre-employment testing provides validated, job-specific testing to ensure new employees are physically able to perform the critical functions of their jobs. An essential component of any company’s workplace injury prevention strategy, it’s customized to your workplace’s physical demands. Because the majority of workplace injuries occur within the first year of employment, occupational health services help to reduce workers’ compensation costs.
  • First Aid for Non-Recordable Musculoskeletal Symptoms - Address employee health concerns and minor injuries before they progress enough in severity to require long-term treatment and time off. We offer a cost-effective treatment that assists in determining the need for First Aid care, weighing the need to escalate care for more advanced medical evaluation and treatment, and it’s available at all four Colorado In Motion locations. Our treatment meets all OSHA guidelines for First Aid.
  • ADA Job Description Development - Ensure you comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act with specialized job descriptions that meet ADA guidelines for each position’s essential functions. With assessments of physical needs, including measuring forces necessary to perform functions, Colorado In Motion writes job descriptions that meet ADA format requirements and protect against liabilities.

 

  • Job Safety Educational Services - Education is a critical component of a safe work environment! We design our safety seminars to specifically address the demands of your workplace. Observing typical duties, we develop an exercise or education program built around keeping your employees healthy in a real-world work environment. Completely customizable to your company’s needs, choose the length and schedule that suits your staffing needs, and rely on Colorado In Motion to produce custom, written, or audiovisual injury prevention materials for your workplace.

 

  • Job Analysis and Ergonomic Assessments - Our ergonomic experts visit your worksite and assess the kinesthetic and ergonomic demands of your team. From ergonomic recommendations for office workers to manufacturing, construction, or any other setting, we educate workers to best position themselves and most effectively meet the demands of their job duties to “fit” their physical needs. A vital strategy to reduce repetitive strain injuries or musculoskeletal injuries, ergonomic assessments also improve overall productivity.

 

  • Fit-For-Duty Testing - Ensure ongoing employee health with Fit-for-Duty testing. Evaluate workers who return to work after an injury and other medical leave with a physical ability test, which protects them against over-extending their abilities or returning to work before they’re fully recovered.
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations - We assess injured workers’ lifting, pushing, pulling, positional tolerance, endurance, balance, and job-specific additional tasks to determine their readiness to return to work or create limits to duty. Using essential functions from a job description, we craft tests that address each worker’s specific responsibilities and individual injuries. Applying appropriate Department of Labor criteria, we identify the appropriate physical demand work category for injured workers. We use the WorkSTEPS® licensed program for our functional capacity evaluation format, and we perform the evaluations at the south Fort Collins clinic.
  • WorkSTEPS® Provider - WorkSTEPS® is the leading provider of functional employment testing in the nation. It was founded to meet a critical employer need —  to create a medically safe, legally compliant, scientific, and objective means of matching a worker’s functional capabilities with the essential functions of the job. Colorado In Motion utilizes the WorkSTEPS® program for post-offer, pre-employment testing, as well as post-employment testing, which includes fit-for-duty testing, functional capacity evaluations, and sincerity-of-effort testing. The large WorkSTEPS® network allows your company to access testing sites throughout the United States and Canada.

Pre-employment testing can be incredibly helpful in the sense that it can identify applicants who will be likely to perform well in their jobs. This testing allows employers to save time and decrease turnover rates, as well as to improve overall safety and morale. Pre-employment testing has demonstrated consistent results and a positive return on investment for companies in a large variety of industries.

For more information about WorkSTEPS® testing and the nation-wide network, go to www.WorkSTEPS.com.

  • Modified Duty Development - When employees are injured, they are frequently released from the physician to resume work on “modified duty.” Many employers don’t have return-to-work plans that meet rehabilitative demands, which limits workers’ reintroduction to the workplace. Our occupational therapists develop safe, modified-duty options and job descriptions based on common, weight-handling restrictions that meet Americans with Disabilities Act standardization.

Research shows that employees who return to work as quickly as possible incur significantly fewer total injury costs for employers, even when it’s only on modified duty development. Save overall costs and rehabilitate workers more effectively with CIM’s modified duty development.

An estimated one-third of adult women suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, a group of clinical conditions that includes urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain. With the increased aging population, the national cost burden related to pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) is becoming enormous in terms of lost productivity, decreased quality of life, and direct health care costs*.

Pelvic floor disorders most often plague women, but an increasingly growing number of men are also being diagnosed. Symptoms of PFD include urinary incontinence, urinary urgency, and frequency, a feeling of incomplete urination, decreased urine flow and constipation, pelvic pain with intercourse, pain in the testicles (and/or penis), and pain in the lower back. Often, patients and clinicians are unaware that effective treatment exists for these disorders.

A thorough evaluation and highly individualized treatment that includes exercise prescription, biofeedback training, soft-tissue techniques, patient education, electrotherapy on or near the pelvic floor, and behavioral/bladder retraining. Following treatment for urinary-related issues, patients generally experience a decrease in voiding frequency and urgency, along with the improvement of pelvic floor muscle contraction quality, endurance, and strength. In the treatment of painful urologic and gynecologic conditions, the expected outcomes include the reduction of pain and normalization of the resting tone of the pelvic floor muscles.

* National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Office of Research on Women’s Health. Basic science research on female pelvic floor disorders. February 1999.

Can you benefit from physical therapy? 

Pelvic floor disorders most often plague women, but an increasingly growing number of men are also being diagnosed. Symptoms of pelvic floor disorders include urinary incontinence, urinary urgency, and frequency, a feeling of incomplete urination, decreased urine flow and constipation, pelvic pain with intercourse, pain in the testicles (and/or penis), and pain in the lower back.

Patients with the following conditions can respond favorably to physical therapy treatment:

  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Hypertonus
  • Supportive dysfunctions
  • Incoordination
  • Disuse
  • Neural entrapment
  • Myofascial pelvic pain syndromes
  • Pelvic girdle dysfunction
  • Pelvic obliquity
  • Ostitis pubis
  • Sacroiliac and coccyx pain
  • Groin pain
  • Abdominal adhesions
  • Urinary problems
  • Urge, stress, and mixed incontinence
  • Urgency
  • Frequency
  • Urethral syndromes
  • Perinatal discomfort
  • Episiotomy and cesarean section scar tissue restrictions
  • Diastasis recti
  • Sciatica
  • Obstetric low back pain

Sports medicine involves a comprehensive team of healthcare professionals trained in a variety of backgrounds to include physicians, exercise physiologists, athletic trainers, biomechanists, nutritionists, and physical therapists. Our team emphasizes the prevention, identification, assessment, minimization, and correction of pain and disability associated with injuries sustained in athletic endeavors and problems that affect sports performance. 

The goal of treatment is to maximize participation and performance, so you can get back to the activities you love with confidence.

Your physical therapist can use a variety of interventions to prevent and treat sports-related injuries, which include, but are not limited to, video motion analysis to improve running and sports performance and reduce injuries, pre-participation screening, cardiovascular, resistance, endurance, and neuromuscular re-education exercise programs, taping and bracing, sports specific ergonomic and training regimens, manual physical therapy, and orthopaedic physical therapy. 

Can you benefit from physical therapy?

If your goal is to improve your performance while reducing your chance of injury, our sports physical therapy team can help you achieve your goals. Regardless of your sport, we can help you get to the top of your game!

At Colorado In Motion, we offer programs to people of all ages and fitness levels. From pre-participation screening, individualized, one-on-one training or rehabilitation, or performing a biomechanical analysis of your running technique or golf swing, we can meet the needs of any individual or group trying to improve their fitness level or athletic performance. 

In addition to working with recreational and more serious athletes, Dr. Flynn and Dr. Gebhardt are experienced marathon and ultra-marathon competitors who understand the demands of high-intensity training. Additionally, Dr. Amy LaTendresse is an Ironman Triathlete and Dr. Kari Elste is an accomplished rock climber.

In the hands of a skilled massage therapist or yoga instructor at Colorado in Motion, you’ll be on your way to better overall wellness; including decreasing stress and anxiety, calming nerves, finding relief from general pain, and much more. 

The goal is to help you enjoy all that beautiful Colorado has to offer! 

Our range of wellness programs include: 

  • Fitness in Motion
  • Massage Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy

Concussions often lead to headaches and other issues that can hold you back from enjoying the day-to-day activities that usually bring you joy. But with the right treatment, our team will help you manage them – so you can get back to the life you love. 

We know from years of hearing from patients that it can be confusing trying to figure out how to manage a concussion. Part of the problem is identifying if you’ve suffered a concussion in the first place because symptoms can occur at different times. For some, they appear instantly. For others, it can take hours or even days for symptoms to present themselves. 

On top of that, no two concussions present the exact same set of symptoms. Generally, you can expect some combination of the following:

  • Headache
  • Balance Issues
  • Dizziness
  • Visual Disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Light and/or Noise Sensitivity
  • Head and Neck Pain
  • Nausea
  • Fogginess
  • Trouble Focusing and Concentrating
  • Memory Issues
  • Slow Response
  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Moodiness
  • Decreased Sleep
  • Increased Sleep
  • Difficulty Falling Asleep
  • Difficulty Staying Asleep

Explore more of our treatments in the Treatments menu

Our team is ready to get to the root cause of your issues and get you back to living a pain-free life.

Your path to long-term recovery starts by simply booking your appointment.

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