Thank you for considering referring your patient to Optimum DPT, PLC the Osteopractic Physiotherapy Specialists of Michigan. We value our relationships with referring professionals, and understand that you want what is best for your patients. We believe you can refer to us with confidence. Here’s why:
Education & Training
The State of Michigan did not require physical therapists to complete continuing education for licensure renewal until 2017. Sadly, this has led to decades of professional stagnation for some within the state— said another way, a clinician with 20 years of experience may, in reality, only have 1 year of experience 20 times over.
This is not the case at Optimum DPT. Our physiotherapists have earned their clinical doctorates, have relentlessly pursued thousands of hours of continuing education, have graduated from accredited residency and/or fellowship programs, and completed advanced practice certifications. We have extensive experience in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy, handling everything from providing simple education and a little comforting reassurance to managing complex & difficult cases.
Evidence-Based & -influenced Care
Adhering to science while respecting the needs of our patients. The foundations of the care we provide rest upon our professional practice guidelines and meta-analyses and systematic reviews of rehabilitative & medical literature. While evidence-based care is our bedrock, in order to provide the most relevant & optimal care we also believe in judicially exploring the most promising evidence-influenced interventions (e.g: blood flow restriction rehabilitation, pain science interventions, etc). We try to avoid the trends and unproven treatments that plague the rehabilitation professions or have been found to be of little or no therapeutic benefit (craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, thermal ultrasound, sub-optimal loading, etc.).
For those patients in a persistent pain state we work from a biopsychosocial model, focusing on therapeutic pain neuroscience education designed to decrease fear and dispel notions of fragility; breathing and mindfulness exercises; a spectrum of graded exposure activities, and stressing self-efficacy to help address the psychological and social elements commonly associated with persistent pain. As often as not we will need to work closely with both you and our behavioral health colleagues for the best possible care in this population.
For those patients with a more "traditional" presentations our treatment paradigm consists of modulating pain, optimizing the natural, time-dependent healing process (if needed), and then methodically increasing the patient's tissue capacity, mobility, strength and endurance, so they can return to their desired activities as quickly and safely as possible. While we are the most highly trained manual physical therapists in the region, our principle focus is on making the patient more resilient and confident in their abilities-- e.g. restoring their independence.
As little as Necessary, as much as needed
We understand that majority of musculoskeletal complaints will ultimately "regress to the mean" with time and general activity. Accordingly, some patients require only a few appointments—the correct dose of education and reassurance, some general advice & encouragement to stay active, a little manual therapy, and an exercise or two for a home program is all they need.
For patients requiring further intervention, the frequency of care will be tailored to (and likely fluctuate depending upon) their specific needs. Some will benefit most from an acute bout of therapy to initiate their rehabilitation process and then taper to only the occasional follow-up session in order to track and reinforce their progress. Other patients may initially need only a couple of visits during their acute phase following a trauma or surgical intervention, and then "ramp up" care later when their nervous system has settled and their tissue capacity has improved better permit load / exercise.