Physical Therapy Helps Patients Maximize their Abilities

Physical Therapy Helps Patients Maximize their Abilities

As physical therapists, we treat all sorts of conditions, explains Janna Trottier, PT, therapy supervisor at Riverwalk Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. Physical therapy is probably most known for common orthopedic issues, like joint replacements or surgeries, and knee, back or shoulder pain.

But it can also help with sprains, strains, athletic injuries, lymphedema and women's issues, like chronic pelvic pain, back pain during pregnancy, painful scarring or frequent urination. Physical therapists also treat neurological problems, such as stroke, Parkinson s disease or balance problems.


Janna says a common misconception about physical therapy is that it is going to hurt and the therapist is going to push a patient through pain. We don t typically subscribe to the no pain, no gain mentality, she says. With the majority of problems we treat, we use gentle exercises that don t cause pain.

Each patient s needs are different, so we assess each person on an individual basis. Physical therapy isn t about achieving a certain range of motion; it is about helping patients return to their prior level of functioning. A lot of what we do is educating patients on how to move and sit to avoid pain, and we help them strengthen muscles that get weak.

A patient does not necessarily have to be in pain to benefit from physical therapy, Janna adds. We can also help patients who are experiencing a physical weakness, a balance issue, postural problems or just stiffness, she says.

Patients need a physician referral for physical therapy, but the plan of treatment and number of sessions is determined at the first meeting with the therapist. We do a full, one-on-one assessment of limitations, pain and disabilities, Janna says. From there we design a program. Most patients are in physical therapy for 10-12 sessions, but it could be more or less depending on the condition and severity.

Janna hopes that people will learn not to associate therapy with pain and torture. Physical therapy can be an alternate treatment option to pain medication or surgery, she says. We work with our patients to ensure they regain their functionality, mobility and independence.

“We can also help patients who are experiencing a physical weakness, a balance issue, postural problems or just stiffness, ” says Janna Trottier, PT.


Rehabilitation Locations

Lee Memorial Health System physical therapists work in a variety of settings, including the following outpatient locations throughout Southwest Florida:

The Wellness Center of Fort Myers*
2070 Carrell Road
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Gulf Coast Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation
13685 Doctor s Way
Suite 250
Fort Myers, FL 33912

Outpatient Center at HealthPark Commons*
16281 Bass Road
Suite 200
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Outpatient Center at the Sanctuary*
8960 Colonial Center Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33905

Lee Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
Cape Coral Hospital
609 SE 13th Court
Cape Coral, FL 33990
The Children s Rehabilitation Center*
15901 Bass Road
Suite 104
Fort Myers, FL 33908

The Children s Rehabilitation Center*
1265 Creekside Parkway
Suite 200
Naples, FL 34108
Riverwalk Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic*
8350 Riverwalk Park Boulevard
Suite 3
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Adolescent & Children s Orthopedic Physical Therapy
15821 Hollyfern Court
Fort Myers, FL 33908

To make an appointment at any location, call Centralized Scheduling at 239-424-1499.

*Outpatient department of Lee Memorial Hospital

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