We would like to officially congratulate our very own Dr. Keith W. Fandry, DPT, who was inducted into the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Dr. Fandry underwent a rigorous fellowship program and received specialty training in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions
What is the AAOMPT?
The AAOMPT is a nationally recognized organization that is committed to providing excellent care in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy through research and education. A physical therapist who has completed an advanced fellowship program that is approved by the AAOMPT is then qualified to receive the designation of FAAOMPT.
Dr. Fandry did his fellowship training through the Spinal Manipulation Institute. Learn more about the Spinal Manipulation Institute.
Dr Fandry is trained in joint mobilization, soft-tissue mobilization, spinal manipulation, dry needling, cupping, therapeutic exercises and traction. Continue reading to learn more about these treatment procedures.
Joint mobilization: This involves the application of movement and force to a joint for the purpose of increasing range of motion. It can also be used to reduce pain.
Soft-tissue mobilization: A therapist will use their hands to apply a pressure to gently stretch the muscles and tissue of the body to promote pain relief.
Spinal manipulation: Spinal manipulation is a technique that is typically used by physical therapist and chiropractors and to a lesser degree by medical and osteopathic physicians. It utilizes a skilled manual technique to create a “pop” sensation or more technically termed a joint cavitation. This technique is used to help facilitate movement of a restricted joint.
Dry Needling: Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues. It is used to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain and improve impaired movements. Learn more about the benefits of Dry Needling. Back in Action also offers Medical Acupuncture. Learn more about medical acupuncture and how it differs from Dry Needling Click Here.
Cupping: Cupping is a skilled technique that involves using a “cup”. This “cup” is placed on the skin and a device is used to draw air out of the cup in order to lift the skin and tissue. It is a form of soft tissue mobilization. Typically with massage a point specific compression force is provided to the tissue in order to work out myofascial trigger points. Cupping does the opposite, instead of compressing the tissue it distracts the tissue away. This distraction of tissue is just another way a skilled physical therapist can help manipulate the tissue in order to treat the problem and help manage your pain.
Therapeutic exercises: Strengthening and balancing the muscles around the joints are essential to promote joint stability and proper body mechanics with movement.
Traction: Traction can be performed manually and it can also be administered using specialized equipment. It is commonly used to treat conditions of the spine and through the traction force it allows decompression of the discs of the spine to help manage and treat pain. Learn more about degenerative disc disease and your treatment options.