COVID-19

As an essential service, ETC will remain open during the Covid-19 pandemic in an effort to continue providing much needed care to our patients. Some clinics hours and availability may be adjusted during this time. The safety of our patients has always been and will continue to be our top priority.

What We Are Doing:

  • Offering Telemedicine options for therapy at home.

  • Daily enhanced cleaning procedures at all locations.

  • Monthly professional deep disinfectant cleaning services.

  • Checking temperature of all patients and staff upon entry.

  • Limiting number of people in the clinic per CDC recommendations.

  • Employees will continue to implement proper handwashing/sanitizing procedures between patients.

  • Hand sanitizer will be made available within the clinic.

How You Can Help

  • Check out our Telemedicine options.

  • If you have a fever, abnormal cough, loss of smell/taste, or just generally feel sick, STAY HOME! (you will not be charged a cancelation fee even for same day cancelations).

  • Wear a cloth or paper face mask in public and when you come to your sessions.

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.

  • Sanitize before and after using equipment.

  • Minimize going out into public.

  • Maintain a safe 6 foot distance from others.

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.

We truly appreciate all of our patients and understand these are abnormal and trying times. We will continue to follow all CDC guidlines to make sure all of our clinics are safe and will continue to be a place for recovery and healing.

 

WHAT WE DO:

Post Covid Rehabilitation

As we stand at the decline of COVID cases in our community, we know that many patients are experiencing long term issues related to the disease. A growing number of people are facing increased fatigue, lack of endurance, weakness, and balance issues after they have recovered from from the acute stages of the coronavirus.

ETC Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is ready to help with nine locations across Kansas City, with certified therapists equipped to tackle your long term health issues and help you get back to a normal, healthy way of life.

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy is a specialized treatment that consists of “hands-on” techniques used to mobilize muscles, joints, connective tissue and nerves to facilitate healing and restore function.

Benefits of Manual Therapy include:

  • Decreased pain

  • Improved joint range of motion

  • Decreased edema

  • Improved posture

  • Improvements in healing

  • Decreased scar tissue

Our therapists are trained to use a variety of techniques including massage, instrument assisted massage, range of motion, and myofascial release in conjunction with other techniques to help our patients progress to their goals.

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Orthopedic Rehab

 In order to properly treat orthopedic conditions, attention must be paid to every detail.  Because of this, our visits are always one-on-one and patients normally see the same therapist every time they come in.  A thorough evaluation is performed in order to develop a care plan.  Our therapists are trained to reassess at every visit and modify the treatment accordingly.

Common Orthopedic Conditions Treated:

  • Arthritis

  • Pre- and Post-Orthopedic Surgery

    • Commonly Seen: Rotator Cuff Repairs, Labral Repairs, ACL Reconstruction, Knee/Hip Arthroscopy, Meniscal Repairs

  • Joint Replacements

  • Muscles Sprains and Strains

  • Overuse Injuries Including Tendinitis, Bursitis, and Rotator Cuff Injuries

  • Carpal Tunnel

  • Post-Fracture weakness

  • Neck Pain, Headaches, and Whiplash

  • Generalized Weakness

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Foot and Ankle Pain

Many techniques require time and individual attention.  Because ETC allows for one-on-on care treatment is not dictated by time constraints. Our therapists have extensive continuing education in evaluation and treatment techniques for orthopedic and spine conditions.  Their continuing education allows us to have as our priority the highest quality of care possible.

 

Workplace Injury Rehabilitiation

Our therapists are trained to treat acute and chronic conditions that result from work-related injuries. If your injury at work has impeded your performance on the job, our therapists will provide an aggressive and safe approach to get you back to work as soon as possible. Your therapy session will include a comprehensive evaluation of your limitations and pain level, and we will work hard to help you return to your normal work duties.

Typical therapy progression

  • Relieve Pain and Acute Symptoms

  • Increase Range of Motion

  • Return Strength to Normal

  • Work Hardening for Job Specific Tasks

Our therapists will work to simulate your current work conditions to make sure you are ready for discharge and safe to return to work. Whether you are a construction worker, hair dresser, or work in an office, we can help you decrease pain and return to your normal life. 

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Pain Management

Our trained therapists are adept in a variety of techniques to help manage and decrease acute and chronic pain. Whether dealing with a recent injury or a life long disability our therapists can help decrease your pain and improve your function.

Some of the techniques we use:

  • Cryotherapy

  • Kinesiotaping

  • Soft Tissue and Myofascial Release

  • Triggerpoint Release

  • Electrical Stimulation

  • Ultrasound

  • Cupping

Living with pain whether acute or chronic takes a toll on you and those around you. Managing pain is an important part of improving function and aiding you in accomplishing your goals with therapy and improving your quality of life.

Sports Medicine/Rehab

Through performance-based rehabilitation, individualized programs, in-depth analysis and conditioning ETC Physical Therapy can help you fully maximize your sport potential. Athletes come in a tremendous variety of shapes and sizes.  The demands of their sports differ, as do the surfaces they play on.  Our therapists will formulate a specialized treatment plan to rehabilitate each athlete for their sport.

Sports Rehabilitation should always incude “pre-hab.” Prevent an injury before it happens! Our Therapists are trained to put athletes through a thorough examination before the sports season starts, finding any deficiencies the athlete might have before the grueling season begins. Get in optimal shape to keep your risk of injuries to a minimum.

Common athletic conditions treated include:

  • Muscle Sprain and Strains

  • Shin Splints

  • Knee Injuries including patellofemoral pain, meniscal injuries, ligamentous injuries including ACL rehab

  • Shoulder injuries including rotator cuff tears, impingement, AC joint irritation, Labral tears, Frozen shoulder

When working with athletes, we work to return athletes to competition as quickly as possible, educate them about their injuries, help them take steps that may reduce the risk of re-injury, and simultaneously improve sport performance during rehabilitation.

We specialize in many sports injuries and our licensed therapists will work with you individually to address the concerns and goals of each athlete.

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition that greatly affects a person’s total quality of life. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to pain, fatigue, weakness and a difficulty sleeping

Pain may be isolated to one area or widespread throughout the body. This is a challenging condition, but it can be treated successfully by a knowledgeable and experienced therapist.

We have therapists at ETC with extensive experience in treating fibromyalgia.  They have taken numerous continuing education courses in manual therapy techniques that, when used in conjunction with exercise, have been successful in alleviating symptoms.  A home program can often be used for maintenance and keeping this condition under control.

Neuromuscular Reeducation

Our bodies movements are controlled by our nervous system. Sometimes due to an injury, disease process, old age, or learned compensations, this process can become degraded and we can struggle to move our bodies in the way they used to or in the way we want to. Neuromuscular re-education techniques help patients regain normal, controlled movement patterns.

Neural Reeducation can aid in:

  • Walking

  • Bending and Lifting

  • Smooth Movements of all Joints

  • Core Control for Spinal Stability

  • And many more!

Our therapists are trained in a variety of techniques to improve Neuromuscular communication and help our patients return to safe strong movement patterns to improve daily activity.

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Gait and Balance Training

Our Physical Therapists are experts at identifying the cause of your balance and gait difficulties. These dysfunctions can be related to disorder of the inner ear, nervous system, muscle disease, and musculoskeletal abnormalities. Our therapists will find the root cause of the disorder and design a unique program to treat your condition.

Common disorders involving gait and balance issues include:

  • Vertigo

  • Motion Sickness/Dizziness

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Ataxia

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Stroke

  • Fall Prevention

Vestibular Therapy

Vertigo is the sensation of spinning. Even when being still, you may feel like you are moving or that the room is moving around you. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, sweating, and abnormal eye movements. Most causes of vertigo involve the inner ear (vestibular system).

Each of the following can result in vertigo:

  • Inner ear infections or disorders

  • Migraines

  • Tumors

  • Stroke

  • Surgery that removes or injures inner ear or its nerves

  • Head injury, that results in injury to inner ears

  • A hole in the inner ear

You might also have:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Sweating

  • Abnormal Eye Movements

If the vertigo is accompanied by double vision, difficulty speaking, a change in alertness, arm or leg
weakness, or an inability to walk, you should go to the Emergency Department immediately.

How a physical therapist can help
Specific treatment will depend on the cause of your vertigo, but it can include head and neck movements
or other exercises to help eliminate your symptoms. Your balance and walking may still be impaired
after your vertigo has stopped, and your physical therapist can develop a treatment plan to improve your
dizziness and balance.

In addition to the above, treatment may include:

  • Exercises to improve your balance

  • Exercises to help the brain “correct” differences between your inner ears

  • Exercises to improve your ability to focus your eyes and vision

 
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Taping / Cupping / Scraping

 

Kinesio Tape

At ETC we have many therapists who are trained and certified in the use of Kinesio Tape to manage pain, provide support to joints, and reduce edema after injury or a surgery. This is the same tape and process used on high level athletes, including olympic athletes! Kinesio tape is a great tool to be used in conjunction with other therapies to help speed recovery and provide relief from pain.

Cupping

Cupping is a technique that dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. This technique is a form of soft tissue manipulation that can help improve tissue mobility, improve bloodflow, reduce inflamation, and promote relaxation. We have several therapist certified to utilize cupping as a form of a larger treatment plan to help you reach your goals. 

Scraping

Scraping, also known as Gua Sha or Graston utilizes a stainless steel or plastic tool that the therapist will rub along muscle tissue to decrease adhesions and promote bloodflow. Though redness and bruising is a possibility, this technique is often pain free and when used in conjunction with other techniques, scraping can be a great way to decrease pain in promote healing.

INSURANCE

We participate in the following networks:

Aetna 

Advantra

All Saver 

Ambetter/Allwell 

ARRP

BlueCross/BlueShield 

Cerner 

Cigna 

Champ VA

Coresource 

Coventry/FirstHealth 

Department of Veterans

First Health Lifestyles

Freedom Network 

GEHA 

Home State Health  

Humana

Medicare

Meritain Health

PHP

Quiktrip

Theramatrix

Tricare

United Health Care

UMR

Worker’s Compensation