Orthopedic and Post Surgical Physical Therapy – Orthopedic and post surgical physical therapy involves almost any injury or painful limitation related to a muscle, bone or joint. This could involve the common ankle sprain to the most fragile shoulder surgery. The physical therapists at Linder Physical Therapy are skilled in orthopedic physical therapy. We can help you recover from virtually any problem with your back, neck, shoulder, or any other painful or injured soft tissue you may have.

Manual Therapy – Manual therapy is the bread and butter of an orthopedic physical therapist. A PT will use their hands to help move, stretch or mobilize your injured joint so that it moves more easily and more comfortably.  We use manual therapy on almost every orthopedic patient we see almost every time we see them .

Geriatric Physical Therapy – Though he is getting grey, ‘Geriatric’ physical therapy does not refer to Bruce Linder, PT. Geriatric Physical Therapy relates specifically to senior citizens. A PT specializing in senior care will know many of the problems associated with aging that may or may not directly relate to a treatment diagnosis. For instance, a senior citizen may come to PT with a shoulder injury, but they may also have problems with seeing or hearing. They may have problems with balance and coordination, or just walking, in general. There are many problems associated with aging of which the PT should be aware. At Linder PT we respect the multiple problems the elderly may be having, and we do our best to help.

Sports Rehabilitation – Sports Physical Therapy refers to helping an ‘athlete’ return to playing sports. The athlete may be a middle school or high school student. They may be a college student. They may be a professional athlete. The term ‘athlete’ also refers to someone who is committed to playing sports, but is not on an organized team. They may be a runner or a golfer. They may enjoy bowling. They may even just be a coach, but they really need to be in shape to work with their teams. A PT skilled in sports physical therapy will know how to help push an athlete to their highest limits to ensure a return to whatever sport or exercise program they desire.

Industrial Rehabilitation – Industrial workers are similar to the athletes we see at Linder Physical Therapy. An industrial worker may not have the advanced physical skills that an elite athlete may have, but they do have a physically demanding job that needs understanding and commitment in helping them return to work. Beyond simply helping the industrial worker resolve their pain complaint, the PT needs to help the patient develop a high level of motor skill activity so that they can return to a stressful work environment.

Neurological Rehabilitation – A patient who is suffering from an acute stroke, spinal cord injury or perhaps a closed brain injury will normally be seen at a traumatic rehabilitation center throughout their recovery period. During the early stages of a serious neurological event we at Linder PT strongly encourage a patient to accept care from their local hospital or rehabilitation center. That said, there are many neuro-patients who come to Linder PT for after care, once their course of treatment through the hospital has been completed. We also are able to help patients who are battling more chronic neurological problems like Parkinsonism or Multiple Sclerosis.

Dizziness and Vertigo Rehabilitation – This refers to patients who suffer from dizziness or BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). There are special techniques we can use  that affect the sensory and balance centers of the brain. If you are having problems with chronic dizziness, contact your doctor for a referral to Linder Physical Therapy.

Amputee Rehabilitation – At Linder PT we have a good relationship with the area prosthetiists. Prosthetists are special people with special training who build artificial limbs for patients who have suffered an amputation. We will work closely with your prosthetist to ensure a smooth transition to using your new prosthetic device.

You might say that Amputee Rehabilitation is in our blood. Bruce Linder, our chief physical therapist, chose a career in Physical Therapy because his uncle Henry Sturza had lost his upper and lower extremity. Henry Sturza eventually started the prosthetic department at the University Of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. He often had Bruce, who was still quite young, work with him on handicapped outings. Before Bruce had even heard of physical therapy he was helping handicapped people transfer to and from cars and helping them getting into and out of very small restroom stalls.

Osteoporosis Rehabilitation and Prevention – Osteoporosis is a condition of weakened bones that leads to many other health problems including pain, weakness and frequent injury. We will work closely with your medical doctor to help you develop a specific weight bearing and/or a resistance training program so that you may develop as strong and healthy a lifestyle as possible.

Occupational Therapy – An Occupational Therapist (OT) is similar to a Physical Therapist, except they tend to focus on problems with the upper extremity.  An OT can help the patient regain function and independence. If the individual has deficits resulting from physical disability, cognitive troubles stemming from organic or traumatic injury, or functional losses related to age, an OT can be an important professional on the patient’s health care team. Occupational Therapists at Linder PT and Rehabilitation may enable a person to perform daily activities either independently or with limited help.  The OT may also teach the patient how to use or work with special devices. If a patient feels they are losing their independence in daily activity they should consider talking to an Occupational Therapist at ‘Linder PT and Rehabilitation’ to find out if they can regain their lost abilities.

Hand Therapy –  At Linder PT we have Specialized Occupational Therapy services to help an individual regain maximum use of their hand and/or arm after injury, surgery or the onset of disease. Our therapist will provide exercises, application of modalities and the creation of custom splints to help the hand heal and to protect it from additional injury. This includes completion of pre and post surgical evaluation and then treatment of the tendons, ligaments and nerves of the hand and arm including scar management. This is appropriate for cumulative trauma disorders like carpal tunnel, traumatic injuries from work or recreation, as well as arthritic problems.

Social work – Many of our patients have personal problems that go beyond simple physical therapy treatments. They may be having problems with family members or problems finding work. They may be having problems with housing or substance abuse. Diana Bourne, our social worker, at Linder PT and Rehabilitation may not be able to solve your problems, but she will give you a safe and confidential setting to let you discuss any issue you wish. She may be able to put you in touch with a community agency or she may be aware of federal aid or programs that offer assistance.