Physical Therapy Rehabilitation
by Licensed Physical Therapist Brad Young, RPT
Our office provides physical therapy care for a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Commonly treated conditions are:
- Arthritis and stiff joints
- Disc problems
- Low back pain to include stenosis and facet syndrome
- Neck pain and associated upper extremity pain
- Spinal degeneration disorders
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
- Hip and knee problems
- Shoulder problems
- Cervicogenic headaches
This office utilizes a multitude of state-of-the-art physical therapy modalities to include ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, Russian stimulation, micro stimulation, soft tissue mobilization, massage therapy, and myofascial release. Hopkins Clinic is one of a few offices that also utilizes Decompression Traction for the cervical and lumbar spine. This safe and effective modality results in significantly improved function and decreased pain for disk herniations in the neck and lower back. These are all commonly called “passive” therapy as the patient is generally laying on a table or sitting in a chair and having the therapy performed on any body part.
“Active” therapy requires the participation of the patient. This type of therapy include specific strengthening and stabilization exercises, specific core training and assisted and active joint mobilization. Active Therapy is instituted after the patient’s initial complaints of pain and/or restricted range of motion is diminished and they are then able to participate in an active exercise program. One-on-one supervision by the physical therapist with the patient results in a quicker improvement and more effective resolution of the patient’s condition.
Physical therapy programs are designed and developed to specifically meet the needs of each individual. Hopkins Clinic focuses on educating the individual to continue with their specific training program upon completion of the physical therapy treatment in this office. A program can be designed for the patient who has no access to more advanced gym type equipment by utilizing simple rubber bands, physio balls, pillows, mats or even chairs and the wall. If the patient has access to more advanced exercise equipment, a detailed program is developed for them to continue on their own after treatment has been discontinued in the office.
Registered Physical Therapist
Brad Young, RPT is a registered physical therapist who has been practicing for over nine years. He is a native of the St. Petersburg area. He was trained internationally in the Netherlands with a strong emphasis on manual techniques. His main focus is concentrated on orthopedic disorders. With this strong background in functional activities, a great deal of his practice is made up of improving physical function through a closely supervised as well as self-directed home exercise program. He emphasizes spinal strength and core stabilization of the trunk muscles to allow for a firm base from which all other movements of the body are easily performed. He enjoys developing detailed individual programs with an emphasis on strengthening, stabilizing and conditioning. His work at Hopkins Clinic gives him the opportunity to provide services to a wide variety of patients from injuries related to automobile accidents and occupational accidents, postsurgical rehabilitation, and weight loss, as well as strengthening and conditioning for wellness programs. He is an avid boater and fisherman as well as enjoying free diving and scuba diving.