Phoenix Physical Therapy office specializes in individual, manual treatments
“It’s a one-on-one treatment,” Phoenix owner Dr. Nicole Swiatek said. “You are here for the attention you need. We focus on manual physical therapy.”
Swiatek, who took ownership of the office on Jan. 1, earned her doctorate from D’Youville College and has been practicing orthopaedics for the past eight years. The office is located at 4498 Main St. at Harlem Road, Amherst.
Swiatek said she was drawn to physical therapy because she wanted to positively impact people’s lives as an alternative to the use of medication.
Phoenix Physical Therapy has three certified staff members trained to use many methods to achieve optimum results for patients.
“We get everyone their own plan that suits their individual goals,” Swiatek said.
Swiatek, a resident of Williamsville, said people who are seeking an appointment do not need a referral from their physician.
“Because physical therapy falls within New York State’s Direct Access law, patients can come in without a script from their doct or,” she said. “The sooner they come in to see us, the better the results.”
Swiatek said a patient’s initial consultation can usually be sched- uled within 24 to 48 hours of the call. She said members of the staff make sure they are easily accessible for patient appointments.
“Patients walk out of here feeling much better,” she said. “We are constantly accepting new patients.”
Swiatek said the first visit of a patient consists of a one-hour evaluation.
“The frequency of how many times a patient is here can be just one visit or more, depending on whether or not they have a chronic condition,” she said. “Some people come once and then come in after each few months for kind of a tune-up.”
What she wants patients and prospective patients to understand is that the staff is with a person for more than 30 minutes in each visit, using hands-on techniques to reduce their pains.
Ailments treated at Phoenix include lower back and neck pains, carpal tunnel, bursitis, tendonitis, joint replacements and joint pains, headaches and rotator cuff injuries.
Treatments may include the use of modalities, manual therapy and exercise. Electric stimulation, ultrasound and hot/cold packs are methods that help to facilitate initial stages of rehabilitation.
Manual physical therapy is skilled, passive range of motion such as joint and soft tissue mobilization, nonthrust and thrust manipulation, and stretching to improve joint range of motion and flexibility, reduce pain and improve function. Additionally, a home exercise program is assigned to all patients on their first visit and is updated as treatment progresses.
“People feel like they are getting the full package when they come here,” Swiatek added.
For more information about Phoenix Physical Therapy, visit its website at www.phoenixptny.com.
Further information, including appointments and hours of operation, is also available by calling the office at 839-1550.