January 10, 2018

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such manual therapy and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery. Physical therapists are licensed health care professionals who work to help patients reduce pain, improve movement performance and prevent disability. In addition to the aforementioned treatment methods, PTs educate patients on how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits.

About our Physical Therapist, Lauren Hinrichs

She graduated from Ohio’s Miami University in 2006 with a dual major, exercise science and athletic training. She then obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2008 from Northwestern University in Chicago, where she performed research in vestibular rehabilitation.

Lauren has a passion for working with athletes and utilizing her skills of manual therapy on a variety of patients with orthopedic diagnoses. This passion for orthopedics led her to continue her education through the Orthopedic Residency program at Temple University Lauren is Board Certified as an Orthopedic Specialist through the APTA, as well as being certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. She has presented poster cases at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy national conference as well as being involved in research on shoulder pain and best treatment options.

Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT): any “hands-on” treatment with the intent to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion of the joint complex; mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints; induce relaxation; change muscle function; modulate pain and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restriction. Techniques include moving joints in specific directions and at different speeds to regain movement (joint mobilization and manipulation), muscle stretching, passive movements of the affected body part, or having the patient move the body part against the therapist’s resistance to improve muscle activation and timing. Selected specific soft tissue techniques may also be used to improve the mobility and function of tissue and muscles including Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) described below.

Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN): a technique PTs use for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. TDN is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine, rather TDN is a part of modern western medicine and supported by research. TDN is typically one technique that’s part of a larger treatment plan. It is used with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve mobility. Research supports that TDN improves pain control, reduces muscle tension and normalizes dysfunctions in muscles which can help speed up the patients return to active rehabilitation.

Trigger Point Dry Needling Frequently Asked Questions Click Here

Appointment Options

60 minute sessions:
If existing symptoms: PT evaluation and treatment
If currently without symptoms: Injury Prevention and movement efficiency consult

Schedule a 60min Session


30 minute sessions:
PT injury Screen, OMPT, TDN
This session is recommended for:

  • Those who have participated in a PT evaluation
  • Those with 2+ body regions requiring TDN and/or
  • Those who are interested in instruction of home management of symptoms
Schedule a 30min Session


15 minute sessions:
TDN, OMPT only
This session is only recommended for:

  • Those who have participated in a PT evaluation
  • Those with 2 or fewer body regions requiring TDN and/or
  • Those with mild muscle soreness (recovery strategies) vs injury/pain status
Schedule a 15min Session