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Physical Therapy

Great Basin Orthopaedics now offers in-clinic physical therapy under the supervision of Dr. Joel Peck. Dr. Peck is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist with a doctorate from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. Learn more about Dr. Peck and his treatment expertise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need physical therapy?
A physical therapy (PT) prescription from your orthopedist will help you regain movement, restore function and alleviate pain. It is an integral part of orthopedic rehabilitation. Your physical therapist will perform a comprehensive analysis of movement and dysfunction, identifying structural or soft tissue impairments and muscular imbalances or inefficiencies contributing to your presenting problem. PT can be prescribed before surgery, after surgery or, sometimes, in lieu of surgery. Check out our blog on why physical therapy matters.

What insurance types are accepted for GBO PT?
Great Basin Orthopeadics Physical Therapy takes most insurance plans. For the most current information, call to see if your insurance is on our list — 775-786-1600. 

What therapy treatments are offered?
Your physical therapist will determine which treatments best meet your needs, but common therapies include: ultrasound, electrical stimulation, manual therapy (see below), cryotherapy (ice), heat therapy, mechanical traction, laser therapy, massage and dry needling (see below). Your therapist may also prescribe specific exercise for you to do at home to support your healing process.

What is dry needling?
Dry needling is the use of acupuncture style needles to calm neurogenic inflammation and eliminate trigger points. This pain-free treatment option has been around for decades and has proven clinical success. The primary goal of dry needling is to desensitize supersensitive structures, to restore motion and function and to possibly induce a healing response to the tissue.

What is manual therapy?
Manual therapy techniques are skilled hand movements and skilled passive movements of joints and soft tissue and are intended to improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion; induce relaxation; mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction. Techniques may include manual lymphatic drainage, manual traction, massage, mobilization/manipulation, and passive range of motion.

These techniques may be used to decrease edema, pain, spasm, or swelling; enhance health, wellness, and fitness; enhance or maintain physical performance; increase the ability to move; or prevent or remediate impairment in body functions and structures, activity limitations, or participation restrictions to improve physical function.

Will physical therapy hurt?
Our goal is to increase your function and alleviate your pain. While your pain levels will fluctuate as you heal, the therapy is designed to move you toward less pain. There may be some temporary discomfort with your PT procedures, but you should not experience pain. Communicating with your therapist about what you are feeling during treatment will help minimize discomfort.