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MCH Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services Department

Pain, injury and physical limitations can drastically affect the quality of your life. Our Physical Therapists (PTs) can help you get back to enjoying life. You don’t have to drive down the mountain to receive world-class care. Our experienced PTs treat everyone from elite athletes, to pediatrics to geriatrics. Our treatment outcomes are excellent, providing outstanding relief from pain. Physical therapy is not just for injuries and accidents. Click to see the 5 reasons you may not have thought of to see a physical therapist.

We offer a broad range of services, including:

  • Orthopedic and joint replacement rehab

  • Sports injury rehab

  • Spine, neck, shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle care

  • Osteoporosis therapy

  • Therapeutic exercise and functional mobility

  • Manual therapy to improve joint mobility

  • Therapeutic ultrasound

  • Electrotherapy

  • Paraffin therapy

  • Balance training and fall prevention

  • Neurological conditions

  • Vestibular rehabilitation

  • Hand therapy with a certified hand therapist

  • Speech therapy

  • Home health services through 3 home healthcare agencies

Our staff consists of:

  • 6 Physical Therapists (PTs) and 1 PT Assistant

  • 2 Occupational Therapists

  • 1 Speech and Language Pathologist

What to expect at your first physical therapy evaluation:

Will it just be a bunch of questions?

Will I have to exercise?

What am I supposed to wear?

The truth is that it differs. However, there is something that most, if not all, initial evaluations, no matter the health care profession, include a subjective history and an objective analysis of your body.

The subjective analysis of a patient involves a thorough line of questioning about the condition that brought them in to therapy. The clinician will then look at how the patient’s body moves while afflicted by the condition and take measurements. From there, a systems review is performed, taking into consideration both the subjective and objective parts of the initial assessment.

Typically, some specific questions are asked in order to assess the likelihood that the pain is coming from a non-musculoskeletal source or to determine if there is an additional, unknown, condition.

For example, a patient with neck pain may complain of stiffness. While this is often associated with osteoarthritis, it can also be associated with vertebrobasilar insufficiency (VBI), a vascular issue that affects the blood flow to the brain. Should it go undiagnosed, the patient would be at risk for a stroke. In order to help rule out these sorts of issues, we ask specific questions about the pattern of the pain or any other odd symptoms.

Additionally, we use objective measures to assess the patient’s odds of having an undiagnosed condition. Going back to the VBI example, history of symptoms is the most important aspect, but taking heart rate and blood pressure measures can help as well. For other conditions, we may do some special analyses or test for anomalies.

It is essential that all health care practitioners, including physical therapists, perform a systems review. Due to the variety of presentations a condition can have and how similar two completely different issues can appear, we must perform regular screenings of each body system.

So how does this affect you? Do not be surprised if your therapist asks questions that may seem unrelated to the condition you are visiting for. Often, there are connections between the systems that can be correlated; the heart can refer pain to the left shoulder, the kidney to the lower back, the thyroid to the neck, etc. There are many different referral patterns for each organ, so make sure you notify your physical therapist of any symptoms you are experiencing. They may not be as unrelated as they appear.

Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., last appointment is at 5 p.m.

Contact Us
MCH Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services Department
29099 Hospital Road, Suite 106
PO Box 70
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
Phone: (909) 337-0844
Fax: (909) 337-0045