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Personalized Physical Therapy on the Horizon for Athens Area

By Kelly Church

In Watkinsville, GA, there's another option for physical therapy that differs from the traditional, standard approach. Horizon Physical Therapy takes a more personalized look at what each person needs in their rehabilitation. They specialize in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, promising one-on-one service to each patient that walks through their doors.

"I was frustrated by the lack of personalized physical therapy services that I saw in mainstream rehabilitation and wanted to offer a different physical therapy experience for our patients," says Owner Jimbo Wood. "Something that placed a high value on awesome patient care and allowed you to actually interact with and get to know your patients. We are blessed to treat a wide variety of patients from all different walks of life and enjoy being challenged to do all that we can to help them achieve their rehabilitation goals."

By offering personalized physical therapy, the staff at Horizon Physical Therapy is able to use many different methods to treat a person's needs. From sports injuries to post-surgical recovery, the facility has something to treat each person and their physical condition. Horizon Physical Therapy uses the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill for runners who are undergoing treatment for injuries.

The treadmill can reduce up to 80% of a runners body weight, allowing them to continue running throughout their rehabilitation, placing significantly less stress on the body than running on a traditional treadmill or outside. Runners can be slowly reintroduced to running, gradually increasing their body weight on the treadmill.

Horizon Physical Therapy also utilizes functional dry needling, a therapy used to regain musculoskeletal function. Dry needling is the process of putting small needles into dysfunctional areas of muscle or connective tissue to reduce tension and imbalance. Dry needling is to be paired with other physical therapy treatments to help clients regain normal muscle function. Muscles are more relaxed, with increased blood flow after dry needling, according to Wood.

"The thing we enjoy most about helping people through their recovery is seeing them progress from week to week and finally returning to doing what they were unable to do before beginning their rehab journey with us," Wood says. "Sometimes for our patients that means sleeping through the night because they are pain free, while for some that means setting a new, personal record. We are encouraged when our patients succeed and progress beyond what they ever thought possible."

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