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Physical Therapy Beyond Expectations

Physical Therapy Beyond Expectations

When Dan Fogarty and Chad Ansell founded Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates (ORA) 15 years ago, their objective was to offer physical therapy to help patients overcome a wide range of medical challenges.  Today, with 5 offices and multiple specialized physical therapy programs, they have achieved that goal.

“We started working mainly with patients with orthopedic and sports injuries” Dan says.  “As our therapy business grew, we found there was a demand for other specialty physical therapy services to help patients with very specific conditions.”

According to Chad, “ORA is different than other physical therapy clinics and our patients remind us of that often.  Patients who choose ORA become part of the ORA family and enjoy healing in a fun, friendly, professional environment. Great customer service and helping our patients reach their goals is our priority. Patients often comment about how much the friendly environment contributes to their healing.”

ORA provides physical therapy and sports medicine for patients of all ages who have had injuries due to sport activities, accidents, fractures and dislocations as well as those recovering from surgery. Trigger Point Dry Needling, Cupping Therapy, Kinesiotaping, Spinal Decompression, Spinal Manipulation/Mobilization, Sports Specific Training and Aquatic/Warm Water Pool Therapy are also available.

Several clinics have the AlterG© Anti-Gravity Treadmill, which was developed by NASA. The innovative AlterG© Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a game changer in physical therapy and sports medicine. Any patient dealing with lower body or spine injuries, chronic pain or neurological conditions that inhibit mobility can benefit from the unweighting capabilities of the AlterG©.  As they walk, they can control the amount of weight to load or unload from their spine and lower body in 1% increments. Thanks to its precise unweighting technology, the AlterG© Anti-Gravity Treadmill allows patients to direct their physical therapy rehabilitation further than ever before.

Perhaps lesser known is the role of physical therapy in treating balance issues.  One of ORA’s specialty programs offers Vestibular Physical Therapy for disorders related to imbalance, dizziness and vertigo.  This one-on-one approach includes a comprehensive exam that identifies which sensory system is causing the imbalance. A personalized exercise-based treatment plan is then created.  ORA provides various therapies to patients who experience dizziness that disrupts their everyday life.

The NeuroRehab Project was born out of years of helping patients with balance and mobility problems.  Many of those individual’s impairments were due to neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Brain Injury, ALS, Guillain-Barre’ and others. ORA has been providing skilled, personalized physical therapy to these individuals at ORA for 15 years.  ORA created The NeuroRehab Project to improve the lives of these patients for the long-term.  Along with skilled physical therapy they added speech therapy which patients have found to be life-changing.  They can now communicate with friends or family better than they knew possible.  Therapy specific to improving the mobility of patients with Parkinson’s has significantly improved the lives of these patients. Additionally, group exercise classes for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis compliment their therapy process.  These classes are taught by skilled professionals and are aimed at increasing function, balance, strength, mobility as well as creating a community where individuals can participate with a group of people dealing with many of the same challenges.

A program offered at ORA focuses on highly personal conditions.  People living with incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain or persistent pain or discomfort related to childbirth can find help through the ORA Personal Wellness Center. The staff is specialized and discreet in treatment of men, women and children. While these issues are sensitive, they present real barriers to an active lifestyle. Such conditions, which can lead to embarrassment and withdrawing from daily activities, often have a muscular component that can be treated and maintained over time. Today, more men are coming forward for incontinence treatment and finding success. The same is true for children suffering from bedwetting or issues with their bowels. The Personal Wellness Center also provides treatment and help for women who’ve experienced mastectomy, including prosthetic garments, painful scarring and lymphedema.

Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates accepts most insurance and offers affordable private pay rates. Convenient scheduling and insurance verification is available as well.  Most clinics are open from 7:00am until 7:00pm to make appointment times convenient for the patients. The main office can be reached at 719-265-6601 or visit their web site at oraclinic.com for more information about locations throughout Colorado Springs and Monument.

Announcing our NEW Garden of the Gods clinic:

Aquatic/Warm Water Pool Therapy available onsite

602 Elkton Drive, #201, 80907

ORA is pleased to announce the addition of Aquatic Physical Therapy at our west location.  ORA has teamed up with Pikes Peak Athletics (PPA) in a state-of-the-art training center that features a warm water pool, a 25-meter training pool and a functional training gym that includes AstroTurf.  Aquatic Physical Therapy can help patients with many pain conditions, osteoarthritis and often post-operatively.  Physical therapists work one-on-one with patients in the pool to improve mobility, decrease pain and allow the patient to return to their highest level of function.  ORA’s physical therapists work with local physicians to establish an individualized aquatic physical therapy program.   Group warm water pool classes will be offered starting in June.  

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