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Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Prescription

Scientific therapeutic exercise progression (STEP) is a systematic and evidence-based approach to designing and implementing exercise programs for patients with various musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. It involves the use of scientific principles and research-based evidence to guide the selection, dosage, and progression of therapeutic exercises.

The STEP process involves several key steps:

  1. Assessment: The first step is to assess the patient’s physical status, including their strength, flexibility, balance, and movement patterns. This helps the therapist identify any impairments or limitations that need to be addressed.

  2. Goal setting: Based on the assessment, the therapist works with the patient to set specific, measurable goals that are relevant to their condition and desired outcomes.

  3. Exercise selection: The therapist selects exercises that are appropriate for the patient’s condition and goals. The exercises may include strengthening, stretching, balance, and coordination activities.

  4. Dosage: The therapist determines the appropriate frequency, intensity, and duration of the exercises based on the patient’s condition, goals, and response to treatment.

  5. Progression: The therapist gradually increases the intensity and difficulty of the exercises as the patient improves, in order to continue to challenge and stimulate their progress.

By following a systematic and evidence-based approach, STEP can help therapists design effective and safe exercise programs for patients, and optimize their outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The duration of improvement can vary depending on the condition being treated and its severity. However, many patients experience significant improvement within 6-8 weeks of starting a therapeutic exercise program.

Yes, many insurance plans cover therapeutic exercise programs as part of physical therapy services. Our team can help you understand your coverage and work with you to maximize your benefits.

Yes, our therapeutic exercise programs are customized to each patient’s unique needs and goals, taking into account their baseline performance, limitations, and barriers.

In most cases, a referral from a doctor is not required to receive a therapeutic exercise program. However, some insurance plans may require a referral. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to confirm their requirements.

You should consider seeing a physical therapist if you’re experiencing hip pain that’s impacting your daily life, such as difficulty walking, sitting, or standing. Additionally, if you’ve been diagnosed with a hip condition or injury, physical therapy can be an important component of your treatment plan.

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