Physical Therapy

Goal of Physical Therapy

At Seattle Hill Physical Therapy, we believe that pain is an interruption in your life, keeping you from activities, games, working, sleeping or all of the above. Our goal is to help you get back to your regular activities as quickly as possible by tailoring a therapy program to meet your needs. Through exercise, treatment, and education, we will work to improve your orthopedic health and prevent similar injuries in the future.

Our Specialties

Seattle Hill PT specializes in treatment of children and adults with orthopedic and sport-related injuries. We also work with men and women on fall prevention, balance training, and pelvic pain. We have a special interest in shoulder rehabilitation and rotator cuff injuries. We can treat rotator cuff injuries pre- and post-surgery, and we can help to prevent the need for surgery in some cases.

Rick Jusko, PT, OCS is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist as measured by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) tests and examination prepared by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) evidencing his commitment to clinical excellence.

Benefits of Physical Therapy

The main component of most physical therapy programs is targeted exercise, often augmented with pain relief through soft tissue mobilization, ultrasound, application of hot or cold packs, etc. We will create an exercise program for you, including exercises that you can do at home on an ongoing basis. Soon after you begin your course of physical therapy, you will typically have improved coordination, flexibility, range of motion and strength.

Our Approach to Treatment

The best physical therapy regimens address your specific needs and current abilities. Thus, we begin with a thorough screening and interview in which we ask about your health history, your current symptoms and measure your physical strengths and weaknesses. We use a variety of different methods, or modalities, as appropriate for your condition:

  • Electrical Stimulation, also referred to as “stim,” in which a gentle electrical current is used to cause a muscle to contract or calm pain down.
  • Core strengthening exercises, which address low back pain and provide a good foundation for orthopedic health. Rick teaches a very different, more specific and more medical approach to core stabilization.
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Ultrasound, used to relieve pain and inflammation, create blood flow and reduce muscle spasms.
  • Home exercises, which provide continuity of patient care and a basis by which clinical exercises progress.

Common Conditions

There are many common injuries and conditions that can be improved through the use of physical therapy. The following is a partial list, and you can contact our physical therapist about these or related conditions.

Back Pain and Spinal Injuries

  • Lower back pain, Upper back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Whiplash
  • Back surgery rehabilitation
  • Degenerative disc issues and disc surgery rehabilitation
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Shoulder Injury

  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Shoulder surgery rehabilitation
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Scapular pain
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Tendinitis (Tendonitis)

Knee Injury

  • Torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)
  • Torn meniscus or meniscus surgery rehabilitation
  • Total knee replacement recovery
  • Runner’s Knee
  • Knee surgery rehabilitation

Arm & Elbow

  • Broken Arms
  • Post surgery fractured humerus
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tendinitis (Tendonitis)

Leg & Hip

  • Fractured femur
  • Fibular fracture
  • Running injuries
  • IT Band Syndrome (Iliotibial Band Syndrome)
  • Hip replacement surgery rehabilitation
  • Hip surgery rehabilitation
  • Hip flexor strain
  • Hip bursitis

Foot & Ankle Injuries

  • Ankle fractures
  • Pins and needles in feet
  • Plantar fasciitis / Plantar fascia
  • Tendinitis (Achilles Tendonitis)

Hand & Wrist

  • Carpal tunnel surgery rehabilitation
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • MCP Joints (metacarpophalangeal)
  • Physical therapy for fingers
  • Wrist injuries

Head & Body

  • Balance Disorders
  • Vertigo (Atypical Positional Vertigo)
  • Dizziness
  • Fybromyalgia
  • Muscle Aches & Pain
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Osteochondritis (OCD or OD)

These are the most common conditions that we see in our clinic, but we can assist you with virtually any orthopedic or balance-related issue, including broken arms and legs, carpal tunnel syndrome, IT band syndrome (ITBS or Iliotibial Band Syndrome), plantar fasciitis, vertigo, etc.


What our patients say…

After 3 hip surgeries, bilateral hip replacements, foot surgery, and a torn meniscus, I’ve had my share of PT. I’ve always been impressed with Rick’s knowledge, creativity, and sense of humor. I come back every time, and I’ve referred several friends.Krista, Hip dysplasia