Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Staff
Experiencing muscle weakness?
The licensed physical therapists at Bone and Joint Specialists have specialized training in muscle facilitation techniques, including muscle stimulation and TENS Unit Training and expertise in bracing and casting to help bones and ligaments heal. Our Physical Therapists facilitate techniques that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health.
Bone and Joint Specialists physical therapists are compassionate, supportive, and will encourage you to reach your rehabilitation and training goals. Our physical therapists communicate directly with your orthopedic doctor and will motivate, and direct you to improve your muscle movements, strength, coordination, endurance, and function on your way back to your active lifestyle. Each Patient receives a customized rehabilitation program tailored to their individual needs.
What do Physical Therapist's do?
Physical Therapists examine patients' medical histories and then test and measure the patients' strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance and motor function. They also determine patients' ability to be independent and reintegrate into their normal routine. Next, physical therapists develop treatment plans with our orthopedic surgeons describing a treatment strategy, its purpose, and its anticipated outcome. Physical therapist assistants under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist may be involved in implementing treatment plans with patients. Physical therapist aides perform routine support tasks, as directed by the therapist.
Physical therapists may use electrical stimulation, hot packs or cold compresses, and ultrasound to relieve pain and reduce swelling. They may also use traction or deep-tissue massage to relieve pain. Therapists also teach patients exercises to do at home to expedite their recovery.
Megan Prater, M.P.T.
Megan graduated from Oakland University in 2002 with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. Since graduation, she has worked in the Orthopedic outpatient setting. She has studied the Kaltenborn, Evjenth and Paris manual techniques.
Yvonne Dolohanty-Kontny, P.T., D.P.T.
Yvonne graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Physical Therapy. Since graduating she has worked in an orthopedic outpatient setting and holds an orthopedic certificate with 15 years experience. She has recently finished a post graduate doctoral degree at Oakland University.
Jeff McLanson, P.T.A.
Jeff joined our practice in October 2012. He received his license from Baker College. He was a student therapist at several outpatient therapy groups before joining our practice. He comes to our practice highly recommended.