Physical Therapy

Applied Functional Science

Welcome to G3 Physical Therapy & Wellness located in Encinitas, CA. We implement an approach called Applied Functional Science which takes into account whole body wellness and functionality. Understanding our physiology and biology to find the root cause of our problems is crucial to the healing process. It shortens the recovery period, restores functional activities, decreases episodes of recurrences, and prevents other injuries.

Physical therapy is for the preservation, enhancement, and restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disease, injury, or disability that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (such as soft tissue/facia release, laser), assistive devices like orthotics, and patient education and training.

We focus on 3 key areas:

  1. Our bodies operate in a chain reaction, and what happens to one body part profoundly affects the rest of the other body parts.
  2. AFS helps us find the root cause of your pain, not just the local source. This leads to faster, more thorough healing with reduced risk of re-injury.
  3. At G3, we channel the behavioral, biological and physical principles of functional movement to work with your mind, body and spirit and develop healing habits to help you age without pain.

At G3, we love working with people from ages 8-80 and focus not only on Physical Therapy, but also overall wellness. We offer our clients massage, acupuncture, non-invasive laser muscle therapy, fitness training, nutrition and other wellness services to enhance your overall well-being.

Conditions we treat include:

1 - Lower back pain and dysfunctions

  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Herniated, bulging, slipped, or extruded disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Leg pain, numbness/tingling, weakness due to pinched nerve (nerve impingement)
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Post-op discectomy
  • Post-op spinal fusion
  • Post-op laminectomy

2 - Neck pain and dysfunction

  • Herniated, bulging, slipped, or extruded disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arm pain, numbness/tingling, weakness due to pinched nerve (nerve impingement)
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Post-op discectomy
  • Post-op spinal fusion
  • Post-op laminectomy

3 - Pain and dysfunction due to poor posture

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Mid back (thoracic spine pain)
  • TMJ pain and dysfunction

4 - Shoulder pain and dysfunction

  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Post-op rotator cuff repair
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Labral tear
  • Shoulder pain with throwing, swimming, or other overhead activities
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Post-op total shoulder replacement
  • Pain due to shoulder arthritis
  • Shoulder separation (AC joint separation)
  • Fractured clavicle (collarbone)

5 - Elbow/wrist pain and dysfunction

  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Post-op carpal tunnel surgery
  • Elbow and wrist fractures
  • Post-op elbow and wrist fractures

6 - Hip pain and dysfunction

  • Hip arthritis
  • Post-op total hip replacement
  • FAI (femoral-acetabular impingement)
  • Post op arthroscopic hip debridement and labral repair
  • Hip labral tear
  • IT band pain and dysfunction
  • Hip bursitis
  • Muscle strains and tears (psoas, hip flexor, adductor, hamstring, glut, piriformis, quad)

7 - Knee pain and dysfunction

  • Knee arthritis
  • Meniscus tear
  • ACL/MCL/PCL tear
  • Post-op ACL reconstruction
  • Post-op menisectomy
  • Post-op arthroscopy
  • Post-op microfracture
  • Post PRP or Stem Cell procedure
  • IT Band syndrome
  • Patello-femoral pain (runner’s/jumper’s knee)
  • Patellar dislocation
  • Post-op lateral release
  • Osgood-Schlatters disease
  • Osteo-chondral defect

8 - Shin/Calf pain and dysfunction

  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendonitis/rupture
  • Post-op achilles tendon repair
  • Calf strain
  • Peroneal tendon pain
  • Post-op peroneal tendon reconstruction
  • Post-op posterior tibialis reconstruction

9 - Foot/ankle pain and dysfunction

  • Ankle sprain (Inversion sprain)
  • High ankle sprain
  • Post-op ankle fracture
  • Post-op ankle reconstruction
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Post-op bunionectomies
  • Heel spurs
  • Morton’s neuroma

10 - Neurologic pain and dysfunction

  • Vertigo
  • BPPV
  • Parkinson’s
  • Stroke rehab
  • TBI rehab
  • Balance disorders

Disuse atrophy and dysfunction due to prolonged periods of being bed-ridden or non-weight bearing

Pediatric sports medicine injuries.