Posts made in October, 2014

Getting the Most Out of Physical Therapy

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your physical therapists will work closely with you to develop an exercise regimen and pain management program to handle a variety of issues. From surgical recovery to arthritis, any pain or restriction of movement that is keeping you from completing your daily activities can be alleviated by a trained physical therapist. However, all of the work doesn’t fall entirely on the therapist. As a patient, you have to be willing to work with them to achieve your goals in a timely manner. There are also some other easy tips to keep in mind that will help you to get the most out of every physical therapy session.   Be Ready   Coming to your physical therapy appointments prepared for whatever your therapist might need you to do is the best way to ensure that you are getting the most out of your sessions. There are a lot of simple things you can do, that are really more just common courtesy. But, they will save a lot of wasted time.   Make sure you confirm your appointment and know exactly what time to arrive. Don’t be late, cutting into your session wastes moments that your therapist could be using to give you valuable information, and puts everyone else waiting behind schedule as well. If it’s your first appointment, make sure to bring any Dr’s prescriptions and have any new patient forms filled out in advance if possible. Perhaps the biggest courtesy you can give your therapist to ensure a smooth session though, is putting your phone on vibrate.   Keep In Mind: Healing is a Process   Getting better after a major surgery or learning to better live with a debilitating condition is difficult for everyone. Your therapist is here to help you, but you have to remember that there is probably not an instant cure for whatever your problem is. Your therapist is your guide on the road to recovery and better living. Take what they say seriously and practice any exercises they show you at home. Follow their directions exactly and have...

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Arthritis and Physical Therapy

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Arthritis and Physical Therapy

Arthritis is a condition that leads to stiff joints, and this makes many sufferers avoid certain movements. But, avoiding movement actually only makes pain and stiffness worse in many situations. Working with a trained physical therapist is the best way to ease into a plan of controlled movements that will help anyone with arthritis regain movements and improve their level of pain.   Physical therapists will work with you to get a range of motion that allows you to perform all of your daily activities. The main process to achieve this involves building strength in the muscles surrounding the arthritic joint. The exercises developed by your physical therapist will target your particular joint and pain, or they will work with to learn how to use assistive devices like crutches or a walker to the best of your ability.     Thermal modalities are some of the other techniques that a physical therapist will employ to help you cope with your arthritis. This involves the use of ice packs and heating pads or ultrasounds to reduce inflammation and help relax muscles. These techniques often help the most just before starting your exercises, and your physical therapist will work with you to come up with the best plan possible.   Sessions with a physical therapist don’t just provide these benefits. Your physical therapist will also work directly with you to ensure that you understand your particular type of arthritis. They are an excellent source of information about your condition and how you can best deal with it on a daily basis. Physical therapists will work with you to get you comfortable with your daily activities so that you can learn to live without...

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What to Do With Knee Injuries

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What to Do With Knee Injuries

  The knee is one of the most important joints for movement. Nearly all physical activities and motion, from walking to sitting down, require a knee that bends properly. But, because it is also in constant motion whenever you are, the knee is especially susceptible to damage, strain, and injury that can really slow you down. Knowing the warning signs and what to do with knee injuries can help to get you back on your feet fast.     Common Knee Injuries   The most common way to affect the four ligaments that keep the knee functioning properly is through twisting. Forcing the knee into a range of motion that’s beyond its capacity can tear or stretch the ligaments. Usually, these injuries will lead to swelling, pain, and a sensation of heat.   If swelling begins immediately after twisting your knee, this is a sign that you have torn or fractured a ligament. Otherwise, gradual swelling that increases over time usually indicates meniscal or cartilage damage. The level of pain and when it occurs will also point to what’s wrong.   For instance, feeling pain while climbing stairs is symptomatic of a meniscus injury, but if you feel pain while walking down stairs, it’s possible the kneecap is being forced onto the femur. If you have the sensation that your knee is “locking”—that it won’t completely straighten—then you are likely dealing with a torn piece of cartilage. Treatments   The key to treatment of a knee injury is the acronym RICE: Rest Ice Compression and Elevation. Every knee injury is unique and specific to the body of the person who has sustained an injury, so if the at-home RICE remedy does not have results within a day or two, seeking medical attention is the best way to determine the severity of the injury.   A medical professional can use X-rays to determine if surgery is necessary, but most knee injuries can be fixed with a combination of physical therapy and the RICE formula at home. A physical therapist will develop an exercise plan to help strengthen the muscles around the knee, taking pressure off of it while it heals. This is also a common way to help the knee recover if surgery has been necessary.     If you twist your knee, don’t try to push through the pain or swelling. Your knee is an important part of your body and your mobility. Even a tiny sprain or tear in a ligament can become a much worse problem over time if it’s not handled properly. Seek out the advice and expertise of a physical therapist that can get you back on track as soon as possible if you believe you’ve injured this important...

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Common Sports Injuries

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

Common Sports Injuries

There are many injuries that can be sustained while practicing physical activities. From your regular exercise routine to playing sports, rotator cuff tears, wrist sprains, and hernias can happen to anyone at any time. Knowing the signs of these common injuries will help you to know when it’s serious and time to seek professional help. Rotator Cuff Tears   A torn rotator cuff means sever pain and immobility in your shoulder. The rotator cuff itself is made up of the muscles that help keep your arm in place in the socket, these muscles can get torn by constant wear and tear, repetitive stress, or moving in a sudden, jerking motion. You might have sustained a rotator cuff tear if you have pain at night while lying on your shoulder, while lifting or lowering your arm, and especially if you notice a crackling sensation when moving through certain positions.   Wrist Sprains   Sprains of the wrist can range from mild to severe, but they all involve damage to the ligaments between one bone and another in the wrist. The most common cause of sprain is falling and landing on an outstretched hand. If this has happened to you, look for the signs and symptoms of sever sprain: swelling, persistent pain, bruising, and a feeling of tearing or popping inside the wrist.     Sports Hernia   Any sports activities that involve significant twisting of the body can result in a hernia, the tearing of tissue in the lower abdomen or groin. If you have a hernia you will experience severe pain in the groin area. Often times this pain will lessen with rest, but then return and increase in severity with physical activity.     If you have sustained any of these injuries, or suspect that you might have more than a minor ache or pain after exercising, seek the help of a medical professional. Physical therapists are trained to diagnose many of these injuries, and will work with you to develop a unique plan of stretches, exercises, and pain alleviation to get your body back in shape as fast as...

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