Posts made in January, 2015

What to do After a Knee Surgery

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What to do After a Knee Surgery

  After a traumatic surgery, like knee surgery, you will be scheduled with appointments with physical therapists to help you regain your mobility and lessen the pain as your knee heals. But there is more that you can do in preparation and immediately afterwards to make your life easier before and in between visits to the physical therapists office.   The main thing to consider is your daily routine and the things that will be more difficult now that you have a mobility issue. Errands, bathing, eating, and even getting to the restroom could all be normal activities that suddenly require aid from others or careful planning.     Make sure that you have a bathroom on the same floor as where you will be spending your days after surgery. It’s also a good idea to stock up on supplies for the bathroom and kitchen. Get everything you might need out of the cupboards and onto the counters to make sure that you can reach them without the help of a step ladder.   Some other supplies that you might want to purchase in preparation for your recovery include a shower sponge with a handle to help reduce the amount of bending over you have to do, crutches, a shoehorn, and a sock aid.   Your physical therapist will also have lots of great advice and tips on how to slightly adjust your life during the recovery process. So take the time to contact them before your surgery and make a plan for how you will get around your house just after...

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What is Fibromyalgia?

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects the musculoskeletal system, and it’s the most common in the United States. The symptoms can feel quite basic such as join pain and fatigue, anxiety, reduced sleep, chronic headaches, and stiffness.   With such a wide variety of symptoms it should come as no surprise that there is no cure or specific treatment for fibromyalgia. Instead, physical therapists will work with you to address individual symptoms as they affect you. Doctors might also prescribe medications like antidepressants and analgesics to help ease you through the symptoms of fibromyalgia. But, some of the best relief will come from an exercise plan developed with your physical therapist.   Physical therapists will help you to strengthen muscles strategically to take pressure off of joints that are suffering from pain. Heat, ice, and ultrasound therapy might also be employed to give at least temporary relief from the problems caused by fibromyalgia.   If you have been suffering from a change in moods along with pain in your muscles and bones, fibromyalgia might be the cause. Your doctor of physical therapist will be able to give you the necessary comprehensive examination to diagnose this condition and then help you develop a plan for moving...

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Back Pain: What Works?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Back Pain: What Works?

Back pain is one of the most common recurring pains affecting people of all ages. Generally back pain happens the most in lower back, where the most stress and strain is placed on the spine. Fortunately for those suffering from back pain, physical therapists have the knowledge and experience necessary to bring much needed relief. One of the main things a physical therapist will use to help clients ease back pain are simple stretches. Working hamstring muscles once or twice a day should be a necessary part of anyone’s routine when they have experienced consistent lower back pain, and a physical therapist will work with you to improve your technique and help you get the most out of every stretch.   Another form of exercise that will aid with back pain is strengthening. Usually some back pain issues can be alleviated with core strengthening and lumbar stabilization. These exercises, when done properly will result in stronger abdominal muscles that help take pressure off of the lower back.   Many therapists will also introduce a wide variety of pain relief techniques involving the alteration of heat and ice, TENS unites, and ultrasound therapy. These techniques will give patients immediate relief while the exercises help to provide long-term solutions to lower back...

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What Do Physical Therapists Do?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What Do Physical Therapists Do?

If you have just suffered a major trauma, been diagnosed with a chronic disorder, or had surgery, many people might be urging you to see a physical therapist. But, for those that have never been to a physical therapist before, you might have many questions about what exactly a therapist can do for you.   Physical therapists undergo extensive training and a licensing process that is geared specifically toward helping patients reduce pain of any kind and restoring their mobility. Loss of mobility can occur for a lot of reasons, old age, arthritis, a sports injury, or a neurological disorder, and often these circumstances are also accompanied by significant pain.   Therapists learn in their training how to address each of these issues. They can provide diagnoses and also follow up after a medical doctor has performed surgery. Their primary goal is helping patients understand how to adapt to their condition through exercises, pain management, and general wellness. By implementing the plans that your physical therapist creates, which might include exercises and ultra sounds, you will see a significant reduction in pain, restoration of mobility, and have a better understanding of how to live a healthier lifestyle.   If you have any loss of movement or are experiencing pain that could be related to skeletal or muscular problems, a physical therapist’s office is a great place to start. They can help you to better understand your particular condition, create a treatment plan, or refer you to surgeons and specialists for extreme...

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