Physical Therapy is more than just injury rehabilitation. Physical therapy can help athletes to identify issues and perform to their best ability. Physical therapy can be used to increase mobility, flexibility and balance in adults with disabilities and geriatric patients. Physical therapy can also be used to treat chronic conditions and even neurological conditions as well as increase general health in anyone of any age.
Physical Therapists can:
Educate patients on how to manage pain and accelerate healing through strengthening and stretching.
Identify issues and create life long treatment plans that are within each patients individual strength and ability.
Educate patients on proper posture techniques to help preserve the spine and gain the greatest results.
Accelerate the stages of healing and restore muscle flexibility, joint mobility and spine motion.
Train patients to recognize physical issues and prevent future injury.
Help patients to create attainable health goals and support them through the process of reaching those goals.
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A: Neck and mid back pain is very treatable. This type of pain is
usually associated with stiffness in the thoracic spine and muscle
imbalance. This leads to abnormal stress of soft tissue which
results in pain. We start by reducing pain and increasing mobility,
then add exercises to strength / strengthen muscles.
A: Your son may have a condition known as Sever’s disease or calcaneal apophysitis. It is the result of the growth plate at the heel (calcaneus) becoming over stressed. It occurs most often in children 10-14 and boys are more affected than girls. Pain results in limping, walking on the balls of the feet, altered running or walking and eventually pain at rest. Treatment includes pain reduction, stretching and inserts to assist with decreasing the pull on the heel.
A: You may have dysfunction in the SI (Sacroiliac) joint. The SI joint affects as many as 1/3rd of the population and women are more likely to have symptoms than men. Women are more affected because their pelvic region remains more flexible until menopause. Symptoms include pain in the low back, buttock, leg, groin and hip. Other symptoms can be urinary frequency and numbness or tingling. Pain can range from sharp and stabbing to a dull ache. Pain usually increases with activity or prolonged positions such as sitting, standing and even lying. Many people find relief by shifting onto one side or placing one leg on a step or stool. SI joint dysfunction is often misdiagnosed for low back pain and often goes untreated. This is a condition that is treatable, give us a call.
A: You may have Rotator Cuff (RC) Tendonitis. Four muscles make up the rotator cuff and when one or more of them is injured, pain usually occurs. Weakness of the muscles allows the shoulder to ride up in the socket and cause inflammation. You may experience pain, weakness, inability to sleep on that shoulder and you may even hear or feel popping with movement. Treatment initially includes strengthening of the rotator cuff muscles. Those who do not respond to strengthening may need a cortisone injection and possibly surgery.
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A: You may have plantarfasciitis. It is often associated with flat feet (pes planus). Symptoms include pain in the arch of the foot, often more close to the heel, and pain when standing after sitting or lying for 20+ minutes. Pain in the ball of the foot may be metatarsalgia so it is important to have this condition examined by a health care professional. A heel spur is an incidental finding that is often caused by plantarfasciitis. Treatment may include stretching, night splints, orthotics, weight loss, massage, exercise and modalities (ultrasound, iontophoresis).
A: Studies have shown that for every 1# of extra weight you gain, it adds 3-5# of stress to your weight bearing joints (pelvis, hips, knees, ankles). Pain in your low back or lower extremities (legs) can be an early sign of osteoarthritis. Physical Therapy can help with reducing your joint pain and strengthen your muscles. We can develop an exercise program for you that is designed to help you lose weight. We can also discuss nutrition, figure your body mass index (BMI), determine how many calories you need to ingest to lose weight safely, and teach you what type of exercises help burn fat the best. Dieting never seems to work for the long term. Drastic calorie reduction will not result in lasting weight loss. Pain is a symptom, let us help you with the solution.
A: Your son may have a condition called Osgood-Schlatter disease. It is a condition where the quadriceps muscle (thigh) contraction pulls on the patellar tendon and causes the bone to pull away (avulse) from the tibial tuberosity (bump on the lower leg right below the knee cap). Healing results in excess bone growth (large bump) and irritation of the tendon which make it painful to touch and painful to contract the quadricep muscle. It occurs between the ages of 9-16, more often in boys and more often in active children. Physical Therapy will assist with pain, stretching and strengthening.
A: After we complete an evaluation, we will be able to determine what structures are causing your pain. The head, neck, shoulders and thoracic spine can become painful or stiff when they are placed under stress. We restore your spinal mobility and perform techniques such as mobilization, massage, positional release, strain counter-strain, craniosacral and PRRT to relax the muscles. Specific exercises are given to strengthen weak muscles.
A. Back pain can be caused by many things. It is important to have a professional examine you to determine why you are having pain. Exercise is an integral part of our treatment program. However, it is important to choose the proper exercise at the proper time to reduce the risk of further injury. Your therapist will identify weak and tight muscles and will prescribe a customized stretching and strengthening program designed to help you achieve maximal improvement in the shortest amount of time.
A: Pain in most often on the outside (lateral) of your elbow and is made worse with making a fist, lifting, or raising your wrist upward (extension). It is called tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis. Physical Therapy can help with decreasing the pain and strengthening muscles associated with the wrist and elbow.
A: Your doctor needs to write you a prescription for Physical Therapy (PT). The doctor’s office or you can then call our office to schedule your appointment. On your first visit we will perform an evaluation to determine what problems you are having and how we need to resolve the problems. You should expect to spend about 1 hour on your first day. You can download and complete your paper work from home by accessing our website @ www.spencercountypt.com. Usually you attend PT 2 or 3 times per week for 3-4 weeks. Most insurance companies do not require a referral from your doctor.
A: Yes. Headaches are most often associated with increased activity in
the muscles or structures that connect to the head and neck. The muscles
at the base of the head and into the shoulders become tense and cause
pain. Often pain is felt on one side, especially behind the eye. You can
have symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light,
throbbing, and pain behind one eye that feels better when you push
on your eye.
A: Absolutely! We begin by using a combination of hands-on techniques to decrease the painful trigger points. Then we add gentle range of motion (ROM) for mobility and exercises to improve strength. Fibromyalgia affects more women than men (9:1) and is usually associated with pain, fatigue, stiffness, cloudy thinking and difficulty sleeping.
A: We have success in treating many causes of low back pain (LBP).
LBP can result from muscle tightness, weakness or dysfunction. We
find the cause of the LBP and treat the specific structure. There are no
“cook book” treatments, each person is unique and treated that way.
A: Yes, we can help with strengthening and balance. Did you know: The risk of falling continues to increase with age and is greater for women than men. Each year about 1/3 of people over 65 will report a fall and more than 50% will fall again within 6 months. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65+ and for people 65-69, one out of every 200 falls will result in a fractured hip. One-fourth of those fractures will result in complications resulting in death within 6 months of the injury, 50% will require nursing home care and 25% percent will not be able to return home. Seek help early!
Key risk factors of falls among older adults are: Lack of Physical Activity, Osteoporosis, Environmental Hazards, Impaired Vision and Medications.
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