Physical therapy plays an integral role in meeting your health care needs. At the Rehab Center, our physical therapy team is specially trained to help you regain your ability to live your life; making you stronger and more flexible, easing your pain, helping you learn the things you need to do to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through evaluation and individualized treatment programs, our staff of physical therapists can both, treat existing problems and provide preventative health care for people with a variety of needs.
Evaluation and Treatment
During your evaluation, our licensed physical therapists will obtain your history, observe your posture and movement, and palpate–use their hands to feel and “see” the problem area. Your therapist may also assess your muscle strength, range of motion, or your ability to perform certain tasks. Once your evaluation is complete, your therapist may consult with your doctor and develop a personalized treatment program and therapy goals.
The Goals of Physical Therapy
The goals of physical therapy are to restore or achieve optimal movement and function as well as relieve pain. Your personal goals for therapy are also important. One patient’s goals may be self-care and independence after a stroke. Other patients may seek to overcome back pain, learn to walk with an arthritic hip, or return safely to athletics after injury.
Physical therapy can also help speed your recovery from surgery.
Principles of Treatment
Treatment is based on four principles:
- pain reduction
- neurological rehabilitation
- improved range of motion
- increased strength
Pain can result from many different things- injury, surgery, being in a cast. It can be a major stumbling block to your recovery. To reduce pain, your physical therapist may use a variety of treatments: heat and cold, laser, electricity, ultrasound, joint and soft tissue mobilization (a hands-on technique), and exercise.
An injury to your nervous system can result in weakness or paralysis, loss of balance, or incoordination. Our therapists will use a combination of procedures to improve movement and coordination after a stroke, head or spinal cord injury, birth defect, or the onset of a neurological disorder.
Improved Range of Motion (ROM)
It is common to lose range of motion in a joint after an injury, illness, or surgery. Our physical therapists may use joint and soft tissue mobilization or stretching exercises to restore more freedom of motion in your arms or legs.
Movement depends on adequate muscle strength. Muscles may weaken from surgery, injury, or simply from not being used. Our physical therapists will work with you to develop just the right program to make you stronger and increase your ability to do the things you need to do.
Individualized programs are available for clients with conditions which include but are not limited to:
• Joint Replacement
• Orthopedic/Sports Injuries
• Back and Neck Injuries
• Progressive Neurological Diseases (Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.)
• Repetitive Trauma
• Arthritis Pain and Stiffness
• Visual Perception/Loss of coordination/Falls
• Work-site Assessments and On-site Training
We also feature a state-of-the-art Balance & Mobility Center featuring the NeuroCom system. This system examines all the components involved in maintaining balance: eyes, inner ear and muscles and joints, and can determine whether one or more are abnormal. National studies have found that 80 to 90 percent of people with these problems can benefit from vestibular and/or balance therapy.
If you suffer from any of these issues, ask your doctor for a referral today.