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HEALTH & FITNESS The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
What Many Medical Ads Should Be Saying ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF PHYSICAL THERAPY IS RIGHT FOR YOU
You have been referred to a physical therapist. Now what? If you are one of the millions of Americans every year that suffers from the aftermath of an accident or is trying to “come back” after surgery, you likely expected this referral. If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic or recurrent pain, including migraines, you might be wondering what the connection is between physical therapy and long-term pain relief. Fortunately, we’re here to help. What is physical therapy? Physical therapists are part health care professionals and part teachers. Highly trained in human anatomy and physiology, physical therapists use a variety of techniques to diagnose movement and function problems, prescribe therapy and teach a person how to continue improving and avoid injury long after they leave the office. Physical therapy is often prescribed after an injury or surgery, but it can also be an important part of the treatment plan for neurologic disorders, disabilities, cardiac conditions, pulmonary problems, and developmental disorders. Diagnosis and Therapeutic Exercise Physical therapists are adept at diagnosing the root problem of a person’s functional problem. Rather than looking at the symptoms (pain, discomfort, stiffness), these professionals look at what is causing the symptoms.
As a result, physical therapists perform the type, frequency and duration of therapy based on goals beyond the superficial symptom. For instance, someone who comes to a physical therapist with pain in their knee may begin therapy with goals to strengthen the muscles in their leg, reduce their weight, and improve their posture. Exercises that are targeted at improving mobility, function or strength in a particular part of the body are called therapeutic exercises. This key component to rehabilitation is the crux to any physical therapy program. In fact, the American Physical Therapy Association has said that physical therapy is not physical therapy without some form of therapeutic exercise. The goal of any exercise of this type is to restore movement, improve strength and function, and promote overall wellness. Specific exercises may be prescribed to restore strength, endurance or range of motion. Additionally, therapeutic exercise may address balance, pain, or proprioception (the sense of how much effort is being used in movement). While many physicians believe in the power of exercise to restore function, physical therapy adds a level of supervision that makes therapeutic exercise more effective. (continued inside) Call (316) 283-7187 today to speak with a physical therapist or to schedule your free consultation.
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Physical Therapy Modalities While therapeutic exercise is the crux of physical therapy, it is by no means the only technique. Physical therapy modalities, or complementary therapies, are used to relieve pain, improve movement and aid in the healing process. Ultrasound Therapy While many people are familiar with the diagnostic capability of ultrasound, few have had experience with therapeutic ultrasound. Two types are primarily used in physical therapy - continuous ultrasound and pulsed ultrasound. Continuous, or thermal ultrasound heats the tissue it targets while pulsed, or nonthermal ultrasound, has been shown to accelerate healing on a cellular level. Beyond whether the sonic waves are continuous or pulsed, an ultrasound’s intensity, wave length and frequency can be adjusted to treat soft tissue injuries, bone fractures, ulcers, incisions, or tendon injuries. Electrical Stimulation Also known as E-Stim, electrical stimulation is commonly used in physical therapy for pain relief and wound healing. Electrodes are placed on the body and an electrical current is run between them, forcing the muscle below to contract. This contraction can have one or more effects. It can strengthen a muscle that has atrophied, stop a muscle spasm, promote healing, reduce swelling, or enhance the effectiveness of medications. Electrical Stimulation has also been shown to aid in wound healing, depending on where the electrodes are placed and how they are spaced.
Low-Level Laser Therapy Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) uses a low-intensity light to trigger changes within the cells below. Rather than using heat to create a thermal reaction the way some ultrasound therapy does, LLLT uses light to create a photochemical reaction, much like photosynthesis in plants. LLLT is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat hand and wrist pain that is common in carpal tunnel syndrome, and to treat pain in the muscles and joints associated with arthritis, muscle strains and sprains. Since LLLT uses light instead of heat, it carries virtually no side effects and can be used in combination with other modalities for pain relief. It is important to remember that no two people’s physical therapy experiences will be the same since no two people’s goals, commitment, pain and fitness levels, and needs are the same. Your physical therapist will create customized goals, therapeutic exercises and series of modalities that will address your individual needs. For more information on what physical therapy is or to find out what physical therapy can do for you, contact us today for a consultation and to discuss your needs.
Sources: apta.org/AboutPTs ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18198783 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4743666/
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Before therapy, my range of motion was limited. I could only lift my arm a little above and below waist level. The pain was severe between my shoulder and elbow. My range of motion is greatly improved! I can stretch as high above my head as possible without any pain. I’mso grateful for AdvancedPhysical Therapy’s therapists. They had meworking hard to accomplish all of my goals, with asmuch enjoyment as possible. I had lots of fun with everyone!” - J.E. I was able to get complete relief from back pain! I started to have a reoccurrence of low back pain right before I was leaving on a trip involving strenuous work. Thankfully I was able to get a couple appointments of physical therapy before I left. Which gave me some relief so I wasn’t in as much pain. After the trip I was able to continue therapy. Therapy helped tremendously, and I was able to get complete relief from the back pain. Going directly to Physical Therapy before a doctors visit was so helpful, I was able to get some relief before my trip which I greatly appreciate!” - B.C. The pain is completely gone! Before therapy I had Sciatica for over 6 years. The pain would switch from one side to the other. I lost a lot of sleep due to the pain. The pain would be unbearable at times. Since therapy, I feel so much better. The pain is completely gone. The therapy was the best thing to happen to me in a long time. I shouldn’t have waited so long to start it. If you have pain, I strongly suggest you go to Advanced Physical Therapy to get it checked out. You don’t even need to go to your doctor first.” - V.S.
Shoulder Horizontal Abduction Lie on your back with your arms up as shown. Keeping your arms straight without bending at your elbow, lower your arms out to the sides and flat to the ground. Return to starting position and repeat 3 times.
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Hip Hikes While standing up on a step, lower one leg downward towards the floor by tilting your pelvis to the side. Return the pelvis and leg back to a leveled position. Repeat 3 times.
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