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IS PHYSICAL THERAPY RIGHT FOR YOU?
PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT
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.
This year is the 10th anniversary of me being a patient at Eastside Sports Rehab Clinic, and I (we) couldn’t be happier for that. Being avid hikers, my family and I are very active, so accidents are just waiting to happen. Through all these years, the assertive treatments provided by the clinic professionals and the excellent support by the staff members are what keep us coming back. Special thanks go to Lisa van Loben Sels and Mike Yamashita for being our primary care therapists!”
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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. MANUAL THERAPY Manual therapy is a specialized physical therapy treatment that allows certified physical therapists to manipulate joints and soft tissue with nothing more than their hands. Manual therapy can consist of massage, manual traction, and joint mobilization and manipulation. This natural form of therapy is non-invasive and completely safe–ideal for increasing your range of motion, decreasing swelling and relieving pain in the joints. Our physical therapists are highly trained in this treatment. 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.
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DEAD BUG Life flat on your back, then raise your arms straight in front of you, then raise your knees up as shown. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat 3 times.
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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. 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 for a consultation and to discuss your needs.
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HONEY GARLIC SALMON FILLETS
INGREDIENTS • 1 1/4 lb salmon fillets • 2 tsp olive oil • salt and pepper to taste • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 1/4 cup water
• 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce • 3 tbsp honey • 2 tsp cornstarch • 1 tbsp chopped parsley • lemon wedges for garnish
DIRECTIONS Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Season the salmon with salt and pepper to taste. Place the salmon skin side up in the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove the salmon from the pan, place on a plate while covering with foil to keep warm. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds. Add the water, soy sauce and honey combination to the pan, and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the pan and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until sauce has just thickened. Return the salmon to the pan and spoon the sauce over the top. Sprinkle
with parsley and serve with lemon wedges if desired. Recipe/PhotoCourtesy:Saraofdinneratthezoo.com/honey-garlic-salmonPage 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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