Advances in minimally invasive surgery for musculoskeletal issues have improved greatly over the years leading to quicker and less painful recoveries. As great as that sounds, patients generally need physical therapy to help reduce pain along with restoring motion and function of the injured or damaged area in order to obtain the maximum level of improvement.
Customized plans for each patient
Many of the protocols for rehabilitative treatment are the same, however, we realize each patient has a unique situation. What is effective for one person is not necessarily appropriate for another patient. That is why we do comprehensive evaluations that allow us to design programs based on your capabilities, your health, and your goals. Our approach to a high performing athlete is different from a middle-age recreational athlete. Treatment plans for seniors, who are in great physical shape, and want to return to competitive sports are different from baby-boomers, with arthritis, who don’t maintain an active lifestyle or a student athlete who is still growing and dealing with hormonal imbalances.
Prehabilitation before surgery can often speed up recovery
When possible and appropriate, we encourage surgical patients to visit us before their procedure for Prehabilitation therapy in order to improve strength, flexibility and aerobic conditioning. With joint replacement specifically, the evidence is clear that it speeds up recovery and saves money. We also see the same benefits of physical therapy for patients undergoing spine surgery. The bottom line for any surgery is the healthier and fitter a patient is going in the healthier they should be coming out.
Knowing who you are and listening to you combined with objective measurements, allows us to help you achieve a positive result and help get you back to your life in the quickest and safest timeframe possible.
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If you have low back pain, you are not alone. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past three months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own.
The neck is less protected than the rest of the spine and can be vulnerable to injury and disorders that produce pain and restrict motion often affecting everyday activities. For many, it is a temporary condition disappearing with time.
The thoracic spine encompasses the upper- and middle-back region and extends down about five inches past the bottom of the shoulder blades. Although it is solidly constructed and relatively stable, it can also be a source of pain.
The shoulder is not a very stable type of joint and tends to be easily injured. Pain can arise from problems with instability or impingement of the soft tissue or bony structure. Injuries can occur while performing manual labor, playing sports, or very often by repetitive movements.
Hip and Groin
The hip is a ball and socket joint designed to withstand repeated motion, but can become damanged due to overuse or injury. A groin strain is an overstretch or tearing injury to the muscles of the inner thigh or front of the hip
Knee pain can restrict movement, affect muscle control in the sore leg, and reduce the strength and endurance of the muscles that support the knee. The most common disease affecting the knee is osteoarthritis.
The feet and ankles work together to provide support and mobility to the body. With proper detection, intervention, and care, most foot and ankle problems can be lessened or prevented. Calf injuries usually occur as a result of a sudden pushing off movement or from excessive over-stretching.
Pain in the hand, wrist, elbow or fingers is generally caused by repetitive motions, overuse, or an underlying condition like arthritis or tendonitis. It is a very common complaint. Injuries can also occur during accidents or activities.
Many children and adults suffer from chronic jaw and facial pain. Jaw pain can happen all of a sudden, or it can start off mild and become more intense over time. Identifying the underlying issue is the first step in treating this condition.