Carpal tunnel syndrome is surprisingly common, affecting 1 in 20 Americans. The carpal tunnel is an area in the wrist that contains a variety of tendons and nerves that affect the hand and fingers. Excessive, ongoing pressure on this area of the wrist from computer use or hobbies can lead to numbness, tingling, pain, and restricted range of motion. Physical therapy can alleviate carpal tunnel in its early stages, and can help you recover from the surgery that may be needed for advanced carpal tunnel syndrome.
Physical therapy duration can run the gamut from just a handful of sessions to ongoing therapy that lasts a year or more. So how does your physical therapist determine how many sessions you need? There are many factors that go into this decision, and it may change over time. Here is what you should know.
The in-person relationship between you and your physical therapist is absolutely vital to your healing. Only in person can your physical therapist perform manual therapy, visually monitor your progress, and utilize complementary techniques such as massage. However, homework is also a crucial part of your therapy, typically in the form of prescribed at-home exercises. While technology cannot replace in-person physical therapy, it can be an important tool. Here are some popular mobile apps that, with your physical therapist’s approval, can complement your weekly sessions. Continue reading “Physical Therapy Mobile Apps to Complement Your Weekly Therapy Sessions”
If you have never been to physical therapy before, you might wonder what to expect. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about physical therapy. Continue reading “Answers to Common Physical Therapy Questions”
Many first-time physical therapy patients are unsure about the process to see a physical therapist. One of the most common questions is: Can they make the appointment on their own or do they need a referral from their primary care doctor? Unfortunately, the answer depends on where you live and your insurance provider. Here are some guidelines to consider. Continue reading “Do You Need a Referral to See a Physical Therapist?”
Nearly everyone gets a headache every now and then. In most cases, they are a rare occurrence and go away with some rest and relaxation. However, some headaches can linger and cause a great amount of pain. While medications can provide relief, physical therapy can be the key to getting rid of your headache pain for good. Here is a look at physical therapy options for headache pain.
For decades, physical therapy has effectively helped patients overcome injuries and manage chronic pain. While it is true that there are age old exercises that physical therapists use, new innovations in physical therapy continue to deliver improved and cutting-edge techniques that lead to faster and better long-term results. If you need physical therapy, getting the best therapy possible is critical to your healing process. Here are five new innovations in physical therapy practice.
Breast cancer surgery is a particularly difficult treatment to recover from. It can take a serious toll on your body and physical therapy is one of the best ways to help you recover. Researchers are finding that physical therapy can bring a lot of benefits to your recovery process after surgery. Here is a look at the potential benefits of physical therapy after breast cancer surgery.
Physical therapy is a broad-based field that encompasses the prevention, treatment, and maintenance of both short-term injuries and long-term chronic physical disabilities. Physical therapists are experts in anatomy and kinesiology, the science of movement. They have a deeply nuanced understanding of the ways in which muscles, ligaments, joints, and tendons work together to create movement.
Physical therapists use a wide range of techniques to treat issues related to physical pain and functional movement limitations. Manual physical therapy is a subset of physical therapy in which the physical therapist uses hands-on treatments to correct specific problems. Soft tissue mobilization is one form of manual physical therapy. Here is what you should know.