If you have been referred to a physical therapist, you probably have quite a few questions. After all, physical therapy is unlike anything that many people have experienced. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your appointment. Here is what to expect. Continue reading “What to Expect at Your First Physical Therapy Appointment”
If you have undergone an injury or illness that affects your movement, you may be referred for both physical therapy and occupational therapy. There is a great deal of confusion between the two, and some people believe that they are the same thing. However, there are some significant differences as well as a few similarities. Here is what you should know. Continue reading “The Differences Between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy”
If you or a loved one suffer from fibromyalgia, you understand exactly how debilitating it is. It is a life-altering condition that leaves you feeling achy all over. Even the slightest movements can cause muscle pain or burning. Because you’re so limited in what you can do physically, you feel drained emotionally.
The fact that many fibromyalgia sufferers suffer from insomnia and depression is completely understandable. While most people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia take prescription medications to combat pain, depression, and insomnia, there is no “magic pill” that will alleviate the symptoms. The best opportunity for relief is to combine the medications your doctor recommends with a comprehensive physical therapy regimen tailored specifically to provide relief from fibromyalgia pain.
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Sports carry an undeniable list of benefits, from physical fitness to team camaraderie to boosting mood and self-confidence. For professional athletes, sports can be a highly lucrative career. However, all sports also carry a risk of injury. Sports rehabilitation, or overcoming an injury in a way that allows a full return to the sport, is absolutely critical for injured athletes, and physical therapy is a key component. Here is what you should know about the role of physical therapy in sports rehabilitation. Continue reading “The Role of Physical Therapy in Sports Rehabilitation”
Just as most of us take for granted the act of breathing air, most of us take for granted our two hands and ten fingers. These small appendages play a huge role in carrying out the many tasks of daily living –brushing our teeth, tying our shoes, scratching our itches, dialing our cell phones, etc., etc., etc. It is only when we have difficulty breathing that we consciously think about it. And, it is only when one or more of our fingers are injured that we realize what a loss it is to have limited use of our fingers.
Physical therapy is one of your treatment options for improving your range of motion if you have been diagnosed with shoulder arthritis. It’s a great long term solution for maintaining functionality and reducing chronic pain. Here is what you should expect if you go to physical therapy for your shoulder arthritis.
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Arthritis is an extremely painful condition that causes joint stiffness and reduces range of motion. Ironically, though, the pain of arthritis can lead to a vicious cycle—you reduce your movement because it hurts, which causes your joints to become even stiffer, which causes more pain.
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Suffering a stroke is a major medical event for anyone, regardless of age or gender. It is critical to seek emergency medical care right away. Full recovery, though, takes a long time and typically involves physical therapy as well as other treatments. Here is what to expect from physical therapy following a stroke.
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You already know that physical therapy can be a life saver when you’ve recently undergone surgery or after an injury. However, these aren’t the only times when you can benefit from seeing a physical therapist. Physical therapists can provide relief for women who suffer from common women’s health disorders. Here are some of the common conditions women face with which physical therapy can help, as well as what new clients can expect.
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Back surgery is considered major surgery, and it is most successful when undertaken as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Rehabilitation in the form of physical therapy is critical to getting you back on your feet as soon as possible, as well as in ensuring that you recover as completely as you can.
Physical therapy after back surgery takes several forms as you progress through the healing process. Here is what to expect.
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