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Physical therapists are uniquely trained to treat pain and injuries. Their ability to influence change through a variety of techniques allows you to return to a functional and productive life. At Advanced Physical Therapy it is our mission to make therapy work for you. We pride ourselves on providing a comfortable experience, while focusing on getting you results. Our therapists stay current on the most recent treatment approaches, in order to develop individualized treatment plans for you.
Common Physical Therapy Treatments
ACL repairs are sometimes a challenge for a patient. Rehabilitation for an ACL injury is more of a marathon than a sprint. You must be patient and allow the tissue to heal, even though your knee may be feeling great. Each surgeon has their own protocol for rehabilitation of the ACL. Treatments usually consist of regaining knee range of motion with the assistance of a therapist. Additionally, regaining strength through exercise, returning to walking normally again, and using techniques to decrease swelling and pain can be expected.
As we age, we may lose upper extremity and lower extremity strength. We may also lose input from our feet from diabetes and loss of sensation in our feet. Losing input from our feet and having slower reaction times as we age, may lead to recurrent falls. Physical therapy exercises will help regain upper and lower extremity strength. Good strength of the lower extremities may help prevent falls, by being able to recover from a loss of balance. Exercise may range from standing on foam to single leg stands to challenge your balance and proprioception. Our therapists have had great success in retraining bodies to react quickly to prevent falls. We can also advise assistive devices if you appear to be at great risk for falling.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a condition in which the otolith organs in your ear that monitor the movements of your head and your head’s position relative to gravity are disrupted. For a variety of reasons, the crystals in these organs that make you sensitive to gravity can become dislodged. When they become dislodged, they can move into one of the semicircular canals — especially while you’re lying down. This causes the semicircular canal to become sensitive to head position changes it would normally not respond to, which is what makes you feel dizzy. It is one of the most common causes of Vertigo. The signs and symptoms of BPPV can come and go, with symptoms commonly lasting less than one minute. Episodes of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo can disappear for some time and then recur. Symptoms include: intense dizziness when changing head positions, loss of balance, nausea.
Carpal Tunnel causes numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand. It is caused by the compression of the median nerve. Conservative physical therapy can successfully treat Carpal Tunnel, eliminating the need for costly and painful surgery.
Hand therapy is very important as we use our hands for almost all activities of daily life. After an injury, it is crucial to regain full range of motion and strength. Common hand injuries treated by physical therapy include arthritis, tendonitis, and post surgical rehabilitation. Physical therapists are trained to progress exercises and range of motion to prevent re-injury, decrease pain, and regain functional use.
Common joint rehabilitation includes total hip, knee, and shoulder replacements. Physical therapists are very educated in progression of strength, range of motion, and pain control following a joint replacement. Many factors for successful rehabilitation are incorporated in our treatment plans such as allowing appropriate time for tissue healing and knowing when and which exercise to perform at the right phase of healing. Pain and edema control are big factors immediately after surgery.
Pre-operative therapy may consist of therapeutic exercises to regain range of motion and strength of a joint prior to surgery. It is very important to have full motion and good strength prior to surgery to make rehabilitation after surgery less difficult. Therapists may educated you on walking with crutches or on what to expect after surgery. Some surgeons will have the patient attend a therapist to educate the patient on exercises to perform immediately after surgery. Post-operative programs focus on regaining strength, range of motion, decreasing edema if present, and decreasing pain to return the patient to activities of daily life as quickly as possible. Our therapists are trained to progress the patient with the appropriate exercises to prevent injury.
Through movement analysis and tailored exercises, our therapists can help you attain your training and workout goals and prevent future injuries.
Motor vehicle injuries are unfortunate but occur often. They can leave you with constant pain of any joint and may even cause you to miss work. Our goal is to get you back to the level you were prior to you accident.
Shoulder rehabilitation consists of therapy techniques to decrease pain, improve range of motion, and regain strength through proper progression of exercises. A therapist is trained to evaluate muscle imbalances, loss of motion, and may even assess throwing mechanics that may be causing pain in young athletes. Common shoulder injuries may include but are not limited to: tendonitis, rotator cuff strains, tears, shoulder strains, fractures, post surgical rehabilitation following arthroscopic surgery and rotator cuff repair, frozen shoulders, AC separation, subluxations, and dislocations.
Many injuries occur in sports, as most of have suffered from a sport injury at some time in our lives. Therapists design a sport specific rehabilitation program to help you return to full, pain free competition as soon as possible. We also give direction along with you doctor on proper rest if needed and educated you on when to return to sport activities. The older generation may be playing pickup games, running, playing softball with pain or may have even quit playing a sport due to pain. We may be able to help you return to what you enjoy without pain.
Elbow Tendinopathy, commonly referred to Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow, is an injury to the inner or outer elbow tendons. The injury can be caused by repetitive motion or sudden trauma. Symptoms can include pain that spreads from the elbow to the upper arm or down to the forearm. This can lead to weakness of the forearm, and may make it more difficult to do activities that require arm strength. Our physical therapists offer conservative treatment plans to decrease pain, rebuild strength, and prevent future injury; so all you have to worry about is perfecting your game!
Workmen’s compensation physical therapy consists of therapy for a particular diagnosis because of a work injury. This could be any type of injury with common injuries such as back strains from lifting at work, trauma, neck pain, or overuse injuries.