Injuries which require physical therapy can be the result of any type of traumatic accident including automobile accidents, sports injuries or work related injuries.
Joint surgeries involving shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees, or ankles may also require physical therapy / rehabilitation for the fastest, most complete healing with the least amount of permanent functional loss. Having an experienced team to handle your recovery can mean the difference between a lifetime of pain and disability or the return to normal or near normal functional status.
At CARE Wellness Center we have the experience, knowledge, and caring staff to make sure your rehabilitation program is done right. We have physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncurists and an orthopedic doctor on site to to assist you in your recovery.
Some of the more common conditions treated with physical therapy are:
A: Ice is generally used to cause a decrease in the localized circulation of a particular area of the body reducing swelling, decreasing inflammation, and decreasing pain. If your injury is acute (new) ice is usually the best therapy to use. Once your condition has changed and the swelling has reduced, heat is often applied to increase circulation, speed up the healing process, and relax spastic muscles.
A: Your frequency of treatment depends on many factors including the severity of your condition, the length of time you have had the problem, your degree of pain, and other medical conditions or considerations you have that might complicate your recovery (such as arthritis, scar tissue, or poor circulation).
A: Each different kind of apparatus has specific functions.
A: Many conditions respond to physical therapy and patients usually feel better after their sessions. They leave with improved range of motion and decreased pain. There are times when pain is experienced. Every effort is made to minimize painful therapies; however some conditions are painful and as a result physical therapy can be uncomfortable. Utilization of ice and pain blocking therapies often helps to minimize pain
A: Many patients have this question because they have been told that the reason for physical therapy is to reduce pain. While physical therapy does reduce painful conditions, most of the time spent in therapy is to restore range of motion to normal levels and to increase strength and stability to tissues and joints. This requires time as the basic goal is to return these tissues to normal or near normal function. The absence of pain is NOT a good indicator of normal function and you should ask your physician when they feel you will be at an end point in therapy.