After surgery, patients tend to have swelling, pain, stiffness, loss of motion, weakness, decreased function, scar tissuedevelopment, and difficulty walking or going up or down stairs. Physical therapy can help by performing specific exercises at home and in the clinic to help regain your strength and range of motion, which in turn helps reduce pain and get you back to functional activities.
Here we will focus on your soft tissue muscle conditions, and then the joints affected by quick motions, whiplash, and trauma. Therapy will decrease your pain, increase your motion and give you ideas toreduce the tension that may remain after the incident.
Therapists will assess and progress through functional exercises and specific drills to regain sports techniques. They may use modalities to provide pain relief, promote healing, and decrease inflammation. Your therapist can also progress you through an individualized program to gradually return the injured body part back to its normal functioning.
Carpel Tunnel is a painful, disabling injury of the thumb, first three fingers, and palm. Therapists can offer strengthening/stretching exercises, positioning devices, as well as other techniques to decrease pain and edema and increase circulation and mobility in the hand.
Soft tissues injuries are very common and include sprains and strains of muscles, ligaments and tendons. Treatment of these injuries can include gentle exercise, manual "hands-on" techniques and modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.
The neck and back are a complex system of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Physical therapy focuses on the structures that support the spine including the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
The shoulder and elbow are a systems of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that includes the ball and socket joint of the shoulder and hinge joint of the elbow. The goal of therapy is to reduce inflammation and swelling, restore range of motion to the areas, and improve strength to allow for full return to prior activities.
Hand and wrist ailments, whether work-related or caused naturally, can be very debilitating. Fortunately, there are a variety of physical and occupational therapy options provided by OSPTI. The goal of therapy with all wrist/hand injuries is to reduce inflammation and swelling, decrease pain, restore range of motion to the wrist and hand joints, and improve strength to allow for full return to work or everyday activities.
Hip/Leg/Knee pain can be caused from injury to any of the structures surrounding the joints including the muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Therapist may use modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation to reduce pain and inflammation, stretching activities to reduce the stress across the joints, and exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the hip/knee in order to restore function.
Therapists use a multi-faceted approach to treat ankle and foot pain/injuries. Your therapist may use manual techniques "hands-on" and/or incorporate a stretching and strengthening program specific to your individual needs. They may also incorporate modalities such as taping, ice/heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation or iontophoresis to maximize the benefits of each therapy session.
Exercise is important for people who suffer from arthritis. Exercise, when done correctly, can increase one’s strength and flexibility, decrease joint pain and fight fatigue. Moderate exercise can reduce your pain/symptoms and help you maintain a healthy weight.
Vestibular disorders often result in dizziness, sensations of spinning, nausea, vomiting, and balance problems. Therapy for vestibular disorders focuses on using positioning and/or exercises to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the inner ear and coordinate those signals with your vision and proprioceptive input.