Physical Therapy is a healthcare specialty that includes the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of individuals with limitations in functional mobility. If you have an injury or illness that results in physical impairment or loss of function, a physical therapist can help. Physical therapists treat people across the entire lifespan. Regardless of age, if you have impaired mobility, a physical therapy evaluation may be warranted to offer treatment and a strategy to improve function. Physical therapists can help improve or restore the mobility you need to move forward with you life. If you are looking for a possible alternative to surgery and/or pain medication, consider a physical therapist.
Physical therapists use many different techniques to help you decrease pain, decrease stiffness, improve motion and strength, and improve mobility. Physical agents such as heat, ice, and/or electrical stimulation may be used. Manual techniques are often used to improve mobility. Therapeutic exercise is used to help people gain range of motion, increase strength, and improve function.
At your physical therapy visit, your physical therapist will review your medical history and do a physical evaluation. Depending on your diagnosis or symptoms, your therapist may evaluate your flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, posture, and/or heart rate and respiration. Your therapist may look at how you walk or get up from lying down (functional activities), along with how you use and position your body as you perform activities (body mechanics). The therapist will work with you to decide on your goals for physical therapy and the best treatments to achieve them. You may or may not begin your actual therapy at the first visit. Your physical therapist can also help by developing a fitness and wellness oriented program tailored to your specific needs. In most cases, part of your physical therapy will be education. Your therapist may teach you about a home exercise program, proper body mechanics, and the use of any special equipment you may need. He or she will then periodically check on how well you are transferring the skills you learn in therapy to daily activities at home and work. Because physical therapists are experts in knowing how the obdy works, they are able to design personalized treatment plans to reduce the risk of injury whether in everyday activities or sports.
Physical therapy is involved in the treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. There are many conditions for which physical therapy is one of the key forms of treatment.
The following list contains some of the most common reasons to see a physical therapist:
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Occupational Therapy assists patients in achieving their maximum level of independence with the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and cooking. Occupational Therapists work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, home care, outpatient clinics and schools. These use strengthening programs, pain reduction techniques, balance training, adaptions to the home, or adaptive equipment to help patients reach their goals of independence.
Patients who have had strokes, injuries, orthopedic surgeries, or any disabling condition may benefit from the services of an Occupational Therapist. They work closely with other members of the rehabilitation team such as Physical Therapists and Speech Therapists to establish a plan of care that will meet the patient’s goals for return to an independent lifestyle.
Treatment for patients suffering from lymphedema is now available at Springs Physical Therapy. Lymphedema, also known as lymphatic obstruction, is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling that can affect one or multiple extremities.
The lymphatic system returns excess fluid from the body into the bloodstream. As such, any blockage of this system will result in swelling of the affected limb. Symptoms of lymphedema may include a feeling of heaviness or fullness and aching pain in the affected area. In advanced lymphedema, there may be the presence of skin changes such as discoloration and wart-like hyperplasia. All of these changes lead to an increased risk of infection and difficulty performing everyday tasks.
Lymphedema affects approximately 140 million people worldwide
Lymphedema may be inherited. This is referred to as Primary Lymphedema. Secondary lymphedema is caused by injury to the lymphatic vessels. It is most frequently seen after lymph node dissection, surgery and/or radiation therapy, in which damage is caused during the treatment of cancer. Breast cancer treatment is the #1 cause of lymphedema in the US. In many patients, this condition does not develop until months or even years after their cancer treatment has concluded.
As a component of Springs Physical Therapy, the lymphedema management program is able to offer treatment for patients undergoing and after their cancer treatment. Springs Physical Therapy will provide a custom and comprehensive care plan for you. A therapist, accredited by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies, will perform therapy to help reduce fluid build-up quickly and in as comfortable a manner as possible.
This comprehensive therapy includes:
In addition, our accredited therapist will teach you how to proactively reduce swelling including necessary skin care regimes to help manage your condition.
For more information on Lymphedema Management or any other services of Springs Physical Therapy, please call 803.286.1576.
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