Physical therapy is a valuable tool to doctors and orthopedists who are helping their patients rehabilitate injuries or recover from major surgery. It is a non-invasive method that can be used as a stand-alone therapy or in combination with other treatments. Physical therapy is a term used to describe a collection of therapeutic methods, such as exercise therapy, massage therapy, hot and cold therapy and electrical stimulation therapy. It is designed to challenge the body’s musculoskeletal system, pushing it beyond the boundaries caused by disease, deformity or injury.
that physical therapy is thousands of years old? Although there is no way of knowing exactly when it was first used, scientists do know that both Hippocrates and Hector advocated for its use as early as 460 B.C. But it wasn’t until the late 1800s and early 1900s that formal schools of physiotherapy began to emerge, along with professional societies of physical therapists. By the 1950s, physical therapy began to spread outside of hospital settings and into outpatient centers and doctor’s offices where it continues today.
There are many people who could benefit from physical therapy. Examples include athletes with overuse injuries, patients with arthritis, joint replacement surgery patients, and anyone who is limited by chronic musculoskeletal pain, stiffness, or motion range restrictions. Patients may also benefit from physical therapy if they are suffering from traumas to the body’s connective tissues, such as torn ligaments or tendinitis. To find out if physical therapy is right for you, contact your orthopedist to schedule a consultation.
Your orthopedist will prescribe physical therapy that will challenge you without over-working you. The long-term goal for many orthopedic patients is improved joint mobilization and less pain. You can expect your physical therapy sessions to gradually increase in difficulty, constantly challenging you to make progress toward your goals. Some patients require physical therapy for just a few weeks, whereas others need it for several years. Your exact experience will vary according to your needs.
It is not unusual for orthopedists to prescribe in-office physical therapy accompanied by at-home stretches or exercises. Depending on your specific circumstances, you may be advised to adopt a more active lifestyle or perhaps avoid certain physical activity until you make a full recovery. The most important thing you can do to facilitate a better treatment outcome is to follow your orthopedist’s instructions exactly as advised.
Millions of auto accidents occur every year. Though there is no way of knowing how many total collisions occur, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that more than 9.7 million vehicles were involved in police-reported accidents during 2012 alone. Though most collisions are non-fatal, even the slightest fender benders can cause injury. One of the most important steps you can take after an accident is visiting your chiropractor for complete evaluation. Even the slightest fender-benders can cause subluxations and underlying injury that may progress to pain and other complications if not treated right away.
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If you found yourself in a crash, would you know what to do in the moments immediately after impact? The first step is to remain calm and assess the situation around you. If possible, exit your vehicle to a safe location away from the road. If you or someone else involved in the collision is injured, call 9-1-1; otherwise, call the police. If your vehicle is not drivable, you may need to call a wrecker service to remove it from the roadway. If the collision was severe, you may need to visit a local hospital for medical evaluation and to ensure you have not suffered any life-threatening injuries. Then, contact your lawyer and insurance company to begin working through the legalities and financial circumstances surrounding the accident.
Not all injuries cause pain, soreness or muscle stiffness – at least not right away. Often it can take many days, weeks or even months for symptoms to appear, which may worsen over time. Auto accident injuries are easier to treat when they are new before scar tissue has a chance to develop. Chiropractors can pinpoint underlying injuries in an accident patient and begin treatment to prevent future complications.
Though not all injuries are symptomatic right away, many do cause obvious symptoms in the hours and days after an accident. Signs of a possible injury include:
Chiropractors utilize various non-invasive techniques to realign the spine and joints into their ideal position. Over time, treatments can eliminate pain, reduce inflammation and empower the body to heal itself. Chiropractic focuses on treating the source of pain, rather than just the symptoms. Many patients who seek chiropractic help are able to spare themselves years of future pain and limitation simply by getting treatment for auto accident injuries as early as possible.
Injuries in the workplace are a common occurrence. When a person gets hurt on the job, the employer loses a worker and the worker is forced to take time off to recover. Worker’s comp insurance typically covers injuries incurred on the job, not only replacing lost wages but also paying for medical bills associated with the recovery process. If you have just suffered a workplace injury, be sure to file a claim with your employer right away and seek chiropractic treatment as soon as possible.
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that the workplace is one of the most common places that people get injured? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3 million people were injured on the job in 2012. That is the equivalent of approximately 3.4 cases of workplace injury for every 100 people in the full-time work force. People who work in manufacturing and service provider industries are especially susceptible to injury in the workplace though anyone in any occupation can become injured on the job.
Most workplace injuries are related to the musculoskeletal system. Strains and sprains are by far the most common injuries – often caused by heavy lifting. Back pain and back injuries specifically are the most frequent cause of missed work and work injury-related medical expenses, far surpassing all other injuries.
Chiropractors treat the source of pain rather than the symptoms of an injury. Chiropractic treatment can resolve injuries quickly, returning workers to their jobs with minimal time off work and medical cost. Chiropractic adjustments manipulate the spine into a normal alignment, helping to treat bulging discs, pulled muscles and conditions like sciatica.
Workers comp injuries are often caused by overexertion, heavy lifting, unusual posture and repetitive stress. Injuries may occur suddenly or develop slowly over time. Symptoms often include pain, numbness and tingling. Employees may be able to prevent workplace injuries by continuing to visit a chiropractor for periodic adjustments and by utilizing preventive measures, such as wearing supportive braces at work or taking frequent breaks from a heavy physical workload.
If you have suffered a workplace injury or are otherwise interested in preventing future workers comp injuries, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Athletes are constantly pushing themselves to the limits, putting pressure and strain on their bodies to perform. The feet are especially stressed, bearing as much as 20 times a person’s body weight or more during some activities. Though proper training, footwear and other precautions can help protect the feet during play, countless athletes suffer foot and ankle injuries every year. A sports related foot injury requires proper treatment and plenty of healing time to increase the chances of a full recovery.
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that approximately 1 in 4 sports injuries is foot and ankle-related? In fact, foot and ankle injuries are responsible for 35 percent of all time lost to injuries in sports that require running or jumping. Though nearly all athletes are susceptible to foot and ankle injuries, those who participate in sports that require the feet as points of contact are most likely to develop sprains, tendonitis and other foot-related conditions. Examples include football, basketball, dance, soccer, cheerleading and track and field events.
Sports-related foot and ankle injuries are most commonly caused by overuse, improper warm-ups, playing on a hard surface, or accidents during play. The symptoms will vary depending on the type of injury but may include pain, swelling, bruising and difficulty moving or putting pressure on the affected foot. Some injuries may cause numbness and tingling in the feet, and some injuries may cause a visible displacement of the joints or bones.
No one is more qualified to treat foot and ankle trauma than a podiatrist. Your podiatrist has a thorough understanding of the foot’s anatomy and kinesiology. Your doctor will use diagnostic imaging to help confirm the source of trauma in your foot and develop a plan for treatment. Failure to receive necessary treatment could affect the long-term outcome of an injury, potentially worsening inflammation and damage to joints, bones and soft tissues of the foot and ankle.
Treatment for athletic foot injuries is often non-invasive, requiring rest, ice, compression and elevation of the injury. However, some injuries are more severe and require greater interventions. Your podiatrist may recommend immobilization to prevent further injury and medication to help reduce inflammation. Rarely, a sports-related foot injury may require surgery. Keep in mind that it may take several weeks for an injury to heal, during which time you may need to refrain from athletic training or otherwise adopt a modified exercise schedule. Physical therapy may help you regain flexibility and restore strength to an injured foot or ankle.
Playing sports and exercising is a fun way to stay healthy and fit. However, the physical demands of playing a sport or beginning a new exercise program may have an opposite effect – it can put one’s health at risk. From young children starting little league to adults training to run a marathon, anyone starting a new training program should first undergo a sports physical to ensure they are in physical condition to start pushing their bodies to the limits.
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40 percent of all sports-related injuries occur in children ages 5 to 14? An estimated 30 million children ages 14 and under play sports in the U.S. every year, of which more than 3.5 million are injured. The most common injuries are sprains and strains, which can put a player out for several games. It is always the children who are just starting a new sport or training schedule that is at the greatest risk of developing an injury.
Anyone starting a new physical routine should get a sports physical. Some schools and club teams require them before an athlete can participate in sports. Even adults starting a new class at the gym will benefit from getting a sports physical prior to starting a new fitness regimen.
Chiropractors are on the look-out for several factors that may affect a person’s ability to safely play a particular sport. The exam may include an analysis of family or personal health history, as well as a person’s resting and active vital signs. A chiropractor often treats sports injuries, so an exam will also include evaluation of current joint health, muscle strength, and flexibility. The sports physical can help identify pre-existing conditions that may interfere with a person’s ability to safely train or compete, potentially preventing the development of severe injuries or health complications.
Often, patients can go on to participate in sports and other physical activity with some training modifications that can help reduce the risk of injury. For example, a person with a knee injury may need to wear a brace and utilize specific stretching exercises designed to increase flexibility and strength.
Exercise and athleticism are a good way to improve overall health. However, physical activity also raises the risk of suffering a musculoskeletal sports injury. There are many causes of sports injuries, including overuse repetitive stress injuries, traumatic injuries and even injuries caused by failure to properly stretch or wear appropriate protective gear. A chiropractor can help you recover from athletic injuries, helping you return to play as soon as possible.
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how to handle a sports injury? Always follow the RICE method: rest, ice, compress and elevate. This technique isolates the injury and reduces inflammation until you are able to seek rehabilitative treatment for it. For the first two days after an injury, rest the affected area, applying a cold pack to it for 20 minutes a few times each day. Wrap it in a compression bandage and elevate it above your heart when resting to reduce swelling.
The most obvious signs of a sports injury are pain and swelling. However, injuries can also cause stiffness, tenderness and weakness. Old or chronic sports injuries that have not been properly treated or allowed time to heal may cause dull aching pain only when playing or while at rest.
Some of the most common types of musculoskeletal sports injuries are related to the connective tissues. Sprains and strains are very common in all types of athletes, as is tendonitis. Other types of sports injuries include dislocated joints, knee injuries, elbow injuries and fractures.
Chiropractors understand the physiology of the muscles and joints. At our practice, we treat sports injuries often, helping to rehabilitate athletes as quickly as possible. We utilize chiropractic treatments as well as other non-invasive rehabilitative techniques to eliminate pain, reduce inflammation and allow the body time to heal. If you have an acute or chronic sports injury, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
The workplace can be a dangerous place – even in seemingly benign occupations. Physical labor and repetitive motions are responsible for a bevy of workman’s compensation claims every year in the U.S. Though a person can develop nearly any type of injury on the job, certain workman’s comp injuries are more common than others. Some of the most prevalent injuries in the workplace include:
These conditions can cause severe or chronic pain and in some cases, numbness and tingling. Instead of masking symptoms with prescription medications, chiropractic is effective for treating the source of some of the most common workplace injuries.
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back pain is the most common injury in the workplace? It is the single most frequent reason Americans call into work year after year. Whether due to long periods of standing or frequent heavy lifting, the muscles, discs and vertebrae of the upper and lower back are very sensitive to injury. Chiropractic is highly effective for treating back pain and preventing it from returning again.
Your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance company may require that you prove an injury is work-related before receiving benefits for a claim. Determining if your injury occurred on the job is simple: Did your injury occur while you were performing a task for your employer? This includes injuries that occur inside the workplace, as well as injuries that occur on location or while riding in a company vehicle.
Most workplace injuries are related to the muscles, joints, bones or nerves. These areas typically respond well to chiropractic treatment, which restores the body’s natural alignment and facilitates healing. By going to the source of an injury, chiropractic helps to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and speed the healing process. If you have suffered an injury on the job, contact our office to schedule an appointment right away.
Rehabilitative care expedites the recovery process and returns patients to work as quickly as possible. Every injury is unique and will require varying amounts of time and treatment to make a full recovery. Our office works with patients who have been injured on the job on a regular basis. We work to develop a personalized workplace injury treatment plan designed to return patients to their jobs in as little time as possible.
With an auto accident happening every few seconds, there are countless people who suffer collision-related injuries every year. Any part of your body can be affected by an auto accident though certain areas are more susceptible than others. Some people suffer a few bumps and bruises while others must face much more serious injuries. Regardless of the type of injury sustained in a collision, it is important for everyone involved to be evaluated by a chiropractor when physically capable of doing so.
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there are several factors that can influence the types of injuries you may sustain in a car accident?
- The speed of your vehicle and other vehicles involved in the accident
- Whether you are wearing your seatbelt
- Whether the airbags deploy during the collision
- Where your vehicle was hit (i.e. side, front or rear)
- Your posture during the accident
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in auto accidents. It occurs when the neck is thrust forward and then abruptly backward on impact. Whiplash typically causes inflammation and damage to the soft tissues of the upper back and neck, which may lead to stiffness, pain, limited mobility and headaches.
People involved in collisions here often complain of back pain or stiffness in the body’s joints or extremities. Spinal compression, bulging discs and strained connective tissues are just a few of the injuries accident victims may face after a collision. Without chiropractic intervention, some may face a lifetime of pain and discomfort.
Chiropractors treat auto accident victims nearly every day. They understand the intricate balance of the musculoskeletal system and the damaging effects a collision can have on the spine, joints and soft tissues. By utilizing non-invasive techniques, a chiropractor can restore proper alignment to a patient’s body, empowering it to heal itself over time.
If you have been involved in a collision – whether recently or many months or years ago – chiropractic treatment may be able to relieve pain and symptoms associated with the accident. The sooner you seek treatment, the faster we can lead you down the road to recovery. Call our office to schedule a consultation today and learn what it means to live a pain-free life.
Chiropractic is not just for adults – it’s for teens too. In fact, teenagers can benefit from chiropractic treatment in many ways not only now, but also later in life. Few teens will complain of back or neck pain the way that adults might. However, the damage that causes musculoskeletal pain in adults is often incurred during one’s youth. By undergoing regular chiropractic adjustments for youth, teens can prevent pain and injury both now and in the future.
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that poor posture habits often begin during the teen years? Parents may remind teens to sit up straight or stop slouching – often to no avail. Periodic teen chiropractic adjustments can help promote good posture in youth-aged patients. In some cases, chiropractic treatment may even be able to reverse spine damage caused by poor posture and misalignment.
Though some teens may report having neck or back pain – perhaps due to obesity or poor posture – most will not complain of musculoskeletal discomfort. We recommend that all teenagers begin undergoing chiropractic treatment, not only because it can correct postural problems, but also because teens are frequently exposed to musculoskeletal health hazards like heavy backpacks and complex sports;
It is never too late to visit a chiropractor for the first time. We go to great lengths to ensure your child is well cared for during each visit, which usually consists of an adjustment and some lifestyle education that will help prevent future injuries. Our staff will first talk to your teen about symptoms and lifestyle habits before administering a gentle adjustment.
There is no better time than now to start schedule regular chiropractic appointments for your teenager. Early youth chiropractic adjustments can help teens develop lifelong habits that promote health and wellness, not to mention help prevent athletic injuries now. For more information about chiropractic for youth, contact our office to schedule a consultation.