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.
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.
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.
Many senior citizens already know the benefits of chiropractic care and how it can improve the ‘golden years’. Those who visit a chiropractor on a regular basis often report experiencing more energy, greater flexibility and less pain in day-to-day life. In fact, chiropractic is about much more than pain relief – it’s about improving the quality of life. With Americans living longer than ever before, there is no need to retire to the rocking chair during retirement. Instead, let chiropractic care keep you active, healthy and feeling living life to the fullest.
Facts about seniors and chiropractic:
- One in five adults will be age 65 or older by the year 2030.
- Among seniors, chiropractic is one of the most commonly used alternative therapies.
- While many seniors get adjustments to treat back pain or other symptoms, chiropractic is also effective for preventing or managing diseases and other health problems common to mature adults.
- A study published in “Topics of Clinical Chiropractic” found that 66 percent of seniors who do not get chiropractic treatment have arthritis in comparison to 48 percent of those who do visit a chiropractor regularly.
- The same study found that seniors who do not get chiropractic treatment are far more likely to be placed in a nursing home than those who do visit a chiropractor regularly.
Seniors who regularly undergo chiropractic treatment may enjoy many different types of benefits. Examples include:
Seniors have age-specific health needs that we are sensitive to here at our practice. Our focus is both intervention and prevention, with an emphasis on improving spinal alignment and minimizing stress on the bones and joints. Your appointment will begin with a discussion about your symptoms which may be followed by a chiropractic adjustment, lifestyle counseling or another type of alternative therapy. Our treatments are natural, non-invasive and designed to produce optimal results and long lasting benefits.
Chiropractic has been found safe for use in most people, including senior citizens. In fact, chiropractors have been helping older adults regain control of their lives for many years, with many success stories to support its effectiveness. For more information about chiropractic for seniors and how it may benefit you, please contact our office to schedule your consultation.
Children experience rapid growth and development during the few years of life. It is a time when musculoskeletal growth occurs quickly and often in ‘spurts’, putting stress on their young bodies. Though children may not experience pain or obvious complications from musculoskeletal injuries, even the tiniest subluxations may worsen and cause pain later in life if left untreated. Fortunately, children generally respond faster and more effectively to chiropractic treatment than adults do, and early treatment may also help prevent spine and nerve problems that could become symptomatic in the future.
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that chiropractic care is appropriate for children of all ages? Though the techniques for pediatric chiropractic treatment vary, the premise of care is the same for a 1-year old as it is for a 100-year old. Many parents choose to bring their infants to the chiropractor for adjustments shortly after the birthing process, which is physically demanding for newborns. Other activities that can cause subluxation in children include learning to crawl, learning to walk and sitting up without support for long periods of time.
Unless your child has sustained a serious injury, it can be difficult to determine whether he or she needs chiropractic treatment. That is why we recommend scheduling periodic chiropractic well-check visits to ensure your child’s spine and nerves are in optimal alignment for childhood development.
If your child is in good health and not experiencing pain, your chiropractor may recommend well visits one to two times per year. If, however, your child has suffered an injury resulting in pain or imbalances like limping or favoring one side, schedule an appointment with your child’s chiropractor right away.
We believe the body’s overall health is connected to the spine and nerves. We also believe that the body is capable of healing and recovering from traumas and injuries when given the proper tools to do so. Though treatment results vary from child to child, chiropractic may be beneficial for improving childhood conditions like ADHD, colic and even frequent ear infections.
As adults approach middle age, many notice an increase in health complications that were not a problem earlier in life. Perhaps it is an achy lower back, a sudden injury or even the development of a chronic health condition like migraines or degenerative joint disease. Whatever the problem, many people in their 40s and 50s may equate the increase in health issues with the ‘normal aging process’. At our office, we encourage middle-aged patients to take charge of their health by incorporating chiropractic treatment into a wellness plan. Often, the problems that ail middle-aged adults can be quickly resolved with lifestyle changes and chiropractic adjustments – no medications required.
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Did you know that chiropractic treatments for middle aged people can help fight disease and degenerative health problems? When used as a preventative tool, chiropractic adjustments can correct nerve interferences, minimize stress and improve the overall quality of life. In fact, many people who begin undergoing chiropractic treatment during middle age feel so good, they wonder why they did not start visiting a chiropractor sooner.
Results vary from patient to patient, but many people experience significant improvements in a wide range of acute and chronic health conditions. Examples include:
Depending on your symptoms, age and health history, we will evaluate your current health and determine the most effective course of treatment for improving it. Our goal is to eliminate pain and empower the body to recover from injuries and fight off disease. Treatment may include a combination of chiropractic adjustments, as well as lifestyle modifications that affect diet, daily activity and sleep habits.
It is never too early to take preventative action toward your future health. A chiropractor can help you feel better than ever and even identify potential health problems before they start. Our practice is founded in natural, non-invasive treatment and prevention. We utilize chiropractic adjustments, as well lifestyle counseling to maximize the health of our patients in ways they may have never known possible. For more information about chiropractic for middle-aged people, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Your neck – also referred to as the cervical spine – is a delicate accumulation of vertebrae, nerves, and muscles that work to support your head. The neck is very flexible and capable of rotating from side to side, up and down. Though the neck is not weak, it is susceptible to injury and pain. Neck pain is a common complaint and is often the result of poor posture, whiplash, or even stress. Even a simple fall or sports injury are enough to cause a sprain or compress a disc. If you are experiencing neck pain that won’t seem to go away, chiropractic treatment may be your solution.
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that a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic treatment results in significant improvement in pain levels among patients who experience chronic neck pain? Millions of Americans suffer from neck pain every day, many of whom could find relief by visiting a chiropractor. Of those who do seek treatment, many find that chiropractic not only relieves chronic neck pain, but it also helps alleviate other symptoms, such as headaches and migraines.
Yes. Chiropractors are trained and experienced in all types of musculoskeletal pain. Diagnostic testing and an in-person consultation will make it possible for a chiropractor to determine whether your chronic neck pain can be treated with chiropractic. If your chiropractor believes it will be best served by a different type of medical practitioner, he or she will give you the appropriate referral.
Your chiropractor will perform a neck adjustment or cervical manipulation treatment. This is a manual procedure that takes just seconds to complete but is capable of delivering instantaneous results. Many patients experience immediate relief of chronic neck pain, as well as muscle stiffness. You may hear popping as your chiropractor completes the cervical adjustment, but the treatment is not likely to be painful.
Yes. You may experience less neck pain by periodically visiting the chiropractor for preventative adjustments. In addition, your chiropractor may suggest getting frequent massages or practicing better posture to protect yourself against recurrent neck pain.