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There are many components that comprise a well rounded comprehensive rehabilitation program. From initial management to final recovery, a treatment program must be flexible to adjust to the needs of each individual patient.
  1. Succeeding In Therapy
  2. Injury Prevention
  3. After An Injury
  4. Upper Body Stretching Exercises
  5. Lower Body Stretching Exercises
  1. Strengthening Exercises
  2. Post-Operative Recovery
  3. Walking Aids
  4. Common PT Tools
  5. Exercising and Pregnancy

Succeeding In Therapy

Hard work and a positive attitude is one way to succeed in therapy. However, it is most important that your expectations be realistic. This is where your physical therapist will help. After a through evaluation, your therapist will help determine appropriate expectations with the help of your input.

Injury Prevention

Using prevention strategies in your everyday life is an important way to help prevent injuries before they occur. Injury prevention includes everything from proper seat positioning at work to stretching before performing strenuous activities. Learn how to save yourself from common injuries.

After An Injury

You've just suffered from an injury, now what? If the injury is serious, you should always see a health care professional for further evaluation. X-ray imaging may be required to evaluate for bone involvement. Following basic first aid can help alleviate the initial pain associated with post injury swelling.

Upper Body Stretching Exercises

Stretching tight muscles is an important way to prevent injury from occurring. It is also an important treatment technique in recovering from injury. Learn some excellent stretches for the neck and arm region.

Lower Body Stretching Exercises

Stretching the lower back, legs, and ankles can help prevent some of the most common sports injuries and orthopedic conditions. Stretching exercises should be done 15 minutes prior to activity to increase blood flow and flexibility to the muscle groups.

Strengthening Exercises

Building strong muscles is an important way to provide joint stability. Strengthening exercises are also important after sustaining injuries that require resting the affected limb. There are many ways to strengthen muscles. Your therapist will guide you through the appropriate techniques best suited for your stage of recovery.

Post-Operative Recovery

After surgery, most patients are started on a recovery program prescribed by their physician and over seen by a physical therapist. Discomfort after surgery often leads to decreased use of the affected area. This leads to stiffness and weakness. As a result, early rehabilitation helps to prevent this from occurring.

Walking Aids

Walking aids include devices such as crutches, canes and walkers. These help to reduce weight on an injured leg to assist in the healing process. Walking aids also help the elderly maintain their balance during upright activities. Before using any one of these aids, you should undergo proper instruction by a health care professional.

Common PT Tools

Physical therapists often use heat, cold, ultrasound, and electricity to help speed recovery from an injury. Each of these play a special role in the rehabilitation process. Ice is often used early in the injury phase to help decrease swelling while heat is used later to loosen up tight muscles. The benefits of yoga are also being integrated into physical therapy rehabilitation programs. Learn more about these useful therapeutic resources.

Exercising and Pregnancy

With modification, exercising can be continued throughout pregnancy. Of course, get your doctors permission before participating in any activity.

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