By Brett Sears, About.com Guide
- Succeeding In Therapy
- Injury Prevention
- After An Injury
- Upper Body Stretching Exercises
- Lower Body Stretching Exercises
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.
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.
- Preventing Falls At Home
- Safe Lifting Techniques
- Proper Chair Positioning
- Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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.
- Caring for an Ankle Sprain
- Following Weight Bearing Restrictions
- How To Use Crutches
- The Correct Way To Walk With A Cane
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.
- Morning Stretches
- Self Assisted Neck Stretches
- Chest Muscle Stretch
- Stretches To Prevent and Ease the Pain of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Stretches for Golfers
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.
- Low Back Stretches
- Piriformis Muscle Stretches
- Leg Stretches
- Stretches to Increase Hamstring Flexibility
- Quadricep Stretches with Pictures
- Iliotibial Band Stretches
- Easy Knee Stretches
- Stretches for Tight Calf Muscles
- Ankle Stretches
- Ankle Warm Up Stretches
- Recovering After An Ankle Sprain
- Foot Pain? Plantar Fasciitis Relief
- Stretches for Runners
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.
- Core Strengthening
- Ankle Strengthening
- Leg Strengthening
- Hip Strengthening
- Abdominal Strengthening
- Elbow Muscle Strengthening
- Rotator Cuff Exercises
- Aquatic Therapy
- Wall Slides
- Quadricep Strengthening
- Weight Lifting Safety
- Gluteal Strengthening
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.
- Recovering From Total Knee Replacement
- Exercises After Shoulder Surgery
- Activity Restrictions After Hip Replacement
- Post-Operative Weight Bearing Restrictions
- Exercises After Knee Arthroscopy
- Yoga Therapy
- Improving Your Balance
- Recovering From Hip Replacement Surgery
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.