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Why PT?

There are many reasons why someone might need physical therapy.

Loss of Function

 

The first reason most people would consider going to Physical therapy is because they have a loss of function or ability to perform a task that they could once do.  This loss of motion or mobility can be very debilitating, affecting many or all aspects of our daily lives.  A PT is a trained professional who is able to assist you in reaching improved mobility and function.

 

Pain

 

Research shows that 80% of the population will experience back pain at least one time in their lives.  Physical therapy can help alleviate and manage pain without expensive medication and possibly eliminate the need for surgery.  Pain that limits activities of daily living such as sleeping, bathing, dressing or eating, can be treated and managed by a PT.

 

Repetitive Movement Strains

 

How many times have you done the same thing over and over again and “one day” it started hurting?  Repetitive daily stresses and strain can result in injury to joints and muscles.  A physical therapist can design a personalized treatment plan to help reduce the risk of injury while you are doing the things you enjoy.

 

Fall Risk

 

The elderly are prone to falls and this can reduce their ability to lead active and independent lives.  A physical therapist will evaluate and assess exercises to find those that will prevent falls.  He can then design an individualized program of exercises and activities with an emphasis on strength, flexibility, and proper gait.

 

Chronic and Debilitating conditions

 

A physical therapist can guide individuals through the long and ongoing management of conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, chronic muscle and nerve diseases caused by diabetes and other long term illnesses.  Progress may not always be possible, but maintaining a level of function may be just what is needed to keep on going around the house.

 

Enhancing Performance

 

Higher-level sports enthusiasts who require an improved performance level to enhance their physical training or outcomes can benefit from physical therapy. An example of this would be doing a bike fit (see website) which would improve aerodynamic and physical position on the bicycle to resulting in a more comfortable ride and more energy efficient position.

 

Next month- How to obtain the services of a Physical Therapist-

  

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Hot or Cold? That is the Question.

One question that we are asked more often than any other is, “Should I use heat or ice on my injury?”  Both are beneficial when applied appropriately.

ICE

Ice is recommended within the first 24-36 hrs.of a strain, sprain or muscle injury. Because ice constricts capillaries and decreases blood flow, it is used to reduce pain, swelling, and the inflammatory process.

As long as the affected area is red, warm, swollen, or painful, you will want to continue to use ice. Apply cold 15 and 20 minutes.  The skin should regained normal temperature and color before reapplying.  

You can use commercial cold packs, or make your own using 4 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol in an ziplock bag and freeze until it is a cold slush. Apply a damp towel between the cold pack and your skin for even cooling.  Always check the color of the skin after you are finished.

HEAT

Heat is used for aches, pains and generalized stiffness of joints and muscles. Heat increases circulation and reduces muscle spasms.

As with cold, apply heat in 15 to 20 minute intervals. The affected area should be slightly reddened or pink after the application of heat. Be sure the skin has regained normal temperature and color before reapplying.

With heat, you must be careful that the heat element, (heating pad, microwaveable pack) is not too hot, which can cause burns to the skin.

People with diabetes or poor circulation, where loss of sensation in an extremity is diminished, should consult their physician before applying any type of heat therapy.

In conclusion:

  • When the area being treated is warm, swollen, or reddened use ice to cool it down.

  • When the part being treated is stiff or achy, use heat to loosen it up.

If you have a question about whether to apply ice or heat, feel free to leave a message in the comments section below.