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Have you recently experienced an injury or undergone surgery on your knee, shoulder, hip or other joint? Orthopedic therapy can reduce your pain and help you resume your normal activities. Our Somerset, KY, physical therapist, Dr. David Escobar of Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab, explains how you can benefit from orthopedic surgery.
How will orthopedic therapy help me?
Orthopedic therapy is used to restore full range of motion, ease pain and help your joints and muscles recover from your injury or surgery. When you visit our Somerset office, we'll perform a complete assessment of your abilities and discuss your symptoms and medical history. Your therapy plan will be tailored to address your injury and unique needs and will also include tips that will help you avoid another injury. We'll monitor your process carefully throughout your treatment sessions and make changes as needed to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from orthopedic therapy. During the process, we'll also keep your doctor informed regarding your progress.
What conditions can be improved with orthopedic therapy?
Orthopedic therapy may be recommended after surgery or if you have one or more of these conditions:
- Muscle spasms
- Sprains or strains
- Hip, knee, back, neck and shoulder injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- Ruptured Achilles tendon or Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Baker's cyst
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Torn hamstring
- Ligament injuries
- Rotator cuff injury
- Torn cartilage
- Golfer's or tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Mallet finger
What happens during orthopedic therapy?
During your therapy sessions, you'll perform stretches and exercises aimed at improving mobility and strengthening your joints and the muscles that support them. Because injuries that affect your bones, ligaments and tendons can often lead to muscle stiffness, we'll may also perform hands-on treatments to increase your range of motion, improve circulation and speed healing. Massage, muscle stretching and joint mobilization and manipulation may be recommended, depending on your injury. Ultrasound therapy or electrostimulation may also be used to loosen tight muscles, relieve pain and hasten healing.
Orthopedic therapy can ease your pain and help you return to your usual activities sooner. Call our Somerset, KY, physical therapist, Dr. Escobar of Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab, at (606) 678-5708 to get the process started.
Orthopedic medicine strives to correct deficiencies and structural problems associated with your muscles, joints and skeleton. Say, for instance, you were playing softball and experienced a serious fracture of your elbow. Or, you have degenerative arthritis in your knee and require joint replacement surgery. After your orthopedic physician repairs an injury, degenerative condition or congenital deficiency, you need a period of rehabilitation. In Somerset, KY, the best way to get back to your normal self and routine is through orthopedic therapy at Cumberland Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.
What are your goals?
People with orthopedic problems associated with the shoulder, hand, elbow, hip, knee, foot and ankle have a common goal. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeltal and Skin Diseases, that goal is full use of their limbs and their associated muscles and bones, including:
- Good range of motion
- Strength to lift and push
- Normal mobility (standing up, walking)
- Normal activities of daily living, of ADLs (bathing, dressing, eating)
- Reasonable flexibility
- Tolerance of position (sitting up straight, for instance)
- Use of new assistive devices such as a cane, walker or power chair
For people who participate in sports, the team at Cumberland Physical Therapy and Rehab creates training programs which return athletes to their usual levels of performance or even beyond.
It really is a team approach
To recover from any orthopedic deficit or injury, a multidisciplinary approach is best. As such, the staff at Cumberland Physical Therapy and Rehab will consult with your primary physician, orthopedic doctor and other pertinent health care providers. Together, they will formulate a care plan individualized to your needs. Both physical and occupational therapy will reduce your pain level, provide supportive braces or orthotics as needed, and use stretching and other exercise modalities to decrease swelling and improve circulation.
After a long hospital stay or very complex orthopedic surgery, patients may need retraining in ADLs. Orthopedic therapy in Somerset, KY, provides that, too, with a fully functional living areas right at the facility so you practice the basic skills you need to be at home safely.
We're there right with you
At Cumberland Physical Therapy and Rehab, the team will objectively measure your needs and also track your progress so you'll see your realistic goals in sight. Plus, you'll be completely involved in your care and rehab plan every step of the way.
For more information on our comprehensive orthopedic therapy programs, call for a one-on-one consultation: (606) 678-5708.
Dry needling is a treatment procedure that helps target muscles causing patients pain. Your physical therapists at Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab are trained in this technique and offer dry needling treatments in their office in Somerset, KY. This technique has been proven to help patients of all ages and with a variety of injuries to see long-lasting relief.
More About Dry Needling in Somerset
This manual therapeutic technique consists of inserting thin needles into certain muscles that are causing the patient discomfort, pain or muscle spasms. The areas that are targeted often have trigger points that are hypersensitive and responsible for the source of these symptoms. Inserting these needles causes a twitch response that contracts the muscle, temporarily offering immediate and long-term relief.
In more severe cases, dry needling can target even deeper muscle areas to provide relief. What makes this different than acupuncture is that is more comfortable for the patient and is much easier to insert these needles into deeper regions with minimal discomfort in general. It can treat both chronic and acute pain.
There are little to no side effects with this treatment procedure, making it ideal for someone looking to improve mobility or range of motion. Soreness is common after sessions. However, it should only be minor and shouldn’t affect daily activity. Improvement is felt after just one or two sessions. Some patients do experience delayed soreness or achiness, but it shouldn’t last very long. Light massage or heat can help relieve this.
Dry needling can treat arm pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnels syndrome, back and shoulder pain, migraines, jaw pain, leg pain, sciatica, hamstring sprains or other aches and pains. To schedule an appointment to discuss what dry needling can do for you, contact Cumberland Physical Therapy and Rehab in Somerset, KY, call (606) 678-5708 today.
How your physical therapist in Somerset can help you
If you are experiencing muscle or joint pain, had a sports injury or you’ve been in an accident, you owe it to yourself to seek out the help of a physical therapist. Rehabilitation is just a phone call away. Your physical therapists at Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab in Somerset, KT can help you get back on your feet.
Modern physical therapy treatments combine balance training, stretching and strength building exercises, heat and ice therapy and other modalities. State-of-the-art technology is also available at Cumberland and includes these treatments, among others:
- Electrical stimulation and TENS unit
- Ultrasound and iontophoresis
- Traction and joint mobilization
- Integrative dry needling
- Anodyne therapy
Rehabilitation can help you recover from major trauma including:
Car accidents, by utilizing myofascial and muscle release techniques, therapeutic exercise, and manual therapies, among other treatments. We may also suggest electrical stimulation or a TENS unit to relax your muscles and relieve strain.
Body or joint pain from a medical condition like arthritis, or an injury, by utilizing an exercise routine to improve muscle strength; they will also suggest physical therapy treatments to reduce swelling and inflammation, and heat or ice therapy to relax muscles.
Post-surgical care, using treatment modalities designed to decrease swelling, restore movement and increase strength; suggested treatments may include icing and heat therapy, therapeutic massage, stretches and strength building exercises.
These are just a few of the treatment modalities available at Cumberland. Your treatment will be custom-designed just for you and your specific needs. Along with your in-office treatments, you will also receive a comprehensive plan of exercises, stretches and treatments to do at home to help you get back on your feet faster. Your plan is designed to:
- Restore full mobility of your joints
- Restore strength of your muscles
- Restore flexibility of your tendons and ligaments
- Decrease or eliminate pain and restore comfort
Physical therapy and rehabilitation can help you get back on your feet if you’ve been sidelined by trauma, an accident, sports injury, medical condition or surgery. The good news is help is just a phone call away from your physical therapists at Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab in Somerset, KT. Leave your pain behind by calling today!
Welcome to the Cumberland Physical Therapy and Rehab Blog
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a physical therapist in the Somerset area, we're excited you are here. With the physical therapy industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote health awareness as a vital part of your healthy, active lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including the latest developments in physical therapy, physical treatments and helpful care advice from David Escobar PT, MS, OCS, CIDN and his staff.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your long-term health.
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