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There are many ways in which physical therapy can improve your neck and back problems.
There are countless Americans dealing with chronic or severe neck and back pain. In fact, neck and back problems are two of the most common complaints that our Somerset, KY, physical therapist David Escobar deals with on a regular basis.
From days spent sitting in non-ergonomic office chairs hunched over computer screens to car accidents, the reasons people deal with neck or back pain are endless. Here’s how a physical therapist can help:
What’s causing the problem?
First and foremost, to be able to design a treatment plan that will work best for you, our physical therapist will need to figure out what’s going on. Common causes of neck pain include:
- Sports injuries
- Bad posture
- Repetitive movements (often seen in athletes)
Common causes of back pain include:
- Sprains and strains
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal nerve compression
- Herniated or bulging disc
Once we make a proper diagnosis then we can create a PT-focused treatment plan that will not just ease symptoms but also improve how your body moves and functions. As you can see, anyone dealing with any of the neck or back issues above could benefit from what physical therapy can offer.
How can physical therapy treat my neck and back pain?
Here at Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab we offer a full range of physical therapy and rehab services in Somerset, KY, to meet your individual needs and goals. This includes:
- Electrical stimulation
- TENS unit
- Moist Heat Pack
- Ice Massage
- Dry Needling
We also offer a variety of therapeutic and manipulation techniques including:
- Manual therapy
- Joint mobilization
- Myofascial release
- Therapeutic exercise
- Anodyne therapy
The great thing about physical therapy is that these options are complementary, which means that many of these therapies work well with one another, often providing more effective and long-term relief. For example, TENS or electrical stimulation may be used to reduce painful muscle spasms in the lower back.
Physical therapy offers a variety of benefits including:
- Reducing or even getting rid of pain and inflammation
- Improving balance and posture
- Treating sports-related injuries
- Improving functionality and mobility
In some circumstances, physical therapy may even negate the need for surgery if it provides you with the relief you need. Of course, if you still need surgery, getting physical therapy beforehand can improve your body’s functionality and strength before surgery, making the recovery process smoother.
Here at Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab in Somerset, KY, our goal is to improve how your body feels and functions as a whole. If you are dealing with neck or back pain give our office a call today
Are you experience dizziness? Are you struggling to find the right health care professional? The physical therapists at Somerset, KY, can help you. They provide vestibular rehabilitation, which focuses on eliminating balance problems.
Someone can maintain their balance if they're able to stay upright and steady. People with balance issues may have difficulty moving, and determining direction and speed. Many factors cause balance problems, especially older individuals.
Here are some factors to take into consideration:
- Being age 65, or older, and a history of falling
- Pre-existing conditions, like a stroke, Parkinson's Disease, or Multiple Sclerosis
- Vertigo, dizziness and unsteadiness
Balance problems may arise from the following:
- Vestibular (Inner Ear): Vestibular disorders include vertigo and dizziness.
- Somatosensory (Feet, Ankles and Joints): Somatosensory refers to the nerves that have difficulty communicating information to the brain.
- Vision (Eyes): Your visual system may have difficulty sending information to the brain about body orientation in relation to surroundings.
Note that somatosensory and vision problems need your Somerset doctor's Fall Prevention/Balance Program, which includes:
- FallTrak computerized balance training
- Flexibility exercises
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Gait training exercises
- Postrography exercises
- Balance exercises
- Strengthening exercises
Home Safety includes:
- Patient education
- Home exercises
- Home safety features and assistive devices, like a clutter-free environment, canes and/or walkers
Your Somerset physical therapist will evaluate your condition and create a custom program that includes:
- strengthen weakened muscles, particularly in the ankle, knee, and hips
- regain lost range of motion
- improve posture, upright stability, and movement
- increase flexibility
The initial evaluation will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour and will evaluate the following:
- Review of medical history/symptom evaluation
- Musculoskeletal/functional mobility evaluation
- Vestibular screen
- FallTrak computerized balance screen to establish Limits of Stability (LOS)
- Videonystagmography (VNG) with Frenzel goggles
- Functional balance/reach evaluation
For more information about balance issues and therapy, call your physical therapist in Somerset, KY, at (606) 678-5708.
Is pain holding you back in life? Dry needling is a physical therapy intervention that involves using a thin, filament needle to stimulate underlying trigger points, connective, and muscular tissues for the management of pain and movement impairments. Dr. David Escobar at Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab in Somerset, KY, offers dry needling to his patients.
Overview of Dry Needling
Dry needling is an effective procedure involving needles that are the same size as those used in acupuncture. Dry needling uses a “dry” needle, one without medicine, inserted through the patient's skin into areas of the muscles. It causes favorable biochemical changes that help the body manage muscle dysfunction, as well as pain. With this procedure, the filament needle and the effects it produces within the body is the treatment.
It's Not a Stand-Alone Procedure
In most cases, dry needling is not a stand-alone procedure. It's something that physical therapists do in conjunction with manual techniques, targeted exercises, stretching, and other interventions - whatever they otherwise would do with their patients. In some cases, a Somerset physical therapist might do a few treatments of dry needling in order to make subsequent movement therapies more effective.
It Boasts Plenty of Benefits
Dry needling is often used to treat muscle spasms and tension, headaches, sports injuries, muscle pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), and tendonitis. Dry needling can ease pain, loosen stiff muscles, and improve blood flow and oxygen circulation within the body. In addition, dry needling may improve flexibility and increase range of motion.
Dry Needling is Not Acupuncture
Dry needling looks like acupuncture, but with some key differences. These differences show that dry needling is physical therapy, not acupuncture. Acupuncture is a form of health care developed from traditional and modern Chinese medical concepts. Dry needling was not developed from Chinese medical concepts. Additionally, dry needling does not use the same diagnostic techniques that acupuncturists use.
It's an Alternative to Invasive Surgery
Most people aren't keen to rush into surgery. Regardless of whether your condition is curable or not, it can always be improved with dry needling. If physical therapy helps to reduce your pain, surgery may not be needed. According to a recent study, many people who stuck with physical therapy for one year improved as much as those who received surgery right away.
Pain can affect your day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Call Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab at 606-678-5708 today to schedule an appointment for dry needling in Somerset, KY. We will help you achieve relief with little expense or trouble.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health, over 25 million adults in the United States suffer from some degree of pain on a daily basis. An estimated one in ten Americans are suffering from chronic (long-term) pain, which in addition to impacting quality of life and the ability to lead active, healthy lifestyles for the sufferers, also accounts for billions of dollars in treatment costs and lost productivity every year. Many Americans live with pain and suffer in silence for months or years without seeking or finding adequate treatment, but depending on the underlying cause and severity of pain, physical therapy is often the first line of defense in treating pain and injuries for orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab in Somerset, KY, offers a range of solutions for neck and back pain to balance training and fall prevention.
Physical Therapy in Somerset, KY
Physical therapy may be most commonly associated with recovering from a sports injury or orthopedic surgery, but physical therapists can treat and manage symptoms for a number of issues that cause pain and may affect mobility and physical activity.
When Should You See a Physical Therapist?
- After a sports injury/trauma from an accident or fall
- Acute or chronic pain that does not resolve on its own or fades and then returns
- Surgical recovery
What Physical Therapy Can Do For You
- Restore/improve mobility
- Improve/maintain balance and alignment
- Manage symptoms for secondary health problems
- Improve blood flow and circulation
Find a Physical Therapist in Somerset, KY
For more information about physical therapy treatments to help you manage chronic pain or recover from a sports injury or orthopedic condition, contact Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab by calling (606) 678-5708 to request an appointment today.
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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