Physical Rehabilitation Chiropractors provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. Their patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.
Rehab Specialists examine patients’ medical histories and then test and measure the patients’ strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function. Next, physical therapists develop plans describing a treatment strategy and its anticipated outcome.
Treatment often includes exercise, especially for patients who have been immobilized or who lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. Physical Rehab Specialists encourage patients to use their muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion. More advanced exercises focus on improving strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and at home.
Physical Rehab Specialists also use electrical stimulation, hot packs or cold compresses, and ultrasound to relieve pain and reduce swelling. They may use traction or deep-tissue massage to relieve pain and improve circulation and flexibility. Specialists also teach patients to use assistive and adaptive devices, such as crutches, prostheses, and wheelchairs. They also may show patients how to do exercises at home to expedite their recovery.
As treatment continues, rehabilitation specialists document the patient’s progress, conduct periodic examinations, and modify treatments when necessary.
Physical Rehab Specialists often consult and practice with a variety of other professionals, such as physicians, dentists, nurses, educators, social workers, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists.
Some physical rehab specialists treat a wide range of ailments; others specialize in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, neurology, and cardiopulmonary physical rehab.
What Do Physical Rehabilitation Specialist Do?
Physical rehabilitation focuses on improving muscle flexibility, strength, movement, and positional awareness, resulting in increased balance, coordination, kinesthetic awareness and improved posture. Physical rehabilitation reduces pain and dysfunction by correcting postural and muscle imbalances, eliminating muscle spasms and trigger points. These can all be achieved through a specific combination of exercises, manual therapy, and modalities individualized for each patient and their unique condition. Our rehab specialists develop individual treatment plans for each patient’s condition!
Is Physical Rehab For Me?
Physical Rehabilitation requires both commitment and effort. It involves active participation of the patient in the clinic and at the home. The length of rehab varies per condition but on average consists of 4-6 weeks. Patients who participate as advised by the rehab specialist receive the most benefit from their rehabilitation program.
We strive and make our patients’ experience as comfortable as possible, and so we now offer diagnostic testing on site! In today’s high tech medical world, diagnostic testing is becoming even more important to help Chiropractors treat their patients. This non-invasive “no needle” procedure is very effective in determining the cause of numbness and tingling in the extremities.