Physical injuries can happen at any moment— on the playing field, in the workplace, in your car or even in your own home. Without proper diagnosis and timely care, recovery can often become a slow and painful process. Physical therapy uses a variety of treatments and physical exercises to begin the rehabilitation process at the onset of injury or pain. Through these treatments and exercises, physical therapy can efficiently and effectively strengthen your body, reduce pain and prevent future injury.
Sports medicine doctors have special training to restore function to injured patients so they can get moving again as soon as possible. They are also knowledgeable about preventing illness and injury in active people. Although sports medicine doctors do work with professional athletes, they also treat children and teens involved in sports and adults who exercise for personal fitness, as well as people who have physically demanding jobs, like construction workers.
If you have been injured or had a serious illness, you might need extra help to get better. Rehabilitation services can help you recover from a stroke, a heart attack, a workplace injury, surgery or many other things. Rehabilitation after illness or injury is a slow step-by-step process that aims to help you recover. Rehabilitation might help you to get moving again, regain your strength, relearn skills, or find new ways of doing things.
Physical therapists often use a variety of specific, hands-on techniques, called manual therapy, to improve mobility in joints and soft tissues. Our highly trained clinicians assess whether the muscles and joints have hypo- (restricted) or hyper- (excessive) mobility. Once restrictions or other dysfunctions are identified, the physical therapist may use various manual therapy techniques to reduce pain, improve mobility, facilitate movement, increase soft tissue extensibility and restore function.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain functions. Concussions can occur as a result of a direct hit to the head (by the ground or an object), or from violent shaking of the head and neck (like “whiplash” injury). Immediately after a head injury, a patient can have symptoms that include headache, confusion, memory loss/amnesia for the time around the injury, foggy thinking, dizziness, double vision, slurred speech, problems with coordination, or loss of consciousness.
Injured workers benefit from physical therapist services from the onset of injury through their return to work. Early physical therapy intervention consists of treatment for acute neuromusculoskeletal problems and other injuries. Many patients who receive appropriate early care return to their job without additional rehabilitation services.
Whether we like it or not, getting stronger takes work. Consistent work. If you are a patient here at Acadiana Physical Therapy, chances are you’ve been given “homework” by one of your therapists. Usually that homework consists of a set of exercises to do on your own in between physical therapy appointments.