Our goal is to restore your mobility and strengthen your muscles to prevent recurring injuries.
Whether you have been enduring pain for an extended period of time or you have a new injury your entire life changes. Simple tasks and daily activities are no longer possible without pain. This is when most doctors prescribe physical therapy. By evaluation of strength, mobility and function; physical therapists are able to provide therapy and instruction to advance the healing process.
There are three primary goals of physical therapy; pain management, improved mobility and strengthening. Each one of these is an important step in the process of healing. While the body does possess the ability to heal itself, many injuries require intervention to accomplish optimal healing. Often, once an injury has occurred, it is more likely to happen again, unless it has been properly rehabilitated.
The first concern is pain control. By administering a variety of modalities, therapists are able to change the natural pain response. Often, relaxing the muscles and stimulating the nerves around the injury will lessen the pain. Some of the modalities that are commonly used are ice, heat, electric stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, and massage.
The next step is to improve mobility. When an injury occurs mobility is greatly affected. Due to the injury or pain, or when a joint is not moved; mobility is lost. Improving mobility incorporates various stretching activities including passive stretches applied by the therapist, and active stretches performed by the patient. Gently increasing the stretching increases the joint’s mobility and allows healing of the damaged tissue.
The strengthening step is vital to preventing an injury from recurring. By strengthening the muscles surrounding the injured area, the joint becomes more stable and the risk of re-injury significantly decreases. When done properly, the strengthening often makes the injured site stronger and more functional than it was before being injured.
Physical therapy ensures the healing process progresses as it should, ensuring full recovery of mobility and strength. If you succumb to chronic pain or injury, be sure to seek the help of a licensed physical therapist to ensure optimal healing.
Appropriate evaluation and treatment are vital to complete recovery - failing to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment may prolong the healing process.
Call Dr. Lockett and his staff a call today at (877) 395-3397 for a free evaluation and consultation to see how we can help relieve your pain. Care at Orthopedic Injury Management is always drug-free, non-invasive, safe, and gentle.