Physical Therapy is one of the keys to managing joint pain. Our physical therapists actively engage the patient in rehabilitation and exercises. Physical Therapy helps place patients on the right track by exercising weak points and regaining strength that may have been lost.
Some of the Physical Therapy treatment methods used:
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- Spine liner: is an electronic device which therapists use for the analysis and therapy of the musculoskeletal system. During treatment, the structures which are not functioning optimally are oscillated as per the structure's natural frequencies - this occurs through the use of gentle mechanical impulses. The results are displayed in real-time on the monitor, and the treatment stops automatically as soon as the optimal resonance level is reached.
- Electrotherapy Stimulation: Used to reduce pain, stimulation of the muscles, reducing the swelling (TENS, Galvanic, Interferential).
- Magnetic Therapy: Treats painful conditions including general pain, pain after surgery, low back pain, foot pain, heel pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), carpel tunnel syndrome, nerve pain caused by diabetes (diabetic neuropathy), sports injuries, and migraine headaches.
- Shockwave Treatment: A non-invasive treatment that uses high-energy acoustic waves to accelerate tissue repair and regeneration, reduce pain and inflammation and improve mobility. It can be used to treat various conditions affecting the bones, tendons, joints and soft tissues.
- Thermotherapy: Cold Therapy reduces inflammation and pain, Hot Therapy reduces muscle spasm and increases blood flow.
- Soft Tissue Massage and Trigger Points Release: Helps to reduce muscle spasm/tightness, increases blood flow and reduce swelling.
- Stretching Exercises: Helps to reduce tightness of muscles.
- Mobilization and ROM (Range of Motion Exercises): Often prescribed to increase or maintain flexibility of your joints and to reduce stiffness. There are several types of range of motion exercises including the following.
- Passive Range of Motion (PROM) Exercises
- Active Assistive Range of Motion (AAROM) Exercises
- Active Range of Motion (AROM) Exercises
- Manual Therapy (Mc Kenzie, Mulligan): Is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, physiotherapists use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease back pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.
- Kinso Taping Treatment: Is a technique used by physiotherapists for injury prevention or rehabilitation. The physiotherapists can also teach you how to apply the tape yourself so you can continue to experience the benefits. The benefits of taping will depend on your injury. Your physiotherapists will aim to encourage some of the following benefits:
- Protection of injured soft tissue structures (ligaments, tendons, fascia)
- Injury prevention
- Encourage normal movement
- Quicker return to sport or work
- Pain reduction
- Improves the stability of a joint
- Reduces the risk of re-injury
- Reduces swelling
- Coordination Exercises: Is one element of movement that is important in sports and in day-to-day living. Coordination generally refers to moving two or more parts of your body at the same time to achieve a specific goal. That could mean turning a doorknob, performing dance steps or hitting a baseball with a bat. Adding certain exercises to your daily routine may improve your overall coordination.