Rehabilitation Restores Lost Function Both at Work and at Home
Many people suffer a loss of function due to injury, illness, or a disabling condition. Certain body parts may be too stiff, inflamed, weak, or painful to move. This can severely limit your daily activities, including both work-related tasks and personal hobbies. In such situations, removing pain and restoring function is critical to improving your quality of life. A key to restoring that function is rehabilitation.
How Does Rehabilitation Help?
Rehabilitation is a more active form of physical therapy. The goal of rehabilitation is the treatment of disorders related to muscles, nerves, and bones to restore maximum function and enhance performance. You’ll improve your ability to perform basic movements and actions, regain loss of function, and increase your functional strength and stability. As a result, you’ll be better able to complete work-related tasks and enjoy leisurely activities, whether that includes sports or just being able to go for a walk.
Common injuries and conditions that are treated through rehabilitation include:
- Carpal Tunnel
- Disc Herniation
- Knee Injuries
- Low Back Pain
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Spine Pain
- Sports-Related Injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Work-Related Injuries
What Is Rehabilitation Like?
Rehabilitation comes after milder physical therapy. That includes things like hot- and cold-packs, laser treatment, electric stimulation, and gentle stretches. Once you’ve completed those treatments and built up your strength and endurance, you’ll begin the more active exercises that comprise rehabilitation.
With individualized treatment plans, you can expect us to treat you as an individual with a unique set of needs, rather than simply fit you into one cookie-cutter plan for all patients. Once you receive your instructions, it's important to work fully with your doctor and complete your exercises at home. Following these instructions is very important to a timely and complete recovery.
You start with stretches on a table. Dr. Galante guides you through these stretches and makes sure they are done effectively but safely, without provoking unnecessary pain or causing further damage. From there, you’ll gradually progress to other exercises.
You’ll move from the table to doing stretches and squats while standing. You can start doing these exercises at home as well as in our office. Then, you’ll start completing those exercises with weights as well, adding more resistance the same way you would with any exercise regimen. This process will build up your strength, repair bodily damage, and restore your ability to live your life the way you want.
If you’re suffering from pain and/or loss of function, especially if it’s related to any of the conditions listed above, rehabilitation might be an effective treatment solution for you. To discuss this and other possible ways chiropractic care can alleviate your problems, call Algonquin Chiropractic Center for a consultation today.