Physical Therapy Q&A
Your Physical Therapy in Omaha & Papillion, NE plays a crucial role in your recovery from any injury, illness, surgery, or disease that affects your musculoskeletal system. An individualized rehabilitation program at MultiCare Medical Group helps relieve pain, promote healing, and restores strength, motion, and balance. If you have any questions about rehabilitation, please call their office in Papillion, Nebraska at 402-505-7989, or schedule an appointment online for a physical therapy assessment.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy restores skills, strength, and function that have been lost due to an injury, illness, surgery, or progressive disease like arthritis.
What Types of Conditions Benefit from Physical Therapy?
A well-structured Physical Therapy program can promote quicker recovery and return optimal strength and function to damaged muscles and bones.
THIS IS ONLY A PARTIAL LIST OF THE MANY HEALTH CONDITIONS THAT BENEFIT FROM PHYSICAL THERAPY:
- Anterior cruciate ligament injury
- Repetitive stress injuries including tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tendon tears such as Achilles tendon and rotator cuff injuries
- Trauma injuries, including sprains, strains, and fractures
- Joint injury and dislocation
- Lower back pain
- Degenerative disease, such as osteoarthritis
- Cervical radiculopathy and stenosis
- Plantar fasciitis
What therapies May Be Used During Physical Therapy in Omaha & Papillion, NE?
The team at MultiCare Medical Group rehabilitates the injured area while evaluating and incorporating Physical Therapy that may be needed for adjacent joints and muscles. Paying attention to the mechanics of your whole body is important because an injury in one area places stress on other muscles used to compensate for the injury.
Everyone on the team has extensive experience in many different therapeutic techniques, so they recommend treatment tailored to your unique rehabilitation needs. Your Physical Therapy plan may include one or more manual therapies such as spinal mobilization, myofascial release and massage, extension exercises, and a structured exercise program.
Each type of therapy is implemented with the goal of relieving pain, eliminating pressure on nerves, releasing adhesions, increasing range of motion, and improving strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. The team also focuses on:
- Preventing re-injury
- Restoring balance to muscle use patterns
- Getting athletes back into the game with a modified training program
- Ergonomic and posture assessments to alleviate repetitive use injuries
- Gait retraining
- Stress management
- Nutritional counseling to facilitate healing
Basically, three things happen during K-Laser treatment. First, infrared laser therapy treatment helps reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance tissue healing—both in hard and soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, or even bones. The treatment stimulates the cytochrome oxidase enzyme in the cells’ mitochondria. This is really one of the key discoveries in the whole science of laser therapy. Specifically, injured cells are targeted because damaged cells are more readily accepting of photons of light, whereas healthy cells don’t need this extra energy.
Therapeutic ultrasound is a treatment modality commonly used during rehabilitation. It is used to provide deep heating to soft tissues in the body. These tissues include muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments. Ultrasound in physical therapy is not to be confused with diagnostic ultrasound, which is an ultrasound that is used to see the inside of the body, such as checking on a fetus during pregnancy.
Muscle Stimulation (E-STIM)
Electrical stimulation is a type of modality used to accomplish various tasks in rehabilitation. If you have an injury or illness that causes pain or limited functional mobility, your physician may use electrical stimulation, or E-stim, as one part of your rehabilitation program.
Conditions in which electrical stimulation is used may include:
- Low back pain
- Post-surgical pain
- For muscle weakness or poor motor control
If you are experiencing pain, spasm, inflammation, or muscular weakness, your physician may use this versatile modality as part of your treatment.