Physical Therapy (PT) is used to promote healing, relieve pain, and restore function. It is performed by a licensed physical therapist under the referral of a doctor. We provide PT on-site to enhance care coordination with our physician for optimal quality of care.
Pain may be treated with passive types of therapy such as heat/ice packs, Electrical Stimulation (E-Stim) Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS units), or ultrasound. Active physical therapy such as stretching, strengthening exercises, pain relief exercises, and low-impact aerobic conditioning may be used. Call 586-563-3300 today to request an appointment with one of our highly trained PT staff.
Exercise can help you to stay flexible and manage your pain better. Your pain management physician will let you know if exercise is appropriate for your unique situation. One of our physical therapists can develop an exercise program that is safe and effective for you.
Heat and Cold
Heat and cold can be used alternatively to treat pain. Although the application of hot and cold packs may seem simple, they should be used under the direction of a healthcare professional. Heat therapy increases blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients, while also relaxing tense muscles, relieving pain, and increasing range of motion. Cold therapy conversely slows circulation in an effort to reduce inflammation, muscle spasm, and pain.
Joint Manipulation or Mobilization is a common type of conservative therapy used by our licensed Physical Therapists on staff to treat stiffness and pain. It is often accompanied by an exercise program to keep joints fully functioning.
Ultrasound is used to generate heat and blood flow or decrease inflammation and swelling within a particular area of the body. This helps to loosen tissues and aid in the stretching of tight joints or muscles.
Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. By placing electrodes on the skin in various locations the physical therapist can recruit the appropriate muscle fibers. Contracting the muscle via electrical stimulation helps strengthen the affected muscle. The physical therapist can change the current setting to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing.
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