Physical Therapy - Frequently Asked Questions
1) What are the best exercises for my shoulder or for rotator cuff pain?
There are countless exercises and stretches for the shoulder. To determine which exercises would be best for you, our physical therapists would perform a comprehensive evaluation that would allow them to pinpoint your exact needs and to create a custom program based on their findings.
2) What are the causes of hip, knee, ankle pain?
There are a number of possible causes. Pain can come from any of the following: Muscle tightness; weakness at any of the named joints; poor body mechanics with walking, bending, lifting or sitting; poor alignment within your spine, hips, knees, ankle or feet; a recent or old injury; or overuse. By working directly with one of our physical therapists they will work with you to make a plan to heal and optimize your health concerns.
3) What can you do for an ACL, anterior cruciate ligament, injury?
This depends on a number of factors. First, what is your lifestyle and activity level? Second, when did you sustain your injury? Next, do you have a partial or full thickness tear of the ACL? And finally, are you having surgery? By seeing one of our highly skilled physical therapists they will assess your needs and develop a unique, effective program to optimize your strength, flexibility and coordination to transition you back to your activities or to prepare you for surgery. Physical therapy after any injury is a must to be sure you heal from the injury and regain your pre-injury strength, flexility and coordination. For post-surgical physical therapy, we follow a rigorous protocol from the surgeon to optimize your return to life and/or sport.
4) How do I care for an ankle sprain?
Our most basic recommendations for ankle sprains are RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). The ankle is a complex joint and there are many factors that determine what your specific needs would be. By seeing of one of our physical therapists, they will determine if further testing is warranted to look for fracture or ligament/muscle strain or tears. At that point, our physical therapists will work with you to determine a course of treatment to heal the effected structures and to optimize your return to life and/or sport.
5) What causes leg pain?
This is a common question. Leg pain can be caused by many things. It can be caused by an imbalance within the spine, pelvis, or hips. It can also be caused by limitations/injury to a muscle, ligament or joint within the knees, ankles or feet. An evaluation by one of our licensed and highly skilled physical therapists will determine the cause of your pain and will work closely with you to implement a unique treatment plan to alleviate your leg pain and to optimize your function.
6) What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a field within healthcare that focuses on healing, injury prevention and injury management within the musculoskeletal system. Treatment by a physical therapist is often initiated due to concerns about general wellness, injury prevention, or specific concerns following an accident, illness, injury, or surgery. Physical therapists have a medical license from the local state board. Physical therapist begin by doing a comprehensive evaluation to assess the needs of a client and then create a treatment plan to address said needs. Our goal at Seeds of Change is to individualize this process to optimize not only your outcomes (you feel great and have returned to your pre-injury life) but your experience during your physical therapy treatments. Our clinic is welcoming to ALL people as we mindfully create a safe, empowering environment for our clients to heal.