Lifespan Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language Pathology Services, PLLC has been providing school based and preschool services to school districts in a four county area for over 25 years.
Physical Therapy Services
Physical Therapy Services are offered to manage pain, build strength, and encourage rehabilitation in adults and children. Pain Management- PT can decrease chronic pain and acute pain after an injury or surgery. There are many “tools” that can be used in many combinations to do this such as heat, ice, ultrasound, electric stimulation, traction, iontophoresis, kinesiotaping, massage, and therapeutic exercise.
Specific strengthening exercises can be utilized to decrease pain associated with osteoarthritis or injuries of the various joints or spine. Strength training can also be utilized for general conditioning.
Different forms of electric stimulation including iontophoresis, premodulated, interferential, TENS, and Russian stimulation. These are utilized to elicit a specific effect on the target tissue such as decreased pain, decreased muscle spasms, decrease edema, to facilitate a muscle contraction, or deliver a medication.
Balance deficits can occur following an injury or illness which increases the risk for falls. Balance training addresses this deficit through strengthening exercises and various activities to challenge one’s balance.
Strategies and recommendations are discussed to minimize the risk of falls. Strengthening and balance activities are performed.
Back and Neck Pain
Back and neck pain can be acute or chronic. The pain can be localized or radiate into one or two limbs. The neck can affect the arms whereas the back can affect the legs. Treatment may include heat, ice, electric stimulation, traction, ultrasound, massage, and/or therapeutic exercise as well as education.
Joint Replacement Therapy
More and more joint replacements are performed every day by surgeons. Joints that are being replaced include hips, knees, shoulders, thumbs, and the big toe. PT is important following joint replacement surgery in order to restore range of motion, strength, and functional activities.
Strokes and Other Neurological Injuries
PT can maximize the return of function following a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or peripheral nerve injury. PT sessions may include the patient as well as the caregiver(s).
PT is utilized to facilitate a child reaching his/her developmental milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling, and walking. PT can enhance the development of gross motor skills such as ball play, jumping, climbing, stair climbing, and playground use. Strengthening is achieved through play.
PT is performed within the patient’s home when he/she are homebound due to injury or illness. Typical PT within the home consists of gait training (teaching how to walk with or without a device, stair training), training in various activities of daily living (getting out of bed, getting into car, hygiene, household tasks), transfer training (getting out of bed to chair, standing up from the chair), therapeutic exercise, and balance training.