10 Tips for Effective Rehabilitation

Physical therapy rehabilitation is a necessary part of the recovery process. Regardless if you have suffered from a chronic accident, sports injury, or suffer from pain due to an operation or medical procedure, rehabilitation will be an important step to reducing any pain that you may feel. Physical therapy treatment is also necessary when health problems cause you to struggle with moving around, or completing everyday task

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Tips for Effective Rehab

When you suffer from a sports injury, medical procedure, or chronic soreness, you should use the tips below (in no particular order) to help ensure that your rehabilitation process is a success.

  1. Choose a progressive program that fits your goals and challenges you to move forward without causing any unnecessary flare-ups.
  2. Set goals; and work to achieve them. Use the SMART procedure to rehab from your pain or injury.
  3. Determine your start point and move forward, with the assistance of a trained physical therapist.
  4. Set realistic goals that you can meet, such as your healing timeline.
  5. Maintain a rehabilitation diary, and mark when you have met a goal or made significant progress in your physical therapy recovery process.
  6. Learn about flare-up management, and how to manage it effectively.
  7. Use a mirror or actual people to give you feedback. You can improve your movement patterns, and change the approaches you are taking during your rehab process.
  8. Choose an environment where you can solely concentrate on your recovery and healing process.
  9. Rehabilitation consists of various aspects, including education, endurance, posture, functional exercise, motor control, and strength.
  10. Vary the tasks you have outlined for yourself. This is a learning process, and in order to recover from your injury and eliminate any chronic soreness that you have, you will need to learn what forms of treatment and exercise work; you will learn as you go.

Benefits of Rehabilitation

When you successfully use the tips above to treat your medical condition, you will experience a variety of benefits. Some of the most common benefits associated with rehabilitation include:

  • Pain relief
  • Building strength
  • Improvement in motion and mobility
  • Shortened recovery time after your disease, injury, surgical procedure, or medical condition
  • Enhancing overall fitness and performance
  • Promoting proper healing
  • Improvement with flexibility, movement, and balance
  • Help and education that pertain to obtaining your mobility goals

When choosing a rehabilitation program, you should choose the program that suits your needs and goals the best. An experienced physical therapist is trained in the movement and function of the human body. Her primary focus will be to help you improve and regain your normal body function and mobility; your physical therapist should also work to help reduce or relieve any chronic soreness that you have. If you have developed a reliance on prescription medication, your physical therapy treatment should help you eliminate that dependence, and create ways to manage your disability.

On your road to recovery, it is important to choose a physical therapist that will examine your situation, evaluate it, and create an effective recovery plan that suits your specific needs.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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