Post Arthroscopic Rehabilitation: Today, many surgeries to the knee and shoulder are done without opening up joint. Using arthroscopic techniques, Doctors are able to remove damage in a joint and are even able to repair tissue which has been torn. Just because there are just 3 little stitches around the joint, this doesn't mean the joint will not need to be rehabilitated. Sometimes, you have to ask your Doctor to be sent to physical therapy. The Doctor many times does not know what kind of work you do or what type of activities you plan on doing after your surgery. You must remember to whole leg or arm has weakened because of the painful condition. In order not to re-injury your knee or shoulder, the area has to be strengthen and stable. Don't be afraid to ask for Physical Therapy, It Works.
Frozen Shoulder Rehabilitation: A Frozen Shoulder is a term used, when you cannot take your shoulder through a full range of motion. The shoulder will be very painful. This usually happens in women who are over 50 years old. Many times there was no cause or injury to the shoulder. The shoulder just becomes tighter every day.
Back & Neck Pain Care: One of the most common problems in our area is pain in the back or neck. Due to the increase use of computers at work and at home, there has been an increase of people with neck pain. There are 3 ways to treat both the neck and the back pain.
1st there is medication. Doctors use medicine to decrease inflammation and to reduce pain.
2nd, there is Physical Therapy. The physical therapist tries to find out why you are having pain, and then treats the area to decrease the pain and then increase your strength to prevent the pain from returning. 80% of the time, physical therapy can improve your condition
3rd, the pain you are having in your neck or back will require surgery. This should always be the last option.
Total Knee Replacement:70 million Americans make up the "Baby Boomers". 20 million of this population will require a Total Knee Replacement. After having a total knee surgery, you will require rehab to reduce the pain and gain back your motion in your knee. Since you have waited until you cannot take the pain in your knee any longer, your muscle strength in your leg has decreased.
Your physical therapy will work with you to:
1) Decrease pain in your knee 2) Increase the motion of the knee joint 3) Increase strength in your leg 4) Improve your ability to walk and to go up and down stairs. 5) Improve your quality of life.
Today, there are several ways the doctor will do the operation. It is very important that the physical therapist understands the way the doctor did your operation. Each technique will have different healing time.
There are several companies that make Total knee replacement parts. There is no evidence that one company is better than the other. The orthopedic surgeon picks a set of parts that he is most familiar with and feels he can have the best outcome.
Fall Prevention:This is an exercise program to improve strength in people who are getting older and have trouble getting up from sitting. As we get older, the body continues to lose strength in our legs and arms. Falling in the older population is in the top 5 causes of death. Just because you are getting older, you can still strengthen the main muscles that will help prevent falling. The results do not require a length time.
Flatfoot Reconstruction: An overpronated foot, or “flatfoot”, is a common ailment for
people of all ages. You can be born with flatfoot due to genetics or you can
begin to see flatfoot as you grow older and develop late into your teens or adulthood.
For those whose cases of flatfoot are extreme, this can cause back pain, knee
pain, hip pain and foot pain. In some cases, this can be remedied with a type
of surgery that consist of bone grafting, insertion of wedges or fusion of the
arch of the foot as well as Achilles tendon lengthening and implantation of
joint limiting devices in order to rebuild the arch of the foot. This will
alter the mechanics of the foot to a more “normal” arch and allow proper
ability to walk, stand and perform daily tasks with less pain. Physical therapy
following this type of surgery may include: strengthening of the arch of the
foot, the ankle, knee hip and back due to muscular attachments, as well as
retraining the patient to walk properly and efficiently on their “new” foot.
We utilize certain pain relieving modalities such as Integrative Dry Needling, Trigger point release and cold laser.
We also specialize in Agility testing, a job-specific testing geared toward new hiring or return to work following an injury or extended absence from work. Each test is specifically geared toward the client’s exact job and position. Dr. Mallgrave performs on site ergonomic analysis to determine the physical demand characteristics (PDC) level of the job. We have over 30,000 test in our data bank.