Work HardeningWhat is work hardening?
Our hands allow us to hold the hand of a child, to plant beautiful gardens, to perform activities which support our communities and our families, to make a living and enjoy life. When injuries occur, we quickly realize how often we take our hands for granted.
At Columbia Physical Therapy our headache program includes a variety of approaches to aide in the reduction of your headaches and the pain associated with them. First, we identify individuals whose headaches are appropriate for treatment by a physical therapist. Next, we focus on locating areas that may be contributing to your headaches. Once a thorough evaluation has been completed you will be given an individualized treatment program that is right for you. Treatment options often include self management techniques, postural education, exercises, cervical traction, and a variety of hands on techniques to help you get control of your headaches and restore your quality of life.<\p>
MVA and Whiplash Services
After a person is in an automobile accident or sustains a whiplash injury their symptoms can become intense. Feelings of neck pain, headaches, muscle weakness, and fatigue often occur.
This is usually referred to as a soft tissue injury, as no bones are broken, but muscle tissue and ligaments are stretched too far. These tissues can heal, however they may need special help.
Physical therapy is used to help the healing process. The treatments may include ice or heat, stretching, modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation, and strengthening activities. Posture and good body mechanics play a critical role in the healing of soft tissue injuries.
Your physical therapist will help guide you through the healing by instructing you in the appropriate stretches, strengthening, and posture activities.
Sports Injury Prevention
Prevention of sports related injuries is just as important to the competitive athlete as it is to the weekend warrior. You want to be able to perform your best and avoid an injury in the process. Many sports related injuries are due to lack of preparation and can be avoided. Our physical therapists have had extensive training and we can assist you in developing a training program specifically geared to your goals. This will not only reduce your risk of injury but improve your speed, power, and agility, which will ultimately improve your overall performance. So whether you are preparing for an upcoming marathon, want to bulk up before football season, would like to increase your vertical leap to get more rebounds, or would just like to lose a few pounds; let our physical therapists set up the perfect training and injury prevention program just for you.
Physical Therapy plays an important role in your rehabilitation following surgery. Some of the most common surgeries requiring physical therapy include total and partial joint replacements of the knee, hip, or shoulder. Although all of these surgical procedures continue to improve with time and are now less invasive, patients still require early and comprehensive physical therapy for the best possible outcomes to be achieved.
Work ConditioningWhat is work conditioning?
Whirlpool therapy is a common physical therapy modality and is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment. Typically, a treatment will consist of placing an injured body part into the jetted whirlpool or Jacuzzi for 15 minutes. Whirlpool therapy has many healing and recuperative properties such as reducing stress, improving circulation, decreasing pain, loosening tense muscles, and promoting wound healing. The jetted water will massage the injured body part and calm and soothe your pain away.
Balance problems, dizziness, and vertigo can interrupt daily life and put you at an increased risk for falls. One of the services we offer is treatment to improve your balance, increase your independence and safety, and treat vertigo (if needed). One of the principles of treatment is challenging your balance in a safe environment. We offer a variety of activities including balance on foam rollers, rocker boards, rebound trampolines, and many floor exercises. As always, you will be assisted by a licensed physical therapist in progressing your activity and learning a home program to improve your balance and safety.
We also provide treatment for vertigo. This is done by a licensed physical therapist and can be highly effective in just 1 or 2 treatments.