The Roads to Recovery
Updated: Dec 16, 2020
Whether you are recovering from overuse injuries, surgery, or just aches and pains from your daily activities there are multiple different roads to be considered regarding your plan of care. It can take one (not likely) or many more treatment options to help you achieve a pain-free status with improved function and improved quality of life. Before deciding which one would be the most effective for you, an examination/evaluation must be performed by your practitioner to help determine the root cause of your symptoms.
Below are the objective measures that will be assessed and treatments to improve each limitation. Depending on how many dysfunctions are present on your evaluation, this can determine an appropriate plan of care.
Joint range of motion (ROM) -Manual passive ROM, active-assisted ROM, active ROM exercise, PNF techniques, and CPM machines
Joint mobility – Manipulation, manual joint mobilizations, and corrective based exercise Muscle flexibility – Static stretching and dynamic stretching Myofascial (soft tissue) mobility – Trigger point dry needling, active release techniques, Graston technique, soft tissue massage, Rock Tape, foam rolling, The Stick and Roll Recovery Muscle strength/power and timing – Bodyweight, free weight, resistance band exercises, and Rock Tape techniques Orthopedic special tests – Will be reassessed after the appropriate duration of care to ensure any and all positive testing has become negative with treatment. Ergonomic assessment – Changes to computer monitor location and height on desk, addition of keyboard trays, changes to chair back height, changes to chair seat height, changes to chair location distance from desk, addiction or changes to arm rests and change to phones/printers location on desk Postural analysis – Corrective based exercises, Rock Tape techniques and ergonomic changes Video gait analysis – Corrective based exercises and Rock Tape techniques Functional Movement Screen – Corrective based exercises targeting functional limitations present on assessment
As you can see, there are multiple potential contributors to pain/symptoms that need to be addressed in order for us to efficiently and effectively treat your condition. Almost everyone will need to work in each of the above categories at some point throughout treatment and this explains why we often ask to see you in the clinic 1–3 times per week for 4–6 weeks. This is usually the minimum amount of time needed to address these dysfunctions, implement the appropriate treatment and allow enough time to observe positive changes made.