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Physical therapy helps put people on road to recovery

Do you have pain or stiffness? Do you have difficulty moving? Do you have limitations or injuries that keep you from playing sports or working out? Then it is time for you to consider physical therapy.

October is National Physical Therapy Month, so what better time to discuss the valuable role of this skilled and licensed health profession that helps relieve pain, improve strength, and restore and maintain functional movement to lead an active, healthy lifestyle.

Physical therapy uses a direct, 1:1, hands-on approach to provide manual therapy and therapeutic exercises for stretching, strengthening and stabilization for a wide variety of impairments. This is often combined with a prescribed modality treatment such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, ice pack, moist heat pack or decompression table to reduce pain and inflammation.

Therapy also involves education for injury prevention and maintenance with instruction in a home exercise program. There are numerous conditions that require physical therapy, including:

  • Neck and back pain (e.g. disc herniation, stenosis, somatic dysfunction)

  • Headaches

  • Shoulder pain (e.g. rotator cuff injury, impingement, frozen shoulder)

  • Plantar fasciitis and ankle injuries

  • Carpal tunnel and tennis elbow

  • Arthritis (e.g. osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia)

  • Post surgical rehab (e.g. knee and hip replacement)

  • Generalized lower extremity weakness

  • Gait/Balance impairments

In Illinois, a referral is no longer required to schedule an appointment for a physical therapy consultation. However, a referral from your physician is recommended if you prefer to claim your injury or accident through an insurance company.

Call us at 217-787-8200 for more information or to schedule an appointment for physical therapy.


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