The greatest evil is physical pain. ~ Saint Augustine
Rehabilitative exercise is the next step after physical therapy. It is a very critical step, and is necessary for a full recovery. Physical therapy is an isolated, rehabilitative exercise is integrated. An example would be: after a knee injury and/or surgery physical therapy focuses on one joint, the knee. It will include soft tissue work. After physical therapy is over rehabilitative exercise concentrates on integrating the joint with total body movement, strengthening the muscles that have been weakened by the injury or surgery. Any type of joint injury and/or surgery weakens more than the joint injured.
At Vitality Inc., Linda has rehabilitated low backs, knees, ankles, hips and shoulders.
In some cases surgery has been avoided. Rehabilitative exercise starts with an in depth physical assessment. The assessment provides a road map to an individuals recovery program. The program includes stretches and base conditioning exercises specific to the individual, based on the findings from the assessment.
If a person has physical pain, often times the site of the pain isn’t the reason for the pain. A person can have knee pain, but it may come from the foot over pronating (foot flattens out, no arch in foot). Pain my come from muscle imbalances. That is why the assessment is a critical part to recovery.
Rehabilitative exercise will be one of the best investments a person can make. It assures an individual a successful recovery from injury and a pain free strong life.
I would like to hear from those readers about your experience with surgery and/or joint injury. What did you do to recover…physical therapy and/or rehabilitative exercise. If you did something else I would love to hear what you did.
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When the goal is in sight, all your physical pain disappears, and your mental determination shall carry you the rest of the way. ~ Trey Patty
Be Healthy for a Lifetime!
Linda DeFever, CPT