I have added a page on our physical therapy website at www.orthowellpt.com that provides a comprehensive explanation and videos of the benefits and effects that a class IV deep tissue therapy device provides. In a nutshell, the laser uses photon energy to stimulate chemical reactions at the cellular level. Research has demonstrated an increase in metabolism, a decrease in inflammation, a decrease in pain, and an acceleration of healing at the treatment site. In other words, the application of laser in combination with our manual therapy and exercise techniques is getting our patient better even FASTER! It has also been extremely beneficial to conditions that have NOT been responsive to our traditional physical therapy interventions.
Check out this laser testimonial:
“I suffered with the pain of plantar fasciitis for almost 10 months before I sought treatment. Traditional physical therapy resulted in a small measure of relief but when deep tissue laser therapy was introduced I felt dramatic results in just the first few treatments. Non-invasive, 6 minutes and significant pain reduction. – I highly recommend this therapy!”
We get a lot of questions on returning to activity after major surgery and joint replacements. This study looked at 804 total hip replacements and found that 5.4% of the patients were joggers before surgery. After surgery 3.8% returned to jogging on average 4 times a week for 29 minutes. A short term follow up at 6 months found no loosening of the hardware or blood levels of metal from wear on the new joint surfaces. Prior to return to activity, you should establish a comprehensive program to protect the structures around the joint. This would include maximizing hip and core stability. Discover your core HERE. Read article HERE.
Patellar Tendonitis, or runners knee, is a common over-use injury that causes pain and stiffness in the front of the knee. Chronic pain can lead to physiologic changes in the structure of the patellar tendon. This new study from JOSPT shows increased micro-circulation of the patellar tendon after prescribed eccentric exercises. Eccentric exercises are lengthening contractions such as slowly lowering during a squat or slowly bending your knee from a fully straightened position. Eccentric exercise can more readily bring nutrition to the tendon and create a healing environment that will reduce pain and stiffness. This approach is very similar to the eccentric protocol that we use to treat achilles tendonitis. The key is in the exercise prescription-so give us a call!