Physical Therapy Q & A
What is functional rehabilitation?
Functional rehabilitation is a program that provides comprehensive treatment for an athlete’s injury. Beyond traditional physical therapy, functional rehabilitation aims to restore your body after an injury so you can return to full participation in your sport, at your typical activity level.
Functional rehabilitation address both your form and function so you can progress from simple activities to those specific to excelling in your particular sport, as you recover.
What types of therapies does functional rehabilitation use?
To help you recover from a sports injury, your functional rehabilitation program from Regenerative Medicine of the Rockies may include:
- Heat and ice therapies for injured muscles
- Strength training
- Endurance exercises
- Coordination exercises
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
Once the team of functional medicine specialists determines the extent of your injury, they create a customized treatment plan to help you fully recover and return to your sport.
A functional medicine treatment plan can help you fully heal after an injury, and also help prevent the injury from recurring. Your treatment plan may also include practical pain management techniques so you can progress through the various stages of your rehabilitation.
How long does functional rehabilitation take?
Your rehabilitation rate and return to your sport depend on the severity of your injury. It may take several months, or even longer before you’re ready to fully participate again.
At first, your body needs to recover from the injury. This means resting the injured muscles, ligaments, or joints and controlling pain and swelling with ice, elevation, and compression, as needed. Your provider at Regenerative Medicine of the Rockies advises you regarding finding an ideal recovery pace that doesn’t promote re-injury of the same area.
As you regain range of motion and control your pain and swelling, you move from the recovery stage to the intermediate stage of rehabilitation.
During this phase, which often lasts 8-10 weeks, your body begins to repair damaged tissue. It’s important not to stress the injury too much in this phase, as well, to continue making progress gaining strength, mobility, and endurance.
Once you’re ready to move into muscle conditioning and increasing range of motion, your functional rehabilitation team prescribes appropriate exercises to help you improve strength and gain neuromuscular control of the injured area.
When you’re ready, you advance to more sports-specific exercises and activities. The team works closely with you each step of the way to ensure you recover optimally.
If you suffered a sports injury and you need functional rehabilitation, call Regenerative Medicine of the Rockies or book an appointment online.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the treatment of injury, disorders, or disease through physical methods, including exercise, massage, manipulation, and other forms of natural treatments. The focus of physiotherapy is to help you heal without the use of medications or surgical procedures.
Physiotherapy can be an important part of your treatment plan if you have arthritis, a sports injury, or as an integral part of your pain management plan.
Physiotherapy at Regenerative Medicine of the Rockies takes a holistic approach to treating both your symptoms and the underlying cause of your pain or chronic condition.
What are the different types of physiotherapy?
Different types of physiotherapy can help a variety of health conditions. The three main areas of physiotherapy include:
Musculoskeletal or orthopedic physiotherapy
This type of physiotherapy can treat:
- Sprains and strains
- Back pain
- Spinal and postural problems
- Sports injuries
- Workplace injuries
- Mobility issues
This type of physical rehabilitation can help relieve pain and help you regain mobility after an illness, too.
This type of physiotherapy treats nervous system disorders, including stroke, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and brain injuries.
This type of physiotherapy focuses on treating such conditions as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and other cardiorespiratory problems.
Your customized physiotherapy plan from Regenerative Medicine of the Rockies may include manual therapies, such as stretching exercises, strength training, and posture retraining, depending on your individual needs.
How can physiotherapy help with arthritis pain?
If you have painful joints as a result of arthritis, physiotherapy can help reduce your pain and improve joint mobility through a series of customized exercises. Your treatment plan may also include increasing your activity level, using heat and ice, and acupuncture.
These therapies work together to relax muscles and make joint movement more comfortable, and they stimulate endorphins to help you manage pain.
The team may also recommend improving your overall fitness level and ultrasound therapy to stimulate healing and reduce inflammation and pain. They use state-of-the-art technologies, including Azon Medical ultrasound.
If you’d like to take a physical, holistic, functional approach to treating musculoskeletal issues or as part of your pain management plan, physiotherapy may be right for you. Call to set up a consultation at Regenerative Medicine of the Rockies, or book the next available appointment online.