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Physical Therapy Solutions in Rapid City

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Physical therapy addresses movement impairments and works to help people improve and maintain function and quality of life.

Here at Solutions Chiropractic you will work one-on-one with your physical therapist who will create an individual treatment plan to match your goals, help you to improve your fitness, function, and avoid surgery, or successfully recover from surgery.

Orthopedic physical therapy is the diagnosis, management, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Physical therapists are experts in the assessment of movement and can help individuals move better, often with less pain, through skilled manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and patient education.

Treatment Techniques

• IASTYM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) – This technique involves the use of specially designed instruments, made from materials such as stainless steel or plastic, to manipulate the soft tissue.

• Dry Needling Exercises: This technique involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into trigger points, or areas of muscle tension and tightness, to release tension and alleviate pain.

• Electrical Stimulation: This technique involves the use of electrical currents to stimulate nerves and muscles, which can help reduce pain, improve muscle function, and speed up healing.

• Therapeutic Exercise: This technique involves specific exercises designed to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination.

• Balance and Gait Training: This technique involves exercises and techniques designed to improve balance and walking ability.

• Joint Mobilization and Manipulation: This hands-on technique involves to improve joint mobility and reduce pain, such as mobilization and manipulation of the spine or other joints.

Common Conditions that improve with Physical Therapy:

The following are some of the many diagnoses that demonstrate excellent clinical results when treated with IASTYM

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Ankle sprain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylosis)
  • Hamstring strain
  • Impingement/tendinopathy of the rotator cuff
  • IT band syndrome
  • Joint contractures
  • Jumper’s knee (patellar tendinopathy)
  • Low back and neck pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck and Back Sprain/Strain
  • Overuse injuries
  • Pain or loss of motion following surgery or trauma
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Plantar fasciopathy/heel spurs
  • Post-operative rehabilitation from orthopedic surgical procedures
  • Rotator cuff injuries and other shoulder problems
  • Scar tissue/adhesions
  • Shin splints
  • Sprain/Strain
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow (lateral epicondylosis)
  • Wrist sprain

Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Physical therapy is a healthcare profession focused on optimizing physical function, mobility, and quality of life. It involves the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal and movement-related conditions. Physical therapy can help relieve pain, improve strength and flexibility, restore mobility, promote healing after injuries or surgeries, and enhance overall physical well-being.

Physical therapy can address a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to musculoskeletal injuries, joint pain, back and neck pain, sports-related injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, neurological conditions, balance and gait disorders, and chronic pain. Whether it’s a specific injury, a chronic condition, or a general improvement in physical function, physical therapy can provide targeted treatment to address your unique needs.

The duration of each physical therapy session can vary depending on your individual needs and the treatment plan developed by your physical therapist. Sessions typically range from 30 minutes to an hour. The number of sessions required will depend on factors such as the nature and severity of your condition, your goals, and your progress during the therapy. Your physical therapist will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan and provide an estimate of the expected number of sessions.

During a physical therapy session, your therapist will evaluate your condition, assess your range of motion, strength, flexibility, and functional abilities. They may use manual techniques, therapeutic exercises, modalities such as heat or electrical stimulation, and other interventions tailored to your needs. Your therapist will guide you through the exercises, provide education on proper form and technique, and monitor your progress to ensure you’re on track towards your goals.

Absolutely. Physical therapy isn’t solely for injury rehabilitation. It can also be valuable for preventive care and optimizing physical performance. Whether you’re an athlete looking to improve your performance, someone interested in enhancing mobility and flexibility, or seeking guidance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, physical therapy can provide valuable insights, personalized exercise programs, and techniques to help you achieve your goals.

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