Pain and injuries can be scary. Rest assured that we here to help you, and will do everything in our power to deliver you to top-quality customer services and facilities, combined with a caring staff to get you back on your feet again.
Review Your Options
Patients who gather information are in a much better position to find the therapy that’s right for them. Most therapies can, and should, be used in some combination.
There are 9 general kinds of treatment available:
- Manual Physical Therapy (Including Graston Therapy)
Most people are surprised to learn that all the research shows that exercise and physical therapy play a key role in treating and preventing recurring pain. Manual physical therapy is a relatively new and comprehensive therapy approach that includes assessment, treatment, and prevention. Proper treatment promotes strength, flexibility, and endurance—the three keys to sustained well-being. Exercise and/or manual and movement therapy can, and should, be a part of every patient’s treatment.
- Behavioral Programs
Stress intensifies and promotes pain. What do you do to manage stress in your life? Many people use exercise, and others find that meditation, yoga, or just talking to a trained counselor helps manage the stress.
- Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors emphasize spinal manipulation, or adjustments, to restore normal alignment. Manipulation is sometimes useful for acute episodes of low back pain and may provide quick, though often short-term, pain relief and increased mobility.
- Oral Medications
Oral medications come in two forms, anti-inflammatory or opioids. Both have potential side effects. Anti-inflammatory drugs include pain relievers such as over-the-counter drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen, but also include stronger medications available by prescription. Stronger medications called opioids, such as morphine and codeine, are also options for severe pain.
- Nerve Blocks & Steroids
Nerve blocks are administered to provide temporary relief. Sometimes multiple treatments are required to provide worthwhile relief.
Surgery is an option for correcting the underlying problem. For example, a herniated disk in the back, or a bunion on the foot. Recovery from surgery should include exercise and physical therapy. Although this may seem obvious, many surgeons will prescribe oral medication for post-surgical pain relief, but often overlook prescribing a specific course of physical therapy. When other therapies fail, a procedure called neuroablation can be considered as a last resort. Neuroablation involves cutting the nerve to the painful area so that pain messages are interrupted.
Neurostimulation involves placing a small electronic device under the skin. The device sends mild impulses to the area where pain is felt. The device reduces the need for pain medication, and can be removed when no longer needed.
- Intrathecal Drug Delivery
This involves placing a small pump under the skin. The pump doses medication directly into the space in the spinal cord where pain signals travel. Because the dose is delivered more directly than it is with oral medications, the patient finds relief with a fraction of the oral dose. Because smaller amounts of medication are required with this method, the usual side effects of oral pain medications are greatly reduced (drowsiness, upset stomach, vomiting, and constipation).
Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are sometimes an effective way to relieve chronic pain without the use of drugs or invasive procedures.
At Oasis Physical Therapy, we specialize in auto accident related treatment programs designed to optimize the client's physical capacity and the function required to return back to everyday life.
Physical Therapy isn't just for when you are hurt—your therapy team wants you to live better. That is why we are committed to providing helpful information to our community and patients.
Graston technique is a non-invasive treatment for soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries can often be frustrating and take a long time to heal, even with appropriate treatment.