A Path To Faster Recovery With Rehab Equipment and Physical Therapy
Musculoskeletal Injuries could happen to everyone. In some cases, the patient will have to undergo extensive rehabilitation therapy to get back to their previous physical capabilities.
Whether it is an athlete recovering from a sports injury or a geriatric patient is getting over a hip surgery, they will all need the right rehabilitation equipment to recover fully. Depending upon the recommendations of the physician, rehab equipment can take many forms.
An informed patient will be better able to select the proper equipment for his needs thus expediting his full recover and return to an active life.
Musculoskeletal Injuries or Disorders often lead to the need for some physical therapy. Physical therapy’s primary goal is to return the patient to his previous strength level in the injured body part. Meaning that the patient will undergo exercises to rebuild the muscle lost during that convalescence. The physical therapist might require rehabilitation equipment in such cases to take the form of balance boards or physical therapy tables.
Other types of the material used could include general exercise equipment such as resistance bands and exercise balls. Exercises prescribed by the physical therapist should be carefully followed by the patient if he is continuing his therapy at home.
The patient’s form while doing the activities needs to be paid careful attention since poor form could result in further injury.
Continued compliance with the therapist’s recommendations is necessary to properly rebuild the muscle and prevent one side of the body being stronger than the other. Failure to follow recommendations could lead to poor posture and pain or increased risk for injury.
There are other forms of rehab equipment.
During rehabilitation, many patients have moderate to high levels of pain. While their physicians might prescribe pain medications, these might not be enough, or they might have adverse side effects. In such instances, the patients might consider using electrotherapy.
Electrotherapy includes electrical stimulation units, peripheral nerve stimulation units, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units. These deliver a mild shock which stimulates the nerves to help relieve pain. TENS methods are non-addictive, and they have been proven safe for most patients.
Patients who are pregnant, nursing, have metal implants, have high blood pressure or heart disease should discuss using this form of rehabilitation equipment.
Those who have a pacemaker should not use electrotherapy as a means of pain relief since the treatment could interfere with the pacemaker resulting in potentially life-threatening fibrillations.
Talk to Your Rehabilitation Specialist
A certified rehab specialist will not only assist you with a speedy recovery but will also help you to maintain your physical health once you had completed rehab therapy.
Talk to your doctor or therapist about continuing your rehab program at home. Your rehab specialist can recommend a series of at-home exercises and a choice of appropriate rehabilitative equipment for at-home use to set you on a permanent pass to recovery, such as;
– Balance Boards
– Cardio Equipment
– Exercise Balls
– Exercise Pulley & Stretching Equipment
– Fingers & Hand Exercisers
– Floor Mats & Platforms
– Foam Rollers
– General Exercise Products
– Resistance Bands
– Resistance Tubing
– Resistance Weight Lifting Equipment
– Resistant Cords
– Shape Belts
– Wrist & Ankle Weights
Depending upon the type of recovery the patient will undergo, different types of rehab required equipment. Physical therapy, hydrotherapy, and electrotherapy are all means through which recovery can take place. The patient’s specific needs will dictate which type is best for him.
For a patient recovering from a major surgery or illness.
Time is one of the best medicines, but there are many things that both, the patient and physician, can do to speed that process. Often, there is a considerable amount of debilitating pain associated with the recovery process. Pain relief may be through the use of medicines, but some patients do not respond well to these, or the side effects are so undesirable as to outweigh their benefits.
Although some patients do not associate electrotherapy as being an effective means of pain relief and prefer to stay with more traditional rehabilitation equipment for pain such as hot and cold therapy treatments and whirlpools
However, the patient cannot remain in a whirlpool tub throughout his recovery; he can carry a portable TENS unit to deliver a mild, pain easing electrical nerve stimulation.
Another type of pain easement is massage therapy which has, also, been shown in sports massages to help muscles to recover quicker after exercise or injury.
Rebuilding Muscle Tone.
While the patient is undergoing pain relief, he/she should also work to rebuild muscle tone often lost during the non-use of the resting period following the injury. The patients most carefully follow instructions from the physical therapist to do the proper exercises and consequently avoid further injury or harm.
It will be likely that the patient will need his set of the same sort of rehab equipment found in the therapist’s office; however, before deciding upon physical therapy equipment for home use, the patient should consult with the therapist to ensure that he is purchasing the right piece for his size and injury type.
Instead of professional rehab equipment, you can use inexpensive, at-home exercise equipment such as; balance boards, exercise balls, stationary peddlers, etc. Always consult with your doctor or chiropractor to ensure appropriate selection and proper use of you at-home rehabilitation equipment.
After Completion of Therapy
After you had completed your physical rehabilitation program, it is important to continue select regiments of your rehab routine at home to minimize the chances of re-injury as well as for the overall health benefits.
Our body is profoundly amazing in its abilities to systematically renew and regenerate itself; Nonetheless, our body’s abilities to heal is gradually inhibited and slowed down as we grow older. The good news is that the advancements in rehab therapy medicine and enhancements in rehabilitation equipment can help us to move towards a speedier recovery from Musculoskeletal injuries.
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