WHAT WE TREAT
HOW WE TREAT PATIENTS FOR PAIN
Our team of licensed therapists treats these issues with our patients every day
Sprains and muscle strains
Carpal tunnel syndrome
We have a variety of treatment options depending on the nature of the injury. We have several other methods of treatment including, but not limited to exercise programs in our state-of-the-art gym and home exercise programs:
An ultrasound is a deep heating modality used to promote a healing effect. It can be used to decrease swelling, pain, and muscle spasms. It can also break down scar tissue and increase range of motion. There may be a gentle warming but this treatment should not result in excess heat. Gel, lotion, or water must be used during this treatment to conduct the sound waves. A hydrocortisone cream may be used as an additional means of decreasing inflammation.
This modality can be applied to the neck or lower back. A machine applies a distraction force to the spine with the goal of decreasing pain and alleviating any neurological symptoms such as numbness or tingling. It can be applied with a constant or intermittent pull and is often combined with hot packs.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical Muscle Stimulation or E-Stim, uses an electrical current to affect the muscles and nerves in order to stimulate the healing process and decrease pain. E-Stim may also be used to create a muscle contraction in order to slow muscle atrophy and reeducate the muscles. Sensations felt during treatment include tingling, buzzing, pricking, and/or tightening of the muscles. Learn more by watching a video on this treatment: E-STIM
This modality utilizes an electrical current to primarily decrease inflammation. The treatment pad is filled with medication called dexamethasone. The electrical current is then used to drive the medication through the skin and into the inflamed tissues. It is common to feel a prickling sensation during this treatment, but it should not feel like burning. There may be some skin irritation but this should go away within 24 hours.This treatment can also be done with pads that utilize small batteries to provide the current. In this case, the pads are worn for 24 hours and nothing is felt during the treatment.
Massage is a form of soft tissue manipulation that is used to decrease muscle spasms, decrease pain and swelling, break down scar tissue, decrease soreness and tightness in the muscles, and stimulate healing. There are different types of massage that may involve stroking, kneading, rubbing, pinching, or shaking the tissues.
Cold applied to the area decreases the flow of the fluid into the tissue and slows the release of chemicals that cause pain and inflammation. The Cryocuff provides the benefits of cold combined with some compression to further work on decreasing swelling.
Hot packs are used in treatment to improve tissue healing, increase range of motion, decrease joint stiffness, decrease pain, alleviate muscle spasms, and provide relaxation. Hot packs are kept at 170° and should feel hot to warm, but not feel too hot or burning.
The paraffin bath is a mixture of paraffin wax and mineral oil. It is primarily used in the treatment of hands and wrists with the goal of increasing range of motion, decreasing stiffness, promoting healing, decreasing pain, and alleviating muscle spasms.