Physical rehabilitation is a holistic treatment approach that promotes active recovery from injury, illness, surgery, or any other physically limiting condition. Generally, rehab is the most logical first step after identifying and treating an underlying injury, or correcting the root cause of chronic pain.
The main goal of an effective rehab program is to give patients the tools they need to reach the level of function and mobility that allows them to return to normal activities. Although rehabilitation aims to achieve complete recovery whenever possible, it can also be used to help newly disabled patients successfully adjust to a new physical reality.
The team at WolMed take a whole-person approach to rehabilitation, using advanced medical treatments, physical therapy, chiropractic care, therapeutic massage, and other beneficial methods to help patients reach their potential as quickly as possible.
Successful physical rehabilitation requires active patient participation. Early movement helps decrease inflammation, which is your body’s natural response to injury. Even though inflammation initially promotes healing, long-term inflammation can interfere with your muscles’ firing patterns and create instability. Regular movement helps restore range of motion as well as muscle strength and function.
Rehab is useful in addressing any medical condition or injury that causes pain or limits your ability to move. It’s often used to help with the following problems:
Physical rehabilitation works because it incorporates therapeutic exercise. These types of movements limit your risk of injury while helping you restore and rebuild your:
Therapeutic exercise programs emphasize slow, careful progression and are closely monitored. As the program gets underway, the main goal is to reduce pain and persistent inflammation. Once inflammation is under control, you can begin to focus on restoring range of motion, rebuilding muscle strength, and developing endurance.
If you’re affected by chronic pain, using therapeutic exercise in combination with other pain management methods can help advance your physical rehabilitation efforts more quickly and effectively.
If you’re recovering from an injury, physical rehabilitation through therapeutic exercise can help you avoid disability and prevent future injury.