An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury happens when the ACL tears or suffers a sprain. The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the major ligaments in the knee, located at the front of the knee between the shin bone (tibia, in the lower leg) and thigh bone (femur, in the upper leg). The primary responsibilities of this ligament are to stabilize the knee and to help control the knee when the leg is rotated in any direction. The ACL is made up of rope-like fibers. When an ACL tear [Read More]
Physical Therapy vs. Physiatry
You have suffered an injury, or perhaps have just had surgery. Your doctor recommends you see a physiatrist for therapy. You ask him to repeat it. Still confused, you ask him to write it down for you. “But wait,” you demand. “Don’t you mean physical therapist?” Your doctor reiterates what he said. In all honesty, you admit you haven’t a clue what he is talking about. What is physiatry? What’s the difference between that and physical therapy? To help you out, here is a primer on physical therapy [Read More]
Finding the Right Physiotherapist for Your Needs
There is a definite benefit to finding the right physiotherapist – which is the same as a physical therapist – to address your condition and to help improve your quality of life. The right physiotherapist to help treat you might be determined by your particular condition, your occupation, and your age. Let’s explore some of the main things to look for in a physiotherapist: Professional Reference From Your Doctor Some insurance companies will not allow a patient to choose a [Read More]
What Is Outpatient Physical Therapy?
If you’re injured, coming out of a surgery, or just have a stiff neck, your physicians may send you to an outpatient physical therapy center. Physicians rely on physical therapists to provide a "hands on" approach to developing and helping to carry out a plan of care that promotes movement, reduces pain, restores function, and prevents disability. PTs work closely with the afflicted patient, their family members, and health care providers to meet the patient care goals, as well as ensure the [Read More]
Can Physical Therapy Help Relieve Neck Pain?
Neck pain can be caused from many different conditions and experiences. Every physical action, whether sleeping, working out, or just turning our head too fast can put the neck in a bad position and leave you feeling stiff and sore. Physical therapy can help alleviate neck pain by relaxing and stretching the muscles. Physical therapy is noninvasive, hands-on manipulative therapy with little to no pain and downtime. Benefits & Types of Physical Therapy Whether you’re experiencing pain in [Read More]