DEFINITELY hurt, but
when Marianna McCaskill fell down her basement steps, she still
thought she was lucky. She was shaken up
but nothing appeared to be bruised or broken . It wasn't
until days later that the agonizing pain in her shoulder began.
Her first visit was
to the doctor, who recommended a follow-up visit - with a physical
therapist. Shortly, she was on her
way to finding relief from her fall-related injury.
can enjoy such quick results. But a trip to the physical
therapy department may be beneficial if you:
- Are recovering
from an injury or joint surgery.
- Are experiencing
pain due to inflammation or trauma.
- Have lost
muscle strength and joint flexibility because of inactivity
or age-related frailty.
Once your needs
are assessed, a physical therapist will work with you to help
reduce pain, improve your ability to perform daily
activities and help you return to doing the things you did before,
says Ben F. Massey Jr., P.T., speaking for the American Physical
Physical therapy is
appropriate for treating back and neck injuries, burns, sprains,
strains, fractures and other injuries related to
work and sports. It can be a valuable addition to treatment
for someone who has had a stroke or who has a chronic medical condition,
such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis.
The therapist will take
into account the underlying causes of your discomfort. For
example, if you have osteoarthritis, he or she can show you how
to exercise safety and can provide devices
- such as a splint - to rest or support your joints.
commonly prescribed to improve coordination and promote ease
of movement. Melted paraffin, ultrasound and other devices
can be used to apply heat for pain relief. Other services
provided might include massage, bandaging and removal of splints
You can receive therapy
while you are recovering in the hospital, or you can be treated
as a hospital outpatient. In some cases,
a therapist may visit your home.
At Holy Rosary Medical
Center, our therapists are highly trained in current therapy
procedures to assist in rehabilitating people
in our community using state-of-the-art equipment.
evaluation and treatment programs, our physical therapists and
athletic trainers at Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Services (SOR) will provide you with an individualized program
to enhance your recovery process.
We see patients for
a variety of needs, including aquatic therapy, neurologic impairments,
sports injuries, home health, wound care
and total joint replacement. Our total joint classes are
the first and third Tuesday of the month.
Call (541) 881-7330 for more information.