The overall success of physical therapy treatment can depend on the rapport between the clinical staff and the physical therapist. At Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, physicians, nurses, and physical therapists work collaboratively to help restore a patient's function, improve mobility, and relieve pain.
Physical therapy starts with an examination of the patient's medical history and subsequent test and measurement of the patient's strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function. The physical therapist then works to develop a comprehensive treatment plan with the goal of improving how an individual functions at work and at home.
Treatment often includes exercise for patients who have been immobilized and who lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush physical therapists use electrical stimulation, hot packs or cold compresses, traction, deep tissue massage, and ultrasound to relieve pain and reduce swelling. They also encourage patients to use their own muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion before finally advancing to other exercises that improve strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. During the course of treatment, physical therapists document the patient's progress, conduct periodic examinations, and modify treatments when necessary.
High-quality orthopedic care goes beyond the latest advances in treatment. Surgical and nonsurgical patients recovering from hip, back, upper or lower extremity fractures, and hand injuries often need comprehensive occupational therapy services to regain function and quality of life.
The Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush team of physicians, nurses, and occupational therapists work to assess all aspects of the person's life which may affect their ability to function independently and carry out self-care, household work, and other activities. Following this comprehensive evaluation, a customized treatment program is implemented for each patient. Their goal is to help patients achieve their maximum potential and resume performance of tasks in their daily living and work environments.
Treatment includes the fabrication of custom static and dynamic splints for protection and improved function, use of thermal and electrical modalities to improve soft tissue response, joint mobilization and exercise to improve range of motion, joint protection and ergonomic strategies to prevent further injury, and physical exercise and strengthening to improve overall upper extremity function. During the course of treatment, occupational therapists document the patient's progress, conduct periodic examinations, and modify treatments when necessary.
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