According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million American have diabetes or pre-diabetes. While there is no cure for diabetes, physical therapy can help patients dealing with the condition improve their quality of life and ability to perform daily tasks with less pain. Physical therapy can also alleviate the skin issues that often accompany diabetes.
If you are suffering from diabetes, alert your therapist from the first visit. They will conduct an assessment that takes into account your condition, including factors like blood glucose levels. From this testing, they will develop a customized program that meets your treatment needs.
The plan will include safe exercises designed with your current movement and strength levels in mind.
Training will include movements that can improve strength, raise endurance levels, and increase flexibility and range of motion. A stronger and more limber body leads to less pain on a daily basis. As your treatment progresses, you may also find a greater sense of balance and coordination, which helps to prevent falls. Physical activity has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels. In order to help health sores, a therapist can apply bandages and wraps. Skin checks will help to prevent new sores from forming.
Your therapist won’t just help during your office visits. They will provide safe exercises for you to perform at home so you can improve between visits. It’s important to follow prescribed routines in order to avoid overexerting yourself. Over the course of treatment, you should consult with you therapist so exercises can be tailored as you grow stronger and more flexible.
Diabetes is a serious condition, but physical therapy can be part of a treatment plan that minimizes the impact it has on your life.
Rue and Primavera Occupational and Physical Therapy
It’s 2017. It’s the time of the year when many families clean out the house, get the kids ready to go back to school, and pledge to live healthier in the New Year. Your friends are making resolutions from losing a few pounds to running marathons. While you’re skeptical about other people keeping their resolutions to be more active, pain might be holding you back from making your own.
Rue and Primavera could have your solution: From joint pain to balance problems, physical therapy is a great way to take control of your health and start moving forward. Addressing these problems can help manage pain and increase your mobility. Whether your goal is to swim laps in the pool, enjoy a walk through the woods this spring, or run a mile without stopping, consider physical therapy to get you on your feet this year.
Physical Therapy to Alleviate Foot Pain
From Plantar Fasciitis to Heal Pain to Arch Problems, it’s hard to get up and moving when your feet hurt. Our team uses an integrated approach to treat foot pain. We don’t just examine your feet: we look into how your lower extremities including ankles, knees, and hips work together to find the source of your pain. We’ll examine how you’re walking, your footwear, and other potential problem areas to find the reason for your discomfort. From orthotics to exercises, our therapists can help you find ways to reduce your foot pain.
Physical Therapy to Reduce Balance Problems
Your balance may be off for a number of reasons. These types of problems can be a result of vision trouble, abnormalities in the inner ear, problems within your muscular system, and a combination of these things. When you start combating your balance problems, you reduce both your risk and fear of falling, improve your mobility, improve your posture and more. At Rue and Primavera, we have therapists who specialize in balance and falling problems, and we would love to help you get more steady on your feet.
Physical Therapy to Reduce Loss of Mobility
A big part of a physical therapist’s job is to help prevent loss of mobility before it happens. That means, from recovering from injuries to combatting the reduced mobility that sometimes comes with age, our team of experts can help you build a routine to stay active. Whether your goal is to be able to walk a mile without stopping or to be able to play on the floor with your grandkids, we’ll work with you to keep you moving and live a more active life.
Physical Therapy to Alleviate Pain from Arthritis
Arthritis often leads to limited range of motion. The reason for this is simple: when our joints hurt we avoid using them. When you stop using these joints, however, they can become even more stiff leading to increased pain. Both physical and occupational therapy can help in this situation. Our physical therapists can help you address discomfort in a number of ways including exercises, supports, and braces. Occupational therapists can also help you deal with this pain by modifying your home, office, and workout routine to reduce pain and impact on your sore joints.
Physical Therapy to Increase Blood Flow
From poor circulation to cerebral vascular disease, maintaining healthy blood flow throughout your body is vital. If you have poor circulation in your extremities, our physical therapists can work with you to improve blood flow throughout your body. If you or your loved ones have dealt with more serious problems, such as a cerebral vascular disease and stroke, therapists can both help improve mobility and balance after the illness. We are also happy to discuss the best way to support this person moving forward with your family. New Year’s bring new opportunities and goals for the months to come. You don’t have to make running a marathon your resolution-but if pain is keeping you on the couch and away from the live you want to be living, we can help. To learn more about reducing pain and increasing mobility through physical therapy, or to talk to a therapist to see if they can help you, contact us today!