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Allied Rehabilitation Center, LLC. has a state-of-the-art physical therapy center, equipped with gym and exercise equipment. Our center has a team of qualified physical therapy professionals.

No matter what your injury, our therapists work one-on-one to achieve optimum results for our patients.

Each patient has unique rehabilitation needs and requires dedicated attention by an attending therapist. So, for every appointment, patients have a highly experienced physical therapist working with them to reach their highest level of healthy, injury-free status.

Allied Rehabilitation Center has qualified professionals and outstanding resources to meet your rehabilitation needs. We strive to ensure extraordinary post-injury and post-surgical outcomes for patients by providing outstanding physical therapy, comprehensive education and continuing post-therapy support.

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The following are some of our areas of physical therapy expertise explored in depth:

Arm and Shoulder Pain

Shoulder and elbow pain are extremely common complaints that have many causes. Because we use our arms for so many common activities, shoulder and elbow pain can cause significant problems and have several different causes.

Arthritis is a major cause of shoulder pain. During arthritis, the cartilage is worn away and the protective lining between the bones is lost, causing painful bone on bone friction and rubbing. Severe shoulder arthritis is quite painful, and can cause restriction of motion. Additionally, injury resulting in strains and fractures can be another cause for shoulder and elbow pain. In order for proper treatment, the cause of the problem must be identified, and then a treatment approach developed and executed.

At Allied Rehabilitation Center, we have specific expertise in a broad spectrum of shoulder, elbow and upper extremity problems, and employ the latest in non-surgical techniques to treat these problems. Our professionals handle a comprehensive range of athletic, degenerative, and traumatic disorders.

Shoulder rehabilitation can reduce pain and restore function to an injured shoulder. The shoulder moves in more directions and to greater extents than any other joint in your body. However, because it performs so many movements, the shoulder is vulnerable to stress and injury. Shoulder injuries are very common, especially among those who play sports or have jobs with overhead arm motions. Shoulder conditions that are frequently treated in rehabilitation include rotator cuff injuries, fractures, dislocations, and joint, nerve, or muscle disorders.

Your doctor can refer you to a physical or occupational therapist that specializes in shoulder rehabilitation. Shoulder rehabilitation may be prescribed before a surgery, after surgery, or as a treatment instead of surgery. The goal of shoulder rehabilitation is to reduce pain, improve your strength, endurance, mobility, coordination, and functional activity.

At your initial evaluation, your rehabilitation therapist will examine your shoulder and arm. Measurements will be taken to see how far you can move your joints and how strong your muscles are. Your therapist will look for signs of deformities, swelling, or muscle imbalance. Painful motions will be documented.

You should tell your rehabilitation therapist about your symptoms, concerns, and specific goals. Your therapist will ask you about your activities at work, home, and leisure to learn more about the functional needs of your shoulder. Your rehabilitation therapist will create a treatment plan based on your goals for functional improvement.

Components of shoulder rehabilitation vary and depend on the type of condition you have, the extent of your condition, and your goals. It is common for therapy to include strengthening, mobility, endurance, and stretching exercises. Your rehabilitation therapist may use modalities, such as heat and ice, to reduce pain and increase flexibility. Ultrasound and electrical stimulation are other modalities commonly used on the shoulder.

In general, therapy is geared to first regain or maintain range of motion. Strength and stability training usually begin after range of motion has improved. Specific exercises are gradually added, with the goal of returning the patient back to their sport and or normal work activities.

Hip & Knee Pain

Our hips and knees bear our full body weight while allowing for an incredibly wide range of motion, making them susceptible to injury and arthritis. There are many types of hip and knee problems that are the result of sports injury, trauma or arthritis.

Arthritis can affect the hip and knee joints, with the most common form being osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a “wear and tear” type arthritis or joint destruction whose symptoms include pain, swelling, and stiffness. Osteoarthritis can affect people in their senior years, and can occur in middle age and in athletes.

Allied Rehabilitation Center offers state-of-the-art comprehensive care that includes treatment of hip and knee problems. Our hip and knee expertise encompasses treatment of everything from meniscal tears in the knee to total hip and knee replacements.

Our goal is maximum recovery of hip and knee joint function, and to that end, we provide a comprehensive treatment program that includes diligent follow up after surgery and a total rehabilitation program to get you back to your normal activities as soon as possible.

Hand Therapy

There are two differentiating factors that set humans apart from other animals; our highly developed brains, and our hands. With our hands, we are able grasp, and manipulate objects, allowing us to write, play an instrument, type on a keyboard and perform countless other tasks. Our hands also contain a significant number of nerve endings, which give us the sense of touch.

Because our hands are in constant motion, reaching, grasping, carrying and releasing, they can be exposed to a number of dangers and mishaps. We also can use our hands to protect ourselves by shielding potentially dangerous objects, and even breaking falls. Due to this protective mechanism, the bones of the hand and wrist are fractured quite often.

In addition to these dangers the hands are susceptible to cuts, abrasions and burns that can result in damaged tendons, nerves, or even lead to infection.

Because we use our hands so often, they are susceptible to overuse injuries, such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Problems can also occur in the muscles and joints and hands can also be affected by normal wear and tear on the joints resulting in arthritis. Sometimes problems can arise from other medical conditions such as diabetes or pregnancy.

Hand Therapy is a specialized area of rehabilitation. Your doctor may refer you to an occupational therapist with advanced skills or a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) for hand therapy. A CHT is an occupational or physical therapist that has completed continued education, supervised training, and testing to earn credentials beyond a therapy degree. Hand therapists focus on rehabilitation for conditions that affect the hand and arm.

A hand therapist provides continuing care for individuals with hand conditions resulting from medical conditions or following hand surgery or injury. Medical conditions, such as arthritis; neurological conditions, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury; and disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome; can affect the way hands move and function. Hand therapy can be helpful for people with trauma, burns, and amputations. Additionally, hand therapy is common following hand surgery to restore tendons, nerves, and joint function.

A hand therapist may be consulted for preventive consultation, especially in the manufacturing industries. Your hand therapist will work with your doctor to determine treatments that are appropriate for you and that are designed to meet your goals. Hand therapy can reduce pain and swelling. It can help to restore strength, endurance, coordination, and movement. It can also promote healing and reduce scar formation. You should tell your hand therapist about your symptoms, concerns, and goals. Your therapist will create a treatment plan that incorporates your goals for functional improvement.

At your initial evaluation, your therapist will examine your hand and take measurements. Your hand and finger strength, coordination, and sensation will be tested. The therapist will measure how far you can move your joints. He or she will look at your hand for any sores, deformities, or swelling.

Hand therapy treatments vary and depend on the type of condition you have, the extent of your condition, and your goals. It is common for therapy to include hand exercises, splinting, and modalities. You may need to wear hand splints while your hand is at rest, during work, or both. Hand splints can help your hand heal, reduce pain, and improve function. Modalities are treatments that can help relieve pain and promote movement. These include heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and others. Additionally, hand therapy can include wound-healing treatments and burn debridement. Your therapists can suggest adaptive devices, such as eating or writing utensils, to improve your functional independence.

In industrial settings, hand therapists perform workplace evaluations for injury prevention. Hand therapists can recommend alternative work methods or work station changes to prevent injuries and cumulative trauma disorders. They can also help an individual with a hand injury return to work by making workplace modifications.

At Allied Rehabilitation Center, our specialist is trained to treat all types of hand and wrist problems, and have extensive experience in the delicate procedures required to relieve hand pain and to preserve or restore normal function to the hands and wrists.

Orthopedic Injuries and Problems

Physically active and athletic people can be especially susceptible to orthopedic injuries and problems. The specialty of Sports Medicine relates to improving the performance and well being of the physically active person.

At Allied Rehabilitation Center, our specialists focus on sports related injuries, injury management and rehabilitation, treating a variety of conditions such as:

Industrial Rehabilitation Services (Work Conditioning/Hardening)

Allied Rehabilitation Center specializes in treating work-related injuries. Our treatment plans focus on the injured employee to obtain maximum improvement. Our work conditioning/hardening program is a goal-oriented treatment program designed to return injured workers back to their workplace as quickly as possible.

Some other types of the therapies provided include:

Gait Training
Gait refers to the manner in which you ambulate or walk. A safe gait is necessary for independent living and the prevention of falls and injuries. Strength, endurance, motion, balance, and coordination are all components of an effective gait. These factors can be impaired or limited as the result of injury; neurological disorders, such as stroke or traumatic brain injury; orthopedic conditions, such as broken bones or joint problems; medical conditions, including arthritis; and leg amputation. In rehabilitation, “gait training” refers to therapies to help you walk after you have experienced a circumstance that affects your ambulation.

Your doctor can refer you to a physical therapist for gait training. Your physical therapist will work with your doctor to determine treatments that are appropriate for you and that are designed to meet your goals. Physical therapy can help restore your strength, endurance, motion, balance, and coordination. Your loved ones and caregivers are welcome at your therapy sessions so that they can be trained to assist you, if necessary.

At your initial evaluation, your physical therapist will examine your arms and legs. Measurements will be taken to see how far you can move your joints and how strong your muscles are. Your therapist will assess your balance and posture while you are sitting and standing. He or she will look for signs of sores, deformities, or swelling.

You should tell your physical therapist about your symptoms, concerns, and specific goals. Your therapist will ask you about your home and work environment to find out about the type of surfaces you need to walk on and how many steps you have to go up or down. Your therapist will create a treatment plan that incorporates your goals for functional improvement and independence.

Components of gait training vary and depend on the type of condition you have, the extent of your condition, and your goals. It is common for therapy to include strengthening and stretching exercises. Your physical therapist may fabricate an orthosis or brace to provide support to your ankle while you walk. Your physical therapist can help you learn to walk with leg braces or a prosthetic device. Additionally, your physical therapist can issue walking aids such as canes or walkers to help with balance.

It is helpful to have a physical therapist and/or occupational therapists perform a home evaluation. They will assess your ability to maneuver in your home and make recommendations for safe ambulation, such as removing cords or throw rugs from the floor. An occupational therapist can recommend durable medical equipment, such as a bedside commode, to help you maintain your independence as your function improves. As your abilities improve, your physical therapist will upgrade your program to match your new skills and goals.

Progressive Strengthening
Progressive strengthening exercises are used in rehabilitation to increase muscle strength, tone, size, and function. Progressive strengthening is also referred to as “progressive resistance,” “exercise progression,” and the “overload principle.” Injury, disease, and neurological disorders, such as stroke or traumatic brain injury, can weaken muscles. Bed rest and inactivity can cause muscle wasting.

Progressive strengthening exercises build up muscles by gradually increasing the amount of weight or resistance you use while exercising.

Your doctor can refer you to a physical or occupational therapist for progressive strengthening exercises. At your initial evaluation, your rehabilitation therapist will examine your arms and legs. Measurements will be taken to see how far you can move your joints and how strong your muscles are. Your rehabilitation therapist will assess your balance and posture while you are standing and sitting. You should state your concerns and goals. Your rehabilitation therapist will design a progressive strengthening program based on your initial functioning.

Your progressive strengthening program will consist of lifting a specified amount of weight a certain amount of times. When your muscles have strengthened enough that the exercises become easy, the amount of weight or resistance will be increased. The process will continue until you have reached your goal.

Balance Retraining and Vestibular Rehabilitation
Balance retraining and vestibular rehabilitation are used to treat balance disorders and movement related dizziness. Balance is a complex function that involves the coordination of many body systems. Balance requires the ability to produce movements and interpret information about your body’s position in space.

Your visual system provides information about your environment. Proprioceptive nerve endings throughout your body provide information about the location of your body in space. Your vestibular system, located in your inner ear, is needed for balance and position sense.

Coordinated muscle movements continually move your body and keep it in an upright position. If any of the systems are disrupted, balance problems and dizziness can occur. Balance and dizziness can result from neurological disorders, such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury. These conditions change the way nerve signals travel or are processed in the brain.

Trauma or disease can affect the vestibular system in the inner ear. Certain medications can be toxic to the middle ear, and cause damage. Trauma and neurological disorders can interfere with visual processing. You may experience balance problems or dizziness because of one or more contributing factors. Untreated balance problems can cause significant disability.

Your doctor, usually a neurologist or ear, nose, and throat specialist can diagnose the cause of your balance problem or dizziness. Your doctor can refer you to specialists that treat these disorders. A neuro-optometrist can assess the way your brain processes the information received by your eyes. Occupational or physical therapists can evaluate your balance system, posture, and motor movement planning. They can work with the neuro-optometrist to help your vision and body movement systems work better together.

Treatments for balance dysfunction vary and depend on the factors that cause it. The goals of balance retraining and vestibular rehabilitation are to decrease dizziness, improve balance function, improve visual motor control, increase general activity levels, and help your body compensate for inner ear disorders. Your therapists will design an exercise and movement program to promote optimal function and safe mobility.

Pain Management – An Overview

Pain management for orthopedic conditions consists of a variety of treatments aimed at reducing pain. There are many types and causes of orthopedic pain.

  • Orthopedic pain is commonly caused by injury and aging.
  • Back pain may result from irritated or compressed nerves and herniated discs.
  • Arthritis pain may be caused by degeneration associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Pain management techniques can consist of stress reduction, psychology, physical therapy and exercise, medications, and surgical treatments. Orthopedic pain can be acute or chronic.

Acute pain occurs suddenly from injury or structural damage. Acute pain is limited in duration. It may last for a few moments or months. Acute pain management treatments are very individualized. The type of treatments and techniques that are used will depend on the cause and extent of your pain. Your doctor can diagnose the cause of your pain by obtaining your medical history, performing a physical examination, and reviewing your medical imaging studies. You may use a variety of techniques to provide pain relief or make your pain tolerable.

Stress and tension can increase pain. You can learn techniques to help you relax. Improving your lifestyle can help, too. It is beneficial to get plenty of sleep, maintain a healthy weight, and eat a well-balanced diet. You should avoid cigarettes, illegal drugs, and alcohol.

Weak muscles lead to more pain than healthy strong muscles do. It is helpful to perform regular stretching and strengthening exercises. Physical therapists can set up an exercise program just for you. They can also teach you how to use proper lifting techniques and postures to prevent injuries.

There are many types and strengths of medications to relieve pain. Pain medication delivery methods vary. They may be in pill form, liquid, patches that go on the skin, or injected directly into the source of pain, or into other pertinent areas.

Surgical treatments may be appropriate after considering other pain relief methods. There are a variety of surgical methods for pain management. Spinal cord stimulation involves the surgical placement of a small device in your back or abdomen. The device transmits an electrical current to your spinal cord so you feel a tingling sensation instead of pain. Small pain pumps can be placed under your skin to deliver a continuous flow of pain relieving medication. Intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET) uses heat to treat injured tissues and nerves. Percutaneous Stereotactic Rhizotomy (PSR) uses heat to destroy the nerves that cause pain.