Arthritis and injuries sustained during sports and daily activities can leave you with joint pain and stiffness that often fail to respond to traditional therapies. At R2 Wellness Centers our rehabilitation program combines corrective exercises, chiropractic adjustments, and physiotherapy to retrain your body to get back to living the life you want. To learn more about our approach to joint pain, call the office in Lowell, Indiana, or schedule an appointment online.
Your joints are frequently in motion, often repeating the same movements while supporting your body weight, not to mention the weight of objects you may carry or pick up. This continuous stress makes joints susceptible to injuries and degenerative diseases that cause ongoing pain.
The most common causes of joint pain include:
Your physician might write you a prescription for rehabilitation if you’ve recently undergone orthopedic surgery, if you have a chronic degenerative condition — like certain types of arthritis — or if you need to heal after an injury. It might seem inconvenient to head to rehab a few times each week, but it’s essential to your recovery. Rehabilitation helps:
It depends on your needs and how quickly you recover. Most patients start out by coming to rehab two to three times each week for at least a month. As you continue to gain strength and mobility, you can gradually cut back to one to two times per week. You continue to decrease your therapy sessions as you improve. But you should expect to go to rehabilitation appointments from two to six months or longer, in some cases.
Yes, but it’s not the only part. Your rehab plan is tailored to your specific injury, as well as to your progress. In the beginning stages, when you’re in the most pain, you perform passive or static exercises. These are gentle movements made by your therapist, meaning they gently stretch the area for you.
For example, if you recently had rotator cuff surgery your therapist lets you relax while they move your arm around for you. These exercises promote flexibility and mobility, without straining the fragile area. When you’re ready, you start learning some exercises on your own. Your therapist teaches you both flexibility and strengthening exercises, and ensures you have proper form with each movement.
You also work on ways to get back into your normal routine at home and work, while learning tricks to improve pain and inflammation between visits. Each session generally includes some sort of soft tissue treatment such as electrical stimulation therapy, ultrasound, massage therapy, decompression, or simply applying heat or ice packs to minimize inflammation.
“It was a miracle that I got the postcard for Doctor Casey’s dinner the day before it was happening and they were able to squeeze me in the seminar. The pain in my lower back had been troubling me for months and pain in my facet joints had just come back too. Once the program started, I felt a difference right away and I felt better with each visit. The program was very helpful, educational, and structured. The staff is super friendly and always caring. Being a mother-in-law to a chiropractor and a nurse for 46 years, I can say that Doctor Casey and his program are absolute gods sent! I highly recommend R2 Medical for anyone’s needs.” ~ Cindy
If your life is limited with ongoing joint pain, call R2 Wellness Centers to schedule an evaluation and expert treatment for joint pain.