Our Physical Therapy Blog
By Independent Physical Therapy
March 06, 2017
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: physical therapy  

The first steps towards recovery after an injury or accident can often be the most difficult. Although regaining strength, balance and physical therapy mobility after an injury or an accident are some of the most common reasons for undergoing physical therapy and rehabilitation, there are many different forms of therapy designed to address a number of problems throughout the body, from managing chronic lower back pain, to helping young pediatric patients living with birth defects.

At Independent Physical Therapy in Westminster, CO, our therapists offer a range of conditioning and exercise programs to help with mobility issues and musculoskeletal problems for adult and pediatric patients.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in Westminster, CO

There is more to physical therapy than lifting weights and stretching. While strength training and sustained muscle flexibility do play an important role in physical recovery and ongoing injury prevention, there are a number of therapies designed to meet each patient's individual needs. Therapists can help with restoring range of motion, endurance, balance and coordination.

Physical therapy can help if you are suffering from a number of issues, including:

  • Joint injuries and arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Soft and connective tissue injuries (ligament, tendon, cartilage, muscle strains or tears)
  • Broken bones/fractures/dislocations

We offer a comprehensive list of services designed to get you back on your feet:

  • Gait training
  • Mobility aids
  • Manual mobilization therapy (joint, spinal, soft tissue)
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Compression therapy
  • Laser light therapy
  • Iontophoresis
  • Cervical & lumbar traction
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Inferential Current Therapy (IFC)
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Chest physiotherapy

In many cases, the source of pain or mobility problems is clear, and treatment can be straightforward. But conditions like degenerative disc disease and joint deterioration happen slowly over a longer period of time, often making a diagnosis difficult until symptoms develop. A physical therapist can help to determine the best course of treatment on a case by case basis.

Find a Physical Therapist in Westminster, CO

For more information on the benefits and different types of physical therapy for regaining and maintaining your physical fitness and health, contact Independent Physical Therapy by calling (303) 410-8178 to schedule a consultation today.

By Independent Physical Therapy
November 07, 2016
Category: Chiropractor

If you have been in an accident and are suffering from pain in both the neck and shoulder areas, you might have whiplash. Whiplash is a whiplashspinal injury that occurs after the head and neck have been forcefully thrust one way, and are then whipped back in the opposite direction. The intense whipping motion can result in misaligned spinal vertebrae, as well as damaged spinal ligaments, muscles, discs, tendons and joints. Treatment for whiplash in Westminster, CO, is available from the experienced physical therapy professionals at Independent Physical Therapy.

Signs of Whiplash Injury

It is not uncommon for people with whiplash to not notice any symptoms for a few days. In fact, whiplash symptoms might not be experienced from 24 to 72 hours following injury. Delayed onset of pain or discomfort does not mean the injury isn’t serious, though. Treatment of any whiplash injury, no matter how minor, is important to help realign the spine. In Westminster, CO, whiplash treatment is offered by Independent Physical Therapy.

A whiplash injury can result in discomfort all along the spine. However, it is possible that the pain following a whiplash injury might be primarily felt in just the neck. However, a full examination of the entire spine is always a good idea as other areas are often injured during whiplash. Signs that you might have whiplash include neck, shoulder and back pain, as well as headaches, dizziness and vertigo. Other indications of a whiplash injury include having trouble focusing, a stiff neck, muscle spasms and a pins and needles sensation.

Whiplash Treatments

Whiplash injuries do cause pain, but there are treatments that can help. Physical therapy, in particular, makes use of a variety of exercises and techniques that can help patients recover from whiplash injuries. Common physical therapies used for treating whiplash include: applying heat to the injured areas, gentle stretching, therapeutic massages and various exercises to heal and strengthen the neck and back. In addition to physical therapy, whiplash patients can also use anti-inflammatory medications to manage any pain and discomfort.

If you suspect you have sustained a whiplash injury following an accident or other trauma, physical therapy treatments can help you heal. The physical therapists at Independent Physical Therapy provide a variety of therapeutic techniques and exercises for treating whiplash in Westminster, CO. Schedule an appointment by calling (303) 410-8178.

By Independent Physical Therapy
July 28, 2016
Category: Procedures

Is pain holding you back? Perhaps knee pain or an achy back is making it difficult for you to enjoy a stroll through your local park. Trigger Point Dry Needling is an effective therapy to treat muscular spasms, tension and pain in the shoulders, back, arms, neck, knees, heels and hips. Independent Physical Therapy offers Trigger Point Dry Needling in Westminster, CO. Here's everything you need to know Back Painabout Trigger Point Dry Needling.

What is Dry Needling?

TDN is the insertion of a thin needle into trigger points on the body to treat the neuromuscular system. It causes favorable biochemical changes that help the body manage muscle dysfunction, as well as chronic and acute pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medications, inserted through the patient's skin into areas of the muscles. With TDN, the needle and the effects it produces within the tissue is the treatment.

It is Not a Stand-Alone Procedure

In most cases Trigger Point Dry Needling should not be a stand-alone procedure. It is something that most physical therapists do in conjunction with determining range of motion, therapeutic exercises, manual techniques, stretching, posture correction--whatever they otherwise would do with their patients.

TDN is Not Acupuncture

TDN looks like acupuncture, but with some key differences. These differences show that TDN is physical therapy, not acupuncture. Acupuncture is a form of health care developed from modern and traditional Chinese medical concepts. TDN was not developed from Chinese medical concepts. Additionally, TDN does not use the same diagnostic techniques that acupuncturists use. 

Alternative to Invasive Surgery

Many folks aren't keen to rush into surgery. Regardless of whether one's condition is curable or not, it can always be improved with dry needling. If physical therapy helps you eliminate pain, surgery may not be needed. According to a recent study, many individuals who stuck with physical therapy had improved as much as one year later as those who received surgery right away.

Contact Your Westminster, CO Physical Therapists

Pain is a common condition that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. Relieve your pain now! Call Independent Physical Therapy today at (303) 410-8178 to schedule an appointment for Trigger Point Dry Needling in Westminster, CO. We will get you off the couch and running laps again in no time!

By Independent Physical Therapy
May 02, 2016
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: pain managment  

Is chronic pain keeping you from doing the things you enjoy? When pain continues for weeks or months, it can affect every aspect of painyour life. Physical therapists-- Dave Bookout, Dr. Julie Trail, Maggie Hanlon-Hopkins,  Linda Kinzeler, and Joyce Bennett--help Westminster area residents who have neck and back pain.They explain how alleviating pain starts with finding the source.

Describing your pain

During your first visit to your physical therapist, they will perform a complete evaluation and ask detailed questions about your pain. Your answers to these questions, coupled with a physical examination, will help the therapist determine the cause of your pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

What different types of pain can indicate

The type of pain you experience may provide a clue to the the source of your problem. Sharp pain can be a sign of a joint impingement, while an achy feeling can occur if your muscles or joints don't function properly. 

Noting the time of day your pain occurs may also help your physical therapist pinpoint the cause. If back pain is a problem at the end of a busy day, the muscles that support your back may be weak.

How can a physical therapist help?

Your Westminster physical therapist uses a variety of techniques to reduce pain and improve muscle functioning, including ice, heat, ultrasound treatment, massage, joint mobilization and electrical stimulation. They'll also teach you a series of exercise you can do at home and explain how to change your posture or movements to ensure that your body remains in alignment no matter what you do.

Are you tired of living with neck and back pain? Call your Westminster physical therapists-- Dave Bookout, Dr. Julie Trail,  Maggie Hanlon-Hopkins, Linda Kinzeler, PT and  Joyce Bennett--at (303) 410-8178. Relieve your pain with physical therapy!

By Independent Physical Therapy
February 04, 2016
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Neck and Back Pain  

Neck and back pain are among the most common type of ailments. Although medications can help temporarily relieve pain, physical therapy in Westminster, CO offers a long-lasting, medication-free way to ease your pain. Dave Bookout, PT, Julie Trail, DPT, Maggie Hanlon-Hopkins, PT, Linda Kinseler, PT, and Joyce Bennett, PT/CHT of Independent Physical Therapy share information on the ways Neck and Back Pain physical therapy can help relieve neck and back pain.

Stretching and Strengthening

Your Westminster physical therapist will teach you a series of exercises that will stretch and strengthen your neck and back. Stretching can be particularly effective if your pain is caused by poor posture. When you perform stretching exercises, you will learn how stretching can help you maintain good posture and decrease your symptoms. Stretching exercises also increase flexibility, joint mobility and spine motion. Strengthening your muscles also makes it easier for you to handle your daily activities without pain.

Reducing Inflammation and Pain

Pain can occur when your muscles become sore and inflamed. Physical therapists use a variety of methods to reduce inflammation, including:

  • Cold or Heat: Cold and heat help relieve muscle spasms and inflammation.
  • Ultrasound treatment: Ultrasound waves reach deep into your soft tissues to relieve pain and help you heal.
  • Iontophoresis: Iontophoresis uses a weak electrical current to help a topical steroid migrate under your skin.
  • Deep Tissue Massage: Massage helps loosen tight muscles and promotes relaxation.
  • Electrical stimulation with a TENS unit: The electrical impulses prevent pain signals from reaching your brain.

Neck Traction

If your neck pain is caused by a problem with a cervical disk, your Westminster physical therapist may recommend neck traction. A series of pulleys gently pulls on your neck to open the space between your vertebra. When the space is opened up, pressure on the disk is reduced. If traction helps reduce your pain, your physical therapist may suggest that you acquire a neck traction system for home use.

There's no need to suffer from back and neck pain. Westminster, CO physical therapists--Dave Bookout, PT, Julie Trail, DPT, Maggie Hanlon-Hopkins, PT, Linda Kinzeler, PT, and Joyce Bennett, PT/CHT--at Independent Physical Therapy can offer you a variety of treatment options that will help relieve your pain and improve your flexibility and mobility. Call them today at (303) 410-8178.

By Independent Physical Therapy
November 16, 2015
Category: Whiplash
Tags: Untagged

Have you recently experienced a trauma or injury to the neck? Is your neck now painful or stiff? If so, you may have whiplash. Read on to learn more about this potentially dangerous condition and then call Independent Physical Therapy in Westminster to set up an appointment to be evaluated.

What Causes Whiplash?

A common and painful neck injury, whiplash is often the result of a sudden, jerky movement of the neck that occurs during a fall or accident, such as a rear-end car accident or fall from a horse. During these events, the neck is often forced into an awkward S-shaped position, which can be quite painful and can have long-lasting effects.

What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Symptoms of whiplash can vary based on the individual and the severity of the condition. Common symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, brain fog and ringing in the ears. Neck, head, shoulder, arm, back or jaw pain or stiffness are all very common as well.

In the most severe cases of whiplash, anger, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance have been reported, as well as drug dependency and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Is Whiplash Dangerous?

While whiplash is not always dangerous, it certainly can be. Severe cases of whiplash can cause long-lasting pain and Whiplash severe damage to the joints and ligaments. If you have recently experienced an impact or injury and think you may have whiplash, it is important to see a professional at Independent Physical Therapy in Westminster for the proper diagnosis and treatment plan just in case.

How is Whiplash Treated?

While mild cases of whiplash can resolve on their own, more severe cases of whiplash typically require treatment from a professional at Independent Physical Therapy in Westminster. Common treatments for whiplash include pain medications, spinal adjustments and physical therapy.

While keeping the neck immobilized was advised in the past, today doctors recognize that returning to normal physical activities helps promote blood flow and muscle development, both of which lead to quicker healing times.

Depending on the nature and extent of the injury, whiplash can take anywhere from several weeks to several months to heel completely, while some cases never completely heal at all.

If you think you may be suffering from whiplash, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Call Independent Physical Therapy in Westminster and set up an appointment as soon as you can.

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