Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trigger Point Dry NeedlingThere are certain circumstances where pain persists despite an available treatment because of muscles that have developed into knots. This is called myofascial pain, and knotted areas are called trigger points. These trigger points are painful and highly sensitive when touched.

Physical therapists may use the technique of dry needling (DN), also called trigger point dry needling. This is the modern practice of pushing thin solid needles through the skin into trigger points to stimulate the tissue.

The technique releases tension and muscle spasm in the knotted area, stimulating the body to discharge natural pain-blocking and anti-inflammatory chemicals. This eases tension, inflammation, and pressure in the muscles that allow patients to move more freely because of the immediate pain relief.

Why you should consider trigger point dry needling

Dry Needling is often confused with acupuncture. The difference between the two is that acupuncture has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years as an alternative treatment to relieve pain by opening a person’s energy flow or chi. Dry needling has been around only in the last two decades and is designed to stimulate trigger points to ease persisting, irritable pain. Some of the pains alleviated by practicing dry needling are as follows:

  • Low back pain/tension
  • Neck pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Migraines
  • Spinal dysfunction
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • And more

If you suffer from such pain, consider consulting with highly specialized professionals like those here at Fusion Physical Therapy, to determine if administering the DN technique is right for you.

Side-effects of dry needling

Dry needling has many benefits and just a few side natural effects that are not serious to your health, like:

  • minor abrasion
  • trivial bleeding
  • temporary soreness

How we can help 

Fusion Physical Therapy has experienced and highly-trained physical therapists certified to perform this technique. It will be part of an overall treatment plan that includes exercise, manual therapy, and education.

Our physical therapists are equipped with the latest techniques in handling these types of issues. After a thorough evaluation of your particular case, our team of professionals here at Fusion Physical Therapy will design the best, personalized treatment program possible, utilizing the latest in innovative techniques, to bring you optimum relief.

Contact us today and schedule an appointment so you can start your journey back to a pain-free lifestyle.

Plantar Fasciitis and Physical Therapy

Plantar FasciitisPlantar Fasciitis is the culprit of many cases of heel pains. People suffering from this condition experience stabbing pains in the arches of their feet or in their heels. The pain is often felt every time weight or pressure is put on a patient’s feet, e.g. when getting out of bed in the morning and taking the first steps, or following prolonged periods of standing up.

Plantar Fasciitis is caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tissue that connects your toes to the heel bone. This condition is quite common; it affects people from all walks of life including weekend warriors, high-level sportspersons, and even those who’ve been living largely inactive lives but are now resuming regular, more intense activities.

Plantar Fasciitis typically occurs through repetitive tearing and stretching of the plantar fascia as a result of constant tension and stress in the area. Over time, the tissue gets inflamed and irritated. Given the diverse causes of Plantar Fasciitis, it is important for you to be properly examined to determine the exact underlying causes of your condition.

Factors that May Contribute to Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis may occur after repeated sessions of exercises; or after sitting or standing for long periods of time. But there are other factors to consider that may have helped advance your heel pain.

  • Age – this condition is most common with people between the ages of 40 and 60
  • The habit of an abnormal walking pattern
  • Being flat-footed
  • Obesity

Plantar fasciitis must be treated right away, because alleviating it on your own will force you to change something in your movement – mostly the way you walk – which in turn puts pressure on your hip, back, knee, and foot; potentially developing pain in these areas too.

Visit us at Fusion Physical Therapy so we can help you avoid worsening your condition.

How we can help you

Fusion Physical Therapy has a team of professionally trained experts who can examine you, observe how you walk, test muscle strength and local tissue irritability, and study your medical history (medications, previous/current medical conditions, current symptoms) thoroughly.

This team of professionals will design a treatment program specific to your particular needs, which will result in helping you walk pain-free without needing surgery. Contact us at Fusion Physical Therapy today and take your first step into walking well and pain-free.

In the Wake of the Opioid Crisis, Physical Therapy a Safer Bet in Alleviating Pain

Opioid Crisis and Physical TherapyAs we navigate through everyday living, it is almost a given that we will experience pain at some point. From minor pains like headaches and bump-related foot pain to pains as a result of major accidents, illnesses or disease, there is no telling how the pain will come.  Regardless of the cause of the pain, it is always important to know how to manage it.

Unfortunately, the need to manage pain has led to the opioid crisis existing today. Opioids are an excellent way to manage pain, but their addictive properties mean that a lot of people remain hooked to the medications long after the pain treatment has ended.  The high risk of addiction to opioids is why physical therapy is a better solution to deal with pain. Apart from helping to alleviate pain, physical therapy can uncover the underlying cause of the pain.

Limiting the use of opioids

The scourge of opioid overuse can be attributed to several factors such as improper management of the prescription process and a general lack of understanding of the risks involved with each of these medications. Misinformation from the pharmaceutical brands making the opioids is also a factor.

Generally, the use of opioids for pain treatment should be limited to intense, short-term pain. If you use opioids for chronic pain, the effectiveness will wane after a while hence the start of the slippery slope of addiction.

How we can help

Even when faced with inhibitory but common pain (such as lower back or knee pain), do not use opioids. Talk to a qualified physical therapist to find the source of the pain and receive holistic and cost-effective treatment. When you treat the underlying causes of the pain, you will not lose resources on the same issue in the future.

Here at Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma, our certified physical therapists will provide a permanent solution to your pain. The consultation sessions will help us to create a unique treatment plan for your specific pain. You don’t have to put yourself at the risk of becoming an opioid addict. Get in touch with our professional physical therapists today!

Taking Care of Your Achilles Tendon

Achilles Tendon, physical therapyFor many people, a ruptured Achilles will be their first experience of a ruptured tendon. This is because the Achilles tendon is the most pronounced in the body.  Apart from its size, it also stretches from the calf muscles down to the bones in the heel. The size and spread of the Achilles tendon make it prone to injuries.

Many injuries to the tendon are generally mild, resolving quickly over a short period. However, thousands of people suffer severe tendon injuries, including tears and ruptures.  People aged between 30 and 49 are the most vulnerable group when it comes to Achilles tendon injuries.

When looking for solutions for an injured Achilles tendon, there is a wide range of treatment options available to you. However, physical therapy is one of the most effective.  Here at Fusion Physical Therapy Lawton, Oklahoma, we have physical therapists with decades of experience in the creation of bespoke therapy plans for the treatment of all Achilles tendon injuries.

What to Expect from Fusion Physical Therapy

Your customized treatment plan might include all or some of the following:

  • Heat therapy (with paraffin, moist hot packs and heating pads):  enhance the flow of blood in the area. It will also trigger the relaxation of the muscles to increase the chances of healing.
  • Cold therapy (with cold packs and ice massage): This therapy option will help decrease swelling and the attendant pain that comes with an Achilles injury.
  • Stretching activities:  exercises that involve stretching to reduce the chances of a relapse.
  • Strength training: targeted at regaining strength lost throughout your tendon injury.
  • Deep massage: enhance blood flow and reduce the chances of future injury to your Achilles tendon.

With severe Achilles tendon injuries, surgery may be the first treatment. After the surgery, the physical therapy session can begin. Here at Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma, we are experienced in working with doctors to create a physical therapy plan specifically made for you.

Your physical therapy treatment will begin three weeks after surgery. Some of the options include the following:

  • Manual therapy
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling (TrP-DN)- Targeted at the soreness and tenderness around the trigger points.
  • Protection-Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation (PRICE)- Designed for inflammation control.

We are waiting for you here at Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma. Get in touch with our certified physical therapists today for your practical and customized Achilles tendon Injury.

You Can Now Be Free from Knee Pain

Physical Therapy for Knee PainKnee pain is common in many adults. Apart from the ever-present feeling of discomfort it brings, it can also disrupt your everyday living.  When dealing with knee pain, you will not be able to walk around correctly or engage in the physical activities you love.

Sadly, the number of reported cases of knee pain in the United States has increased over the last two decades. More than 25% of adults in the country have experienced knee pain at some point. Fortunately, knee pain can be treated effectively with the aid of exercises and physical therapy. Do you live in Oklahoma? Talk to the experienced physical therapists in Fusion Physical Therapy, Lawton to get rid of the knee pain!

What are the causes of knee pain?

There are three causes of mild and chronic knee pain:

  • Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Surgery

Regardless of the underlying cause of your mild or chronic knee pain, you can trust the physical therapists at Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma, to deliver relief. The treatments are designed on a case by case basis, to resolve your knee problems as quickly as possible.

What are the types of knee pain?

The type of knee pain is dependent on the location of the pain in your knee. There are five types of knee pain and they include the following:

  • Medial knee pain
  • Osteoarthritis knee pain
  • Anterior knee pain
  • Lateral knee pain
  • Ligament tear pain

Regardless of the kind of pain, the outcome is the same: inability to seamlessly engage in activities that require the use of your legs.

How we can help

When you contact our physical therapists here at Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma, for a solution to your knee pain, the first step is a comprehensive analysis of your knees to isolate the underlying causes. After evaluating your medical history and symptoms presented, we can create a treatment plan that is best suited for you.  The treatment may include the following:

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ice treatment
  • Heat therapy
  • Individualized exercises
  • Etc.

Book your appointment today to get started!

What Sports Therapy Does for You

Sports TherapySports therapy is vital for all sports professionals and all active individuals. Apart from helping to reduce the risk of injuries, sports therapy can also be used to prevent injuries from happening in the first place while enhancing your body’s physical condition.

Here at Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma, our experienced physical therapists deploy a combination of physiological and pathological processes to reverse the damage done by injuries. This allows the athlete to rediscover their pre-injury form in little time.

We offer the following as part of our sports therapy treatment:

  • Fitness level assessment
  • Test and evaluation of the body areas in focus, to isolate pain and rule out any dysfunction
  • Mental and physical preparations ahead of competitions
  • Emergency medical aid
  • Development and implementation of a bespoke and comprehensive treatment regime
  • Injury rehabilitation using manual therapy, electrotherapy and more
  • Recommendation for advanced care where necessary

How is Sports Therapy Beneficial to Sports Professionals?

  • Psychological improvements:  proper sports therapy helps athletes relax mentally and improves their overall mental wellbeing.  This allows them to engage in activities without being on edge hence reducing the chances of avoidable injuries occurring.
  • Pain and stress management: sports therapy releases endorphins in the body.  Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce stress and provide pain relief. They are also good mood enhancers.
  • Facilitation of lymph and blood flow:  optimum levels of lymph and blood flow reduces the chances of delayed muscle fatigue and soreness.

With these benefits,  you can see why all athletes and active residents of the Oklahoma area should enroll for sports therapy with our highly experienced professional sports therapists.

Remember, non-athletes can benefit immensely from sports therapy.  The chronic pain you are experiencing right now can be resolved by sports therapy. Have you been unable to complete your routine workouts as a result of a restricted range of motion?  We can help.

If you’d like to discuss your sports therapy options, get in touch with us now here at Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma.  We have highly experienced and certified physical therapists that can provide the best sports therapy treatment plan.

Book an appointment with us right away.

Soldier Injuries and Physical Therapy

Soldier Injuries and Physical TherapyThere has never been an institution that brought out as many musculoskeletal injuries as soldiers in the military. From physical training to military service, major complaints of young adult soldiers when they consult with physical therapists are painful musculoskeletal muscles. A musculoskeletal system consists of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs and blood vessels. Movement deficiencies and muscle imbalance are major causes of painful musculoskeletal conditions.

Why do soldiers suffer from musculoskeletal pains?

Soldiers go through extreme fitness training programs from the time they enter basic training to build muscle strength and endurance and maintain this when they get deployed in field assignments. Many times, the culture of specialized units prohibit rehabilitation for injuries that may have been kept from worsening had it been given immediate proper care and attention in the first place. These injuries could result from certain conditions, like:

  • Incorrect Exercise Program: Soldiers go through basic to advance training programs because of the strenuous nature of their jobs. Unfortunately, programs in the regular army, as opposed to special forces, tend to employ improper exercise routine that overwork some muscles, so they become overused and tight while neglecting others, so they become weak and lengthened. Advanced exercises don’t utilize proper body mechanics leading to injury, as our bodies are designed to move a very specific way.
  • Battle Scars: Injuries sustained in the course of their jobs improperly treated or not referred out by medical staff in the proper manner may also have prevented them from being treated by physical therapists in time and conditions in squad training make personal injuries worse. Only when they get home can they properly consult for correct treatment and physical therapy.
  • Living Conditions: Aside from improper exercise, there is a lack of health personnel in camps and fields. Staff like strength and conditioning coaches, physical therapists and sports psychologists are not on hand to facilitate preventive treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation.

How Fusion Physical Therapy can help

Soldiers with musculoskeletal injuries must go through stages of treatment – from the initial injury to surgery, to the rehab process wherein physical therapy rehabilitation is extremely important.

At Fusion Physical Therapy, our injury experts will conduct a thorough examination taking your medical history into account, then test for a range of motion and joint stability. We will then design a treatment plan specifically for your needs.

Contact Fusion Physical Therapy for an appointment today.

Migraines and Physical Therapy

Migraines and Physical TherapyMigraines are a genetic, neural disorder affecting the central nervous system, mostly on one side of the head, though it may spread to the whole head. At times, pain may last for up to 72 hours. Migraines are a common symptom suffered across the globe. At Fusion Physical Therapy, our physical therapists are experts in dealing with the symptoms of this condition.

Difference between a migraine and a headache

The amount of pain makes migraines different from headaches. Headaches are more tolerable. Migraines come in throbbing sequences and are extremely painful.

Symptoms of migraines

The following are some of the symptoms of migraines:

  • Visual disturbance resulting in blurred vision and light sensitivity
  • Episodes of nausea
  • Numbness of face and/or extremities.
  • Extra sensitivity to sound and touch
  • Vomiting in extreme pain

Frequency of migraines

Migraines occur about every 15 days in a month. Every two weeks, you may encounter extreme pain. Severe pain and sensitivity to light and sound will stop you from functioning on daily activities and may severely hinder your work. It could stop you altogether in your ability to do your job.

Are migraines treatable?

Yes, but treatment is complicated. Like in cancer, heart disease or diabetes, patients may respond well to treatments, or they may not. There is a need to identify the triggering factors and adjust lifestyle to avoid these factors as much as possible. If light happens to be your trigger to a migraine attack, avoid light, or use photochromic glasses.

Stress is one of the most common triggers of migraine attacks. To curb the condition, you must have regular and sufficient sleep. You can take prescribed pain relievers when it occurs.

Most of all, you can seek professional help. Physical therapy, especially with muscle tension, neck immobility, poor posture, and disc pathology – among other factors associated with the upper musculoskeletal system.

Fusion Physical Therapy Can Help!!

At Fusion Physical Therapy, our certified physical therapists can provide the best treatment plan for treating your migraines.

Book an appointment for an assessment with one of our trained physical therapists and let Fusion Physical Therapy help you get started on experiencing a pain-free lifestyle today.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Physical Therapy

carpal tunnel syndromeThe cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is a compressed nerve in the patient’s carpal tunnel. The abnormal pressure results in pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand. This is the median nerve, and it runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand and affects sensation in the palm and fingers (except the little finger).

This condition greatly affects grip and wrist movement, affecting your ability to work. It may also be caused by other conditions like hypothyroidism, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and pregnancy.

Physical therapy is an effective method in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Who is at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome usually occurs in adults. Women are three times more at risk than men because the carpal tunnel may be smaller in women. The condition persists more in workers performing assembly line work than doing data-entry jobs, like:

  • Manufacturing
  • Sewing
  • Finishing
  • Cleaning
  • Meat, poultry, or fish packing
  • Long-hour typists
  • Keyboard and violin players
  • Weight lifters
  • Netball or basketball players

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

Symptoms may first appear on the more dominant hand, most commonly at night due to the relaxed position of the hand when sleeping. They include:

  • Burning, tingling, or itching numbness when you wake up
  • Feeling of swelling though hand doesn’t look swollen
  • Tingling of hand during the day when the condition has worsened
  • Weakness of grip strength
  • No feeling of hot or cold by touch
  • In worse/untreated cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away

How we can help you

At Fusion Physical Therapy, we have a highly skilled team of physical therapists with vast experience in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. Our experts will examine you to effectively ascertain the cause of your condition, then create a customized treatment plan that will aid in the relief of your pain.

Here at  Fusion Physical Therapy, we can help you regain your grip strength and the normal range of motions in your wrist. Contact us to book your appointment with one of our certified, top physical therapy experts, and be on your way to a pain-free tomorrow, today!

Soldier Injuries and Physical Therapy | Fusion Physical Therapy

Soldier Injuries and Physical TherapyFor individuals who have served in the military, musculoskeletal injuries typically occur at a high rate and are also known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs are caused by the endless vigorous exercises that military personnel undertake in their quest to reach and maintain high fitness levels. MSDs affect the musculoskeletal system of the human body. The system consists of every organ or tissue that enables form, stability, and movement throughout the body. These injuries are one of the typical reasons why soldiers seek appointments with their doctors.

Physical therapy is one of the valuable treatment options for soldiers that agonize with MSDs. Top in the list of physical therapies that military men and women may decide to take up is joint mobilization. Fusion Physical Therapy avails various treatment plans that will help the suffering soldier.

Role of physical therapists for soldiers

Soldiers need more sessions of physical therapy than the average person due to a variety of reasons which include:

  • Vigorous workout sessions – To ascertain that the soldiers are fit for battle, they undergo extreme training sessions. During these intense exercises, some end up sustaining deep MSDs that demand instant attention to avoid further injuries and stop the situation from becoming life-threatening.
  • Battle wounds – In their service during the battles, soldiers inevitably get wounds and scars. They sustain injuries during combat or even while handling military equipment.
  • Living circumstances – Soldiers often live in very tough conditions in their camps, and at times these unfavorable conditions may result in injuries, including back pain. In some of these cases, physical therapy can bring relief.

How we help

At Fusion Physical Therapy, we have qualified and certified physical therapists ready to perform an extensive examination to determine how best to help you. Our comprehensive examination and testing include reviewing the patient’s medical history and their most notable symptoms. The treatment plan may include the following:

  • Extreme temperature-based therapy
  • Customized home workouts
  • Manual therapy
  • Pose exercise and movements
  • Avoidance education

The physical therapists at Fusion Physical Therapy have many years of experience in diagnosing and treating soldier injuries using the most advanced physical therapies. They will work with you to come up with a personalized treatment plan designed to decrease the pain from your musculoskeletal injuries. Contact us today and schedule your appointment and let us help you get back to your daily activities devoid of any pain.