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Military Injuries and Physical Therapy

Military Injuries and Physical Therapy

Military Injuries and Physical TherapyMusculoskeletal pain has been a major complaint among young soldiers who consult physical therapists. In fact, in the United States, nonbattle injuries account for the most outpatient medical encounters among soldiers – over 2 million annually. These injuries can be so severe that they may prevent nearly 65% of soldiers from being deployed due to medical conditions.

Those with musculoskeletal pain usually feel aches throughout the entire body, or as if their muscles have been overworked. Symptoms like fatigue, pain, or sleep disruption are also prevalent among people with musculoskeletal injuries. 

Usually, musculoskeletal disorders affect the musculoskeletal system, consisting of the nerves, tendons, muscles, discs, ligaments, and blood vessels.

Causes of Musculoskeletal Injuries

The following are some of the causes of painful musculoskeletal muscles:

  • Forceful exertions
  • Repetitive and stereotyped motions 
  • Vibration
  • Non-neutral postures
  • Etc.

Why Do Soldiers Suffer From Musculoskeletal Pains?

Soldiers usually go through intense physical training programs — from basic training and building muscle strength to being deployed in the field. As a result, injuries are bound to happen.

However, when injuries occur, the culture of specialized units prevents immediate injury rehabilitation causing even minor injuries to worsen.

All the same, painful musculoskeletal injuries may be as a result of the following conditions:

  • Incorrect exercise programs: This may include employment of extreme physical exercises and overuse
  • Battle scars: When someone is injured during training, sometimes they may not be adequately attended and at the right time, making the condition of the injuries worse
  • Living conditions: Apart from incorrect exercises, sometimes soldiers in the fields or camps may lack staff like sports psychologists, conditioning coaches, and physical therapists to help them facilitate treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery

How Fusion Physical Therapy Can Help

It is vital for soldiers with musculoskeletal conditions to go through all treatment stages: from the acute phase when the injury occurs to the surgery and rehabilitation process where physical therapy comes in.

When you visit us here at Fusion Physical Therapy, Lawton, Oklahoma, our injury specialists will first examine your medical history. They will also conduct several tests for joint stability and range of motion before they customize a treatment plan for you.

Contact us today and book an appointment.

Back Pain and Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Benefits for Back Pain

Back Pain and Physical Therapy
If you’ve ever had back pain, then you’re not alone. Nearly
80 percent of adults experience back pain at some stage in their lives. 

Back pain is one of the leading causes of work disability and ranks at the top among the common reasons people miss work. Sadly, most people resolve back pain with opioid painkillers instead of focusing on noninvasive treatments like physical therapy. 

Unlike the use of pain relievers, alternative therapies not only help patients avoid opioid addiction, but they will also reduce the chances of needing surgery for chronic back pain.

What Causes Back Pain?

Several factors, including the following, cause back pain:

  • Medical conditions like arthritis
  • Cancer of the spine
  • Inflamed or ruptured discs
  • Ligament Strain
  • Lack of exercise
  • Scoliosis: Abnormal alignment or curvature of the spine
  • Osteopenia/Osteoporosis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Muscle tension
  • Over-stretching
  • Etc.

What are the Symptoms of Back Pain?

The most common symptom of back pain is feeling stabbing pain and ache across the back. You might also feel muscle aches and tingling extending to your legs and buttocks.

If you have acute pain, the best thing is to work out your back and rest for a few days. However, chronic back pain can sometimes be excruciating, lasting for at least 12 weeks. You might even develop other symptoms like weight loss, numbness, and pain going below your knees, fever, and weakness. 

If you start experiencing the above, then it’s time to seek professional help.

How We Can Help

At Fusion Physical Therapy, we have an unwavering commitment to supporting patients to regain their pain-free lives. We have certified physical therapists that will walk with you every step of the way while customizing the right treatment plan for you: whether it’s a hands-on-massage technique, personalized back strengthening exercises, dry needling, or cupping. 

If you’re suffering from back pain, don’t hesitate to contact us here and book an appointment with our back pain specialist.

 

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.

 

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.

Back Pain and Physical Therapy

Back pain affects people from all walks of life and remains one of the most common reasons for seeking prescription pain medications. But many patients have found out they didn’t need to resort to medications by going first to physical therapy clinics such as Fusion Physical Therapy, for treatment. Not only do patients avoid getting addicted to certain pain meds, but they also eliminate the need for surgery for chronic pain conditions.

At Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma, certified physical therapists will treat your back pain with customized treatment practices so you can go back to your daily routines in just a few weeks.

Symptoms of serious back pain

  • Stabbing pain across the back
  • Stiffness, muscle aches, and/or spasms around the lower back area
  • Numbness, tingling, or pain that often extends to the legs
  • Pain around the back when lifting light to heavy objects
  • Pain around the back just by standing or walking

Chronic pain can be disruptive to your life since it can be excruciating, lasting from six weeks to over three months. You can relieve pain with prescribed pain medications – but only temporarily.

If you are experiencing unrelenting severe pain, there may be a bigger problem that needs more serious attention from a specialist. Consider visiting your doctor immediately if you are experiencing a significant loss of weight, fever, difficulty walking, or bladder problems.

Causes of back pain

Back pain is caused by structural changes in the body as a result of:

  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, the most common cause of back pain)
  • Porous and brittle vertebrae (Osteopenia/Osteoporosis)
  • Abnormal curvature or alignment of the spine (Scoliosis)
  • Ruptured or inflamed discs
  • Repetitive lifting and twisting that strains muscles
  • Local inflammation that stresses nerve roots
  • Ligament Strain
  • Lack of exercise
  • Excessive weight
  • Smoking
  • Age

We can help you

Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma has an unwavering commitment to helping patients regain functional, pain-free lives.

Qualified physical therapists will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that may include manual treatments like cupping, hands-on massage techniques, instrument-assisted massage techniques, dry needling, and personalized back strengthening exercise programs you can do at home.

Let Fusion Physical Therapy help get you “back in the game”. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a back pain specialist. You’ll be glad you did.

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!