How Much Will Physical Rehabilitation Treatment Cost?
This varies depending on what kind of treatment you need, how long you need care or how many sessions you require, what kind of health insurance you have and what it covers, and if there are other options for getting your treatment covered.
For instance, if you are recovering from a car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical expenses from the at-fault driver’s liability insurance carrier. If you’ve suffered any kind of injury and aren’t sure how to pay for your treatment, we recommend talking to a personal injury lawyer who offers free consultations. They may be able to find a relevant insurance policy to make a claim against, such as a car insurance policy or a business liability policy.
After we’ve diagnosed your condition and recommended a treatment plan, our office staff can work up an estimate of what your health insurance will cover and what your copay will be. If you have questions or concerns, our administrators are always available to help.
Physical Rehabilitation in Grayson
People in the Grayson area need help with physical rehabilitation for many reasons. They may be recovering from a car collision, fall, or other accident. Or they might be dealing with arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, shoulder pain, neck pain, sciatica, or back pain from various causes. Physical rehabilitation at Optimum Health Rehab can be helpful in all these situations.
What Kind of Physical Rehabilitation Do You Need?
First, we like to meet new patients and learn more about their needs. We have a full diagnostic suite to ensure we know exactly what’s wrong before starting treatment. Sometimes we find that patients have been misdiagnosed or received a vague diagnosis like, “Nonspecific back pain.” Often we can determine the overlooked root cause, such as a misalignment of the spine.
Our diagnostic suite includes:
- Nerve conduction velocity testing
- Vascular ultrasound testing
- Physical exam
After we’ve diagnosed the problem, we will organize a plan to address all of your symptoms, including pain, stiffness, lost flexibility and range of motion, and more. Physical rehabilitation is helpful for many patients who want to avoid taking strong pain medication, or who wish to explore other options before committing to a risky surgery to treat their pain.
Grayson Physical Rehabilitation Treatment Options
A physical rehabilitation plan usually involves several of the following options, based on your symptoms and the results of our diagnostic efforts:
Hot and Cold Therapies
You’re probably familiar with using heat or ice on a painful area, but at Optimum Health Rehab, we do these therapies in a controlled and professional setting, providing a higher level of care. Heat therapy is usually aimed at increasing blood flow to an area of the body to promote healing, also known as vasodilation. Cold therapy restricts blood flow (vasoconstriction) and can reduce inflammation and pain. Which one we use typically depends on your diagnosis and symptoms.
We often use this treatment for patients whose pain is difficult to treat or interferes with their ability to do physical therapy exercises. The electrical stimulation acts on nerve cells, interfering with pain signals going to and from the brain. In other words, it prevents you from feeling pain so that you can exercise or tolerate other treatments that may help address the root causes of your pain.
Neck or Back Massages
Massage therapy is about more than relaxation (although it is often very relaxing). Our massage therapists are trained in multiple techniques for a diverse array of injury. We can perform massages to heal muscle injuries, alleviate pain, and curtail stiffness. Trigger point therapy is targeted to relax knots or stiff areas in the myofascial tissue that wraps around muscles, bones, tissues, and organs in the body. These knots often limit movement, leading to referred pain in other areas of the body.
Exercise is an important part of physical therapy, providing multiple benefits:
- It improves blood flow to the injured area, speeding up the healing process.
- It helps you build or rebuild muscle and strength, allowing you to compensate for or regain lost function.
- Some kinds of exercise, such as neuromuscular reeducation, can help reset the function between nerves and muscles.
- It can help you improve balance, coordination, and other functions that have been affected by nerve or muscle/joint damage.
However, it is important to have the help of a qualified professional when working on physical rehabilitation. Exercising on your own with an injury or difficulty can be dangerous, as you run the risk of overdoing it or doing types of exercise that are detrimental to your condition. You also may not be targeting the right muscle groups for your issues. An Optimum Health Rehab physical therapist will prescribe exercises specific to your situation and focus on helping with your diagnosis.
Your physical therapist will work through the exercises with you and may help by stretching your muscles or manipulating your joints. They might use specialized equipment during your sessions, then give you a different set of exercises to work on at home. The better you follow instructions and do this “homework,” the faster you progress in your treatment. If you have difficulty following these instructions due to pain or other challenges, please let your therapist know and we will work to devise a solution.
As mentioned above, this can be helpful for patients with nerve pain or injuries that affect how the nerves and muscles interact. Your therapist will use a combination of manual techniques, exercises for balance and coordination, and exercises to reestablish controlled movement patterns. Patients with gait problems, difficulty walking, or other movement challenges may benefit most from this therapy, but it can be used in other situations as needed.
Joint and Soft Tissue Manipulations
Also known as chiropractic adjustment, spine, joint, and soft tissue manipulations can be used to correct misalignments that can cause pain and other symptoms. We utilize a sudden, direct force to press a bone or joint back into alignment. Because muscles and joints may have become used to the misalignment, or it may have occurred due to repetitive motions, we often need to repeat these manipulations until the body is used to the correct alignment. Often adjustments are done in combination with exercises to improve posture or strengthen muscles and joints to prevent a recurrence.
Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) is a type of flexibility training used to increase muscle elasticity and range of motion. In fact, research indicates that PNF may be one of the most efficient ways to improve your range of motion. A therapist will work with you to stretch the targeted muscle, then contract it against resistance, then stretch it again. Over time, these exercises improve flexibility and can help you regain lost function.
Core Stabilization Exercises
The core muscles are mostly in the torso, but they work to stabilize the shoulders and hips as the body moves. Weak core muscles can make it difficult to maintain good posture, which in turn puts stress on the spine and may lead to misalignment or other issues. For this reason, we may recommend core stabilization exercises to strengthen your core muscles and take the stress off the back and other joints.
One study found that a combination of standard physical therapy and core stabilization exercises provided more low back pain relief than standard physical therapy alone. Another review of multiple studies noted that core stabilization exercises were more effective at reducing pain, increasing functionality, and improving core strength for patients with non-specific low back pain. We also find it to be useful for some cases of hip and shoulder pain.
Regenerative Medicine Therapies
Regenerative medicine seeks to support the body in healing itself. Frequently we use a type of regenerative therapy called platelet-rich plasma injections, or PRP, to heal chronic pain or injury in a muscle or joint.
If we determine PRP is a good treatment option, this therapy takes place during one appointment. We’ll take a blood sample from you, then transfer it to a device called a centrifuge which spins around and splits the blood into separate components. One of these components is plasma, a liquid containing platelets, proteins, and growth hormones. When the plasma is part of your blood, these healing factors are diluted and only reach each area of the body in small amounts. The centrifuge divides the plasma again, leaving platelet-rich plasma and platelet-poor plasma. The platelet-rich plasma is collected, and we then inject it into the area of concern, using an ultrasound to ensure the injection goes where it’s most needed. This allows us to deliver a concentrated dose of healing factors to the muscle or joint.
Most people have no side effects from PRP, although occasionally, patients feel mild pain or discomfort after the injection. This usually goes away quickly. We suggest taking it easy for a few days after the injection, but many people are back to their typical activities soon afterward.
Optimum Health Rehab: A Personalized, Holistic Approach to Grayson Physical Rehabilitation
At Optimum Health Rehab, we support the whole patient in their recovery, and we often combine physical therapy with other effective treatment methods. If you need assistance recovering from an injury, please call (678) 985-7286 or contact us online today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.