Treatment Options

Biofeedback: Surface EMG can assist in teaching muscle contraction as well as relaxation 

Body Mechanics and Training:
Prevention of re-injury by training appropriate movement patterns for everyday activities. 

Cryotherapy:
Cryocuff, crushed ice, gel ice packs and ice cups are different ways of using cold to reduce pain and inflammation. 

Dynavision: Dynavision aids in re-educating the body in balance and multi-tasking with visual stimulation requiring coordination of all balance systems. 

Electrical Stimulation:
Chronic pain can be controlled with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Acute pain and swelling can be controlled with interferential current (IFC). Muscle re-education is enhanced with the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), Russian, and Hi-Volt.

Home Exercise Programs: Individually-designed exercise programs developed by the therapy staff enhance recovery from injury or illness. 

Iontophoresis: Medication to decrease inflammation and break up calcium is driven into the area of injury using electrical impulses. 

Low-Level Laser Light:
Infrared red laser is combined with low-level laser light to aid in pain control and reduction in scar tissue. 

Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques are used to alleviate pain and improve range of motion of soft tissue and joints for functional mobility. 

Moist Heat Hot packs are used to improve tissue circulation, flexibility and reduce pain.

Supplies: Resistant tubing and bands, pulleys, back supports, shoe inserts, knee, ankle and shoulder braces and other items are available for use in the clinic and at home. Some of these items may be available for purchase. 

Taping Techniques: Taping methods are used for proper alignment, activation or relaxation of muscle tissues and joints. 

Therapeutic Exercise: Individualized exercise techniques designed to promote functional return and prevent re-injury. 

Traction:

  • Cottrell’s gravity assisted: Gentle distraction applied to the lower back through use of gravity to stretch and relieve pressure on nerves and joints.
  • Inversion Chair: Places the body upside down for distraction to the spine.
  • Mechanical: Decompression of low back and neck tissues to stretch and relieve pressure on nerves and joints.
  • Home traction units: Over-the-door neck home traction units are available. Staff will assist in necessary documentation for other low back or neck specialty units for home use. 

Ultrasound: Ultrasound can be used to help diminish pain, promote healing and improve soft tissue flexibility.

Ultraviolet B: Upright light used for medical treatment for psoriasis.