COLORADO SPRINGS — Do you have aches and pains that you think you are stuck living with? Whether it's a bad knee, ankle, neck or back help is often available.
Susan Frank walks without ankle pain these days, but that wasn’t always the case.
Susan explains her journey to healing her ankle began with a routine physical. “The doctor said, ‘Anything hurting you?’ and I said, ‘Yeah my ankle but it's been kind of a twelve year off and on thing.’ He sent me to a specialist and that lead to surgery.”
After she healed from her surgery enough to be weight bearing, physical therapy was her next step toward healing.
Whether it’s helping surgically repaired joints heal, or nagging injuries or aches or pains physical therapy can provide a path to a better quality of life.
Jason Pickerell, OT and Owner of Rehab For All in Colorado Springs says when it comes to pain, “There is a zero to ten scale. Zero is what you want, no pain. Ten means you’re about to deliver one of your children, so like the worst excruciating pain. There are so many people out there with different diagnosis and disease process, but they are content being at a three (on the pain scale) because they are used to being at a six. They are just living every day at a three.”
While Susan’s therapy was painful at times, she says having watched her son go through some physical therapy she understood it was a part of the process.
Every patient and injury is unique but physical therapists have the ability to diagnose and customize needed treatment says Jason, “A physical therapist will really target the pain, and then use modalities such as the classic ones, ultrasound. E-stimulation, or TENS. You want to get to the core issue of the pain. A physical therapist should be able to get in there and really know what's happening with your body bio-mechanically and then use manual techniques, instrument assisted cold laser, trigger point dry needling, or other things like that.”
For Susan, her surgery and physical therapy has helped her get back to living an active life with her children. “It was really life changing for me. I came in limping, and now I'm hiking again. It was just a lot of different exercises to get me moving again, and gain back my strength and help with the healing process.”
If you are wondering if physical therapy could help you with pain or quality of life issues, Jason says you can feel free to pick up the phone and call or contact Rehab For All, they will be happy to answer your questions.
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