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Your Healthy Family: PT, cold laser and dry needling options

Posted at 12:27 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 17:04:33-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The goals of physical therapy remain the same as approaches to therapy continue to evolve. In this Your Healthy Family, we’ll discuss some of these changes.

Jason Pickerell is an occupational therapist and the owner of Rehab for All in Colorado Springs. Jason says, “The classic approaches to physical therapy involve the release of endorphins which increase mood and can block pain. There are newer approaches as well, like the FDA approved cold laser therapy and there are instrument assisted manual techniques.”

Jason explains, “One of the newer techniques is cold laser. It's FDA approved and it's a light energy that goes through the skin and improves collagen rebuilding, it decreases inflammation and pain. It’s used a lot in arthritis joint pain, and bursitis and things like that.”

If cold laser therapy isn’t appropriate, Jason says dry needling is another option. “There is also trigger point therapy. They can use dry needling where you put needles into areas of muscle spasms. If you need to get deeper in the tissue, if you're doing larger muscles like the legs and lower body you attach some e-stim to it (the needles) and that bring pain relief as well.”

Even with these new approaches, Jason says for the best results the process of physical therapy will always come at a price. “You always start with the conservative, and kind of painless approaches. At some point if it’s not improving, we have to dig in. People going through physical therapy know it's important. They may kind of dread coming to physical therapy there can be a bit of pain during, and a little after. It's always the physical therapy patients that will come in and say, ‘Thank you.” They really appreciate what they have accomplished together.”

If you’re scheduled for surgery, or are simply having aches and pains that are limiting your quality of life, physical therapy could go a long way toward getting you back on track.

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to the folks at Rehab for All, they will be happy to answer your questions.

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