Colorado Injury has added the area’s premier physical therapy team to our staff of our clinical providers as part of our comprehensive approach to pain management. Our goal is to help with pain relief by improving a patient’s stability, strength, endurance, flexibility and functionality. There are multiple convenient locations throughout the Toledo area. Although doing exercise may sound like a difficult process to a pain patient, it is one of the best pain management options for helping to manage acute or chronic pain conditions.
We have been able to offer Grand Junction’s most complete physical therapy and integrated pain management program by partnering with Thomas Hallett, DPT, and the staff of PT Link. Our staff has helped thousands of Grand Junction physical therapy patients with their pain management and therapy needs.
Physical therapy is a highly effective treatment for all types of chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic types of pain. One of the goals of physical therapy is to aid chronic pain patients to become stronger and more limber while focusing on functionality and pain reduction, because chronic pain sufferers often become weak due to their lack of movement.
The Multi-System Approach
The multi-system approach to physical therapy is based on the concept of evaluating and assessing all of the body’s interrelated systems. Developed by our Toledo, Ohio physical therapy director, Thomas Hallett, DPT, it is a unique system that incorporates the most highly researched and outcome driven treatment systems. The body systems addressed include the central nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, endocrine and proprioceptive, along with soft connective tissues.
Our physical therapists are able to have meaningful and lasting change for patients, restoring functionality and limiting pain significantly by combining a variety of modalities and therapy techniques. Through CIPain’s physical therapy, the body’s systems once again learn to work effectively together.
Pain patients can benefit from this approach by reactivating and retraining the body’s systems to work together, helping them achieve maximum rehabilitation potential as quickly as possible and ensuring longer lasting results for patients with all types of chronic and acute pain.
Physical therapy techniques utilized by the Multi-System Approach include:
The McKenzie Method
Uses a progression of mechanical forces to assess symptoms and mechanical changes to the body to accurately identify structural problems.
Joint Mobilization / Manipulation
Performed to allow normal joint movement by resetting the neuromuscular system so treatment modalities can be optimized.
Therapist-applied mobilizations with movement in the extremities and sustained natural apophyseal glides to the spine to restore motion.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
A dynamic neuromuscular system that links the central nervous and musculoskeletal systems, breaking poor movement patterns and posture.
Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM)
Utilizes specialized instruments to identify and “break up” soft tissue anomalies.
Special tape applied to restore biomechanical movement in a specific area and decrease pain.
Dry Needling and Biomechanical Acupuncture
A western form of acupuncture to restore bodily homeostasis.
Mirror Box Therapy
Visualization therapy to help patients with stroke, CRPS/RSD and phantom limb pain.
Cold Laser Therapy
Designed for reduction of diabetic neuropathy symptoms.
How Physical Therapy Helps Chronic Pain
Medical studies across the world have shown that physical therapy is the best tool in reducing pain from an injury and reducing the risk of further injury for both chronic and acute pain conditions. We can help restore your functionality and keep you from further injury or re-injuring the same site by working with our physical therapy team to create a program tailored to your abilities and your needs. Exercising for just 30 minutes a day on at least three or four days a week will help you with chronic pain management by:
- Increasing strength in the muscles
- Improving endurance
- Increased stability in the joints
- Assisting flexibility in the muscles and joints
- Re-training the body’s systems to work together
- Improved functionality and work or sports participation
Keeping a consistent exercise routine will also help control chronic pain. Regular therapeutic exercise will help you maintain the ability to move and function physically, rather than becoming disabled by your chronic pain. Physical therapy tackles the physical side of the inflammation, stiffness, and soreness with exercise, manipulation, and massage, but it also works to help the body heal itself by encouraging the production of the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. This two-pronged approach is what helps make physical therapy so effective as a chronic pain treatment.
Occupational Health Physical Therapy Services
We offer all our Grand Junction area patients a variety of services to assist both employees and employers with returning to work function as part of CIPain’s comprehensive physical therapy program. We understand this process can be difficult and time consuming for both employee and employer, so our physical therapy team works hard to keep things moving. Our reports are timely, comprehensive, and reader friendly. Our therapy programs can be tailored to a specific industry or work-required function. We can customize evaluations to meet a variety of work environments, and we are thorough in both our testing and retraining therapy processes.
Our Grand Junction Occupational Therapy program includes:
- Functional capacity evaluations (FCE)
- Ergonomic studies
- Job site analysis
- Transitional work therapy (return-to-work)
- Work conditioning
- Post-offer screening
Within each of these categories, there’s much a physical therapist has to offer as far as variety of treatments. A physical therapist works with each occupational therapy patient to understand his or her particular pain, what causes it, and what can be done to manage it. This is the kind of attention a regular doctor doesn’t often have the time to give, but a physical therapist can ask questions and talk about pain issues as the patient goes through their exercise routine.
Pain Management: Finding the Right Combination
The less you move, the more pain you’ll experience. Conversely, the more safe, therapeutic activity and exercise you get — and the more you learn how to exercise to accommodate your pain, the less pain you’ll feel and the more you’ll be able to function on a daily basis.
Chronic Painful Conditions that benefit from Physical Therapy Treatment
- Back and neck pain
- Tendinitis, tendonosis and bursitis
- Balance and vestibular disorders
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Transitional work and onsite work therapy
- Post-operative pain
- Pain management
- Multiple sclerosis
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Disease process Management
- Parkinson’s disease
For more information about Colorado Injury & Pain Specialists physical therapy options,
or about the pain management programs we offer, please contact us today.
You don’t have to live with pain anymore.