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After surgery, there are four phases of the rehabilitation process. Last time we examined Phase 2: Preprosthetic Training.  Today, we will examine Phases 3 & 4: Basic and Advanced Prosthetic Training. Phases 3: Basic Prosthetic Training During the basic prosthetic training phase, the patient will receive an initial prosthesis, and physical therapy will focus on: Gait training Progressive strengthening Balance Prosthetic management. During this phase, it is impor...
Posted on 2018-12-05
In our last submission, we discussed the role of the physical therapist in recovering from a bone fracture. This week, we will explore specific rehabilitation methods used by physical therapists to restore strength, range of motion, and mobility after the cast comes off. Rehabilitation Techniques in Physical Therapy Six weeks of limb immobilization typically causes a loss of strength, range of motion and functional mobility. The overall goal of physical therapy after a fracture is to overcom...
Posted on 2018-10-09
Last week, we opened the subject of Shin splints, a medical condition known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. This week, we will explore methods of prevention and non-surgical treatment options for this injury.   Prevention There are a number of measures an athlete can perform in order to help prevent shin splints: Analyze form and movement. A professional analysis of the runner’s form and technique can help to identify movement patterns that can contribute to shin splints. In...
Posted on 2018-07-23
Shin splints are an injury to the lower legs, often called the “bane of runners”. It is extremely painful and can easily become a chronic problem if left untreated. This week, we will explore common causes, symptoms, and risk factors for this nagging injury. “Shin splints” is the common term for the medical condition known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. The term refers to pain along the shin bone (tibia). Shin splints, common in runners, dancers and military recruits,...
Posted on 2018-07-16

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