Fyzical of Central Illinois, providers of physical therapy in the Mattoon, Charleston and Sullivan areas, is dedicated to getting you back to your normal activity level and without pain as quickly as possible. The average patient has nine visits with us before returning to life pain free.
In this section we will describe some of the therapies you might receive so you will have a better idea of what to expect.
What to expect on your first visit
When you make your first appointment your journey to better physical health begins.
For your first visit you can expect to be evaluated and diagnosed as we search for the precise source of your pain or balance issue. We then prepare a customized program and recommend treatment options to you.
You can expect to receive your first therapy at that time, so please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Some of the treatments you might receive include:
- Cold packs - These are gel packs that are frozen and applied to the body. Cold will numb the pain and reduce swelling.
- Ultrasound - This is a device that converts electricity into sound waves. The sound wave is transmitted into the body through a conductive gel or lotion. These sound waves penetrate up to 3 inches in depth and are then changed to heat energy in the tissues of the body. This deep heat increases circulation to sore muscles, soothes irritated nerves, and increases tissues' elasticity. If a medicine is used in the conductive gel, it is called phonophoresis. In this case the sound waves "drive" the medicine through the skin to the underlying tissue.
- Electrical Stimulation - This treatment uses different types of electrical current to block the pain signal, increase the circulation, or cause under used muscle to contract. The effect of the stimulation is dependent on the current type. A special type of current is used to drive medicine through the skin. This is called lontophoresis.
- Traction- This treatment helps to stretch muscle and reduces tension on spinal tissue.
- Manual Therapy - The therapist uses his/her hands to manipulate soft tissue (myofascial release) and/or joints to decrease spasm, increase flexibility, and reduce pain.
- Supportive Equipment - This may include tape, braces or splints to put irritated tissue at rest. It may also include walker, crutches, or canes to help you move about safely.
- Exercise - The basis of all programs is exercise. These may include stretching or strengthening. These activities are introduced slowly to determine the effect on you. You can help by doing the exercises given to you by the therapist at home. Almost all exercises are going to help your posture. That's because your body works best when your posture is most ideal.
- Education - With knowledge we can help you prevent reoccurrence. This may be how to do something or what to do if the problem happens again. This may be what exercise you have to do to prevent the problem or body postures that will minimize the risk.