Recovery after surgery or other treatment doesn’t end with the treatment itself. For long-term success, it is important to have high-quality physical and occupational therapy. The experts at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine are trained to help you gain strength after your treatment and prevent future problems.
Physical therapists are highly trained professionals that help patients who have difficulty performing physical movements, either because of a recent injury or long-term medical condition.
The primary task of your physical therapist is to evaluate your condition and create a customized treatment plan to help reduce pain, restore function, and prevent future problems you might have with performing physical activities. The first meeting with your physical therapist will identify your specific needs to ensure that every aspect of your injury is treated.
The goal of occupational therapy is to regain lost ability to perform everyday activities, particularly in your workplace. Occupational therapists work one-on-one with you to create a personalized treatment plan based upon your capability and needs. The techniques and exercises used may focus on strength training for you to regain mobility.
Hand therapy focuses upon relieving pain and restoring function after injury or surgery. This therapy can help you learn useful methods to reduce the amount of stressed placed on your hand, and how to prevent debilitating diseases like arthritis from limiting the use of your hands. Our certified hand therapists have at least five years of experience, and have obtained high levels of accreditation before treating patients.
Neurological rehabilitation is a combination of physical, speech and occupational therapy to treat conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or other impairments of the nervous system. A team of trained professionals, including your doctor, will help you regain your ability to perform daily activities.
Two specialized forms of neurological rehabilitation are lymphedema management and post-stroke rehabilitation.
The body contains a network of lymph vessels and lymph nodes responsible for keeping lymphatic fluid – a clear fluid made of waste, protein, fats and water – clean and moving through the lymphatic system. The lymph vessels carry this fluid into the lymph nodes, where it is cleansed and returned back to the body’s cells. Lymphedema is an ongoing, debilitating medical condition caused by a build-up of this fluid, which can cause painful swelling of the arms and/or legs and decreased flexibility. Our therapists utilize a variety of treatments to control lymphedema, which is typically caused by damage to the lymph nodes due to surgery, biopsy, trauma, infection or radiation treatment.
Stroke recovery is led by a specialized team of occupational and physical therapists, as well as speech pathologists, to help improve areas of dysfunction such as paralysis, poor balance, vision impairment, speech difficulties, memory loss and loss of mobility. Rehabilitation for stroke survivors can also help to teach patients how to perform everyday activities using the affected side of the body, such as walking, bathing and dressing. The greatest accomplishment for stroke survivors is the ability to return to their prior level of function.
Visit Houston Methodist Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to learn more about neurological rehabilitation.