A physiotherapist will assess you using detailed history-taking as well as specific physical tests and measures, such as flexibility or range of motion. He or she will then analyze the assessment findings and use clinical reasoning to establish a diagnosis. Together, you will explore your current abilities and functional needs so the physiotherapist can plan treatments that are consistent with your goals and general health status, and which incorporate approaches and techniques supported by the best evidence available.
At Durham Sports Medicine Center, Chiropractic involves a gentle hands-on manual technique in the treatment of muscle and joint related conditions. Specific examples of therapeutic interventions are joint manipulation, joint mobilization, and muscle release therapy. These procedures aid in the treatment of conditions that involve joint pain/dysfunctions, muscle strains, ligament sprains, headaches, nerve impingement and more.
Massage therapy offers a natural conservative treatment approach that relieves musculoskeletal pain for many patients. Our office provides specific massage and muscular therapy that is tailored to meet the patient’s condition and injury. The benefits of massage therapy may include increasing blood circulation, reducing swelling, relaxing muscles, relieving muscle pain and spasms, and aid in recovery and range of motion.
Acupuncture is a complementary alternative medicine that in conjunction with physiotherapy and chiropractic can help individuals with primarily muscle and joint pain. Acupuncture uses small, sterile, thin, solid, and disposable needles to help treat neurological, muscular, and joint conditions.
WEIGHT LOSS & STRENGTH TRAINING
Permanent weight loss and improved health will be achieved if you are committed to making small lifestyle changes. This may seem daunting, but as you know or will find out searching for that quick fix is simply delaying your success. On a positive note, a lifestyle change does not need to be difficult. Ensuring adequate water intake is an easy yet very effective way to increase energy, reduce muscle soreness and decrease cravings. An individual who does not sleep well will have higher than normal levels of coritsol which makes losing weight difficult. Eating a balanced diet is much more important than obsessing over calories.
Custom Foot Orthotics help in providing relief for painful foot problems or an injury, especially for those who must walk, or stand excessively on the job or in every day activities. The mechanical properties of the custom foot orthotics help to maintain the normal positioning of the bones in the foot, the joints in the ankle and knees leading up to the hips and lower back. The muscles and ligaments holding these bones in their intended anatomical positions are prevented from over stretching and becoming lax over time.
An orthosis or orthopaedic brace is an externally applied device used to modify the structure and/or function of the musculoskeletal and skeletal system. These devices can be used to:
-Control, guide, limit and/or immobilize a joint or body segment for a particular reason
-To restrict movement in a given direction
-To assist movement generally
-To reduce weight bearing forces for a particular purpose
-To aid rehabilitation from fractures after the removal of a cast
ELECTROTHERAPY & ULTRASOUND
Interferential Current (IFC) – Interferential current therapy is a treatment to reduce pain, relax and stimulate muscles, decrease swelling, and promote soft tissue healing. The low-frequency stimulation increases circulation in the area and induces the body to secrete endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.
Ultrasound – Therapeutic ultrasound is used to speed up the healing process by increasing blood flow to the area and decreasing swelling and pain. Ultrasound can also be used to create a deep heat in a localized area to ease muscle spasms.
Compression stockings are designed to improve circulation and provide long term medical effectiveness. They are designed to provide controlled compression providing maximum pressure at the ankles, decreasing gradually going up the leg. Wearing compression stockings helps prevent blood pooling and treats a wide range of conditions, to minimize the risk of conditions such as spider veins, varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, as well as ankle and leg swelling.