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I have a back problem… so why are we working on my abs?

Nearly every one of my patients that comes to see me for back pain, regardless of the source of the pain (bulging disc, strained it while lifting, poor posture etc.), will get a pelvic tilt as their first exercise. Why? Because I’m sure you and I, and the rest of the average people out there have weak abdominal muscles. But what does that have to do with my back you ask? Let me explain. Think of your abdominal muscles like a girdle and your back muscles like the laces of that girdle. Ladies know what I’m talking about, guys think of your football pads. If the laces are tied in knots but the pads don’t fit it’s not doing you any good when the lineman hits you, right? It’s the same thing with your back. If your abdominals, or your “core”, isn’t strong, those poor back muscles have to work overtime which leads to all kinds of problems and ultimately, pain. So we give you a pelvic tilt where you are asked to tighten up your stomach muscles. If only life were that simple though. You have to be sure that you are using the muscles appropriately and not including any other muscles, say for example you gluts (your bum) otherwise, you will continue to promote the problem; hence the need for physical therapy. We are trained and educated to tell you if you are using the muscles correctly or incorrectly. I can’t begin to tell you how important it is to have a strong core and strong glut muscles. This is not to say that you need Arnold Schwarzenegger six pack abs. You just need to have a good balance of strength between your back and your stomach muscles. So if you have been compensating with your back, it’s time to give those muscles a rest and let your abdominals take over for a little while.

The next question we get is, “Do I have to do this forever?” Well, honestly, yes. You can’t eat healthy for 4-6 weeks and expect that to last you the rest of your life, so you can’t expect to come to therapy to work on your core muscles and expect your back pain to be gone forever. Ideally we are retraining you and your body to work the way it’s supposed to so that it becomes automatic for you. You should be able to naturally lift a heavy object with your legs and gluts and not your back. You should naturally be able to activate your abdominal muscles when carrying a heavy object or lifting it overhead instead of relying on your back. So I wouldn’t think about it as something you have to do forever, but rather it’s retraining you to work more efficiently and more effectively. Like putting your left shoe on before your right shoe every morning because that doesn’t cause you pain.

My job is educating and retraining your body to work how it’s supposed to in order to avoid pain. It doesn’t matter if your pain is limiting you from getting up out of bed every morning or if it’s limiting you from your recreational activities (golfing, walking, standing, bowling etc.) I may not know the proper way to hold a golf club, but I know the basic motions your back needs to go through and how to avoid that little bit of extension after the swing which shoots that pain up or down your body. We look at the motion that’s causing you pain and modify it in ways you maybe haven’t thought of before. That’s the beauty of understanding how the body works. Unfortunately, we don’t have magic wands to suddenly make everything feel better. If we did I can assure you I would be on a yacht somewhere in the Pacific sipping a cold beverage. It’s going to take some effort and a change in habit, but I can assure you that if you work on those abdominal muscles and those glut muscles, your back will be much happier with you in the long run.

Kacey Kline, PTA

Shoulder Pain Specialist in Surprise

If you have been suffering from shoulder pain, you might be trying to ignore the pain, or you could be trying to deal with it by taking over-the-counter pain medication. However, you should never ignore shoulder pain. Instead, you should see a shoulder specialist in Surprise, such as one of the professionals at Vital Care Rehabilitation physical therapy. These are some of the reasons why.

Taking OTC Pain Medicine is Not a Good Long-Term Strategy

Even though it might provide you with some relief now, it’s not a good idea to take over-the-counter pain medication in the long term. It’s not good for your liver, for example. Plus, you can gain a high tolerance to it and may find that you need to take more and more or that your pain just isn’t going away like it used to, particularly over time. By seeing a shoulder specialist in Flatbush, you can get to the root of the problem instead of constantly taking more and more medication.

Avoid Injuring Yourself Worse

Depending on what is wrong with your shoulder, you could actually injure yourself worse by continuing to use your shoulder without seeking treatment. A shoulder pain specialist in Surprise can help you determine what is wrong with your shoulder and can provide physical therapy and other options to make the situation better rather than worse.

Clinical Research Supports Seeing a Physical Therapist First

Consider this clinical research published by Daniel Rohn, PT.  His study concluded:

One group received physical therapy twice a week for three weeks. The therapists evaluated weakness, mobility and pain and performed stretches, contract-relax techniques and reinforcing exercises on the shoulder or upper spine area. They also prescribed at-home exercises for the patients.

Patients in the other group were offered up to three injections of corticosteroids over the course of a year. They also received printed instructions for gentle exercises to do at home.

Both groups had significant improvement in symptoms after one month, which continued over the one-year period of the study, the research team reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Patients’ scores on pain and disability were reduced by half with either treatment.

By the end of the year, 60 percent of the steroid injection group had returned to their primary care doctor for shoulder pain again, compared to 37 percent of the physical therapy group. The injection group was also more likely to end up having more injections or additional physical therapy.


There is no need to continue ignoring your shoulder pain. If you contact us at Vital Care Rehabilitation today, we can help you do something about this chronic pain that you’re dealing with so that you can avoid these problems and start feeling like yourself again.

Osteoarthritis Pain Relief in Surprise AZ

Knee Arthritis – A Very Common Problem

Knee pain is one of the more common musculoskeletal complaints among adults. So if you are looking for osteoarthritis pain relief in Surprise AZ, read more about why seeing one of our clinical experts is a great first choice.

Because the knee is critical to so many movements of the body, this type of pain can be debilitating. In many cases, the source of this pain is the result of torn or degenerative cartilage in the knee.

Knee Anatomy & Osteoarthritis

The knee contains two types of cartilage, articular cartilage and meniscus cartilage. The meniscus cartilage in the knee includes two parts, a medial (inside) meniscus and a lateral (outside) meniscus. Together they are referred to as menisci. In addition to providing lubrication and joint stability, these menisci act as tiny shock absorbers in the knee and provide a critical cushion between the thighbone and the shinbone.

These menisci are particularly prone to tearing, although sometimes they just wear out as a result of degeneration with age. In fact, a torn meniscus is often seen in the nine million Americans with knee osteoarthritis.

Typical symptoms of a torn meniscus may include:

• Stiffness and swelling in and around the knee

• Pain and tenderness along the joint line or general knee pain

• Catching or locking of the knee

Meniscal tears with concomitant osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee are a common source of pain and disability. Until fairly recently, the best course of action for treating these types of meniscal tears has been unclear in the past. However, results from a Meniscal Tear in Osteoarthritis Research (MeTeOR) trial published in the England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) indicate that physical therapy has proven to be as effective as surgery.

At six and twelve month intervals, patients who had standardized physical therapy alone showed similar improvement in pain and functional status of the knee as those who had undergone arthroscopic surgery to repair their torn meniscus.

As the NEJM report points out, not all symptomatic meniscal tears need to be repaired surgically. As a result, knee pain specialists in Surprise have been able to help their patients avoid the often unnecessary risks and expenses of surgery.

Drug-Free Approaches Recommended First for Chronic Pain

Many of our knee arthritis patients have suffered with knee pain for months, even years.  Because of the addictive side effects of prescription pain pills, the Centers for Disease Control are now recommending physical therapy first in this recent publication:

Its first recommendation: “Nonpharmacologic therapy and nonopioid pharmacologic therapy are preferred for chronic pain.”

“Based on contextual evidence, many nonpharmacologic therapies, including physical therapy, weight loss for knee osteoarthritis, complementary and alternative therapies (e.g., manipulation, massage, and acupuncture), psychological therapies such as CBT, and certain interventional procedures can ameliorate chronic pain,” the draft states. “In particular, there is high-quality evidence that exercise therapy (a prominent modality in physical therapy) for hip … or knee … osteoarthritis reduces pain and improves function immediately after treatment and that the improvements are sustained for at least 2–6 months.”



Physical Therapy is the Clear First Choice

To learn more about eliminating your pain and improving the functional status of your knee, please contact us today, and our team will work with you to devise a program to help you control your knee pain and get back to your active lifestyle.

Knee Replacement Rehab in Surprise

Vital Care Rehabilitation specializes in joint replacement rehabilitation

We see patients on a regular basis that have arthritis-related knee pain.  Sometimes physical therapy isn’t enough and patients need surgery. For osteoarthritis of the knee, a total knee replacement (TKR) is the most common procedure.  It’s no simple surgery either but the pain relief can be significant.  In fact, most of the total knee arthroplasty (another name for replacement) patients we see are very satisfied once the recover from the post-surgical pain.  However, the recovery process doesn’t end when the pain resolves.  After replacement surgery, you need a good physical therapist that provides knee replacement rehab in Surprise.

Complete Rehabilitation for Total Knee Replacements

While pain relief is the primary reason patients have a TKR, the rehabilitation process involves much more.  Our physical therapists help you recover your range of motion, strength, help you walk again without an assistive device (front wheel walker), and help you recover your function.  The good news is that there is good scientific research to support seeing a physical therapist after surgery (there’s evidence that seeing a PT before surgery is also beneficial).

The Process Starts with Range of Motion

It’s important to recover your range of motion, or your ability to bend and straighten your knee.  You make not realize it but you bend your knee quite a bit when you sit, walk, or bend down to pick up something.  For these reasons, range of motion is one of the first things our clinicians work on with you.  Exercises that you perform at home and in our clinic, in combination with hands-on techniques will help you recover your range of motion.

Strength Training is Critical

Your quadriceps muscles help straight and control your knee joint.  With the chronic pain of osteoarthritis, these muscles become inhibited and slowly lose their strength.  Working on not only your quadriceps muscles along with your hamstrings, hip muscles, and calf muscles are an important part of the rehabilitation process.  In fact, while most patients experience a significant decrease in knee pain after knee replacement, weakness is a very common complaint.  Strengthening is a critical element of the rehabilitation process.

Functional Exercise Should Be Part of Your Program

Functional exercises are those that support the recovery of daily activities like getting out of a chair, ascending/descending stairs, walking on uneven surfaces, getting in and out of a car, etc.  These are the kinds of exercises that we may educate our patients to perform.  Why?  There’s good evidence to suggest that functional exercise should be part of your rehab program.  Consider this research report:

Six trials were identified, five of which were suitable for inclusion in meta-analyses. There was a small to moderate standardized effect size (0.33, 95% confidence interval 0.07 to 0.58) in favor of functional exercise for function three to four months postoperatively. There were also small to moderate weighted mean differences of 2.9 (0.61 to 5.2) for range of joint motion and 1.66 (−1 to 4.3) for quality of life in favor of functional exercise three to four months postoperatively. Benefits of treatment were no longer evident at one year.

Interventions including physiotherapy functional exercises after discharge result in short term benefit after elective primary total knee arthroplasty. Effect sizes are small to moderate, with no long term benefit.


In conclusion, knee pain relief starts with a good surgeon and knee replacement.  However, complete recovery should involve a comprehensive physical therapy program…and that’s what we do very well.

If you are looking for trusted knee replacement rehab in Surprise, give us a call.  We can help.

Call us today at (623) 544-0300

Neck Specialist in Surprise – Neck Motion

Our neck specialist in Surprise, had some comments regarding a recent study in Spine as it pertains to the motion of your neck and pain.

Did you know that neck motion decreases with age but it is usually painless?

Neck pain is a common condition that affects the upper (cervical) spine, and most cases is considered nonspecific, meaning there is no specific cause that can be identified.  Up to 43% of patients with nonspecific neck pain visit their doctor for advice, and about 61% of them are referred to a physical therapist for treatment.  During the examination, physical therapists usually measure the range of motion (ROM) of the neck—how far it can move in various directions—since a goal of treatment is to improve the mobility of the cervical spine.  Unfortunately, there is little information about the normal values for cervical ROM (CROM), which makes it difficult to interpret results.  Therefore, a study was conducted to establish normal CROM values and to examine the effects of age and sex on these values.

100 participants in four decades were measured

A total of 400 people without any neck complaints participated in the study, with 100 people (50 males, 50 females) for each decade of age from 20-59.  A CROM device was used for all measurements because it’s easy to use and very reliable, and works by being placed on the head like spectacles.  Volunteers were given clear instructions on their posture and what movements to make, and made a variety of movements three times in each direction before being measured.

Using normal values can help determine if patients lack mobility

Results showed that neck motion decreases significantly in all directions in the decade of 50-59 years when compared to people younger than 40.  Unsurprisingly, the largest difference for all directions was found between 20-29 and 50-59 years, as there was a significant decrease in neck motion from ages that seemed to begin between 40-49 and continued into the 50s.  Aside from these age differences—which may be due to issues like osteoarthritis—no notable differences were found between males and females.  This study now provides normal CROM values for people aged 20-59 without neck pain, and can be consulted by medical professionals during assessments.  A future study that performs the same analysis on patients with neck complaints will be an even greater help by being able to compare values of healthy people to those with neck pain.

Here’s a quick abstract of the reference:

Four hundred asymptomatic persons were included, 100 for each decade of age from 20 years to 60 years and in each subgroup 50 males and 50 females. ACROM was measured with the cervical range of motion (CROM) device. Analysis of variance and the Scheffé post hoc test was used to investigate the differences of ACROM between the decades of age. Linear regression analysis was performed to examine the influence of age and sex on ACROM.

The results of this study show that the ACROM decreases significantly in persons older than 50 years for all directions except extension and side flexion compared with that in the subgroup aged 40 to 50. Age had an overall significant effect on the ACROM for all directions. Sex proved to have no significant effect on the ACROM.

Normal values were established for ACROM in a group of 400 persons without neck complaints. It was demonstrated that age has a significant influence on the ACROM, but sex has no influence.

You don’t need to suffer with spine pain – conservative care is available

The physical therapists at Vital Care Rehab are experts at neck pain treatment.  If you have pain and are looking for a neck pain specialist in Surprise, physical therapy is a great first choice. It is easy to get in to see our specialists, it’s affordable, covered by most insurance plans, is drug-free, and has little to no side effects.  Give us a call today to learn more.

Experienced Sports Therapy in Surprise AZ

Looking For Sports Therapy In Surprise, AZ?

You are not alone. We work with numerous athletes.

According to a recent NCAA (AP) release, the first week of the 2015 football season has been marred by serious injury. Many will be season ending events for the athlete. Others will have to endure a two to eight week rehab and recovery before re-entering the game. The listed injuries run the gamut from a broken collarbone to knee and Achilles tendon injuries.

Whether it be K – 12 or a college sports program, injuries will likely happen in most schools. USA Today reports that 1.35 million youth athletes a year suffer injury with the majority consisting of strains, sprains and fractures. The sports that rank highest for injury are, not surprisingly, football, basketball and soccer. Injuries are an inherent risk to any sport. Yet, coaches and game officials take on their share of heat when life changing injuries affect a young player.

The NCAA’s psychology of sports injury webpage has listed the skills and challenges facing athletes that have been injured:

  • Skill #1 – Understanding the nature of the injury and treatment will empower the athlete to fully engage in their rehabilitation process.
  • Skill #2 – Understanding rehabilitation goals will help provide a road map for success in returning to play.
  • Skill #3 – Building a team to meet the challenges and demands of the rehabilitation process will help the athlete overcome feelings of isolation… and builds confidence in recovery.

Sports Physical Therapy

Sports physical therapy is a specialized practice that focuses on prevention, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement of the physically active individual. This includes pre-participation screenings, equipment recommendations, prescribed fitness programs, and much more. Sports physical therapists incorporate the most current research into their practice to help the active individual fully participate in sports and recreation.

The following are interventions often provided by sports physical therapists:

At Vital Care Rehab, we are skilled at sports injury rehabilitation, including back pain treatment, fractures and sprain rehabilitation. When a sports injury occurs in younger athletes, having a team that understands the dynamics of growing bones and tissue is vital.

Contact Vital Care Rehabilitation at (623) 544-0300 for more information on our rehabilitation programs.

An Exceptional Knee Pain Specialist In Surprise

Looking For A Knee Pain Specialist In Surprise?

When you need a knee pain specialist in Surprise, you have some choices. Before you make an appointment, it’s smart to think about your knee pain, your lifestyle, and what you hope to get out of treatment. Here are a few questions to ask yourself (and to ask your knee specialist) and some things to think about to make sure you get the best treatment for you.

What is the Cause of Your Knee Pain?

What do you think is the cause of your knee pain? In the case of an obvious injury, you’ll know exactly what happened. But all knee pain is not created equal.

Knee pain can be caused my many things – sports injury, of course, is a very common cause. Often the most frustrating type of knee pain is sporadic, but frequent enough to limit the activity you’d like to do. Runners and cyclists often have overuse and fatigue injuries – and contrary to common belief, “just rest” isn’t always the best road to recovery.

Sometimes knee pain can be induced by a weakness in another part of the leg (ankle, hips) or something related to an activity that has apparently little to do with the knee.

Although a knee problem is often caused by an injury to one or more of these structures, it may have another cause. Some people are more likely to develop knee problems than others. Many jobs, sports and recreation activities, getting older, or having a disease such as osteoporosis or arthritis increase your chances of having problems with your knees.

Injuries are the most common cause of knee problems. Sudden (acute) injuries may be caused by a direct blow to the knee or from abnormal twisting, bending the knee, or falling on the knee. Pain, bruising, or swelling may be severe and develop within minutes of the injury. Nerves or blood vessels may be pinched or damaged during the injury. The knee or lower leg may feel numb, weak, or cold; tingle; or look pale or blue. Reference:

Knee Pain Treatment That’s Right For You

When you’re looking for a knee pain specialist nearby, you’ll want to find one that understands many different types of knee pain, and appropriate treatment for each. Among the things you’ll want to consider:

  • What kind of experience does your knee pain specialist have?
  • How will treatment fit into your schedule?
  • How soon can you return to regular activities? A training schedule?
  • What sort of follow-up treatment and support can you expect?

Knee pain and injuries can be very frustrating, and they can have long-term ramifications for your overall health. Look for a physical therapist who understands, and can help you through the initial recovery as well as find ways to manage your activity (no matter how competitive you are), so that knee pain doesn’t become a regular part of your life.

If you are experiencing knee pain the Physical Therapists at Vital Care Rehabilitation can help. Give us a call today at (623) 544-0300.

Stop Suffering, Get Ankle Pain Treatment in Surprise

Do You Need Ankle Pain Treatment In Surprise?

If you’ve been suffering from constant or intermittent ankle pain, it’s time to get help. Perhaps you feel like it’s a part of your life that you have to accept. Or maybe you don’t recall specifically injuring your ankle, so you feel like it’s minor and will just ‘go away’. Whatever the cause of your pain and the length of time you’ve been suffering, you can get successful ankle pain treatment in Surprise.

Ankle pain is often more than an annoyance that will eventually resolve on its own. It can indicate that there is a serious underlying problem. Some of the causes of ankle pain are:

  • A torn or stretched ligament
  • Stress fractures (tiny cracks in the bone)
  • Gout
  • Arthritis – including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and septic arthritis (infection in the joint)
  • Bone spurs
  • A sprained ankle which, if left unchecked, can lead to chronic joint instability and/or the early onset of arthritis
  • Achilles tendon rupture

If left unattended, these conditions could result in chronic pain.

What Causes Ankle Injuries?

An ankle injury occurs when the ankle joint is twisted too far out of its normal position. Most ankle injuries occur either during sports activities or while walking on an uneven surface that forces the foot and ankle into an unnatural position. The unnatural position of the ankle in high-heeled shoes or walking in unstable, loose-fitting clogs or sandals is also a factor that may contribute to ankle injuries. In addition to wearing faulty footwear, an ankle injury can happen as a result of:

  • Tripping or falling
  • Landing awkwardly after a jump
  • Walking or running on uneven surfaces
  • A sudden impact such as a car crash
  • Twisting or rotating the ankle
  • Rolling the ankle



At Vital Care Rehab, a group of highly trained physical therapists in Surprise, has experience in treating ankle pain. If you have ankle pain, it’s best to get in and see us as soon as possible. Early intervention can help you avoid long-term, chronic pain. We perform the necessary assessment, including special tests, to determine the cause of your pain or injury. The care you receive is based on the findings at initial evaluation (your first visit), your goals, and provided with care and compassion. Communication is key. We want to know how the pain affects your life and how we can best help you.

We provide expert physical therapy, laser therapy, acupuncture and other services. We also provide personalized home programs to help you recover your independence quicker.

If you are looking for ankle pain treatment in Surprise, look no further than Vital Care Rehab. Contact us today at (623) 544-0300 to schedule a consultation. Our highly skilled, trained staff are ready to help.

Looking For Sciatica Treatment in Surprise?

If you are looking for sciatica treatment in Surprise, Vital Care Rehab can help.

How to obtain Sciatica pain relief  often mystifies new sufferers.

Patients need help understanding that Sciatica is really “irritation of the Sciatic nerve,” and that this nerve “comes from either side of the lower spine and travels through the pelvis and buttocks, passes along the back of each thigh…(then) divides into branches at the knee, that go to the feet.”

Sciatica pain can flare up due to a rear-end-auto collision, from a blow to the lower back or hip, after a fall, from a sudden twisting of the spine, or from a herniated (ruptured) disc. Each sufferer can have a different pain experience when there is undue pressure on the Sciatic nerve. One person may get shooting pain “down the back of one buttock or thigh.” Another may have “mild aches.” Yet others literally jump from “sharp, burning sensations.” And, Sciatica is known to cause “numbness and tingling” in the affected areas.

Therapeutic Exercise Should Be Your First Choice

Advising exercise to patients with osteoarthritis or sciatica may be a highly recommended approach to treatment, but it’s an approach that may not be widely used by physicians, according to a recent factorial experiment (abstract). Researchers found that out of 192 primary care physicians studied, fewer than a third said that they would advise physical activity as part of a course of treatment for patients presenting symptoms of either condition. The results of the study were published online in early October in Arthritis Care & Research.

In the experiment, the physicians watched 2 videos of (actor) patients who presented with pain from undiagnosed sciatica or knee osteoarthritis that had been diagnosed. Afterwards, the physicians were interviewed to find out what recommendations they would make.

Results showed that 30.2% of physicians would give exercise advice to the osteoarthritis patient, and 32.8% would provide this advice to the patient presenting with sciatica.

As You Can See, Exercise, Isn’t Prescribed as Often as It Should Be

A physical therapist can guide those with discomfort through the following–or similar–exercises for Sciatica pain relief:

EXERCISES FOR THE LOWER BACK–Appropriate “spine alignment”–along with increasing “flexibility”–can  decrease tension/compression on the Sciatic nerve. The therapists at Vital Care Rehab, will come up with a custom treatment plan based on your specific condition and limitations.

STRETCHING FOR THE PIRIFORMIS MUSCLE–This muscle–located “on top of the Sciatic nerve and within the buttocks”–can become so “tight” it irritates the nerve. Relaxing the Piriformis muscle with specific stretching and hands-on techniques, provided by our physical therapists, can help ease Sciatica pain resulting from Piriformis muscle issues.

STRETCHING THE HAMSTRING MUSCLES–These large muscles–which “run along the back of the thighs.”  Given that the Sciatic nerve closely approximates the hamstrings, it’s common for Sciatica pain to increase the tone (or tightness) of the hamstrings.  Specialized stretching techniques can help ease the tightness of these muscles and decrease Sciatic nerve related pain.

Conservative Care Starts with Vital Care Rehab

Contact us to learn more about Sciatica, and about other exercises and treatments to decrease your pain and promote healing.


Physical Rehabilitation Specialist In Surprise

Be The Best You Can Be With
A Physical Rehabilitation Specialist In Surprise

When you need a physical rehabilitation specialist in Surprise, the area offers several choices. Certainly, your schedule and recommendations will help you narrow those choices, but selecting a specialist who will best help you should be the force that drives your decision.

Physical therapy services are sometimes focused just on the injured area. We take a broader approach to help treat the whole person and improve the way you move. Taking the whole body into account tends to give a patient greater overall mobility, and faster results, than focusing just on a single part of the body (even if that’s where the pain is centered).

We focus on your overall physical health while treating an injury. This leads to more long-lasting improvement. Translation: you’re less likely to have continuing bouts of pain after professional physical therapy.

Fitness Magazine has this to say about how physical therapy can help:

Many clinics offer preventive evaluations to determine muscle weaknesses or other imbalances that could lead to injury. If a problem is identified, the therapist will provide exercises to keep an issue like tight hamstrings from turning into something more serious, such as a hamstring tear. “Most injuries are the result of long-standing weaknesses,” says Kim Wallace, vice president of clinical operations for Excel Physical Therapy and Fitness in Philadelphia. “Correcting those problems now can save you a lot of stress and money later.” Indeed, in one study, PT reduced ACL injuries by 41 percent.

If you can’t touch your toes or complete a deep squat without pain, you should definitely consider making an appointment, says Kyle Kiesel, PhD, associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Indiana at Evansville. These are often signs of an underlying problem, such as tight hamstrings or underdeveloped glutes.

Even when the source of pain is limited to one area of the body, physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists are trained to help your whole body move better. This helps prevent the surrounding muscles and joints from getting injured and causing more pain. Obviously each part of the body is connected to another part. Oftentimes, pain will develop in one part of the body (headaches) that is caused or made worse by pain in another part (the jaw, for example).

Our therapists have many hours of specialized training and experience in treating pain and disorders related to the:

  • Head and neck
  • Shoulder and elbow
  • Ankle and foot
  • Hand and wrist
  • Back and hip

Our physical therapists will work with you to help take care of your pain or injury. We also supply specific home exercises that you can do to continue the healing and strengthening process. Exercises designed for you will make a huge difference in your overall health and help to shorten the time of recovery.

If you’re looking for a physical rehabilitation specialist in Surprise or the surrounding area, please contact us today at (623) 544-0300. We’re here to help keep you moving!