Some conditions we treat include the following:
If a patient is experiencing lower back pain for more than two weeks, or has frequent recurrences of lower back pain, physical therapy is recommended before medications or any other invasive therapies.
The goals of physical therapy include decreasing the patient’s pain and increasing functionality. Additionally, the patient receives education regarding things like proper posture and ergonomic movement, in order to facilitate continued progress at home and on the job, after physical therapy is discontinued. This information from the physical therapist will be valuable to the patient for the rest of his or her life.
“Tennis Elbow” is a term used to describe pain and weakness on the outside of the elbow, which can sometimes radiate down to the wrist and forearm. While common among tennis players, Tennis Elbow is certainly not limited to them. As a matter of fact, using your joints and muscles ineffectively—whether playing sports or conducting everyday activities, can cause the condition an any person.
Physical therapy can be incredibly effective for tennis elbow. During your evaluation, a licensed physical therapist at TuDor will work with you to identify what movements are causing your condition, and develop exercises to address your pain. Additionally, your therapist will work with you to improve your range of motion and adopt new patterns of movement that can help you to use your joints more effectively, preventing future issues.
“Golfer’s Elbow” is a condition that develops when the tendons on the inside of the forearm become irritated, inflamed, and painful due to repetitive use of the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow. Individuals who perform repetitive motions, such as swinging a golf club or tennis racket, or activities requiring gripping, twisting, or throwing, are often diagnosed with this condition. Surprisingly, even using a computer or performing yard work can cause the Golfer’s Elbow.
A licensed physical therapist from TuDor will first focus on pain relief for the patient, and then move on to and improving the functioning and strength of the affected elbow.
Neck pain can have a significant negative impact on your ability to concentrate, work, or enjoy leisure activities. One of our Certified Physical Therapists will evaluate your neck pain and begin treatment to provide symptom relief, as well as coordinate care with your family physician or another specialist if necessary.
There are several types of manipulations and exercises your TuDor physical therapist can use to relieve stiffness, strengthen the area, and restore normal function of the neck. Treatments such as cold or heat application, deep tissue massage, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound may be used.
At TuDor, we can be your first point of contact to address neck pain issues, and reduce your pain on the very first visit. If you’re in pain, try TuDor first for pain relief and collaborative care.
Lymphedema is a condition in which swelling occurs in the body, most often in the arms or legs. The swelling is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system that prevents lymph fluid from draining properly. The fluid collects in the arm, leg or other areas of the body, and the affected area becomes swollen. Lymphedema care is vital to control the swelling, or it could result in having decreased function, falls, or infections which can lead to further complications.
It is extremely important to have continuous observation and reassessment when treating lymphedema. At TuDor Physical we have been providing Lymphedema and Wound Care since 2005.
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy play a key role in the rehabilitation of people who have received a total joint replacement of the knee, hip, or shoulder. Joint replacement physical therapy can also benefit people who are limited in their daily lives due to joint pain from all types of arthritis.
Physical therapy helps restore range of motion, strength, mobility, flexibility, endurance, self-care skills, and the ability to perform prior activities. A physical therapist can provide you with the education needed to walk and climb stairs, get in and out of a chair or car, tie your shoes, and other daily activities. Assistive devices such as canes and walkers are also common with joint replacement surgery, and TuDor’s therapists can identify the correct device to meet your specific needs.
Before Surgery: A Physical Therapist will teach you exercises that are designed to help you maximize your mobility and strength before surgery which can help you have a positive outcome after your surgery.
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is typically understood to cause symptoms such as jaw pain, or clicking or locking jaws. However, TMD is actually quite complex and poorly understood by many, even in the medical community. TMD can result in other painful and limiting maladies such as chronic headaches, neck pain, dizziness, vision problems, or even ringing and stuffiness in the ears.
Unfortunately, TMD issues are often undiagnosed or under-treated, which can lead to severe pain and limitations on quality of life. A licensed physical therapist at TuDor has multiple avenues of treatment to relieve the symptoms of TMD and help correct the problem long term. Some of these therapies include heat/cold therapy, massage, and Trigger-Point Dry Needling.
Sprains and strains are common injuries that can be caused by a number of things, such as falls, twists, or general overuse. A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament, whereas a strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon. Both can be painful injuries, especially in the acute stage, and may cause a great deal of swelling.
Physical therapy for a sprain or strain will be slightly different, but both focus on decreasing symptoms and restoring function. It’s important to reduce overcompensation for your injury through movement so that you do not experience residual injuries. Treatment will vary depending on the degree of the injury. Therapy to minimize swelling and pain and promote function may include, exercise, soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, dry needling, kinesiotape, and modalities.
Your physical therapist will also provide education about your injury and suggestions on how to prevent future injury.
TuDor Physical Therapy offers support to cancer survivors as well as those currently undergoing cancer treatment, in order to help relieve and manage physical and emotional ramifications of treatment. A Physical Therapist from TuDor can design an individualized program to help reduce pain and fatigue while working in conjunction with our Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists to ensure a patient can conduct all of his or her necessary daily activities, and address speech problems that may arise.
At TuDor, we recognize that emotional and physical wellness go hand-in-hand, which is why we partner with a Licensed Clinical Counselor to help patients and their families receive the emotional support they need on their healing journey.
If you are undergoing or have undergone cancer treatment and would like to learn more about how TuDor can partner in your care, contact us today.
You may already know that a rotator cuff tear can often be treated effectively without surgery. But were you aware that an estimated 30% of people under the age of 70 have a rotator cuff tear? And the older we get, the more our chances of a rotator cuff injury increase. An individual may have a rotator cuff tear with no pain or symptoms, and in that case no treatment is required! But if pain or decreased mobility occurs—that’s what we are here for!
Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear may include:
- Pain in the shoulder while it’s at rest (especially at night)
- Pain when lifting and lowering the arm
- Weakness when lifting or rotating the arm
- And/or a “crackling” sensation (Crepitus) when moving the shoulder in certain ways
Small to medium-sized tears will unlikely require surgery, and are often best managed conservatively with Physical Therapy. A Physical Therapist from TuDor will target and improve the function all of the muscles that surround the shoulder—not just the larger muscles, but also the smaller, more often neglected muscles that are essential for appropriate function. A Licensed Physical Therapist at TuDor will focus on improving the mechanics of the shoulder joint, which will lead to restoration of function and pain relief.
If you suspect you have a rotator cuff tear, a TuDor PT will see you this very week!! Don’t hesitate to call us directly for scheduling— we’ll collaborate with your primary care physician to work out the rest so you can focus on healing.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The symptoms of plantar fasciitis can range from annoying to debilitating. If you’ve been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis and the treatment you’ve received so far has not provided adequate relief—give TuDor a call!
Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or rising from sitting. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it.
A Licensed Physical Therapist from TuDor can decrease the painful symptoms of plantar fasciitis and shorten the duration of an episode. We use evidence-based techniques, which are effective not only in relieving pain but in preventing the symptoms from returning so often.
Falls remain the number one cause of injuries to seniors. One in three elderly individuals will experience a fall each year. Injuries from falls increase during the colder months, in large part from snow, sleet, and hidden leaves on walkways and roadways.
Here are some fall prevention tips for people of all ages:
- Wear proper footwear with heel support and slip-resistant soles
- Clear floors, stairways, hallways, and railings; avoid clutter and other obstacles in your home
- Ensure that rugs are secure and not buckled
- Keep adequate and appropriate lighting inside and outside the home
- Reduce walking with hands full, and ask for help when carrying larger objects up and down stairs.
- Reduce distractions while walking especially up and down the stairs.
- Understand your medications and know their possible side effects and drug interactions. Some medications can cause dizziness, decreased sensations, or other side effects that can increase the risk of falling.
The above prevention tips can be very useful; however, true fall prevention starts with strong, physical well-being. Developing appropriate core and lower extremity strength, as well as maintaining appropriate balance strategies, are crucial in reducing the risk for falls.
A Physical Therapist can identify each person’s unique strengths and functional limitations, as well as develop an individualized program for core and lower extremity strength, balance, and endurance. This can help improve a person’s physical well-being and confidence when performing daily tasks. A comprehensive and easy to follow home exercise program can also be incorporated, to help maintain the functional gains achieved.
Vertigo, that feeling that the room is spinning or that you are off balance, can be frightening, to say the least! But you can take comfort in knowing that vertigo is common and most cases are easily diagnosed and treated.
One of the more common causes of vertigo is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, which occurs when the tiny calcium carbonate crystals of your inner ear dislodge. The inner ear is filled with fluid, so when these crystals float into the semi-circular canals of the inner ear, they signal your body that you are moving super-fast when in reality, you’re not.
Vertigo can turn your world upside down! At TuDor, our Certified Physical Therapists are experienced in treating this debilitating condition and can often resolve the issue in a single visit. To get the relief you need, schedule an appointment at one of our 10 locations.
And remember, Dizziness is a feeling of light-headedness while Vertigo is the feeling that the room is spinning or you are spinning in it.
Tension headaches, sinus headaches, migraine headaches… each is absolutely awful in its own way! And when a headache is finally gone, you probably don’t want to think about it again. However—awareness of the way the headache begins and progresses is vital to understanding what kind of headache keeps recurring. Once one of our Certified Physical Therapists understands what kind of headache is occurring, effective treatment can begin.
For example, a headache that starts at the base of the neck and extends up and/or around the head is known as a Cervicogenic Headache (CGH). They can be incredibly painful and even debilitating.
The good news is, that a Certified Physical Therapist at TuDor can provide incredibly effective treatment for CGH. After a thorough evaluation, this treatment can include manual or mechanical traction, progressive and gentle relaxation techniques, posture correction, Trigger Point Dry Needling, and much more.
The nervous system is a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and controls all the workings of your body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.
Physical therapy is extremely important for patients who have had or who currently have neurological diseases or injuries. Without physical therapy following a neurological injury, patients may lose many functions, may be unable to perform certain activities, or may lose their independence. Decreased activity can lead to many other health problems such as heart problems, lung problems, and diabetes.