During my treatment, what can I expect?
By undergoing treatment right after diagnosis, the recovery time from CTD can be shortened dramatically. Symptoms that you may be experiencing could dissipate in as little as two to four weeks. On the opposite hand, individuals who keep participating in the activities that caused CTD can expect a long, nerve-wracking recovery process that could take up to a year.
Here at Hicksville Physical Therapy, we provide a variety of non-surgical treatment options that are utilized by our team of both physical therapists and occupational therapists to reduce, or rid ourselves of, CTD symptoms. As previously mentioned, our team will gather a range of information to determine the best course of action for your tailored treatment program.
Our team of physical therapists will often start by teaching our clients a variety of relaxation methods. These methods may include deep breathing that utilizes the diaphragm. When the proper time is taken, deep breathing can both ease muscle tension and assist with speeding healthy blood to affected tissues.
Initially, we recommend that you wear a brace to both protect and rest the affected limb. Medications such as ibuprofen, along with heat, ice, gentle stretching, and ultrasound, can be utilized to help reduce pain and alleviate any other symptoms. Our team of physical therapists may use gentle stretching to help our clients restore their muscular balance and improve overall posture and spinal alignment. Sometimes these stretches work nerves from where they start, at the spine, down the arm or leg. Other exercises, such as strengthening exercises, are also utilized to help restore muscular balance and increase healthy posture.
Our team will pay particularly close attention to both your posture and overall movements. Verbal instructions and a hands-on approach will be used to improve both of these things if needed. By working on this, you will begin to both see and feel proper alignment and will subconsciously practice better posture. These both will allow you to release tension and go about your day more easily.
Our trained staff will help you learn more about CTD and the causes of your symptoms. We are more than willing to provide information on how to combat any potential symptom while at work via rest and relaxation. This may include a specific set of stretches to be performed while at work. If needed, our team can visit you at work to observe your day-to-day and create a tailored routine to not only provide you with less daily strain but also to lower your chance of injury. These changes are both inexpensive and impactful, meaning that you can be on your way to living a more productive life.
Ultimately, our goal here at Hicksville Physical Therapy is to help our clients understand CTD to the extent that they can be on the lookout for potential factor that may be causing, or aggravating, symptoms. In turn, our clients can avoid these issues in the future once physical therapy has been completed. Even after therapy has ended, our team will continue to be a resource to our patients.
Hicksville Physical Therapy provides a wide variety of physical therapy services in Hicksville, New York and the surrounding areas.