Physical Therapy after an Injury
Posted on February 13, 2023 at 11:28 AM by The Biker Lawyers
Ginger’s Journey – Road to Recovery through Physical Therapy
The aftermath of an accident can be a difficult road to recovery, especially when it involves a permanent injury. The Business Manager at The Biker Lawyers, Ginger, knows this road all too well. He experienced a back injury while helping his parents move debris after the derecho in August of 2020. He blew out two disks in his back. His injury left him with chronic pain and limited mobility.
It also meant his time on a motorcycle was cut significantly and, to Ginger, this was unacceptable.
Ginger’s journey to recovery involved a combination of physical therapy and active involvement in his own treatment.
His physical therapist, Aaron, at Performance Therapies, P.C., incorporated therapeutic exercises into Ginger’s treatment plan to strengthen his back muscles and improve his range of motion.
- These exercises helped Ginger manage his chronic pain caused by degenerative discs in his spine, and also allowed him to engage in active recovery.
Aaron also utilized heat and cold therapy, massage, and stretching exercises to help Ginger manage his pain and stiffness.
Ginger’s physical therapy has allowed him to regain control over his life and find hope for the future. By participating in his own recovery through therapeutic exercise and engaging in active recovery, Ginger is on the road to a better tomorrow.
Despite his hardships, struggles with pain management, and figuring out how to adapt to a life post-injury, he was determined to get his life back to normal.
Back injuries can be the result of a variety of causes, such as car accidents, motorcycle crashes, or even everyday activities that involve heavy lifting. Regardless of the cause, Ginger found that physical therapy can be an effective treatment.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a form of rehabilitative treatment that helps patients regain strength, mobility, and flexibility. It also helps them manage their pain, which is an important part of recovery. Ginger’s road to recovery led him to Performance Therapies, P.C. where he met his Physical Therapist, Aaron Sloterdyk.
The role of a physical therapist
Physical therapists play a crucial role in helping patients recover from injury. They assess the patient’s condition, design a treatment plan, and work with the patient to help them achieve their goals. In Ginger’s case, his physical therapist, Aaron, was patient and understanding and helped him understand the changes he needed to make to his lifestyle after his injury.
“What physical therapy really does, is you get direction. You get to know what it is I can do with my body to strengthen it, to better my situation, [and] to lessen the pain.” – Ginger Jansen, Business Manager, The Biker Lawyers, PC
After meeting with Ginger, Aaron crafted a recovery plan tailored to his needs and goals. Ginger’s physical therapy exercises focused on strengthening his back muscles and improving his range of motion. This was essential to helping him manage his back pain and extend the amount of time he could be active during the day.
The importance of a proper diagnosis
A proper diagnosis of the injury is crucial in determining the right course of treatment. In Ginger’s case, his back injury was further complicated by degenerative discs, and this information helped guide his physical therapy treatment plan.
Ginger’s back pain was further complicated by degeneration in his discs. Degenerative discs are a condition in which the discs in the spine become worn down and cause pain. For Ginger, this meant that he was at risk for increased pain and stiffness. To help him manage his pain and stiffness, his physical therapist incorporated a variety of treatments into his treatment plans, such as heat and cold therapy, massage, and stretching exercises.
Benefits of physical therapy
Physical therapy can provide numerous benefits to patients with injuries or chronic pain. It helps improve strength, mobility, and flexibility, and also helps manage pain. In Ginger’s case, physical therapy helped him manage his chronic back pain and also helped him regain a sense of control in his life.
The importance of patient involvement
Patients who are actively involved in their treatment tend to have better outcomes. In Ginger’s case, he was involved in his treatment plan and participated in therapeutic exercise, which allowed him to engage in active recovery and see positive results.
Physical therapy is a continuous process and requires regular follow-up and maintenance. In Ginger’s case, he may need to continue physical therapy to manage his pain and maintain the improvements he has made in his strength, mobility, and flexibility.
What questions should you ask a Physical Therapist?
When seeking out physical therapy for an injury or chronic pain, it is important to ask your therapist questions. Your physical therapist should be able to provide you with an individualized treatment plan that meets your needs and goals.
Some of the questions you should ask your physical therapist include:
- What is the expected outcome of the treatment plan?
- What type of exercises are advised and how often should they be done?
- What activities should be avoided due to the injury?
It is also important to ask about the expected timeline for recovery and any potential risks associated with the treatment. Asking these questions can help ensure that you are getting the best care possible and that you are on the right track to recovery.
Ginger’s road to recovery has been (and will likely remain) difficult, but with the help of his physical therapist, he is able to manage his pain and regain a sense of control in his life. His physical therapist was patient and understanding, helping him to accept that life had changed after his injury. Through physical therapy, Ginger was able to find relief and hope for the future.
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At The Biker Lawyers, we are here to help injured people on their journey to recovery. If you or someone you know has suffered a back injury due to a car accident, motorcycle crash, or any other cause, contact us today at (877) 209-9452
Please note that the information provided in this blog is not intended to be a substitute for medical or legal advice. It is important to seek the guidance of a licensed medical provider to determine the most appropriate recovery plan for your individual needs and circumstances. The information shared in this blog is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any medical condition. The Biker Lawyers encourages readers to seek the help of a qualified professional for any questions or concerns they may have.