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Two Reasons to Enroll in a Rehabilitation Center

Rehabilitation CenterIf you require rehabilitation or physical therapy and are looking for treatment options, keep in mind the key benefits of working with Moving Forward Rehabilitation. Although some people choose to treat their conditions themselves at home, a rehabilitation program is often the smarter choice. Self-treatment of neck and back injuries, strokes, and other conditions is not always as effective as the treatment offered at a rehabilitation center, and can be dangerous. This is because rehabilitation centers offer access to a wide range of specialized therapy equipment, and can also provide vital supervision and guidance throughout the rehabilitation process.

Access to Specialized Rehabilitation Equipment

One key feature that makes the rehabilitation center such an invaluable resource to those seeking physical therapy or injury rehabilitation is that it makes available a wide range of equipment. Depending on your injury or condition, you may benefit greatly from any number of different therapeutic tools. This equipment may include:

• Free weights
• Assisted walking elliptical or treadmills
• Treatment tables
• Stretching straps
• Electrical stimulation treatment devices

Your access to this equipment outside of the rehab center is likely limited. Treating yourself at home will either mean missing out on these important therapeutic tools – and potentially slowing or halting your recovery as a result – or spending large amounts of money to obtain them.

Supervision and Guidance

Most importantly, the rehab center offers the experience and guidance necessary to optimize your rehabilitation plan. When a rehabilitation specialist with experience with your particular type of injury formulates and supervises your rehabilitation program, you can rest assured that you are performing all stretches and exercises correctly, and that your routine is ideally suited to your condition. Without this guidance, your rehabilitation regimen may actually do more harm than good, particularly when working with sensitive injuries.

Self-rehabilitation without the help of specialists is often a slow and unsure process, and can also be unsafe. At a rehabilitation center, you will receive crucial guidance and supervision throughout your program, and will also have access to important tools and equipment that can help to speed your recovery. Contact Moving Forward Rehabilitation at [phone] to learn more about what we have to offer.

What to Expect After Back Surgery

Back Surgery

As with any type of surgery, it takes time, rest, and therapy to recover from back surgery. While it can be a challenging journey, we at Moving Forward Rehabilitation will help you get back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Rest

Surgery takes a toll on your body, and allowing yourself to rest and heal is an important part of the process. You can expect a hospital stay of anywhere from two days to a week, depending on the type of surgery that you had. Once you are discharged, you will still be expected to rest at home, with about half of your time spent in bed.

Pain Management

To help control the pain that accompanies back surgery, you will be prescribed certain types of pain medication. At the hospital, your dosage will be controlled both by the medical staff and your own pain threshold. You will be given instructions for dose management for use at home, once you are discharged from the hospital.

Rehab

A big part of your recovery from surgery is the rehabilitation process. You will be doing some walking and physical therapy at the hospital, but the biggest part of your rehab will be during the months following your back surgery. You will make regular appointments with a rehab facility, and will work with a staff member to lay out a plan that will get you back to your regular lifestyle in an expedient manner.

The types of exercises will vary, depending on your surgery and physical abilities. It is important to work with a rehab professional so that you do not injure yourself by doing the wrong movements or performing too much too quickly. Along with your appointments with a physical therapist, you will also have follow-up appointments with your doctor to make sure your therapy is on track, and to ensure there are no complications with the surgery. Call us at Moving Forward Rehabilitation at 352-751-3781 to schedule your post-operative care.

Avoiding Injury While Exploring the Great Outdoors

Avoiding InjuryThere’s nothing more invigorating and refreshing than spending time outside exploring what nature has to offer. However, the outdoors can be extremely dangerous if you don’t take certain outdoor safety precautions before going on a trip. If you want to know more about avoiding injury, at Moving Forward Rehab, we recommend several basic tips to stay safe.

Safety Tips

Knowing the area you are exploring, being aware of your body’s limitations, and employing a little common sense can ensure you stay safe outdoors. Avoiding injury can be a relatively simple process if you follow a few tips.

  • Always travel with a companion. In the case of an emergency, you don’t want to be by yourself without someone to help you. If you are traveling to a remote area, make sure that you have at least four people in your group.
  • Stay in good physical shape. As you hike, set a comfortable pace. If you have medical conditions, always make sure that you discuss them with your doctor before setting out on a trip. Make plans for acclimatization if you plan to travel to an area with high altitudes.
  • Maintain your equipment. Don’t wait until you’re in the wilderness to ensure your equipment is in good working condition.
  • Wear the right clothing. Before you head out on a trip, educate yourself regarding the area’s weather conditions to know what to pack.

If you’re an avid outdoor adventurer, learn basic first aid so you know how to identify and treat illnesses and injuries when you’re traversing the great outdoors.

Make a Full Recovery

Unfortunately, avoiding injury is not always possible when you engage in intense outdoor activities. If you recently went on an outdoor adventure, experienced an injury and need assistance making a full recovery, at Moving Forward Rehab, we can help. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 352-751-3781.

Back Pain Prevention and Common Injury Causes

Back Pain PreventionIt only takes a little to cause big pain in your back. At Moving Forward Rehab, we understand that back pain can hit suddenly and unexpectedly—even for the most in-shape individuals. Here are some of the most common causes of back pain as well as back pain prevention tips.

Out of Shape

When you’ve been sitting on the couch for most of your life, you are more likely to have a difficult time doing things like playing basketball on the weekends or doing heavy chores around the house. One of the most common causes of back pain is simply being out of shape. The solution? Exercise. Having a consistent and regular exercise routine will keep you in shape and prevent you from hurting yourself when doing things with friends and around the house.

Poor Technique

It’s very important to use your knees whenever you lift heavy objects. Using a poor technique for heavy lifting is a quick way to strain your back. It’s easy to implement back pain prevention by bending your knees and using your legs to handle the weight of whatever you are lifting. Remember to bend at your knees as opposed to your waist.

Just Not Thinking

As you get to the end of your day, your mind and body get tired. This is a prime time to accidentally tweak a muscle in your back. Learning to engage your core muscles at all times is great for preventing back pain at the end of the day. When your core muscles are constantly engaged, you may be less likely to pull something.

Too Much Sitting

People spend a lot of time at the desk, computer or in front of the TV these days. Motion is what helps to keep your spine healthy, however. To prevent back pain associated with sitting, maintain good posture and get up and move every 20 minutes.

For more information on back pain prevention or healing, contact Moving Forward Rehab at 352-751-3781.

The Most Common Football Injuries

Most Common Football InjuriesAll sports carry a risk of injury, but perhaps none more so than football. The high-impact sport requires intense physical interactions between players that can cause some serious injury. At Moving Forward Rehab we know that getting you back in the game is important, which is why we make it our goal to effectively treat the most common football injuries. Between tacking, blocking and the quick change of direction required to perform, damage can occur and football injuries should be identified quickly so that rehabilitation and healing can begin.

Knee Injuries

Almost every position a football player could play requires sudden bursts of speed and frequent pivoting. These types of movement often result in some of the most common football injuries, such as:

  • Injury to the MCL ligament
  • Injury to the ACL ligament
  • Torn meniscus

These injuries often require surgery, followed by intense physical therapy and rehab in order to get players back on the field.

Shoulder Injuries

The throwing motion and frequent blows to the trunk can cause significant shoulder injuries in football players. Shoulder tendinitis often affects quarterbacks, since it is an overuse injury caused by the repetitive motion of throwing the football. Shoulder dislocation of separation can occur when a player experiences a hard tackle that causes the acromioclavicular joint to separate or the dislocation of the head of the humerus from the scapula.

Back and Neck Injuries

When most people think about the most common football injuries they probably think of concussions. While concussions are very common, neck and back injuries are just as frequent. Whip lash or herniated disks can be cause by hard hits and are often treated by physical therapists.

These common football injuries don’t have to be the end of your time enjoying the sport. Call Moving Forward Rehab at 352-751-3781 so that our professional staff can get you on the path to recovery.

 

The Importance of Identifying Concussion Symptoms Early

Concussion SymptomsConcussions are a subsection of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). They are caused by some sort of hit to the head and can sometimes change how a person’s brain works. Rehabilitation from such injuries often requires a team of professional experts, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, speech pathologists and physical therapists. Here at Moving Forward Rehab, we provide personalized treatment options for patients recovering from concussions and help them regain some of the everyday functionality that they lost as a result of their injuries.

Common Symptoms

Whenever a person suffers from a hit to the head, it is important to check them for common concussion symptoms, such as:

  • Inability to think and remember clearly
  • Headaches and/or head pressure
  • Amnesia regarding the trauma
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dazed appearance
  • Slow responses to questions

Identifying these symptoms early and seeking appropriate treatment can make a big difference in the overall effect of the injury.

If In Doubt, Seek Medical Help

If you suspect that someone is displaying concussion symptoms, do not hesitate – seek medical help immediately. When a person suffers this type of injury, a number of tests and assessments must be performed as soon as possible to gain an accurate understanding of the extent of the trauma. These include:

  • CT scans of the brain
  • Neuropsychological or neurocognitive tests that assess memory and learning skills

In addition, concussions can become much worse if they go unaddressed for several days, so it is always best to err on the side of caution when there is a potential for this type of injury.

If you are currently suffering from concussion symptoms and want the best possible help with rehabilitation, contact Moving Forward Rehab at (352) 751-3781. Our staff of trained professionals can guide you through an effective treatment program that can let you put the trauma behind you and get on with your life.

Make Sports Injury Prevention Your Goal

Sports Injury PreventionSports related injuries can be devastating to athletes. Whether permanent or temporary, any injury has the potential to change an athlete’s life, and prevention is key. At Moving Forward Rehab, we are happy to offer our rehabilitation therapy to those who need it, and we also strive to help teach sports injury prevention to all.

Preparation Wins Every Time

The most important tool you have for sports injury prevention is preparation. First, get a physical examination. The doctor will evaluate your overall health and look for any warning signs that may indicate that you should avoid strenuous activity.

Adequate Warm Up Time

Allowing adequate time for warm up and stretching is one of the most beneficial preventative measures you can take to avoid injury. A properly executed warm up can prevent many injuries, including sprains and muscle tears. Begin your warm up routine with 5-10 minutes of a light cardio activity, such as walking, jogging, biking or swimming. Start slowly, and work up to a slightly elevated heart rate. Then, stop and stretch for 5-10 minutes.

Stretching releases muscle tension, allowing the muscle to move with a greater range of motion. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds or more without bouncing. Make sure to stretch each muscle group you plan on using.

Other Easy Ways to Avoid Injury

Other preparatory steps to take include:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Wearing safety gear
  • Taking sufficient rest periods

Recovering from Injury

Here at Moving Forward Rehab, we understand the body and how to help it heal. While we wish everyone understood the importance of sports injury prevention, we know accidents happen. If you are suffering from a sports injury, contact us today at 352-751-3781 to set up an appointment.

 

4 Reasons Runners Should Get Rehabilitation Therapy

Rehabilitation TherapyRunning is a great way to get in shape and burn tons of calories while having a great time testing yourself. But, what if this physical activity starts affecting your health adversely? At Moving Forward Rehab, we recommend that all runners consider rehabilitation therapy if they encounter one of these four scenarios.

1. Lingering Pain

If your pain lingers for three or four days after a run, even if you ice and rest the affected area, then you should consider making an appointment for rehabilitation therapy with a qualified professional.

2. One Traumatic Event

One traumatic event, like a broken bone or torn muscle, can ruin your career as a runner. But if you go in for regular therapy, it may help you regain your abilities and strength so that you can once again pursue the activities you love.

3. Medication Doesn’t Do Much

After a long run, you may use a pain reliever to treat your aches and pains. However, if you find that these medications are no longer doing a good job of alleviating your pain, you should consider getting checked out by a physical therapist.

4. Visible Changes

If you notice that your ankle stays swollen after a run or that your foot becomes red or deformed over time, your injuries may worsen if you don’t go and see a physical therapist.

Turning to a physical therapist for rehabilitation therapy can help you stay active as a runner for many years to come. Contact us at Moving Forward Rehab for orthopedic therapy by calling 1-352-751-3781.

How Physical Therapy Helps You Recover from Injury

Moving Foward Physical TherapyAt some point in time, nearly everyone suffers from an injury or condition that causes chronic pain and dysfunction of movement, balance, or coordination. Our Lady Lake rehabilitation specialists offer sports medicine and therapy services to decrease pain, improve movement, and help you get back to your usual self. Our physical therapists at Moving Forward Rehabilitation explain how physical therapy helps you recover from injury and move forward with you life.

Pain Reduction

The first step in physical therapy is the reduction of pain. We will use gentle manipulation of your soft tissues to assist with reducing inflammation and swelling that cause pain in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Our physical therapists will show you how to perform gentle stretching exercises at home that will allow you to continue pain reduction between visits.

Increasing Flexibility and Range of Motion

Building flexibility and range of motion helps you recover from your existing injury and restores proper movement to help reduce the risk of incurring another injury. We use ultrasound, heat and cold therapy, water therapy, and electrical stimulation to increase the range of movement in your joints and muscles in the impacted area.

Increasing Strength

Restoration of strength is an important part of your complete recovery. To build your strength and endurance, we will work with you to strengthen the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that were injured. Our experts will show you exercises and make recommendations for activities that will help you get stronger and prevent re-injury. Over time, you will find that performing your daily tasks gets easier and less painful as your strength, endurance, flexibility, and range of motion improve as a result of ongoing therapy services.

Our experts at Moving Forward Rehabilitation work together with you to aid in the injury recovery process. We offer specialized care and formulate a treatment plan that fits into your lifestyle and needs. for more information about our sports medicine and therapy services or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 352-751-3781.

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