Our Physical Therapy Blog
By HealthPro Physical Therapy
June 19, 2020
Category: Physical Therapy
Tags: Chronic Pain  

Chronic pain, in a nutshell, is pain that’s been present for 12 weeks or more. There’s a myriad of treatments for managing chronic pain and it’s crucial to find the most effective ones.

Here at HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA, Dr. Chadd Duncan uses physical therapy rehabilitation to help patients in managing their pain and regaining their normal mobility. Here are common treatments used in physical therapy for dealing with chronic pain:

Exercise

This is the main treatment used at Houma Physical Therapy Rehabilitation as it helps the body improve mobility and strength. Think of it as a kind of feedback loop. The brain moves and exercises the body. When you’re able to move pain-free or with minimal pain, you’re essentially telling your brain that moving doesn’t hurt.

It’s this positive feedback that enables you to move more freely and with less discomfort and pain. This helps train your nervous system to believe that moving is safe, all while you’re improving your mobility and getting stronger.

Massage

Some therapists at Houma Physical Therapy Rehabilitation utilize massage techniques for easing pain by alleviating tightness and improving blood flow in the muscles.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS

This physical therapy tool makes use of electricity for reducing pain signals that the body sends to the brain.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound treatment is used for heating the body’s tissues to aid in proper blood flow and circulation.

Dry Needling

This therapy is utilized for reducing pain trigger points and muscle knots. Dry needling entails the use of tiny needles, like those used in acupuncture, for piercing muscle knots and tissues to alleviate pain.

Pain Neuroscience Education

Research shows that educating people about why they’re feeling pain could positively impact their physical therapy at Houma Physical Therapy Rehabilitation. Your physical therapist in Houma, LA, can teach you why you’re having chronic pain and how to keep your pain at bay.

Having chronic pain will naturally make it challenging for you to move freely and live your life to the fullest. But while chronic pain management is very hard at times, physical therapy is an effective method to reduce your pain and help you move pain-free.

To Learn How You Too Can Benefit From Physical Therapy Rehabilitation, Call Us

Book a consultation with Dr. Chadd Duncan here at HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA, by dialing (985) 872-5777.

In physical therapy rehabilitation, trained and licensed professionals assess and correct abnormal physical function due to, or related to, for instance, a condition, injury, disease, or disability. Physical therapists help care for their patients all throughout their recovery, from the initial diagnosis to the preventive and restorative stages.

Here at HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA, we offer physical therapy rehabilitation under the expert care of Dr. Patrick Haydel and Chadd Duncan, PT, as a standalone treatment or in support of other rehabilitation treatments.

How You Can Benefit from Physical Therapy Rehabilitation

The benefits that you can derive from physical therapy rehabilitation will depend on why you’re undergoing treatment in the first place, in general, however, the benefits include the following:

  • Improved movement, mobility, and range of motion
  • Avoiding surgery
  • Pain management without or less need for addictive pain medications
  • Recovery from trauma or injury
  • Improved balance
  • Fall prevention
  • Easier management of age-related health conditions
  • Maximize sports performance and reduced risk of injury

Physical therapists can likewise advise you regarding the benefits of physical therapy rehabilitation specific to your treatment requirements and goals.

Common Conditions Helped by Physical Therapy Rehabilitation

  • Hand therapy for hand-related conditions like trigger finger and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal dysfunction like TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorders, rotator cuff tears, and back pain
  • Sports injuries such as tennis elbow and concussion
  • Pediatric conditions including muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays
  • Neurological conditions like traumatic brain injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, vestibular dysfunction, and multiple sclerosis

What to Expect During Physical Therapy Rehabilitation

When you consult with our physical therapist here at Houma, LA, you will undergo an extensive physical evaluation and examination, which includes your health history as well as testing procedures for assessing your joint motion and muscle performance, posture, flexibility, and movement. You will then receive a treatment plan, prognosis, and treatment goals.

Likewise, you’ll receive specific physical therapy interventions and treatments based on your therapist’s assessment and diagnosis. In addition, you will learn self-management techniques and exercises you can perform at home to maximize all the treatments you’re receiving.

For More Details About Physical Therapy Rehabilitation, Give Us a Call.

Call (985) 872-5777 to book your consultation with Dr. Patrick Haydel or Chadd Duncan, PT, here at HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA.

In physical therapy rehabilitation, trained and licensed professionals assess and correct abnormal physical function due to, or related to, for instance, a condition, injury, disease, or disability. Physical therapists help care for their patients all throughout their recovery, from the initial diagnosis to the preventive and restorative stages.

Here at HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA, we offer physical therapy rehabilitation under the expert care of Dr. Patrick Haydel and Chadd Duncan, PT, as a standalone treatment or in support of other rehabilitation treatments.

How You Can Benefit from Physical Therapy Rehabilitation

The benefits that you can derive from physical therapy rehabilitation will depend on why you’re undergoing treatment in the first place, in general, however, the benefits include the following:

  • Improved movement, mobility, and range of motion
  • Avoiding surgery
  • Pain management without or less need for addictive pain medications
  • Recovery from trauma or injury
  • Improved balance
  • Fall prevention
  • Easier management of age-related health conditions
  • Maximize sports performance and reduced risk of injury

Physical therapists can likewise advise you regarding the benefits of physical therapy rehabilitation specific to your treatment requirements and goals.

Common Conditions Helped by Physical Therapy Rehabilitation

  • Hand therapy for hand-related conditions like trigger finger and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal dysfunction like TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorders, rotator cuff tears, and back pain
  • Sports injuries such as tennis elbow and concussion
  • Pediatric conditions including muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays
  • Neurological conditions like traumatic brain injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, vestibular dysfunction, and multiple sclerosis

What to Expect During Physical Therapy Rehabilitation

When you consult with our physical therapist here at Houma, LA, you will undergo an extensive physical evaluation and examination, which includes your health history as well as testing procedures for assessing your joint motion and muscle performance, posture, flexibility, and movement. You will then receive a treatment plan, prognosis, and treatment goals.

Likewise, you’ll receive specific physical therapy interventions and treatments based on your therapist’s assessment and diagnosis. In addition, you will learn self-management techniques and exercises you can perform at home to maximize all the treatments you’re receiving.

For More Details About Physical Therapy Rehabilitation, Give Us a Call.

Call (985) 872-5777 to book your consultation with Dr. Patrick Haydel or Chadd Duncan, PT, here at HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA.

By HealthPro Physical Therapy
February 20, 2020
Category: Physical Therapy
Tags: Injuries  

Recent National Runner Surveys show that about three-quarters of regular runners experienced an injury over the past year. At HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA, physical therapist, Chadd Duncan, PT, offers physical therapy and rehabilitation to get you running safely and comfortably again. Here's how this professional team can help you.

Common running injuries

There are several. One may be familiar to you. You understand the pain and disappointment these conditions cause:

  • An ankle sprain is the most common lower extremity injury. Caused by a sudden, twisting of the ligaments on the outer aspect of the ankle, this injury leads to pain, swelling, limited weight-bearing and more. Graded according to severity, ankle sprains require rest, immobilization and strength conditioning to avoid re-injury and long term instability.
  • Runner's knee involves pain under the knee cap. This repetitive motion injury causes substantial discomfort when moving down a slope or stairs. Exercises, such as squats, work well to strengthen supporting ligaments and tendons.
  • Plantar fasciitis results from unbalanced gait. The runner rolls his or her feet toward the midline, stretching the connective tissue between the toes and heel. The resulting heel and arch pain can be substantial, but it responds well to ice, rest and custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics).
  • Shin splints are painful strains of the muscles at the sides of the front leg bones, or shins. Common to inexperienced runners, shin splints require rest and running technique improvement by your physical therapist/rehabilitation specialist in Houma.
  • Achilles tendinitis involves the large band of connective tissue between the calf muscle and heel bone. Rest, ice and a regular routine of stretching exercises before running avoid this overuse injury.

How we help

At HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, rehabilitation and physical therapy are the hallmarks of our treatment programs. Expect a review of your symptoms and a physical examination. Then, your care plan will be tailored to your age, activity level, physical condition and extent of the injury. We want all runners functional, mobile, strong and pain-free.

Contact us

If you have a runner's injury, don't continue to run and risk further injury. Instead, contact HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA, for expert evaluation and treatment. Phone us at (985) 872-5777. Feel better so you can keep going.

By HealthPro Physical Therapy
August 08, 2019
Category: Physical Therapy
Tags: physical therapy  

Physical therapy and rehabilitation services are designed to help patients recover, heal, strengthen, and improve/regain mobility and range of motion in cases of chronic pain or after an injury, accident, or illness. Here at Health Pro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA, our physical therapist, Chadd Duncan, PT, provides treatment for a range of conditions and injuries ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to lower back pain—read on to learn if these treatments are right for you!

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation from our Houma Office

For those suffering from chronic pain or recovering from an injury/surgery, physical activity can be a dreaded task. Fortunately, physical therapy and rehabilitation can be used as an invaluable tool to help the body heal and regain mobility.

When is Physical Therapy Necessary?

A doctor may recommend physical therapy rehabilitation for a number of reasons, including recovery from minor injuries and surgery, as well as mobility problems caused by sprains or fractures. Some of the most common conditions and injuries treated with physical therapy and rehabilitation include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Car accident
  • Surgery
  • Work-related injuries
  • Chronic back pain
  • Head injuries
  • Degenerative disease
  • Joint deterioration

Physical therapy rehabilitation programs are customized to meet each patient's specific needs. For example, while two people may undergo the same type of hip replacement surgery, their physical therapy needs and rehabilitation plans may greatly vary according to a number of factors like their health, medical history, age, lifestyle, and any underlying medical conditions or injuries.

Physical therapy rehabilitation incorporates a range of therapies and treatments such as strength and flexibility training, massage therapy, laser-tissue therapy, and counseling for lifestyle modifications if necessary. Physical therapy is non-invasive and is often a critical part of the healing and recovery process.

Find a Physical Therapist in Houma, LA

For more information about how physical therapy and rehabilitation can help you, contact Health Pro Physical Therapy today by dialing (985) 872-5777 to schedule an appointment.

By HealthPro Physical Therapy
March 11, 2019
Category: Physical Therapy
Tags: Neck Pain   Back Pain   Sciatica   Scoliosis   Arthritis   Whiplash  

Turn to the drug-free, non-surgical way to alleviate your persistent aches and pain.

Neck MassageNeck and back pain are the two most common issues that people face, whether that's caused by sitting for hours in front of a desk, a generally sedentary lifestyle, or sustaining certain injuries. No matter the cause, our Houma, LA, physical therapist, Dr. Chadd Duncan, has just the chiropractic options to help improve your overall musculoskeletal health while targeting the problems that are leading to your neck and back pain.

 

What is causing my neck pain?

There are many conditions and injuries that could be held responsible for neck pain. The most common causes of neck pain tend to be injuries such as whiplash, strains, or sprains. Other causes include herniated discs, a pinched nerve, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and fibromyalgia.

 

What causes back pain?

Some of the same conditions that lead to neck pain can also cause back pain. Common back pain causes include,

  • Poor posture
  • Strains and sprains
  • Bulging or ruptured discs
  • Broken bone
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis

 

When should I seek treatment?

If you’ve been dealing with severe pain, pain that is steadily getting worse, or pain that hasn’t improved in six weeks, then it’s time to seek medical attention. Of course, if your neck or back pain is the result of an injury you should see a doctor immediately to make sure that the injury isn’t severe.

 

How can a chiropractor help me?

If you are suffering from neck or back pain, you can find the relief you need through physical therapy and chiropractic treatment. Not only can we diagnose the problem, but we can also create an individualized treatment plan to fit your condition and the symptoms that you are experiencing.

Undergoing regular chiropractic adjustments (i.e. spinal manipulation) can help to realign the spine and take pressure off certain nerves, ligaments, and muscles while improving blood flow to these areas and promoting healing. Chiropractic treatment also has the ability to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, while restoring joint/muscle flexibility and range of motion.

Don’t let pain tell you what you can and can’t do. If neck or back pain is becoming a regular occurrence, then it’s time to turn to HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA, for the care you deserve. Dial (985) 872-5777 today!

By HealthPro Physical Therapy
December 05, 2018
Category: Physical Therapy
Tags: physical therapy  

How physical therapy from your provider in Houma, LA, can help you

Physical therapy services can help you get back on your feet after an injury or accident. Physical therapy can help you heal after surgery. Physical therapy can help you and your body feel great! Chadd Duncan, PT at HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA, can help you, your body, and your spirit enjoy good health.

Physical therapy is an important cornerstone in medical treatment. It adds value by helping you heal from:

  • Traumatic injuries, vehicle accidents, or sports injuries; physical therapy works to relieve pain associated with muscles, tendons and joints which have experienced traumatic injury. Stretching, strengthening, therapeutic massage, and other services can help you get relief from traumatic injury pain.
  • Medical conditions including diabetes, arthritis, and other debilitating medical issues; physical therapy can relieve body pain associated with conditions that compromise your muscles and joints. Body pain can affect your ability to heal and get active again, which in turn affects your outlook on life. Physical therapy can help you get back to living a normal, active life.
  • Surgical procedures; physical therapy treatment can help with tissue healing by reducing inflammation and swelling, and increasing range-of-motion. Physical therapy can potentially reduce your downtime after surgery and get you back to your daily activities.

Your physical therapist will use a variety of treatments both in-office and at-home to promote wellness in your body. Some of the many treatments your therapist may recommend include:

  • Exercises, to increase strength, flexibility, and function in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  • Massage, to increase circulation, relax your muscles, and relieve body pain
  • Education, to help you care for yourself and heal at home

Physical therapy is an important foundation of treatment to get you back to feeling your best. Your physical therapist can help your body heal after a traumatic injury or surgery. Physical therapy is also a way to promote wellness if your body is compromised by a serious medical condition. To find out more about what physical therapy can do for you, call Chadd Duncan, PT at HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA, today!

By HealthPro Physical Therapy
August 24, 2018
Category: Physical Therapy
Tags: sprains   poor posture   Neck Pain   Back Pain  

Neck and Back PainIt's hard to enjoy life when your neck and back hurt constantly. Fortunately, physical therapy can help relieve your pain and improve mobility. Physical therapy is among the services offered by Chadd Duncan, PT at Health Pro Physical Therapy. The Houma, LA, physical therapy practice provides the care you need to return to your usual activities.

What causes neck and back pain?

Common causes of neck and back pain include:

  • Posture Issues: Your posture may be perfectly fine when you stand, but what about when you sit? If you work in a job that requires you to sit at a desk all day, you may slouch or hunch over without realizing it. Poor posture causes pain when it stresses the joints and muscles in your neck and back.
  • Osteoarthritis: It's not uncommon to develop osteoarthritis as you grow older. The condition occurs when the cartilage that helps cushion the ends of your bones begins to wear away due to wear or tear. When this happens, the bones in the joint rub together when you move, causing pain.
  • Text Neck: Would you be lost without your smartphone or tablet? The devices help us stay connected, but they can also cause text neck, a condition that may be responsible for your symptoms. Looking down at digital devices constantly stresses bones, ligaments, joints, and muscles and may even lead to permanent spinal changes.
  • Strains and Sprains: Falls, lifting heavy objects, or vehicular accidents can cause you to sprain or strain the muscles in your neck or back. Symptoms don't always occur immediately. In fact, you may not experience any pain until a few days after your injury.
  • Herniated Discs: Wear or tear or an accident or fall can cause changes in the soft discs between your vertebrae. When the disc begins to bulge, it may press on nerves, causing numbness, weakness, and pain.

How can physical therapy help me?

Your Houma physical therapist will devise a treatment program based on your specific injury and symptoms. Your plan will probably include strengthening and stretching exercises that will help decrease pain, improve your mobility, and strengthen your muscles. Your physical therapist may also ease your symptoms with heat or cold applications, ultrasound therapy, massage, deep tissue laser therapy, and other treatments.

Relieve your neck and back pain with a visit to Chadd Duncan, PT of Health Pro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA, and treatment sessions. Call (985) 872-5777 to schedule an appointment.

By HealthPro Physical Therapy
May 30, 2018
Category: Physical Therapy

Physical TherapyDislocation occurs when a bone moves out of its normal position in the joint. Areas of the body that tend to be most prone to dislocation include the hips, fingers, shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles, and toes. After a dislocated joint is set back in place and given time to heal, physical therapy is then needed to improve strength, stability, and range of motion in the joint. At Health Pro Physical Therapy, Chadd Duncan, PT, is your experienced physical therapist for physical therapy in Houma, LA.

Physical Therapy

Dislocations occur as a result of sports injuries, falls, sustaining a hit to the joint, or some medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. When a joint is dislocated, it will be noticeably out of place. Dislocated joints are also painful. Bruising and swelling often occur, as well, and range of movement will be severely restricted. Setting a dislocated joint back in place should only be performed by a medical professional. Afterward, depending on the severity of the dislocation, the joint might need to remain immobilized for a few days or weeks to fully heal.

Physical therapy of the dislocated joint can begin once the joint has been reset and had time to heal. Physical therapy will help strengthen the joint, increase stability, and restore full range of motion. Physical therapy can include resistance exercises to increase strength and gentle stretching to improve flexibility and range of motion. The overall goal of physical therapy is to rehabilitate the joint so it can return to normal functioning. In Houma, physical therapy for dislocations is available at Health Pro Physical Therapy.

Physical therapy after a dislocation helps rehabilitate the dislocated joint by improving strength, stability, and range of motion. If you need physical therapy in Houma, LA, schedule a consultation with physical therapist Chadd Duncan, or another member of the physical therapy team at Health Pro Physical Therapy, by calling (985) 872-5777.

By HealthPro Physical Therapy
March 13, 2018
Category: Physical Therapy

Physical therapy treats many injuries, conditions, and diseases. Chadd Duncan, PT, your Houma, LA, physical therapist, can help with physical therapyissues like recovering after an illness or arthritis.

Here's a list of common physical therapies:

  1. Geriatrics physical therapy focuses on older adults and their mobility. The purpose is to help restore movement and reduce pain while taking into consideration physical limitations. Your Houma doctor treats them for arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, joint replacement, and balance disorders.
     
  2. Orthopedic physical therapy is most useful for athletes because it restores the musculoskeletal system: joints, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Stretching, strength training, and endurance exercises are examples of treatments used by your doctor.
     
  3. Neurological physical therapy focuses on neurological conditions. Your doctor works on treating individuals who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, and stroke. Treatment plans attempt to teach patients how to adapt to several loss impairments such affecting their vision, balance, mobility, and muscle loss.
     
  4. Cardiopulmonary physical therapy helps people with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions like those who have suffered from heart attacks, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pulmonary fibrosis. Your doctor wants to help patients improve endurance and functional capabilities.
     
  5. Pediatric physical therapy helps adolescents who may be dealing with sports injuries. Treatments include therapeutic exercises and modalities that alleviate pain, regain strength, improves range of motion, children's balance, and flexibility.

Rehabilitation crucial for recovery following serious illnesses, injuries and/or surgeries.

If you have any questions or concerns, call Chadd Duncan, PT a HealthPro Physical Therapy professional in Houma, LA, today!

By HealthPro Physical Therapy
November 27, 2017
Category: Physical Therapy

Not sure why you're suffering from neck and back pain? Chadd Duncan, PT of HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA shares a few physical therapycommon causes of neck and back pain and explains how physical therapy can relieve your painful symptoms.

Why do I have pain?

Neck and back pain can occur for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Osteoarthritis: Years of wear and tear can result in osteoarthritis, a condition that occurs when the protective layer of cartilage that covers your joints and discs begins to break down, causing the bones to rub together painfully.
  • Sprains and Strains: Sprains and strains can occur if you've been in a vehicular accident, lifted a heavy object or participated in a sport. The injury isn't always apparent immediately. Because it may take a few hours or days for the pain to intensify, you may not even be aware that your symptoms were caused by lifting that bag of mulch or playing a pick-up game of football.
  • Poor Posture: Slouching constantly or failing to maintain good posture when you drive or sit at a desk strains your muscles and joints, resulting in pain.
  • Text Neck: Text Neck, a recently identified condition, occurs when you frequently look down at a smartphone or iPad. Bending your head downward places a great deal of stress on the bones, muscles, ligaments and joints of your neck and can cause headaches and pain and stiffness in your neck and shoulders. If you don't change the way you hold your phone, text neck can even cause permanent changes to your spine.
  • Sleep Habits: Have you ever woken up with a stiff neck or back? Sleeping in unusual positions can cause pain that sometimes last for days.
  • Herniated Discs: The vertebrae in your spine are cushioned by soft discs covered by a tough outer coating. A disc becomes herniated when the soft center breaks free of the outer layer.

How can physical therapy help?

During physical therapy in our Houma office, you'll participate in stretching exercises that increase your range of motion and flexibility and exercises and activities that strengthen the muscles that support your joints. Your treatment plan may also include hot or cold packs, massage, electrical stimulation treatment, ultrasound therapy or neck traction.

Ease your neck and back pain with physical therapy. Call Chadd Duncan, PT of HealthPro Physical Therapy in Houma, LA at (985) 872-5777 to schedule an appointment.

By HealthPro Physical Therapy
July 25, 2017
Category: None
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to the Blog of HealthPro Physical Therapy

HealthPro Physical Therapy would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about physical therapy and our practice.

At HealthPro Physical Therapy we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their physical health and wellbeing.  Our blog was designed to provide you with the latest physical therapy developments and valuable health advice from our dedicated team. 

HealthPro Physical Therapy hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper physical therapy techniques and treatments.

We welcome all comments and questions.

-- HealthPro Physical Therapy





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