What is Physical Therapy Rehabilitation?

Here’s what to expect when you turn to our Houma, LA, team for physical rehabilitation.

While physical therapy and physical rehabilitation are often used to refer to the same thing, it’s important to recognize that physical therapy is just one part of rehabilitation when you turn to our Houma, LA, Dr. Patrick Thompson and the team at HealthPro Physical Therapy for rehabilitation. Want to know what physical rehabilitation entails and how it can benefit you?

What is physical rehabilitation?

When someone is injured or dealing with a condition or disease that impacts how they function and move day-to-day, many people turn to our Houma, LA, physical therapist for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is customized to each individual and is designed to help each person relearn certain skills and improve mobility and range of motion to help make everyday chores and tasks such as grooming or getting around the house easier. Physical rehabilitation is about helping people regain freedom and independence, so they can do things on their own without help. Physical rehabilitation often involves,

  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy

Our physical therapist Dr. Thompson specializes in geriatric and neurological rehab, as well as sports and orthopedic rehab, so patients can get the rehabilitation and physical therapy they need from our Houma, LA, clinic no matter their age, background or lifestyle. We also offer dry needling, soft tissue mobilization and other therapeutic techniques to provide you with comprehensive and well-rounded care.

Who can benefit from physical rehabilitation?

Anyone who has found themselves dealing with health problems, conditions or injuries that have impacted their ability to complete tasks on their own (even simple everyday tasks) may be able to improve these problems through regular physical rehabilitation. Physical rehabilitation can,

  • Prevent falls and improve balance
  • Manage pain and decrease dependence on painkillers
  • Improve mobility, flexibility and range of motion
  • Improve recovery after a stroke or paralysis
  • Avoid the need for surgery and other invasive procedures

We have helped individuals treat or manage a wide range of health problems including,

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Pediatric conditions such as cerebral palsy
  • Stroke
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Burn and wounds
  • Neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries
  • Back pain
  • TMJ disorder
  • Rotator cuff injuries

What should I expect from physical rehabilitation? 

When you come into our Houma, LA, practice for the first time, our physical therapist Dr. Thompson will get to know more about the issues you’re dealing with, as well as your current medical history. Then we will perform a comprehensive physical examination. From there, we will map out a treatment plan. Every treatment plan that we create is customized to our patients based on their goals for physical rehabilitation as well as the issues they are dealing with.

Most patients will benefit from coming in for several sessions each week. Those with soft tissue injuries will begin to see results in about six to eight weeks. We will continue to track and monitor your improvements with each session.

If you are dealing with an injury or health problem that’s impacting mobility and everyday function, you could benefit from the physical rehabilitation services we offer here in Houma, LA. To schedule an evaluation with our physical therapist Dr. Thompson, call HealthPro Physical Therapy today at (985) 872-5777.

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