Active Rehab TherapyGilbert, AZ
Active Rehab Therapy is an exercise-based therapy that helps patients improve and restore physical function. Unlike passive treatments, the patient takes an active role in their treatment. This therapy can be effective on its own or as part of a treatment program to aid patients in their recovery from accidents, injuries, surgery, and other circumstances that impair their function.
Active rehab therapy is available in Gilbert, AZ and the surrounding area. We can help you get back to feeling and functioning like yourself. Call Gilbert Physical Medicine today at 480-482-4791 for more information or to schedule a consultation.
Rehabilitation helps those who have lost some of their ability to function due to injury, disease, or a medical condition. The goal of rehabilitation is to restore patients to their pre-illness or injury abilities and level of independence. The ideal rehabilitation program should also seek to accomplish this in the shortest amount of time while minimizing the risk of re-injury.
The number of those in need of rehabilitation is on the rise. An estimated one in three people worldwide could benefit from rehabilitation at some point during illness or injury recovery. With the world's aging population rising, this need is only expected to grow.
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What is Active Rehab
Active rehab is one form of rehabilitation approach that helps patients build back strength and restore function. During active rehab, the patient actively participates in the rehab by exerting force to complete exercises rather than have the exercises performed on them, as is the case with passive rehab. Active rehab is a program of exercises tailored to the patient to help them recover from a condition or injury. The patient follows this regular and therapeutic exercise plan which may include:
- Coordination exercises
- Endurance training
- Exercises to improve balance
- Light Aerobic exercise
- Progressive resistance training
- Range of motion exercises
- Strength training
- Stretching and flexibility training
Benefits of Active Rehab Therapy
This type of rehab can help people to their pre-injury or illness selves faster. It can help reduce inflammation and scar tissue while increasing strength and endurance. Also, staying active after an injury helps the patient build and maintain muscle mass and range of motion.
Active rehab therapy can have mental health benefits as well. Exercise is an effective way to boost one’s mood naturally. Also, the patient is playing an active role in the therapy, which can build confidence as well.
This therapy has shown itself effective in pain reduction. One study found that that patients with back pain can reduce pain significantly with active rehab therapy. Therefore, active rehab may help patients avoid reliance on prescription painkillers to reduce pain.
Who is a Candidate
Most people who suffer from an illness, injury, or condition that keeps them from fully functioning are good candidates for active rehab therapy. People can participate in active rehab if they have suffered a new injury or have been dealing with an injury for a long time. Issues that active rehab therapy can help with include:
- Auto accidents
- Chronic pain
- Job related injuries
- Long term disability
- Neck and back pain
- Recovery from a stroke
- Sports injuries
What to Expect From Therapy
There is no one standard therapy plan for all individuals. A patient's set of exercises depends on their overall health, age, current physical condition, the nature of their injury, and other personal factors. Most of our active rehab therapy plans take place weekly over several weeks. However, some plans may take place over a longer period of time.
Some patients experience relief more quickly than others. However, there are things a patient can do to enhance the success of their therapy. Getting plenty of rest and staying hydrated is a must. In addition, our team will provide advice on nutritional support. In addition, it is up to every patient to make sure they understand the exercises, and how to properly execute any they will be performing at home on their own.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from my first appointment?
The first appointment is the consultation. We will discuss the health issue, conduct a thorough examination and go over your treatment options. We recommend patients allow an hour for the first appointment. Subsequent appointments will depend on your particular treatment plan.
How do I know if I am a good candidate?
Most patients are good candidates for this treatment. However, our team will complete a thorough exam, including diagnostics and medical history. This is to ensure there are no factors that could lead to complications during treatment.
How long can I expect to be in therapy?
The answer to this question depends on your issue and set of circumstances. Treatment times vary widely. Some patients are in treatment for a few weeks, while others may be in treatment for a year or more. We will customize the patient’s treatment plan and give a more accurate estimate for the length of treatment following the examination.
How should I prepare for a treatment appointment?
We recommend comfortable clothes that you can easily move in. This is not as important for the consultation appointment. However, you will need to be able to move as freely as possible during therapy.
Will my insurance cover active rehab therapy?
Many insurance plans do cover this type of therapy. Our practice works with a range of different insurance providers. However, the best thing to do is to contact your insurance provider for verification.
Call Us Today
Active Rehab Therapy allows patients to harness the power of exercise and movement to help heal the body, reduce pain, and improve mobility. If you are suffering from an injury or condition that is interfering with your life, we may be able to help. Call Gilbert Physical Medicine today at 480-482-4791 to schedule an appointment or learn more.
Gilbert Physical Medicine is located at 725 W Elliot Rd Suite #115 Gilbert, AZ 85233.
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