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FibromyalgiaPredominant in young and middle-aged women, Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a musculoskeletal system disorder characterized by chronic pain and tender points. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them.
CryotherapyCryotherapy or Cold Therapy - used to cause vasoconstriction (the blood vessels constrict or decrease their diameter) to reduce the amount of fluid that leaks out of the capillaries into the tissue spaces (swelling) in response to injury of tissue. Ice or cold is used most frequently in acute injuries, but also an effective pain reliever for even the most chronic pain.
Weight ManagementIt is important that you obtain the appropriate diagnosis from your medical doctor. Once diagnosed with OA, there are some things that you can do to slow its progression. Weight loss, strengthening, physical therapy joint mobilization, aquatic exercise, ice when inflamed, heat with stiffness, and bracing the joint can all help. Ask your rehabilitation specialist which is best for you.
Pediatric CareOdessa Physical Therapy (OPT) was started by hometown native Larry Feeler in 1982. His partner, Christiana Robichaud, worked with Larry at Medical Center Hospital. By 1990, OPT had grown to be one of the largest physical therapy practices in the United States. The thirteen licensed physical and occupational therapists at OPT have over 240 years of combined experience in the field. They specialize in every aspect of rehabilitation imaginable such as advanced spine care, balance assessment and treatment, pool therapy, pediatric care, orthopedics and sports medicine, industrial medicine, board certification in hand therapy, real work simulation (hundreds of actual job tasks), functional capacity evaluations, cold laser treatment and much more. OPT and its staff are literally responsible for many of the innovative treatments, interventions, and research available to therapists throughout the United States.
Carpal Tunnel SyndromeUltrasound - ultrasound uses a high frequency sound wave emitted from the sound head when electricity is passed through a quartz crystal. The sound waves cause the vibration of water molecules deep within tissue causing a heating effect. When the sound waves are pulsed, they cause a vibration of the tissue rather than heating. The stream of sound waves helps with nutrition exchange at the cellular level and healing. Studies have shown that ultrasound is helpful for ligament healing and clinically, for carpal tunnel syndrome, and muscle spasm.
IontophoresisIontophoresis - medications are propelled through the skin by an electrical charge. This modality works on the physical concept that like charges repel each other, therefore, a positively charged medication will be repelled through the skin to the underlying tissues by the positively charged pad of an iontophoresis machine. Iontophoresis is usually prescribed for injuries such as shoulder or elbow bursitis.
UltrasoundFor many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques, modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and/or heat or cold therapy. Movement often provides pain relief as well. Your physical therapist will provide you with the appropriate exercises not only for pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance.
Wound CareWound Care - Some therapists specialize in the treatment and care of wounds. This is accomplished by the removal of unviable tissue (debridement), the application of special dressings and prescription drugs/ointments, and the use of ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and aquatic modalities to promote healing. Exercise and patient education are also routine components of a wound care program.
Knee ReplacementI have had severe arthritis for years and put off a total knee replacement as long as I could. After surgery, my knee was so swollen, stiff and painful that I really wondered if it would ever work again. The licensed therapist at OPT customized a plan of care for me to help alleviate my pain and swelling first and then improve my motion and strength. I was amazed how quickly my pain was controlled and how efficiently I made it back to walking. They have a large heated pool where I was able to walk much better than on land. That really helped me get my strength back. They soon progressed me to a harness suspended over a treadmill that allowed them to control how much weight I put on my leg and also wouldn’t let me fall. This made it really easy for me to just concentrate on walking and gradually increase my speed and distance. They even put me on a balance machine that showed me exactly how little weight I was putting on my leg when walking. Their equipment is amazing and it was just what I needed to get better every day. Their people are amazing and I would strongly recommend you visit OPT BEFORE you decide where you are going to do your rehab.
Sports MedicineIn response to the overwhelming support of the community, OPT moved to its current location at 4407 N Grandview in 1990. This state of the art facility has over 17,500 square feet of space and is still one of the largest privately owned out patient facilities in the United States. Our facility includes a 60-foot heated swimming pool with a large workout area, swim lanes, and locker rooms with showers. We also have a large sports medicine gymnasium with over 50 pieces of workout equipment, free weights, five state of the art computerized hand and joint testing machines, a balance assessment and treatment device, and the latest in sports medicine equipment including cold laser therapy.
Aquatic TherapyAquatic Physical Therapy - Aquatic therapy takes advantage of the physical properties of water to assist with the rehabilitative process. Buoyancy, turbulence, hydrostatic pressure, and thermal properties of water can assist with the rehabilitation of a patient. Those suffering from chronic pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lumbar fusion surgery, or with a limited weight-bearing status are just a few of the many different patient populations that can benefit from aquatic therapy.
Manual TherapyExercises typically performed on a cylinder or half cylinder of foam for self-joint mobilization, postural exercise, core stability, and balance training.
Physical TherapyOdessa Physical Therapy (OPT) is your premier full service physical therapy private practice. Our staff is trained to efficiently rehabilitate a variety of conditions. Here is a brief listing of what we specialize in...
Occupational TherapyThe next time you find yourself in need of physical or occupational therapy, come in and meet our wonderful staff and "Experience the OPT Difference".
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