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A Path To Faster Recovery With Rehab Equipment & Physical Therapy

Jan 10, 2008
Injuries happen to everyone. In some cases, patient will have to undergo extensive rehabilitation therapy to get back to their previous physical capabilities. Whether it is an athlete recovering from a sports injury or a geriatric patient is getting over a hip surgery, they will all need the right rehabilitation equipment to fully recover. Depending upon the recommendations of the physician, that rehab equipment can take many forms. An informed patient will be better able to select the proper equipment for his needs. This will expedite his full recover and return to an active life.

Injuries often lead to the need for some sort of physical therapy. Physical therapy's primary goal is to return the patient to his former strength level in the injured body part. This usually means that the patient will undergo exercises to rebuild the muscle lost during that convalescence. The physical therapist might require rehabilitation equipment in such cases to take the form of balance boards, or physical therapy tables. Other types of equipment used by physical therapists could include general exercise equipment such as resistance bands and exercise balls. Exercises prescribed by the physical therapist should be carefully followed by the patient if he is continuing his therapy at home. The patient's form while doing the activities needs to be paid careful attention, since poor form could result in further injury. Continued compliance with the therapist's recommendations is necessary in order to properly rebuild the muscle and prevent one side of the body being stronger than the other. This could lead to poor posture and pain or increased risk for injury.

There are other forms of rehab equipment. During rehabilitation, many patients have moderate to high levels of pain. While pain medications might be prescribed by their physicians, these might not be enough or they might have adverse side effects, rending them harmful to the patient's use. In such instances, the patients might consider using electrotherapy. This can take many forms and it can be delivered in different ways. Some of these include electrical stimulation units, peripheral nerve stimulation units, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units. These all deliver a mild shock which stimulates the nerves to help relieve pain. These methods are non addictive, and they have been proven safe for most patients. Patients who are pregnant, nursing, have metal implants, have high blood pressure or heart disease should discuss using this form of rehabilitation equipment. Those who have a pace maker should not use electrotherapy as a means of pain relief since the treatment could interfere with the pace maker resulting in potentially life-threatening fibrillations.

A certified rehab specialist will not only assist you with a speedy recovery, but will also help you to maintain your physical health once you had completed rehab therapy. Talk to your doctor or therapist about continuing your rehab program at home. Your rehab specialist can recommend a series of at-home exercises and a choice of appropriate rehabilitative equipment for at-home use to set you on a permanent pass to recovery, such as;

- Balance Boards
- Cardio Equipment
- Dumbells
- Exercise Balls
- Exercise Pulley & Stretching Equipment
- Fingers & Hand Exercisers
- Floor Mats & Platforms
- Foam Rollers
- General Exercise Products
- Intracells
- Resistance Bands
- Resistance Tubing
- Resistance Weight Lifting Equipment
- Resistant Cords
- Shape Belts
- Treadmills
- Wrist & Ankle Weights
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