Our therapist here at Texas Orthopedic and Physical Therapy Institute may focus on decreasing pain with either passive or active therapy. Examples of passive physical therapy include:
- Heat/ice packs
- TENS unit with is a small, battery-operated device delivers low-voltage electrical current through the skin via electrodes placed near the source of pain. The electricity from the electrodes stimulates nerves in the affected area and sends signals to the brain that "scramble" normal pain perception. TENS is not painful and may be effective therapy to mask pain such as diabetic neuropathy.
Examples of active physical therapy include:
- Strengthening exercises
- Pain relief exercises
- Low-impact aerobic conditioning
Keep in mind that our programs at Texas Orthopedic and Physical Therapy Institute are individualized to meet each person's individual needs. Each person may respond differently to therapy. People have different types of bodies, different patterns of movement, different alignments, and different habits. Our Physical therapists and trained staff can monitor each individual and develop a program to correct improper habits, alignments, and movement patterns to manage determined pain.