Whether a patient’s rehab is related to surgery, illness, or injury, Dr. Andrew Kiper, DC of Lakeside Spine & wellness in the Ravenswood and Lincoln Square area of Chicago, IL, is experienced in providing quality chiropractic care. His expertise and skill in progressive rehab is sought out by patients throughout Chicago’s north side.
Rehabilitation Q & A
What Is Rehabilitation? Rehab is physical medicine designed to return the body to optimum health and function following illness, injury or surgery. Chiropractic rehab includes muscle strengthening, balancing exercises, and deep soft-tissue work. Chiropractors can also teach patients the correct ways to move to promote function, and proper mobility and stability.
Who Needs Rehabilitation? Most people would probably immediately think of rehab for a serious injuries or stroke. However rehabilitation also teaches patients how to move correctly and how to modify a movement after an injury. Poor posture can cause many musculoskeletal issues, and rehabilitation may be used to counteract the effects of postural problems. Rehab is also used after a bone fracture, in which case the goal is to strengthen the surrounding muscles and tendons, as well as, diagnosis and address any balance changes.
What Are the Goals of Rehabilitation? Although the overarching goals of rehab are to reduce pain, and improve stability and mobility, rehabilitation can also help with other issues. For example, a person who has a hip, knee, or back problem often compensates by changing his or her gait or posture. This sets up a series of musculoskeletal changes that can cause pain and muscle spasm or affect the balance. All of these factors must be taken into account in developing a rehabilitation treatement plan for each patient. Other considerations include the patient’s physical capability, endurance, cognitive abilities, and determination to heal.
What’s the Connection with Chiropractic Care? Rehab may encompass other components such as speech or occupational therapy. However, musculoskeletal issues are at the center of most rehabilitation plans. Chiropractic is one of the few health care disciplines that focuses on musculoskeletal issues. Physical therapy tends to use a joint-by-joint approach to rehab. Chiropractic care, by contrast, addresses the entire patient as a whole, as posture, gait, muscles, skeletal alignment and tendons are all interconnected. For example foot or ankle issues can lead to pain in the knee or hips. For the best and long-term results, chiropractic treatment always treats a patient’s underlying problem and not just the symptoms.