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The Top 8 Ways Physical Therapy Can Empower You To Live Your Best Life!

 

Physical therapy is one of the most grossly underutilized and least understood professions in the medical field. Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. At Parish Physical Therapy, I perform extensive evaluations that give me the necessary information to create individualized treatment plans that help to relieve pain, improve walking, improve balance, recover from a surgery or injury, modify work environments to improve productivity and decrease risk for injury, return to normalcy following pregnancy, and improve performance in sports.


You DO NOT need a physician’s referral to make an appointment with a PT for an evaluation.


Below you will find 8 ways that Physical Therapy can help empower YOU to live your best life!

Parish Physical Therapy in Scott, LA

The Top 8 Ways Physical Therapy Can Empower You To Live Your Best Life!

Physical therapy is one of the most grossly underutilized and least understood professions in the medical field. Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement.  At Parish Physical Therapy in Scott, Louisiana, I perform extensive evaluations that give me necessary information to create individualized plans of care that help to relieve pain, improve walking, improve balance, recover from a surgery or injury, modify work environments to improve productivity and decrease risk for injury, return to normalcy following pregnancy, and improve performance in sports/hobbies.

You DO NOT need a physician’s referral to make an appointment with a Physical Therapist for an evaluation.

Below you will find 8 ways that Physical Therapy can help empower YOU to live your best life!

1.) Reduce or Eliminate Pain

Physical Therapy is one of the most cost-efficient ways to decrease or eliminate pain.  A recent article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association titled, “Expenditures and Health Care Utilization Among Adults With Newly Diagnosed Low Back and Lower Extremity Pain” states that back pain costs the United States healthcare system approximately 1.8 billion dollars every year. Physical therapy was proven to be a cost saving measure while helping patients to relieve pain. The cost of surgery ($27,578) vs Physical Therapy ($1090) has a clear winner. For more information, read the full article below: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2733180

Often times when we have pain, we immediately seek out pain medication or pain relief creams to decrease pain; however, these means only allow for temporary relief. In order to reduce or eliminate pain, a physical therapist can help you treat the CAUSE of your pain. Muscle tightness, Joint capsule tightness, instability, muscle weakness, poor movement patterns/compensations are all potential causes of pain that can be treated using a variety of different techniques.

At Parish Physical Therapy in Scott, Louisiana, we have an extensive list of treatment techniques and modalities available to treat your pain. We offer dry needling, cupping, instrument assist soft tissue mobilization, soft tissue mobilization/massage, myofascial release, mechanical cervical and lumbar traction, cryotherapy, moist hot packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and therapeutic exercise/stretching.

2.) Recover From An Injury

All of us weekend warriors or seasoned athletes understand that performing activities that we are passionate about (running, softball, CrossFIT, playing with our children/grandchildren, working, playing video games, etc.) carry some level of risk and may also result in injuries. Skilled Physical Therapy can help to decrease pain, modify movement patterns, educate on proper lift technique, improve efficiency of movement, relieve muscle imbalances, improve balance to decrease fall risk, heal muscular tightness, and much more! It is important to be an active participate in creating an individualized plan of care to EMPOWER yourself to return to the activities you LOVE as quickly and safely as possible!

3.) Rehab Safely Following Surgery

Rehabilitation following a surgery requires specialized knowledge of surgical protocols in order to prevent injury and damaging a recent surgery. We will contact your surgeon for any necessary protocols or weight bearing statuses to prevent injury. Following a surgery, we will EMPOWER you to expedite the healing process by giving you a customized home exercise program. Our home exercise programs consist of images and videos that can be viewed through any computer, tablet, or cell phone to ensure you are properly performing the exercises.

4.) Improve Functional Mobility

As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass, muscular coordination, and range of motion. We begin to have more difficulty performing activities around the home that at one time were mundane. Sweeping or vacuuming starts to cause lower back pain, getting in and out of the tub strikes a fear of falling, standing from a soft couch or recliner starts to become more taxing, reaching overhead into shelves/cabinets for laundry or plates becomes difficult, and walking to grocery shop begins to seem like an impossible feat. Through stretching, exercising, gait training, and conditioning, I can help improve your ability to return to living your normal life and feel more confident in doing so.

5.) Improve Balance to Decrease Fall Risk

More than 30% of people aged 65 years and older and more than 50% of people aged 80 years and older will fall this year. Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury and fractures in older adults. Falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits by older adults, and the number one cause of hospital admissions due to trauma. It is estimated the average cost of a hospital admission due to a fall is $20,000. https://journals.lww.com/jgpt/fulltext/2011/07000/evidence_based_exercise_prescription_for_balance.2.aspx

From a Traumatic Brain Injury to a broken hip, falls can quickly become one of the most traumatic experiences in a person’s life. Maintaining or retraining balance is of the utmost importance. Through a physical therapy evaluation, I can determine which systems of balance are most affected and require retraining. Home modifications are also essential in improving one’s ability to avoid falls. Grab bars, night lights/lamps, and removal of rugs are a few quick tips that can drastically decrease one’s risk for falling.

I am also certified in LSVT BIG, which is a specialization for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. LSVT BIG is an intensive, effective, one-on-one treatment created to help people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurological conditions address walking, balance and other activities of daily living (for example, writing, dressing and getting up from low chairs) or even job-related tasks. For more information on LSVT BIG, visit:  https://www.lsvtglobal.com/LSVTBig

6.) Work Injury Prevention and Return to Work

With the emergence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and the associated high cost of injured workers, physical therapists are in a unique position to help employers manage these concerns through multidisciplinary injury prevention programs, education, ergonomics, on-site treatment, and return to work programs. Liberty Mutual Insurance (2018) reported in their safety index for 2018 that 13.7 billion dollars were spent in 2017 on overexertion injuries in the workplace. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) reported that in the private workplace industry there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal injuries in the workplace in 2016. Thirty percent of those injuries were classified as sprains, strains, and tears resulting from overexertion injuries. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6509454/

By discussing work conditions, I can help you or your employees become more knowledgeable about injury risks associated with job duties. Under my care, I can help you improve posture, improve workplace ergonomics, educate on proper lifting technique, and stretch/strengthen associated musculature to improve efficiency/productivity and decrease risk for recurring injuries.

7.) Improve Performance in Sports

Limitations in muscle length, myofascial adhesions, weak core musculature, muscular weakness, compensatory patterns due to inefficient movement: all of these reasons can limit you from reaching your full potential. At Parish Physical Therapy in Scott, Louisiana, we are movement experts. After a total body evaluation, I can determine deficits that are limiting your athletic performance. Are you unable to properly perform a snatch or overhead squat due to pain or tightness? As a runner, are you experiencing leg tightness or discomfort mid run? Are you experiencing ankle, foot, knee, hip, back pain with running? Are you having pain with throwing a baseball or football? Do you want to unlock your potential by maximizing your performance?
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8.) Postpartum Rehabilitation Following Pregnancy

Pregnancy and childbirth are extremely taxing on the human body. The process of carrying a child causes hormones such as Estrogen, Progesterone, and Relaxin to cause the ligaments in your pelvis to relax in preparation for childbirth. Core musculature in your abdomen also becomes overstretched and weakened; potentially resulting in a diastasis recti, which is the partial separation of your rectus abdominis muscle. If you have a Cesarean section, the abdominals are separated at their fascial connections, which will cause further weakness. Following childbirth, weakening of pelvic floor muscles may cause incontinence. If you are having “accidents” when sneezing, coughing, laughing, or lifting, know that this does not have to be your new normal and can be fixed with Physical Therapy! Proper postpartum rehabilitation is essential to prevent injuring your back while caring for your newborn baby and being able to enjoy your new lives together for years to come!

If any of this information has benefited you or someone that you know may benefit from seeing a Physical Therapist, Contact Us NOW at Parish Physical Therapy to speak with a Physical Therapist. I would love the opportunity to help empower YOU to live your best life!

What are some of the services, features, amenities, and equipment you would like to see and have available to you at Parish Physical Therapy?

Send me an email at info@parishptla.com to let me know!

Jessica & Chad Jimenez, PT, DPT

Owners of Parish Physical Therapy

Soft Tissue Mobilization and Massage

We Utilize a Hands On Approach to Relieve Pain, Muscular Tightness, and Trigger Points

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Continuing Education & Certifications

Dry Needling Certification – Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments
LSVT BIG Certification – LSVT Global Inc
Level II: Advanced IASTM – Hawk Grips
Level 1 Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training – Smart Tools
Concussion Rehab: Advanced Applications and Program Management
High-Velocity Low Amplitude Thrust Manipulation – Spinal Manipulation Institute
Clinical Approach to Therapeutic Taping – Select Medical
Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy – Select Medical
Mobilization of the Nervous System: Exam & Intervention Strategies – Select Medical
Functional Capacity Evaluations – Select Medical

Educational History

University of Louisiana – Lafayette
Bachelors of Science – Exercise Science

University of Saint Augustine
Doctorate of Physical Therapy


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