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Kendall Physical Therapy Services in Yorkville


Pre and Post Surgical Rehab

Pre-op Physical Therapy

Pre-surgical physical therapy rehab helps the body recover strength around the surgical site to enhance recovery following your surgery. During pre-op physical therapy, your physical therapist works with you to improve your strength and function surrounding the injury site. 

Post-op Physical Therapy

The sooner you start physical therapy after surgical correction, the greater the impact on your recovery. Discuss your options with both your surgeon and physical therapist before surgery to set up your postop care as soon as possible.

Physical therapy begins once your wound heals and your body is ready to heal the torn tissues or damaged joint. Without physical therapy, the corrected tendons, tissues, and muscles stiffen, and scar tissue interferes with the range of motion. Atrophy could limit comfort and strength at your surgical site without physical therapy, too.


Fall Prevention and Balance Training

Dizziness and disequilibrium may cause you to develop long-term conditions impacting your gait and balance. These can affect your lifestyle, making it difficult to stay active. Muscles get weaker, and joints ache. 

Major reasons why some patients are more likely to fall:

  • Chronic health conditions like heart disease, arthritis, or dementia
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure) causing dizziness
  • Previous hip, knee, or ankle injuries
  • Vision or hearing problems, osteoporosis, or muscle weakness in the legs
  • Concussion, vertigo, and vestibular diseases

Most falls can be prevented with physical therapies that greatly improve your chances of staying on your feet.


Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy

Highly trained orthopedic and sports physical therapists are dedicated to treating disorders that affect bones, joints, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Dr. Lijo Joseph works closely with patients to develop customized courses of physical therapy treatments.

Dr. Joseph specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehab for:

  • Sprains and Strains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cartilage Injuries
  • Overuse Injuries


Dry Needling

Dry needling, performed by a skilled, trained, certified physical therapist, uses a thin monofilament needle. The needle penetrates the skin to treat underlying trigger points (like muscular knots) to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain and impairments of movement. 

Dry needling often provides relief for muscular pain and stiffness. Plus, easing trigger points can improve flexibility and often increases the range of motion immediately. That's why the Dry Needling method is frequently used in the treatment of sports injuries, muscle pains, and fibromyalgia type pain.


Cupping

Originating in China, cupping was made famous here by Michael Phelps. Much as the name suggests, cupping involved creating suction on the skin with cups. The suction facilitates healing with increased blood flow. 

Physical therapists use cupping to ease back pain, headaches, neck pain, and more. Used for thousands of years to treat inflammation and improve blood flow, cupping has shown that it can be particularly effective in treating nerve entrapments. Cupping therapy is used to treat:

  • Migraines
  • Rheumatic diseases like arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Varicose veins
  • Back and neck pain
  • Skin problems like eczema and acne
  • High blood pressure
  • Bronchial congestion from allergies and asthma

 

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a hands-on physical therapy technique that applies gentle sustained pressure into Myofascial connective tissues where they are restricted. This pressure helps eliminate pain and restore function and range of motion.

Myofascial Release helps you relax chronic muscle pain. Targeting myofascial pain points to relieve stress relaxes the muscle. Many patients find emotional tension benefits from the reduction in pain and discomfort.

The trigger points are a source of pain, often localized like a knot. Sometimes the knot in a muscle causes other muscles to react, so the tension spreads. Actively addressing the knots one by one reduces the pain in the whole fascial system.


Graston Technique

The Graston Technique is a patented instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization technique for breaking down scar tissue. This non-surgical technique benefits connective tissues throughout the body, including organs, bones, nerves, muscles, and the surrounding blood vessels.

Graston Technique therapy accelerates your rehab, so you can continue working, lifting, running, swimming, and training. With a shorter treatment time, you get back to your activities sooner. Typical treatments are over a 4-to-5-week period.

Some of the most common conditions treated with the Graston Technique:

  • Ankle Pain  
  • Wrist Pain  
  • Neck Pain  
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hip Pain
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow  
  • IT Band (Iliotibial Band)
  • Back Pain  
  • Golfer's Elbow 
  • Knee Pain  
  • Heel Pain  
  • Shoulder Pain (Rotator Cuff)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Trigger Finger
  • Women's Health  


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Conditions We Treat

Here at Kendall Physical Therapy, we help patients cope with many types of pain. Here is a sampling of how we help those who come to us for relief.

Ankle Pain

Ankle sprains frequently happen among active people. You could be running or walking on uneven ground or jumping to cause a sprain. Usually, the sprain occurs when your foot twists inward. So, the ligaments on the outside of your ankle stretch or tear. And about 80% of injured ankles will be re-injured in the future! 

At Kendall Physical Therapy in Yorkville, we use a combination of manual therapy techniques, supporting therapies, and targeted exercises to reduce your pain and swelling quickly. Soft tissue and joint mobilizations restore the proper muscle activation and joint mechanics in the longer term.

We go beyond the injury, getting to the root of the problem. For example, ankle sprains often result from lower back or hip weaknesses, combined with a lack of stability in the ankle. As you improve, your treatment at Kendall Physical Therapy in Yorkville emphasizes your strength and stability in your body’s lower half to promote better function and reduce re-injury risk.


Heel Pain

Heel pain affects over half of Americans. Repetitive motion from step aerobics, running, dancing, jogging, pregnancy, or weight gain damages or tears the plantar fascia, which causes inflammation and pain in your heel.

Shoes can contribute to the problem, too. Thin-soled, loose-fitting shoes or shoes without arch support or padding that absorbs shocks increase strain and heel pain. Wearing high heels also causes strain on the tissues around the heels.

If you have heel pain, Kendall Physical Therapy in Yorkville can help. Heel pain can be successfully treated with physical therapy and targeted exercises. Your physical therapist will show you a series of specially targeted exercises to stabilize your ankle and heel. This is critical to successful long-term treatment to rid yourself of heel pain.

Your physical therapist may recommend wearing athletic tape for support on the bottom of your foot during the day. At night, you may wear a splint to stretch your calf and your foot’s arch. Additional hands-on therapies from your physical therapist reduce the inflammation and pain in your heel.


Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a common reason patients see a physical therapist to relieve pain. The main goal of physical therapy for shoulder pain is to improve your quality of life by decreasing pain and increasing your mobility and strength. With shoulder pain, you could have difficulty reaching something up high, getting dressed, rolling over in bed, or even reaching in your back pocket. If you have avoided these activities because of pain, weakness or stiffness, physical therapy can likely help.

Your physical therapist first examines your strength and range of motion and checks your function, like reaching up and behind your back. You will discuss your goals together and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Physical therapy treatments for shoulder pain include:

  • manual therapy
  • stretches
  • strengthening
  • joint mobilization and stabilization
  • ultrasound
  • electrical stimulation
  • athletic taping
  • dry needling
  • and more

Ask your physical therapist about activity modification and ergonomics, too. Physical therapy is often an effective non-surgical treatment for shoulder pain. But if you have decided to have surgery, physical therapy both before your operation and as rehabilitation afterwards speed recovery, reduce pain and support optimal outcomes.

 

Back Pain

Physical therapy is often recommended if you have lasting, low back pain or recurrences of low back pain. Physical therapy will decrease your back pain, increase your function, and develop a maintenance program to make it less likely you hurt your back in the future.

Physical therapy programs to help resolve back pain usually have 2 elements:

  • Passive physical therapy that helps reduce your pain to a manageable level. These treatments include heat and ice packs, TENS units, ultrasound, dry needling, and manual therapy.
  • Active exercises and therapies to stabilize and rehabilitate your spine and your core. These treatments include targeted exercises for stretching, strengthening, and conditioning.

Even if you have a hectic schedule, it should be possible to maintain a back pain rehabilitation and maintenance regimen to give you short-term and long-term back pain relief.


Neck Pain

Physical therapy is a standard treatment for acute and chronic neck pain. Most physical therapy for neck pain involves reducing pain and stiffness enough to start a program to strengthen and stretch your neck. The specific methods, like manual therapy or dry needling, and the duration of your treatment, vary depending on your condition and how well your neck responds to treatment. 

Physical therapy for neck pain works to:

  • Reduce your pain and stiffness
  • Improve range of motion in your head and neck
  • Develop neck strength and stabilize the supporting musculature
  • Develop strategies to prevent recurring pain

Physical therapy plays an important role in improving function and posture to reduce acute and chronic neck pain.

Physical therapy for neck pain is recommended in many situations, like:

  • General chronic pain. If your neck pain lingers or keeps coming back, increasing your neck’s muscle strength helps them support your head and spine and reduce pain.
  • Recovering from an injury. Whiplash and other neck injuries damage soft tissues and joints. So, you feel ongoing pain and stiffness. Physical therapy can reduce pain and help you return to normal functioning.
  • Surgery recovery. Neck surgeries can result in pain and stiffness for weeks and even months. Physical therapy may help stiffness, increase your neck’s function, and reduce or even prevent spasms and pain as you rehabilitate your neck muscles.

Physical therapy for neck pain is recommended in other cases, like as part of a treatment program for other parts of your body.


Chronic Pain

Chronic pain occurs when independently beyond average tissue healing times. While any condition could lead to chronic pain, some medical conditions more likely, such as:

  • Trauma and injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Limb amputation

Other diseases, like cancer or arthritis, cause ongoing pain. Chronic and ongoing pain affects people differently. Physical therapists work with you as a chronic pain patient to lessen your pain and restore your activity to the highest possible level.  

Your physical therapist first performs a thorough evaluation. This includes:

  • Your past and present health
  • Medication you take
  • Your symptoms – location, intensity, frequency
  • How chronic pain affects your daily life
  • Tests to help to identify problems with your posture, strength, flexibility, mobility, and movement

Your therapist will use the examination and test results to design a customized treatment plan to help your individual, unique recovery. You will receive education about chronic pain, and together you will find solutions to get you moving!


Hip Pain

Acute hip pain often starts with a fall, an automobile accident, or some other sudden injury. Chronic hip pain can creep up over time from overuse, misuse, or disease. Eventually, the pain in your hip starts to interfere with your everyday activities. Earlier treatment is always better, but no matter how long you have suffered from hip pain, Dr. Joseph can help.

The physical therapy process for hip pain begins with a thorough assessment to determine what factors influence your pain, mobility, and function. Based on the assessment and your goals, your physical therapist develops a physical therapy program for your recovery. Physical therapy for hip pain is often used to:

  • Avoid the need for hip surgery
  • Prepare for hip surgery
  • Recover after hip surgery

No matter your situation, physical therapy is a natural, non-invasive, effective choice for pain relief if you have hip pain. Get back to your favorite activities without pain in your hip!


Knee Pain

Knee pain may begin after a sudden accident or fall or get worse over time due to high levels of activities. As a result of your athletic activities, you may suffer from knee pain. Running, jogging, aerobics classes, or other activities put stress and pressure on your knees. Over time, you find your knees are why you cut your activities short and eventually start to avoid doing what you want to avoid the pain.

Physical therapy for knee pain helps you avoid the need for surgery, helps you prepare for surgery, and helps you recover from surgery. Don’t let knee pain influence your activities anymore! Special treatments for knee pain, like dry needling, can get you back to your favorite activities quickly!


Sciatica

If you suffer from sciatica, you know how completely debilitating it can be. As the pain shoots from your lower back, through your hips and buttocks, and burns down your leg, there is no question you have sciatica.

Your physical therapist will begin by providing treatments to reduce the pain and inflammation from your sciatica. Then, they will work to undo the underlying cause and finally help you prevent recurrences and flareups in the future. A future without sciatica!

Your physical therapist may suggest a combination of manual soft tissue mobilization and exercise therapies to treat your sciatica. The specific treatments depend on the underlying causes of your sciatica and your pain level. Physical therapists are specifically trained to provide manual therapy, exercise programs, and rehabilitation for your radiating sciatica pain.

Got pain?!? Tried all the conventional physical therapy options? Consider dry needling, cupping and the Graston technique to address your pain. No matter what type of pain you are experiencing, contact Dr. Lijo Joseph at Kendall Physical Therapy in Yorkville. Physical therapy can help you get back to your normal activities!

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