Pain Management Therapy & Treatment
After an injury, a person just wants to get moving again. Many times after an injury a person needs to find a way to get moving again without constant pain. A very common goal for restoration of movement is to be able to stand independently, especially for taking care of toileting needs. It’s a great feeling to regain independence! Even if your pain is not primarily muscle-caused, very often the body’s muscles play a role in pain; the body tries to compensate or reduce the pain, and in doing so causes a muscle imbalance. The fact is, most pain has a muscle component to it, and very often incorrect muscle firing is the cause of pain. Sometime muscles do not turn “off” when they are supposed to—called “inhibition”—and this leads to chronic muscle tension as one muscle works against another. Very often you can reduce the amount of pain medication that is used as you learn medication-free ways to reduce your pain.
Neuropsychological Assessments for Accidents and Head Injury
After sustaining a head injury, a thorough assessment of brain functioning can be very helpful in getting one back up to speed in work or school. Unidentified deficits can cause problems in ways that are difficult for the patient or family members to detect, but they can affect work/school performance. This is especially important for children and adolescents. It is not true that the indicator of a severe head injury is loss of consciousness; just because someone did not lose consciousness does not mean they are OK. A neuropsychological assessment involves taking paper and pencil tests that will help diagnose subtle cognitive impairments. Left untreated, these impairments can have devastating effects because they can appear to be a lack of effort or motivation when what is really happening is the result of an injury to the brain.
As a certified Bureau of Worker’s Compensation of Ohio provider, evaluations for return to work are a specialty as part of my larger practice that is focused on rehabilitation. Since this is not just a sideline activity, I have the training and experience to perform the evaluation thoroughly and efficiently. I know your time is precious, and I will not waste it. Sometimes the goal is to have an evaluation done to document the extent of a person’s disability. Or, the goal may be to have therapy that will help the person get moving again so he/she can return to work. There is no wasted time because typically by the end of three sessions (each session is one time a week for one hour) we will know if this kind of therapy is going to be of benefit.
Children, adolescents and adults with cerebral palsy make faster gains with the motor control restoration program. Many are able to find and use muscles that they didn’t know they had. Plus, they learn how to “unlearn” movement patterns that can eventually lead to pain and injury. Many of the patients come for standing balance training and go on to working on walking. Learn more about Cerebral Palsy Movement Therapy.
We provide on-site consultation in a clinic setting for patients receiving care in a clinical rehabilitation facility. The patient is observed at the facility to determine if the Motor Control Restoration program can be helpful in their case.
Clinical consultations can be provided to patients recovering from various conditions, including motor vehicle accidents, stroke, traumatic head injuries, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injury, torticollis, swallowing difficulties, and more.