Rehabilitation after an accident, surgery, or serious illness is hard, but not impossible. Many patients in similar situations have fought their way through and achieved what they thought, perhaps, at the time they could never do.
But rehabilitation is also a process that requires some very specialized assistance from medical professionals well-trained in the specific areas of rehabilitation that apply to your situation. There are three types of therapy.
After an accidental injury, major surgery, or other incident affecting your physical condition and your ability to move freely, a physiotherapist can often help. Physiotherapists use massage, joint movements, simple muscle-stretching exercises, and other techniques to help reduce stiffness and pain, enable freer, fuller movements, and generally speed up the recovery process.
Both therapist and patient share in the difficulty of the work as well as the feeling of accomplishment that comes with success. In all cases, real improvements can be achieved that help patients to live a fuller, more rewarding life after successful therapy.
An occupational therapist focuses on helping patients recover and relearn to perform daily tasks, such as getting dressed in the morning, taking a shower, interacting socially, or getting back into work or school routines.
Occupational therapists work with you daily to help you regain as much independence as possible following a stroke, heart attack, slip and fall accident, an extended hospital stay, a mental illness, or a host of other possible health incidents or chronic conditions.
They identify your areas of strength and weakness, set and progress toward specific goals, and use strategies and techniques to change your environment and improve your confidence.
After an illness or accident, it is surprising to find how many things you suddenly aren’t able to do that you could do without a thought before; it is also surprising and rewarding to realize how many of these abilities you can regain through sustained effort with the help of a specialist.
Oftentimes, after a stroke or heart attack or certain other conditions, patients have difficulty speaking and communicating. They may struggle with fluency or physical pronunciation of words, or both. Many speech pathology patients also have trouble swallowing food and water safely. A speech pathologist can help.
It’s easy to begin to fear the worst in the aftermath of an accident, but there is hope and there is help. The Arbors practices each of these types of rehabilitation for well-rounded recovery. For assistance and encouragement in every step of the rehabilitation process, contact The Arbors in Amarillo.