Physical Therapy Ocala, Fl.
At Ocala Spine and Injury we utilize a variety of physical therapy modalities that may include hot and cold applications, muscle stimulation, interferential therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, diathermy, and cold laser therapy.
Hot Packs - The use of hot packs has several benefits. The heat relaxes tight muscles resulting in decreased pain from muscle spasm or tension. In addition, heat causes the blood vessels to dilate resulting in increased circulation to the injured area. Patients with certain joint injuries, muscle injuries, muscle spasms, and osteoarthritis may benefit from treatment with moist hot packs.
Cold Packs - Cold packs are used by to treat areas of pain and inflammation and are applied directly to the area in need of treatment. Cold therapy applied to the injured area has several beneficial effects as a result of the constriction of the blood vessels in the area and results in a decrease of pain and inflammation.
Ultrasound - Ultrasound is a highly effective treatment modality that utilizes sound waves. Sound waves are transmitted into the injured area and have the effect of heating deep tissues by the micro-vibration caused by the sound waves. The result of this effect is to promote healing by increasing circulation. Different frequencies are utilized depending on whether the injury is acute or chronic.
TENS – T.E.N.S. is the acronym for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. TENS devices are small, battery operated, devices about the size of a small cell phone. TENS units provide pain relief by stimulating nerves around the area of injury and causing a 'short circuit' of the pain fibers at the spinal cord. Electrodes are applied to area around the injury and the stimulator is set at a specific frequency. Patients can wear the device for long periods of time and pain relief is provided for as long as the device is used.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation - Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) utilizes an electrical current to create a contraction in a muscle. Electrodes are placed in strategic locations and the stimulator is activated to help break the muscle spasm or tension at the injured site.