As part of your podiatric and pain management rehabilitation program, the following treatment techniques may be used. Rehabilitation is a valuable tool to regain lost function, to assist in the reduction of pain, to increase physical strength and range of motion, and to increase your walking and weight bearing ability. Understanding your rehabilitation program and the treatment techniques used will assist you to be an active participant in the healing process. We believe that by educating you about the how and why of the different treatment techniques, you will be more motivated about your healing process. The physical rehabilitation process does require your commitment and participation. Please ask us about the following information if you have any questions.
REMEMBER: Our treatment philosophy integrates western and eastern techniques and involves you in the process.
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- Electrical Stimulation: This modality is quite sophisticated and is very valuable in controlling pain and swelling; helping to restore lost function of a body part and in restoring lost muscle power and range of motion. Arthritic conditions, sports injury and trauma respond quite favorably. Our office provides several different electrical stimulation options such as micro stimulation, galvanic high volt stimulation, Russian stimulation and neuromuscular re-education. Home units for pain management and a unique unit called Micro-Z Mini, which is used during the night with a special conductive garment for chronic intractable pain and diabetic and peripheral neuropathy.
Please read the following article to learn about the specific types of electrical stimulation unit available to you in the following link: TYPES OF ELECTRICAL STIMULATION
- Ultrasound: The ultrasound machine produces sound waves that penetrate into your tissue to help promote local healing. The ultrasound causes local warmth and tissue healing and increases circulation. Ultrasound should not be used over an open wound or infection, if you are pregnant or if you have any metal such as pins or plates in the immediate area. It is also not recommended for individuals with a pacemaker. Ultrasound is a widely used modality for conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, capsulitis, pain, and inflammatory conditions.
Biomechanical Immobilization Strapping and Kinesio Taping Method: Dr. Diamond specializes in biomechanical and support taping for a wide range of sport and over-use injuries. He offers structural taping for ankle and foot injuries and a more functional taping technique called the Kinesiotape system. He is well known for his innovative taping techniques utilizing a wide range of taping materials and products. Removable self-strapping products are also available for your home use and during athletic performance.
- Infrared Treatment: We use several types of infrared to increase local blood supply, to assist in tissue healing and to stimulate cellular metabolism. A mild sense of increased warmth is experienced.
- Kinetic Activity for Strength and Endurance: In simple terms, Exercise. We all recognize the importance of exercise to help restore pain-free range of motion and function. In most cases, you will be given exercises that are to be completed one to two times per day in your home. It is essential that you complete these exercises correctly and daily. Please ask us if any of the exercises are not clear, as proper form is most important. We blend Pilates, Yoga and other valuable forms of exercise into your individualized program. Balance training and fall prevention is also emphasized.
- Manipulation/Myofascial Release: This is a hands-on technique to help promote good alignment of your bones and soft-tissue. Many times an injury or arthritis can cause your bones and tissues to “get out of place”. This technique is valuable in promoting greater alignment of the foot and ankle structure. In some cases, a cold spray called Fluori-Methane or Ethyl Chloride will be used to enhance the lengthening of the muscle or tendon. Most patients experience manipulation as a pleasant experience. The various taping techniques offer in the office with complement this treatment modality.
- Traction: We all know how traction is used for whiplash or neck problems. There now exists traction therapy for the feet, which is quite valuable in helping to promote alignment and function of the feet and toes. One will experience a slight tugging of the toes that is not painful. Traction therapy can be used in the office and at home; and can be valuable for bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
- Intermittent Compression Therapy: This machine is essentially a large boot that is applied to the foot and leg. The boot inflates with air for roughly 20 seconds and then deflates. This therapy is very valuable in controlling swelling, and to promote greater circulation of the area. Intermittant compression can be very helpful shortly after an ankle sprain, for Achilles tendonits, varicose veins and lymphedema.
- Computerized Gait (walking) Analysis: State of the art computerized assessment tool, which provides valuable information concerning how you walk, how your walking affects your posture and function and other key biomechanical factors. The information gathered from this test is then incorporated into your comprehensive rehabilitation plan. Testing can be completed to evaluate your alignment during waking, running and balance testing. Select Yoga postures or Pilate’s positions can be tested to ensure your proper form.
- Acupuncture: This is a valuable complementary modality that has been practiced for thousands of years. The acupuncture needles are sterile and are only used with you and then safely discarded. The acupuncture technique used in this office is Japanese style and is essentially painless, but has been very effective.
Please note that the above is only a partial listing of the Rehabilitation Modalities & Treatment Techniques offered and that additional educational material is available for you to read. If you have any questions, please ask Dr. Diamond and our staff.