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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a form of treatment that aims to alleviate problems associated with mobility and daily activity. The benefits of physical therapy include pain reduction, improved mobility, accelerated injury recovery, and managed conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Lakeview Hospital offers a variety of focused programs including orthopedic and neurological therapy, wound care, and a total joint program.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a treatment option usually prescribed by a doctor in relation to a physical ailment. It can take place in a hospital or a private facility, with licensed physical therapists who are trained in body and muscle rehabilitation running the sessions. The goal is to alleviate one’s day to day issues in mobility and activity and accelerate the healing process.

Benefits of physical therapy

Physical therapy offers an assortment of benefits: reduction of the pain caused by a physical ailment, improvement in mobility, acceleration in healing an injury or stroke, and help in the management of existing conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. It can, in certain instances, help a patient avoid surgery or a drug prescription. With exercise and physical activity as the focus of treatment, the benefits can be felt as early as the first session.

Our therapy programs

Lakeview Hospital offers services in all types of medical care. For physical therapy, we offer programs in orthopedic, neurological, joint, and wound therapy.

Orthopedic physical therapy

Orthopedic therapy is directed at afflictions in muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Injuries that would call for orthopedic therapy include bone fractures and breaks, muscle strains, ligament sprains, tendon tears, and others. These afflictions can be caused by sports, surgery, or regular daily activity. Orthopedic therapy enforces the proper healing and rehabilitation of these afflictions.

Neurological therapy

Neurological therapy is directed at problems associated with the nervous system. This includes recovery from strokes, spinal cord and brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, and more. Therapists can help patients regain abilities lost due to such ailments.

Total joint program

Our total joint program is directed at post-surgery recovery from knee replacements, hip replacements and resurfacers, and other joint replacements. Therapy helps keep one mobile and agile when recovering from surgery.

Wound care

Physical therapy aimed at caring for a wound helps heal damaged tissue and regain mobility and position. Necrotic, diabetic, and chronic wounds, ulcers, and edema of the skin can be treated with therapy.

Dry needling

Dry needle therapy is a comprehensive rehabilitation aimed at alleviating problems associated with mobility and daily activity. The team of physical therapists at Lakeview Regional deal with a wide variety of ailments and injuries and have now added dry needling to their available services. Dry needling is a modern, science-based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunction in musculoskeletal conditions, such as neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, knee pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis and low back pain.

Get to the point of no pain

The therapeutic treatment of dry needling is one of the most effective techniques in the world of rehabilitation in treating a musculoskeletal condition that does not get better with traditional treatment. A specially trained physical therapist inserts fine needles into myofascial trigger points (painful knots in muscles), tendons or ligaments, as well as possibly near nerves, in order to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions. Trigger points can be caused by injury, musculoskeletal dysfunction or overuse. The dry needle stimulation boosts the activity of your body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow. The treatment improves pain control, reduces muscle tension and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can also help speed up the patient's return to active rehabilitation and significantly improve function.

The risks of dry needling are low when a competent, certified dry needling practitioner is performing the treatment. Possible side effects and complications include soreness, minor bleeding or bruising at needle sites, fatigue post-treatment, fainting or nausea, if the patient has a preexisting fear of needles.

Dry needling is covered by many insurance plans, making it accessible to more patients. To learn more about the physical therapists who offer dry needling or to schedule an appointment, contact our Covington physical therapy staff at 985.867.4054.

Care you can trust

Lakeview Hospital is a leading hospital in its area, offering everything from behavioral health services to cardiac rehabilitation. To learn more about our healthcare and therapy services, call 985.867.3800.

Direct access to physical therapy services

This means an individual can be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist without first seeing their physician for a prescription referral. This improved access to providers who are experts in musculoskeletal issues and movement disorders will also lessen the burden on primary care physicians.

Accessibility to timely treatment by a licensed physical therapist, promotes optimal outcomes and recovery. According to a study conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association, patients who visited a physical therapist directly for outpatient care had fewer visits and lower overall costs on average than those who were referred by a physician.

Our goal is to provide an atmosphere where individuals can relieve their pain, improve their movement and restore their quality of life without delay. Diagnoses and treatment by physical therapists can range from back pain, including bulging discs or degenerative spine, sport injuries, gait problems, difficulties with balance or any musculoskeletal pain. In most cases, treatment can begin immediately with very little risk of further injury.

While cash prices are available for services, the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center can contact your insurance provider to determine if a physician's referral is needed for reimbursement.

Our rehabilitation center offers comprehensive services of the highest level of treatment in speech, physical and occupational therapy in the region. The dedicated sports medicine team brings experience in the latest technologies to improve mobility and balance. The rehabilitation complex features six private therapy rooms allowing for the daily treatment of many patients.

For more information please call 985.867.4024.