Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Specialist

McGowan Medical Centers

Chiropractors located in Jacksonville, FL

Almost half of adults in the United States have some kind of chiropractic problem, and that accounts for 10% of all health care costs, according to a recent U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative report. Physical therapy & rehabilitation is important, whether you seek it as a post-surgery treatment or a way to handle chronic pain. Drs. Royce and Shelita McGowan and Dr. Kwame Jenkins at the McGowan Medical Centers in Jacksonville, Florida, know how to diagnose the causes of pain and recommend the best physical therapy treatments.

Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a personalized, drug-free treatment program devised to relieve pain and improve impaired movement, strength, coordination, balance and flexibility caused by musculoskeletal, neurological or cardiopulmonary issues. These issues can be the result of numerous factors, including:

  • Injuries
  • Repetitive stress or poor alignment
  • Chronic illness
  • Surgery

What kinds of things will I do in physical therapy?

Some of the exercises will be performed with the physical therapist, so they can check out whether your range of motion has improved, and to make sure you’re doing the exercises correctly. It’s important that your physical therapy doesn’t create more pain or injury.

Some of the therapies involve:

  • Stretching, sometimes using a large rubber band
  • Heat and ice
  • Manipulation of the muscles and joints
  • Massage
  • Light weightlifting
  • Spinal decompression machine

Drs. McGowan and Dr. Jenkins may push you into more rigorous tasks as you improve. The exercises are for strengthening the weaker muscles around the point of injury. Most of the exercises are for pain relief, so if you’re doing them at home and they cause more pain, stop doing them and call the office for an appointment right away.

The physical therapy may seem like low-impact aerobics, and some exercises may seem simple and have no impact at all, but every part of the program is necessary and is designed by the team for your best path toward healing.

How long with the physical therapy take?

Every injury is different, and every path to recovery is individual. The McGowan Spinal Rehabilitation Center experts will give you a customized plan and estimate the approximate length of recovery time, but also give you very specific instructions about what to do — and what not do — at home.

A great deal of the recovery time and speed of recovery is up to you. Your doctor at McGowan Spinal Rehabilitation Center will keep tabs on your progress and adjust the physical therapy for better healing and more pain relief as needed.

The whole idea is to heal properly. Your McGowan Medical Centers doctor keeps you informed about your overall improvement and what additional steps you can take in your lifestyle to improve your healing.

How common is turning to a chiropractor for rehabilitation?

More people are trusting chiropractors for non-surgical healing treatments, whether it’s after an accident, surgery, or a serious injury. Nearly 62 million adults in the United States went to see a chiropractor in the last five years, and more than half of those went to see a chiropractor for treatment in the past year, according to a recent study by the Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

About three-fourths of the people who went to see a chiropractor found the treatment “very effective,” and 88% said it was a good value for the money, according to the survey.

How does the team at McGowan Spinal Rehabilitation Center decide what rehabilitation treatments to use?

After your initial consultation, Drs. McGowan or Dr. Jenkins will outline the best treatment options for you, with any invasive surgical techniques being the last option.

Your rehabilitation will include orthopedic and and other physical examinations to assess your posture and likely some X-rays. The doctors will review your medical history, detail your daily activities, review your lifestyle habits, check your medications, perform some simple range-of-motion tests, and ask you to assess your pain tolerance in certain problem areas of your body.

The treatment for your rehabilitation will include some manipulations, massage, pressure treatments, and perhaps some time on the practice’s motorized spinal decompression table.

The team at McGowan Medical Centers will explain how best they can help you, how long the treatments will take, and all of the costs involved. They’ll also ask you about your personal goals for rehabilitation. Your first step, however, is visit their office.

Will I have rehabilitation homework?

More than likely you will. In addition to exercises, you may be advised to make changes in your diet and lifestyle habits. The doctors can also offer ergonomic advice. They are firm believers in offering preventive measures to avoid re-injury.