The goal of physical therapy is to help each person maximize their physical function, while minimizing pain, to allow for a fuller and more active lifestyle. Services are tailored to pain-related issues and are generally provided to persons who have not responded completely or who have not responded at all to traditional medical interventions. The physical therapists provide unique therapies and exercise approaches which may not be available through a primary care physician.
The physical therapy treatment approach at Nebraska Medicine involves education, manual therapies and exercise.
Understanding reasons previous treatments may have failed is key to experiencing successful pain management. Our specialists will provide explanations of how the nervous system changes as a result of persistent pain and evaluate how each patient's medical status, environmental status or problem-solving abilities may contribute to the persistence of pain. During this phase, physical therapists determine a good starting point for treatment and go over the plan in great detail.
Manual therapies may not be the same for every patient. These therapies are determined after considering the patient's age, body type and current medical status. During the manual therapies portion of the treatment, past failed treatments are evaluated. Patients are often scheduled with physical therapists and exercise therapy begins. As a result of exercising , the mechanical nervous system, physiologic nervous system and the emotional nervous system are retrained and become less sensitive to the pain and the things that historically have triggered the pain in that particular patient.
Nebraska Medicine’s Pain Management Program uses a form of physical therapy called multi-dimensional manual physical therapy (MMPT). For treatment of chronic pain, the expanded understanding of biomechanics as well as a treatment approach which includes other body systems such as the nervous system, vascular systems, organs and relevant interrelated reflexes is significant in success. Expected outcomes from MMPT include:
- Increased tolerance for reasonable activities
- Reduction of pain intensity
- Reduced occurrence of pain episodes
- Reduced duration of pain when it does occur
The exercises provided by our physical therapy specialists are designed to improve, neuromuscular control, range of motion, peripheral nervous system adaptability and central nervous system adaptability.
To make an appointment with a physical therapist at Nebraska Medicine please call 800-922-0000.