Maintaining an active independent lifestyle is an integral part of living in or visiting Big Bear. We discuss a care plan that is focused on outcomes that you want. We can help relieve your symptoms, improve your health and physical abilities, and most importantly we want you to return to a healthy lifestyle. The Physical therapists and Physical therapy Assistants of Bear Valley Community Hospital offer up-to-date skills and treatment available.
When Is Physical Therapy Provided?
Physical therapy is provided when someone falls, hurts a shoulder, twists a knee or ankle, has head or neck aches, experiences low back or leg pain or if there are difficulties with balance and coordination.
Who Do We Provide Services To?
We offer physical therapy services to Hospital patients as well as Out-patients. We treat a variety of patients and community members: post-surgical patients, seniors, adults, and children. We strive to provide the best, current research-based services possible for all patients and to assist all ages and abilities in reaching their goals. Physical therapy helps so you can live life actively with excellent balance and coordination.
How Do I Get Physical Therapy?
By asking your doctor for a prescription for physical therapy, then the insurance usually authorizes the treatment. Once the treatment is authorized you can call to schedule an appointment at BVCH Physical Therapy. We usually can start you within the week.
What Is The Course Of Treatment?
Physical Therapy integrates a multitude of manual therapies, neuromuscular re- educations, movement programs, strength training, balance work, and endurance so that you can return to all of your previous activities. We spend the time to educate you on ways to take care of yourself so that progress is steady and meets the Functional Goals that are set by your desired outcome with the steps determined by the therapist.
Evaluation: During The Evaluation The Therapist Listens To:
• Where do you hurt?
• What does the pain prevent you from accomplishing?
• How does it hurt? Is the discomfort tingling, burning, throbbing, is it widespread or localized?
• Do the joints grind, click, ʻgive wayʼ and / or lock up?
• When does it hurt, what activity increases the pain? When does the pain go away?
Examination: During The Examination The Therapist Looks At:
• The PT looks at your mobility. We examine what can be easily performed by you and what you have difficulty doing.
• The PT provides a “hands-on” approach and checks the quality of movement and the difficulty of movement.
Treatment: During Treatment The Therapist May Consider The Following:
We offer a hands-on approach in developing an individualized treatment plan that will get you back to your favorite sport, back on the job, or returned quickly to an independent life. We work towards healing every patient to gain full recovery in many areas, such as, Neurological, Pediatric, Geriatric Disorders, Work Related Injuries, as well as low back pain, leg pain, neck discomfort or difficulty turning your head.
Your therapist will create a plan to improve your functional abilities through the following methods:
• Interferential Current (IFT) uses a mid-frequency electrical signal to treat muscular spasms and strains. The current produces a massaging effect over the affected area at periodic intervals, and this stimulates the secretion of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers, thus relaxing strained muscles and promoting soft-tissue healing. Its use is contraindicated if the affected area has wounds, cuts or infections.
• Hot Packs have several important benefits. It relaxes tight muscles causing tissues to relax. This decreases pain caused by muscle tension or spasms. It also causes vasodilatation of the blood vessels which increases circulation to the area.
• Paraffin Therapy is a way to speed healing and soothe muscle and joint pain.
• Ultrasound Machines utilize high or low frequency sound waves. These soundwaves are transmitted to the surrounding tissue and vasculature. They penetrate the muscles to cause deep tissue/muscle warming. This promotes tissue relaxation and therefore is useful in treating muscle tightness and spasms.
• Therapeutic Exercise is stretching and general rehabilitation. This can include range of motion, resistive exercises such as weight training, postural correction exercises, and exercises that incorporate coordination and balance training.
• Manual Therapy is a treatment of hands-on techniques using osteopaths. Physicians from all over the world use this method. The treatment techniques help to speed up the recovery and your results.
• Education is key in caring for yourself, it helps you to evaluate your activities and to improve your performance with your daily home activities.
• Home Exercises are always important to getting better. We provide a list of exercises that can be performed safely at home.
• Your Involvement is an integral part of the process. This is a partnership to reach a healthy lifestyle.