Physical Therapy Center near Barrington, IL

5 Tips for Choosing Your Physical Therapy Center

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Finding the right physical rehabilitation center for yourself or a loved one can be challenging.  You may fall into one of two camps: you are determined to recover quickly so you may return to your regular routine quickly, or you are discouraged by the limitations and pain caused by the physical injury or surgery, so any meaningful recovery feels out of grasp, so encouragement throughout the process will be key.  Regardless of your level of motivation, selecting the right physical therapy center will determine not only the speed of recovery, but also the comfort and satisfaction level you experience as a patient. We’ve assembled a few tips we hope you find helpful during the selection process. Live-in 24-hour care can promote quicker recovery For many, out-patient therapyRead More +

Heart Attack Therapy Wauconda, IL

What Therapy Do I Need After A Heart Attack?

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When one thinks of therapy, generally what comes to mind is a mental or emotional deep-dive, or a rigorous routine designed to increase mobility or function of joints or muscle groups.  How often has therapy for cardiac events come to mind? I’m Out of the Hospital, Can I Go Back To Work? Depending on the severity of the cardiac event, you may be able to go back to a modified work load meanwhile working on lifestyle changes, or take on a new, less strenuous role at your job if it’s particularly active or stressful.  Either way, you’ll need to follow the advice of your attending physician and medical staff to ensure a healthy recovery.  If your doctor prescribes time away from work or live-in rehabilitive care,Read More +

Pain Management and Holistic Therapy

Pain Management Beyond Pills

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When thinking of pain management, what often comes to mind is a bottle of pills. It’s true, advances in pharmaceuticals over recent decades have developed treatments (and occasionally cures) to common ailments, however one of the most commonly treated symptom treated with drugs is pain. Clearly there’s a need for this type of treatment, but is it enough on it’s own, and is it always the only answer? Masking Symptoms While medicinal pain killers, both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription are effective at treating pain, more often than not they are masking the pain by quieting pain receptors or reducing inflammation (or both), but may not be as helpful in treating the symptoms long term, or quite simply, not enough to bring enough relief to make normal lifeRead More +

Rehabilitation after Surgery

The Importance of Therapy After Surgery

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After spending days, weeks, or more in the hospital, it’s pretty normal to be anxious to get back to your normal routine at home or work.  You vaguely recall the doctor mentioning the process of getting back to the routine, but you were fixated on the routine—not the journey.  The discharge nurse will likely hand you a stack of papers, among which are your prescribed therapies and nearby rehabilitation centers offering the prescribed services, but it may not be until you or your caregiver is sifting through the paperwork do you see this information.  Is it really that important to follow the doctor’s guidelines?  In a word: Yes. 1: Faster Recovery The simplest answer is that properly-guided therapies including physical therapy and occupational therapy, among others,Read More +

Rehabilitation at Home

Tips For Preparing for Home Care

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After a major surgery, illness, or injury, often the next stop is short term rehabilitation at a transitional care facility before being sent home.  The last few words are key: sent home.  Up to this point you have been in the care of skilled professionals with years and even decades of training and experience under their belt, with certain treatment methodologies so familiar they’ve become muscle memory.  As a home care giver taking on these responsibilities can be daunting.  Fortunately, there are a great number of resources to help ease the transition from skilled nursing to home care. Before Going Home Process The Changes Whether you have hours or days to prepare for the transition, take some time to begin to process the life changesRead More +

Take Medication after Surgery in Transitional Care

Technology Reminders To Take Your Medication

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With an increasing dependency on technology in the home, it was only a matter of time before we had a solid means to ensure medications are taken on time.  Everything from ‘Net-connected thermostats and toasters to refrigerators that can be accessed from the grocery store if you’re just not sure if you have enough broccoli for dinner, wireless technology has crossed from convenience to dependence.  While the repercussions of slightly-over-toasted bread won’t have long-term impact, missing doses of critical medications can impact pain management, lengthen recovery time, or significantly impair one’s ability to function. Pill Tracking – The Methods Since the earliest forms of prescription, people have relied on tools such as calendars, lists, and other people in order to track dosage and consumption.  WithRead More +

CELEBRATING NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH

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As the group known as the baby boomers ages and the group over 65 years of age continues to grow, another group is growing in numbers; that is their caregivers. A caregiver can be defined as an unpaid spouse, partner, family member or friend who provides another with assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, toileting and feeding), medical support (to and from the doctor offices, sorting medications, monitoring glucose levels, etc.), transportation and housekeeping. A formal caregiver is an individual who is paid to provide care either in the client’s home or in a healthcare setting like a nursing home or assisted living community. According to a November 2012 Census, 43.5 million of adult family caregivers care for someone 50 plus years ofRead More +