Lower Extremity Physical Therapy
Central Oregon Physical Therapy Solutions for Hip, Leg and Foot Pain
The lower extremity is comprised of a combination of bones, joints and soft tissue (including muscle) and is responsible for not only bearing our full body weight with each step but also maintaining balance and proper alignment. The hips, knees, ankles, and feet are dependent on one another for appropriate mobility. When one is weak or not functioning properly, the body compensates. The result is instability and misalignment. This may result in additional ailments if the original problem is not addressed early.
Step & Spine Physical Therapists are experts at identifying the root cause of your lower extremity pain and dysfunction. When evaluating a patient for lower extremity pain we look at the entire musculoskeletal system from head to toe, including balance and gait mechanics. This is because the body works as a cohesive unit. When something is wrong with one link in a chain that dysfunction is easily transferred throughout the rest of the chain. This is similar to the way our bodies work. Therefore, the chain reactions in your body requiring a thorough evaluation. By addressing the body globally, we can fully understand the nature of the problem and develop a comprehensive, personal physical therapy program.
Lower extremity physical therapy often includes the following concerns:
- Hip pain and weakness
- Knee pain
- Femoral patellar pain syndrome
- IT Band Tightness
- Shin splints
- Achilles tendinitis
- Sprains, strains, and fractures
- Plantar fasciitis
- Foot pain
- Bunion/toe pain
Not only does recent research support the use of Physical Therapy for several of the previously mentioned conditions it is often found to be superior to alternative treatments. Many times it is used in conjunction with other treatment methods. In fact, it is often the first line of treatment prior to surgical consideration due to the nature of its noninvasive, conservative and cost-efficient practice.
How Does Physical Therapy Help Lower Extremity Pain?
Once the cause of the pain is identified through the physical therapy evaluation, the physical therapist will then develop a comprehensive and individualized treatment program that will target the dysfunctional area of complaint. This program will often include a combination of specific exercises, manual/hands-on therapy, education, work or sport-specific training and modalities such as electrical stimulation, heat and cold therapy.
The first step to getting relief for your lower extremity pain is to schedule an evaluation with one of our physical therapists in Bend, Eagle Crest, Redmond and Sisters, OR. Check with your insurance to see if a referral is required. All insurances are accepted. It’s time to take a step towards a healthier you.
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