When it comes to chronic, degenerative conditions there is always a large degree of dysfunction. Whether the condition is metabolic, respiratory, neurological, or orthopedic, the underlying cause of the symptoms is functional. For example: Arthritis in joints is not something we catch. It is something that develops over many years as a result of poor function and excessive wear and tear. Think about the alignment on a car. If the alignment is off the wheels wear out. The same is true for our joints. Therefore two things are required to restore a normal healthy joint, eliminate pain long term, and prevent surgery.
- Repair and regenerate tissue
- Restore function
The same is true for most other chronic, degenerative conditions. There is an underlying cause or dysfunction leading to tissue damage. So, while stem cell provides the very best means for promoting tissue repair and regeneration, we must also address the functional component or “cause.” That is why at NSI Stem Cell we provide cutting edge therapies along with stem cell in a functional rehab and functional medicine paradigm.
Our goal is to promote long term relief of symptoms, decrease or eliminate the need for medication(s), and prevent surgery while improving our patients’ quality of life. Here are some basic points one needs to know about Functional Rehabilitation in order to fully understand and appreciate what it can do for patients:
- Functional rehabilitation is a therapy process that combines various techniques from a number of different fields and focuses in an attempt to help an injured person return to their optimal level of health and physical performance.
- This therapy includes strength, flexibility, and agility, among other focuses in order to help someone overcome an injury and get back to living their life free of pain and injury limitations.
- In most cases to date, functional rehabilitation was limited to sports medicine, but it can also be helpful in getting people back to an occupational level after a work related injury or to help those suffering serious injury from falls, auto accidents, or other cases.
- Doctors working with the individual must know the history of the injury that is being addressed and whether it is a physical injury or something resulting from a disease or chronic condition. With this basis they can determine the best therapy course for each individual they work with.
- Knowledge of past as well as current movement limitations, pain levels, worsening symptoms, and physical goals will also be taken into considering for therapy sessions.
- Physical therapists will frequently perform tests in order to assess reflexes, walking, muscle control, posture, balance, and other systems and functions to record progress.
- Physical exams, muscle manipulation, strength testing, along with imaging tests such as X-ray, CT, or MRI, will often be used in combination with therapy session activities to monitor and record progress and to watch for any new or continuing issues.
- The overall goal of functional rehabilitation is helping the patient overcome the injury and resulting pain and physical limitations it brings and to help them return to an active, healthy, and pain-free lifestyle. If this is not possible, the goal is to get patients as close to that original status as possible and to help them live life fully with their new limitations.
Differences In Functional Rehabilitation
One of the biggest differences in Functional Rehabilitation and other forms of rehabilitation is that keyword: functional. Therapy that is functional is tailored to the individual and fits his or her needs and unique lifestyle and goals after rehabilitation. After a thorough assessment, certain exercises and therapy steps will be prescribed that fit the patient, his or her unique situation and that match with the patient’s wants and needs after therapy is successful.
Think about it like this. If you have lower back pain or shoulder pain, and your goal is to be able to get back to playing golf, your therapy session plan and exercise regiment and rehab process will incorporate things common to the game of golf. Stretches will resemble the back-swing of golf, and the bending position needed during any of the stances in the game. Your strengthening exercises are going to focus on core strength and allowing you stand upright and be on your feet for long periods of time. There will be no exercises or therapies that do not focus on getting you back to your game. This same approach is what would be used for any pain therapy sessions, for any goals you have, and for working on all areas in the body.
The results are quality and long-term, and the ultimate goal is getting you back to the life you deserve.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each therapy session must be tailored around your specific needs.