Depending on the extent of your foot or ankle injury, physical therapy may represent a safe alternative to surgery. Following a Seattle podiatrist's diagnosis of your ailment, physical therapy may produce equally effective results in recovery and can take on a variety of treatments to accomplish your goals.
Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan and recovery goals based on information gathered in a detailed evaluation performed by a podiatric physician and surgeon. Rehabilitation programs involve a wide range of treatment options including, but not limited to Cold Laser therapy, MicroVas therapy, joint mobilization and/or manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, ASTYM treatments, modalities (i.e., ultrasound, heat/ice, electrical stimulation, etc.), hydrotherapy and therapeutic exercise. Our signature is the noninvasive treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy, painful peripheral vascular disease, painful lower extremities edema, lymphedema, arthritis pain and rehabilitation after the foot and ankle trauma or surgery.
Certain wavelengths of light have the ability to penetrate high-water content material such as animal tissue. This penetration allows the process of photobiostimulation on animal cells is similar to photosynthesis in plant cells whereby light sets in motion a chain of chemical reactions. In human tissue, the resulting photochemical reaction produces an increase in the cellular metabolism rate which expedites cell repair and the stimulation of several systems: the immune, lymphatic and vascular.
During each painless treatment laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that is proven to biostimulate tissue, enhance repair and growth, and decrease inflammation and pain. When it comes to pain management, K-Laser treatments are very safe and may provide dramatic results.
Ultrasound uses acoustic vibrations that penetrate into deeper layers of the tissues, breaking down scar tissue, reduces swelling, and aids in reducing calcified spurs.
High Volt is used for pain reduction. It is a muscular rehabilitation exercise, which increases circulation and reduces muscle spasm.
Interferential reduces painful symptoms and decreases local swelling. It releases the body’s natural painkillers, helping to accelerate the healing process.
Our Seattle podiatrists have a broad variety of ways to approach your physical therapy. Call us today at (425) 678-3877 to learn more!