Chronic Pain

Physical therapy can help address and improve many chronic medical conditions and other issues that cause recurring pain. At Vita, our specialists are committed to providing thorough evaluations to get to the underlying causes of your physical needs while working with you to develop a customized treatment plan to address all areas of pain and function. We aim to improve your mobility, reduce chronic pain, and improve your overall physical self so you can live your best life.

While our physical therapists will treat your pain, they will also identify the cause of your discomfort and provide you with solutions to prevent the condition in the future.

Anyone can have chronic pain, and almost everyone will experience it at some point. Several factors increase your risk of developing back pain and can include:  

  • Fitness level: Back pain is more common among people who are not physically fit. For example, weak back and stomach muscles may not properly support the spine (core strength). Back pain is also more likely if you exercise too strenuously after being inactive (overdoing it).
  • Weight gain: A diet high in calories and fat, combined with an inactive lifestyle, can lead to obesity. This can put stress on the back.
  • Job-related risk factors: Jobs that require heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, or twisting can injure the back. A desk job may also play a role, especially if you have poor posture or sit in an uncomfortable chair all day.
  • Stress level: If you chronically have poor sleep, depression, or anxiety, back pain can be more frequent and severe.
  • Age: Pain becomes more common with age, particularly after age 45.
  • Heredity: Genetics play a role in some disorders that cause back pain.
Chronic Pain

Signs & Symptoms

  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Shooting
  • Squeezing
  • Stiffness
  • Stinging
  • Throbbing

 

Chronic pain often leads to other symptoms and conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue, or feeling overly tired most of the time
  • Insomnia or trouble falling asleep
  • Mood swings

Conditions

Complex regional pain syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) falls under the umbrella category of chronic pain that impacts an arm or a leg. Symptoms can range from temperature sensitivity, pain, and swelling in the affected limb to muscle spasms, weakness, and stiffness in the joints.

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain and tenderness in the muscles and soft tissues. People with fibromyalgia may also experience fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, cognitive difficulties, anxiety, and depression.

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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disease affecting the motor system due to a lack of dopamine stored within the brain’s basal ganglia. The severity of Parkinson’s can vary drastically and affect individuals in different ways.

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Osteoporosis

Bone is a living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist, or spine.

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that can affect the many tissues of the joint. It is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 32.5 million adults in the United States. OA can affect any joint, but typically affects hands, knees, hips, lower back and neck.

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Balance problems

Balance problems can be a significant health concern, especially as people age. Problems with balance may result from neurological medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, medication side-effects, muscle weakness, joint stiffness and arthritis, and even inner ear issues.

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Treatments

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy involves a range of hands-on techniques performed by our skilled therapists. These techniques aim to promote healing, improve mobility, reduce pain, and restore optimal function. With a personalized approach, our therapists utilize various manual therapy techniques to address specific needs and conditions.

Therapeutic Exercise and Activity

Therapeutic exercise and activity are modalities that play a crucial role in restoring function, improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, and promoting overall physical well-being. Therapeutic exercise is focused on addressing specific impairments and restoring strength and flexibility while therapeutic activity targets overall functional abilities and promotes independence in daily activities.

Neuromuscular Re-education

Neuromuscular re-education is a specialized technique to improve coordination, control, and function of muscles and nerves. Our therapists use this technique to restore proper muscle activation, improve balance and proprioception, and enhance overall movement quality. By stimulating the neuromuscular system, patients can regain functional abilities and improve their quality of life.

Sports Injury Rehab

Sports injury rehab services are specialized rehabilitation programs designed to help athletes recover from injuries sustained during sports or exercise. Our sports injury rehab services are provided by licensed healthcare professionals with extensive experience in working with athletes.

Pain Management

Our pain management services include a combination of hands-on manual therapies, pain reducing modalities, and other complementary techniques. Our team of licensed healthcare professionals works closely with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Dry Needling

Dry needling can be effective for a range of conditions, including chronic pain, sports injuries, and postural dysfunction. Our dry needling services are provided by licensed professionals to ensure safe and effective treatment.

Post Surgery Rehab

Our post-surgery rehab services are provided by licensed healthcare professionals with extensive experience in working with patients who have undergone various surgical procedures. We work closely with each patient’s surgeon to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan. 

Work Injury Rehabilitation

Work injury assistance is a specialized service provided by us to help individuals recover from work-related injuries and return to work as soon as possible. Our work injury assistance services include evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of work-related injuries through a range of therapies, such as physical therapy.

Balance/Fall Prevention

Vita Fitness & Physical Therapy offers personalized fitness plans that are tailored to individual needs, ensuring that each client can achieve their balance goals and lead a fulfilling life.

Medical Fitness

Vita’s Medical Fitness program offers a personalized and medically guided approach, led by our licensed physical therapists. Tailored to suit individuals dealing with arthritis, chronic pain, joint replacement, or existing medical conditions, our programs focus on achieving goals safely and effectively. Through a combination of pain management, personal training, home exercises, or other suitable approaches, we strive to provide transformative benefits to our clients.

Assisted Stretching

Assisted stretching is a technique where a trained professional helps to stretch and elongate muscles, providing deeper and more effective stretches. With the aid of our physical therapists, we can more accurately treat the affected areas and ensure you are getting the proper range of motion that your body needs.

FMS (Functional Movement Screening)

At Vita Fitness & Physical therapy, our therapists utilize the FMS, a standardized assessment to evaluate an individual’s mobility and stability. With FMS, our professionals can design targeted exercise programs to enhance performance, prevent injuries, and promote overall well-being.

Yes, that’s true

Most insurance companies now permit you to get evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without needing a referral or prescription from your doctor.

Check your health insurance plan for more details, or Contact us directly if you have any concerns about your physical health so that we help you get back to feeling your best!

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PERSONALIZED THERAPY DESIGNED FOR YOUR SUCCESS!

We are committed to your overall well-being. Our personalized therapy approach empowers you to actively participate in your treatment. With experienced clinicians by your side, we provide tailored care focused on your unique needs.

Understanding that each patient is different, we collaborate closely with you to comprehend the underlying causes of your injury or condition. Based on this understanding, we develop a customized treatment plan to help you recover and maintain optimal health.

Setting achievable goals and milestones, we guide your therapy journey and monitor your progress, adjusting as needed to keep you on the path to recovery. We empower you with exercises tailored to your condition and educate you on self-care techniques, enabling you to take control of your own healing process.

With our patient-centered approach and a commitment to your well-being, we are dedicated to helping you achieve lasting results. Discover the personalized care and support you deserve at Vita Fitness & Physical Therapy.

At Vita Fitness & Physical Therapy, we focus on improving the quality of life for our patients through quality care, education, and support. We are here to assist you at every step and make your recovery as smooth and comfortable as possible.

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