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You may be wondering what physical therapy can do for you. Some common misconceptions of physical therapy is that it is only for people that have had surgery, their doctor sends them to a physical therapist and all the service entails is doing exercises. The truth is, physical therapists offer much, much more than just an exercise plan. Surgical rehabilitation is a small piece of the population that utilize physical therapy. In fact, physical therapy can actually help a person avoid surgery all together or assist them in a quick recovery by preparing the body with strength and stability. Physical therapy can help train a person to avoid the common mistakes that lead to pain and possibly surgeries. It can provide a person with pain relief, and ultimately give the patient the tools to maintain that pain free state on their own so they aren't having to continue with therapy for an excessive time frame.


Fortaleza rehabOrthopaedic Injuries
Millions of Americans suffer musculoskeletal injuries and millions more undergo orthopedic surgery each year. Sholders, elbows, hips and knees may sustain damaged bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Repetitive-stree injuries are common, too. No matter what type of injury you have we have the training and skill to help you get back to sports and everyday activities sooner and safer than you might think.


How We Can Help
Sports injuries and related orthopedic conditions are common. They may result from diseases such as arthritis or traumatic injury to the bones, muscles and joints anywhere in the body (the musculoskeletal system). These include the upper extremities neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands or fingers. They may also include the lower extremities such as hips, knees, ankles, feet and toes.Patients need effective, comprehensive rehabilitation for orthopedic injuries caused by sports and daily living activities. Perhaps they need rehab after an orthopedic surgical procedure such as a knee or shoulder repair or a total joint replacement for the shoulder, hip or knee. Many people have had total joint replacements. In fact, over 500,000 total joint replacements are performed in America every year.Our physical therapy treatment plans are based on restoring function using evidence-based protocols. Our plans are designed to meet the individual needs of each patient.


Spine Rehabilitation
The structure of the spine includes a network of joints, bones, discs, and nerves aligned in a curved position supported by muscles and ligaments. Back problems develop due to trauma, poor postural habits, repetitive movements, or activities of daily living. In fact, studies indicate that more than half of the population will experience spinal symptoms at some point in their adult life. With this in mind, along with advanced training, years of experience, and knowledge directly related to spine health, therapy and rehabilitation, Fortaleza Rehabilitation and Wellness Centers developed a comprehensive Spine Rehabilitation Program. Our spine therapy program is lead by therapists with specific training in the spine and its complex network of joints, bones, discs, and nerves.Treatment begins with a thorough evaluation that assesses strength, range of motion, and repeated movements. Fortaleza's spine health specialiststhen design a customized program with treatment options to help you restorenormal motion and strength.The plan of care will also include educationand instruction in home exercises for self-management of your symptoms. The goal? To return you to your life or sport.



helping firefightersPre- and Post-surgical Rehabilitation

Physical therapy can be performed prior to surgery or following surgery. Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy prior to surgery so your therapist can educate you what to expect following the surgery and things to do following the surgery before you are able to attend your first post surgical therapy session. In addition, pre-surgical therapy can help speed the recovery following surgery by range of motion, improve flexibility, increase strength, promote gait/walking, and/or increase function. Physical therapy is often prescribed with the goal of avoiding the need for a more expensive and more invasive surgical procedure.Physical therapy performed following surgery can help decrease the amount of time required to recovery and promote the total functional gain. It is often important to receive therapy quickly after surgery in order to expedite, or aid the recovery process.


Pediatric/Adolescent Orthopedics
Pediatric physical therapists work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential so they can function independently and to promote active participation in home, school, and their community environment.Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child's therapy as much as it helps the session move forward and to promote carry over for home practice.


Strengthening at FortalezaBalance & Vestibular Rehabilitation
Most types of balance, dizziness, and/or vertigo disorders can improve with physical therapy. Our goal is to provide you a comprehensive approach to treating your balance problems Physical Therapists perform specialized tests and develop an individualized treatment plan to help improve your balance and reduce your risk of falls through balance and vestibular therapy.


Hand Therapy
Fortaleza Physical Therapy's specialized treatment includes research-based and customized hand and upper extremity therapy. Hand and upper extremity therapy allows a patient to regain maximum use of their hand or arm following injury, surgery, disability, and disease. Fortaleza Physical Therapy's hand and upper extremity treatment program is designed to ensure patients receive the most advanced treatment available.

 

Sports Medicine
While most recreational athletes recover quickly following injury, some require physical therapy to assist recovery. Our goal is to safely return each individual to the previous level of function, as well as providing them with the tools necessary to prevent a condition from becoming a chronic problem. Patients are often involved in the treatment of the following conditions: ACL and/or PCL injury and surgical reconstruction, chronic ankle sprain, low back strain, hamstring tightness or strain, tendonitis, plantar faciitis and other general muscular strains.

 

Pregnancy and Back Pain
Low back pain is a common problem during pregnancy. Physical therapy can help, especially when the pain interferes with the mother's normal daily activities or sleep. Other common problems encountered during pregnancy, which a physical therapy can help include postural changes, neck and upper back pain, pelvic pain, leg cramps and other musculoskeletal problems.



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