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Home Physical Therapy

Q. Hello. I was in a major accident and had multiple casts on my wrist and leg for a long, long time. I went to PT afterwards and I guess I did okay because they said I don't have to go anymore.

But I am so stiff all the time. Are there things I could be doing to help get rid of the stiffness in my arms (especially my wrist) and legs?

Even short amounts of use are painful because everything is an effort. My friends say I wasn't "fixed" but more likely my insurance ran out.

A. Unfortunately, insurance can often place limitations on therapy treatment before our patients are back to normal functioning.

Sometimes, with serious injuries such as yours - normal functioning can take a long time to occur. Your therapists should have given you a solid home program of activities to work on and continued use of your home program should improve your stiffness.

Joints need to be lubricated and the best method of lubrication is movement! If you don't feel like you have been given a solid home program - ask your doctor for a prescription for "home program only" so you can see a therapist for an evaluation and thorough home program prescription.

To learn more about NovaCare Rehabilitation, with 24 NE Ohio outpatient clinics,please visit us online at www.novacare.com/neohio.htm

Or call 216-292-6363 ext. 236


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