Effective & Long Lasting Pain Relief
Physical Therapy is not the same everywhere you go. At Valeo we specialize in treatment programs with proven results to get our patients better as quick as possible. Our revolutionary treatments will promote a fast recovery and fill return to daily activities. We use advanced methods to unlock the healing potential within by targeting the source of the pain for long-lasting results. Even if you have tried other treatments and therapies, we offer programs that are right for you, and are proven to be the MOST effective for people suffering from:
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Revolutionary pain relief treatments that work immediately are available only at Valeo Physical Therapy. You will love that it is gentle and very affordable, whether you have insurance or not.
Physical Therapy in Valeo is not the same everywhere you go. The Valeo Physical Therapy team is caring and compassionate yet we are the best at what we do. The programs being offered here by our licensed physical therapists range from pain relief, joint replacement, athlete training and workers compensation. You’ll find some of the best physical therapists Houston has to offer, and you’ll find physical therapy services not being offered by other facilities. If you are looking for a physical therapist in Houston that will provide fast pain relief or to improve the quality of your life, we guarantee you will find the best physical therapist at our facility. Some of the reasons Valeo Physical Therapy is unlike any other lies in our caring staff and revolutionary pain relief procedures. We truly are the experts in relieving pain and improving the quality of life for our patients. Call today and get a free screening to determine if we are the right place for you.
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The ankle is the most common site of sprains in the human body. An ankle sprain can happen to anybody at a time when you least expect it. Normally, it occurs after a sudden unnatural twisting of the foot which can tear the ligaments of the ankle. An ankle injury affects every aspect of your daily life, most notably your ability to walk and drive.
The symptoms and sign of ankle sprains may vary depending on the severity. There might be tenderness, bruising, swelling and stiffness. Walking can be painful if the ankle sprain is serious.
A mild ankle sprain may not require a doctor’s attention but if any of the following happen after you twisted your ankle, consult your doctor.
- Uncontrollable pain even after taking medications
- You are unable to walk or cannot walk without severe pain.
- The ankle is swollen beyond normal and is not improving within 5-7 days.
Ankle sprain can be prevented by:
- Wearing shoes that give the proper support for the ankle.
- Maintaining the strength and flexibility of the ankles.
- Consult a physical therapist for strengthening exercises
Balance and Strengthening Exercises
Strength and balance exercises, which can be designed for you, can be effective at reducing the risk of ankle sprains and pain associated with the injury. Strength training utilizing the muscles that turn your foot in (these muscles are called the invertor muscles) and turn your foot out (these muscles are called the evertor muscles) may lower the incidence of ankle sprains.
Balance intervention training involves an assortment of strength training exercises. A physical therapist will teach you how to safely conduct these exercises so you eventually can perform them at home or your training facility. Try one of these sets:
- A single leg stance on the floor
- Single leg stance while the opposite leg swings.
- Single leg squats on the floor at a 30 to 45 degree angle.
- Single leg stance while performing a sports activity such as catching or dribbling.
- Try a double leg stance on a balance board and rotate in a clockwise and then counterclockwise direction.
- Conclude with another single leg stance.
It is still important to warm up the muscles before attempting these exercises. Try a light jog or jogging in place, backward running, or running forward with knee lifts for 30 seconds. Power and strength exercises such as squats may also provide the additional ankle support.
Again, these are all exercises that should be practiced and learned with your physical therapist to ensure safety and proper technique.
Physical Therapy and Your Training
Depending on your needs, you physical therapist may recommend balance training using a ‘balance board’, which is an excellent way to stabilize and strengthen the muscles in the foot.
Combined, all the things your physical therapist can teach you can result in a significant reduction in the risk of injury to the ankle. This is especially valuable for athletes, individuals in jobs that require standing all day and women who spend a lot of time in heels.
If you want to strengthen your ankle and minimize the possibility of an ankle injury, all you need is a simple balance training program from your physical therapist.
Paul E. Colosky Jr., MPT, MS, LAT, CSCS
Stop Shin Splints
Physical Therapy for Shin Splints
The shinbone or the tibia is the front surface of the lower leg. This part of the body is under constant stress and strain when we walk, jump and run.
An overuse injury happens when a certain threshold of tolerance is crossed. This is a condition called shin splints. Intense pain occurs on the front, inside, outside and at times, the back of the lower leg. If left untreated, this pain can lead to stress fractures of the tibia. Shin splints occur due to damage and inflammation of the muscle tendons. The pain can be rather unbearable, forcing individuals to take prolonged periods of rest to allow for the inflammation to heal. Physical therapy plays an important role in the treatment of shin splints.
Visit your physical therapist if:
- There is a lingering pain after exercising or physical activity. The pain does not subside after 3-4 days of resting and icing the joint or limb.
- There is a dull pain, which recurs with activity.
- Pain does not resolve with over the counter pain relief medication.
- The lower leg is swollen or shows signs of bruising after activities.
Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Shin Splints
Tips for Prevention of Shin Splints:
- Individuals with flat feet may benefit from wearing well-padded shoes.
- Warming up the limbs and body using a full body dynamic warm up is recommended.
- Wear a neoprene sleeve to keep the lower leg warm
- At the first sign of shin pain, discontinue the workout.
- Avoid running on concrete and other hard surfaces.
- Develop the habit of stretching periodically throughout the day.
- Lose weight if you are overweight to relieve load on the hip, knee and shin.
Diagnosis of Shin Splints:
The history of the event that triggered the pain is an important clue. A clinical assessment that includes gentle pressure on the shin area and a variety of tests will be conducted by the physical therapist. Stress fractures, compartment syndrome, nerve entrapment and popliteal artery entrapment are a few of the conditions that must be considered.
Treatment of Shin Splints:
Foundations of treatment include Whole Body Cryotherapy and activity modification.
Gait and footwear analysis – An analysis of how a person walks and runs is an important part of treatment. Abnormal or modified walking patterns can transmit a great deal of force through the shin to the knee and hip. In such situations, physical therapists will work with you to correct/modify gait patterns and recommend footwear with shock absorbing capacity.
Muscle stretches and strengthening – The tibial and peroneal muscles are attached to the shin and must be warmed up adequately before any form of exercise. Your Physical Therapist will help you design a full body warm-up that will help get these muscles ready for activity. Strengthening supporting muscles can help support these areas and remove strain from the damaged muscles to allow faster healing.
Activity modification – Physical therapists may suggest alternative activities to minimize stress on the shinbones. These can include swimming and cycling.
Range of motion exercises – Exercises for the hip, knee, ankle and foot improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Arch support – The absence or collapse of a normal foot arch may contribute to shin splints. Physical therapists may recommend appropriate orthotics that can be custom made for the patient and provide the appropriate amount of arch support.
Getting You Back on your Feet…
The Recovery Phase
The recovery phase varies and can take between 3 weeks to 6 months. Take it easy and work your way back to your favorite activities under the supervision of the physical therapist. Low or non-impact activities such as swimming, walking, bicycling can pave the way for progressive, load bearing exercises.
The shin splint has healed when:
- The affected limb has regained strength and flexibility and is now comparable to the unaffected limb.
- There is no pain while jogging, sprinting and jumping.
Physical therapy can help you get back on your feet, and every member of our team is standing by to help you. We can help prevent further injury and pain, which is why an appointment should be scheduled at the first sign of discomfort.
The sooner you give us the opportunity to assess the injury and initiate treatment, the faster you will recover. Thank you for your time, and we look forward to helping you get back on your feet.
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Eliminate Repetitive Strain Injury – Valeo Physical Therapy
Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are “injuries to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that may be caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression, or sustained or awkward positions”. RSIs are also known as cumulative trauma disorders, repetitive stress injuries, repetitive motion injuries or disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, and occupational or sports overuse syndromes. (wiki) It has been reported that approximately 60% of all occupational injuries can be attributed to repetitive strain injury.
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Quick Treatment for Growing Pains
This has been one of the challenging areas for me as a Dad and a Physical Therapist. My daughter, who recently turned 7, seems to come up with these sometimes random, but sometimes not so random leg pains. These pains are generally passed off as “growing pains” and dismissed as a rite of passage. This becomes difficult for me being a guy (solve anything) and a P.T. (solve anything related to the body) to just dismiss. What can I say, I am a solve it kind of guy.
Research “tells us” that the pain is typically going to occur on both sides, usually comes on at night, pain is typically located in the muscles of the shin, calf, thigh, or back of the knee. The pain is not usually in the joints (this one is particularly interesting to me – I’ll explain later). Pain can be mild to severe, the kids feel better in the morning, and no signs of inflammation (that can be seen). This last one is also interesting – children may be moody or tired when experiencing growing pains. Continue reading
Life with Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a clinical condition characterized by a loss of the myelin tissue that surrounds the nerves and aids in normal conduction of electrical impulses.
Common symptoms may include arm/leg weakness, difficulty with balance, impaired mobility, and problems with bladder function. While MS itself cannot yet be cured, treatment is aimed at slowing the progression and helping patients maintain, recover, or use assist devices that allow them to be independent at home and in the community. Physical Therapy play a vital role in this process and improves quality of life for patients with MS.
As a Physical Therapist, we work with the client to ensure that they maintain a degree of functionality and the ability to perform daily activities without too much difficulty. Continue reading