Great Lakes Physical Therapy
Great Lakes Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’s Physical Therapy Department specializes in Work-Related Injury Care and Work Conditioning.
Great Lakes Physical Therapy – Work Conditioning Program
Work Conditioning is a highly structured, goal oriented, individualized treatment program designed to maximize the person’s ability to return to work. Work conditioning programs are multi-disciplinary in nature with the capability of addressing the functional, physical, behavioral and vocational needs of the person served.
Work conditioning provides a transition between the initial injury management and return to work, while addressing the issues of productivity, safety, physical tolerance, and work behavior. Work conditioning programs use real or simulated work conditions in a relevant work environment in conjunction with physical conditioning tasks if necessary. The activities are used to progressively improve bio-mechanical, neuromuscular, cardiovascular-metabolic, behavioral, attitudinal, and vocational functions of the person served.
Professional Physical Therapy Services
The following health conditions are managed by our orthopedic and sports physical therapists:
- Management of acute sports injuries
- Low back and neck pain
- Rotator cuff injuries and other shoulder problems
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-operative rehabilitation from orthopedic surgical procedures
- Muscle strains
- Joint sprains/pain/swelling, including knee and ankle injuries
- Chronic pain
- Tennis/golfer’s elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Performance enhancement
- Injury prevention
- Great Lakes Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’s physical therapists are evidence-based health care professionals who offer cost-effective treatment that improves mobility and relieves pain, reduces the need for surgery and prescription drugs, and allows patients to participate in a recovery plan designed for their specific needs.
Improve Mobility & Motion
Our physical therapists are experts in improving mobility and motion. Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of daily life, your ability to earn a living, your ability to pursue your favorite leisure activities, and so much more.
Movement is essential to physical activity, which is necessary to prevent obesity, which is responsible for at least 18% of US adult deaths.
Mobility is crucial for physical independence, and studies suggest that walking alone can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, hip fracture, and knee arthritis, among other benefits.
Consistent movement is vital to maintaining a healthy balance system, which can help prevent costly falls.
Avoid Surgery and Prescription Drugs
While surgery and prescription drugs can be the best course of treatment for certain diagnoses, there is increasing evidence demonstrating that conservative treatments like physical therapy can be equally effective (and cheaper) for many conditions.
Low back pain is routinely over-treated despite abundant evidence that physical therapy is a cost-effective treatment that often avoids advanced imaging scans like MRIs that increase the cost of care and the likelihood for surgery and injections.
Physical therapy has proven as effective as surgery for meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disk disease, among other conditions.