PHYSICAL THERAPY | Northern Virginia - Nova Home Health Care

Physical Therapy

Recovery from an accident or illness that alters the way you move your body can be frustrating. It can impair the way you connect with your family and loved ones making it more difficult to complete your typical daily tasks as independently as you’d like.

Nova Home Health Care specializes in in-home physical therapy and has highly trained physical therapists to guide you through your recovery. There seems to be a common misconception surrounding physical therapists- that they are just romanticized massage therapists, however, that could not be further from the truth. Physical therapists require specialized training and high-level education to help diagnose and treat a variety of issues. Our physical therapists are specially trained to search for muscle trauma, mobility dysfunction, and solve problems to rehabilitate and increase independence with all of our staff having a Master’s Degree or Doctorate in the field of physical therapy. We provide in-home physical therapy services across the Northern Virginia area, allowing you to get the professional help you need from our top-tier therapists.

Our physical therapists are the best in their field and have many years of service providing quality in-home care. We can assure you that the Nova HHC physical therapists provide secure and comfortable treatment in the privacy of your own home adapting to your exact environment allowing optimal recovery. By providing specialized treatment prescribed by a physician our therapists implement therapeutic exercises related to specific function loss as well as utilizing adaptive equipment and techniques to aid in independence and rehabilitation. Our caring and skilled team can help you regain mobility, improve strength, and gain your independence back.

Our in-home physical therapists assist patients through:

  • Regaining muscle strength and functional mobility
  • Improving their range of motion
  • Improving balance
  • Prosthetic training
  • Performing Home Safety Evaluations
  • And much, much more

Investing in Physical Therapy

The common applications of physical therapy generally are for things like balance and walking problems, as well as neurological problems. Physical therapy can also treat sports injuries, diabetes, and vascular conditions, as well as age-related issues and heart and lung disease issues. In general, though, physical therapy is known to improve the functionality of the entire body from your head to toes and is, therefore, prescribed often for more than just the above-listed reasons. Physical therapy can help improve functionality, mobility, and reduce pain.

Most folks, rarely think about the need for physical therapy before their doctor recommends it. The truth is that you don’t need to pay for a doctor’s visit, and then try in vain to describe how your pain affects you and where it affects you to determine that you or your loved one needs physical therapy. In fact, when certainly plenty of folks have gone to the doctor and complained of pain and only been subjected to a battery of tests before the doctor proclaims they found nothing out of the ordinary. They won’t attempt to fix the issue, they might even go so far as to tell you that the pain is in your head. This “method of treatment” won’t cure your chronic pain, but physical therapy can. What is physical therapy? Is it the right treatment for you and how do you find the proper physical therapist for your needs? Nova HHC is the in-home health agency that can enlighten you about the sorts of treatments you or your loved ones need to improve your quality of life and help get your chronic pain under control.

At Nova HHC, we define physical therapy as an actual medical treatment. However, it’s non-invasive and very effective when applied in a dedicated regimen. It works perfectly as a combined treatment plan in tandem with other types of medical treatments for a variety of ailments. In recent years, the definition of physical therapy has expanded to include the rehabilitation aspects of the treatments, rendering it a multi-faceted form of treating pain. The main goal of any physical therapist is to analyze your body structure and your gait and bring these various factors together to explore and treat your pain and restore functionality to your day-to-day life. The sole purpose is to improve mobility and control other symptoms. It’s an effective form of treatment for everyone from the 12-year-old athlete who sprained their ankle to the elderly person recovering from surgery.

What to Expect at the Initial Appointment

Our physical therapists will begin the first session with a brief subjective assessment, thoroughly discussing with you about your pain, lack of functionality, and difficulties to be as thorough as possible. Following this, the physical therapist will begin taking physical measurements including, but not the limited to- range of motion measurements, strength assessments, balance challenges, gait training, etc to paint a full picture to begin depicting and creating your plan of care.

Once all of the subjective and objective data has been collected, the therapist will create a treatment plan consisting of a weekly “prescription” for how often therapy is recommended as well as administer home exercises for optimal recovery. During your “prescribed” treatment days, the therapist will complete further in-home care emphasizing therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, education, training, and compensatory strategies for a well-rounded program to most effectively achieve your goals and overall independence. Nova HHC also provides home health aides to help you with your exercises on non-skilled therapy days providing you with more opportunities for greater recovery.

The Most Important Types of Physical Therapy

As you know, in-home physical therapy isn’t just convenient, it’s a transformative treatment that can greatly improve you or your loved one’s quality of life and ability to do day-to-day activities. That being said, there’s no harm in knowing what sort of physical therapy you’re signing up for as your physical therapist rattles off the various recommended treatment plans after your initial consultation with them. Below, we’ve listed the most important kinds of physical therapy that you can invest in and the reasons that you might potentially need to add those to your upcoming in-home physical therapy appointment.

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation: Balance is taken for granted until you’re suddenly rendered without it entirely. Your balance is such an important aspect of your day-to-day activities, especially if you’re in the practice of coming across chairs. Vestibular-based physical therapy is centered around bringing your balance back to you and putting you back in the driver’s seat. It’s made for chronic dizziness and vertigo and can easily help you reestablish your comfort in life.
  • Geriatric Therapy: As we’re all aware, getting older comes with certain changes that are mostly unavoidable. The muscles and skeleton of your body start to ache more and more. They become more easily exhausted with movements and activities that were once simple. Throughout our lives, we all develop bad habits that may not promote muscle and skeleton health in our old age, and now it’s finally catching up with us. Geriatric therapy can help you adjust those little tweaks and quirks you make to your muscles that affect your whole body, which turns into chronic pain. Beat back the years of accidental abuse with measured, calculated physical therapy that’s designed to cater to all of your individual needs.
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Orthopedic therapy is specially constructed to help you regain your muscle strength after an injury or surgery. This sort of physical therapy can easily help with an old injury that was never addressed or a fresh injury that needs to be healed and strengthened. Usually, it employs targeted exercises that slowly build back the initial strength and can help improve the overall strength of muscles in that area.
  • Neurological Therapies: While these mostly include things like spinal cord injuries, they can also include help recovering from strokes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and even multiple sclerosis. All of these ailments are chronic, so rather than being able to completely cure the issue, they’re more likely to be able to lessen the effects of the illness on your daily life while improving your motor functions and providing a host of other benefits. Generally, it begins by learning and repeating small exercises with therapeutic value and develops into more complicated treatments that build on the continued progress.

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