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SERVICES AND TREATMENTS

WHAT WE TREAT

Huntington Physical Therapy is a multi-faceted facility offering expertise in treatment for disfunctions ranging from orthopedic/post-surgical/sports, to treatment for the geriatric population and the pediatric.  We have experience in helping those with neurologic disorders including, radiculopathies, neuropathies, stroke, fibromyalgia, spinal cord injuries, developmental delays, Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, and traumatic head injuries.  We regularly see patients who have had amputations of limb and those confined to a wheelchair for various reasons. We often see people who had mastectomies, abdominal surgeries or scaring for other reasons for treatment to decrease adhesions and restrictions that cause pain or limit motion. We have great success with TMJ disorders, headaches, and those with balance deficits or who suffer from vertigo.  Patients who have aches and pains related to joint, muscle, or connective tissue have had great increase in the quality of their life with their rehabilitation here. This list is not a complete listing all that we can help with, so please contact us or stop by so we may talk about your specific concerns. If we can't offer you treatment with the highest level of skill and knowledge, we will refer you to a facility that is better equipped to treat you.

VESTIBULAR THERAPY

Vestibular Therapy is a specialty within physical therapy which uses manual and movement exercises to decrease or eliminate dizziness and vertigo as well as improve balance. There are many possible causes of dizziness and the first step in treatment is to see a doctor, most commonly a neurologist or an ear, nose, and throat doctor (ENT). Once a doctor determines if the cause of your problem is central (having to do with the brain) or peripheral (dealing with the inner ear) they may prescribe physical therapy, or more specifically, Vestibular Therapy to treat the problem. Not all causes of dizziness are treatable with Vestibular Therapy and your doctor must rule out serious conditions that may need other types of medical treatment.

Types of conditions that a physical therapist trained in vestibular therapy may treat are: dizziness after a stroke, inner ear infections (Labyrinthitis and Neuronitis), Meniere's Disease, Acoustic Neuromas, or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. B.P.P.V., as it is more commonly called, is a type of vertigo that is intense and always set off by a positional change, such as lying down or rolling to the side in bed. This type of vertigo is usually completely gone after one or two treatments.

BALANCE THERAPY

It is possible that you may have balance problems without any associated dizziness or vertigo. You may feel unsteady on your feet or awkward and unsafe when climbing stairs or carrying objects. You may have already taken a fall or have started to use a cane or a walker to feel safe. This is often a treatable situation. By using different techniques to challenge the balance system, such as standing on wobbly surfaces or walking while turning your head, your body will accomodate to these increasingly difficult tasks. Much like lifting weights strengthens muscle, challenging the balance system makes it stronger and more effective.



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