We Answer Your Top Questions About Physical \ Therapy

Podiatry Associates NurseWhen you live in constant pain, you have questions about what causes your pain and how you can get the relief you crave. Get the answers you need from our podiatrists and physical therapists.

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  • Am I suffering from a high-ankle sprain?

    High ankle sprainA high ankle sprain involves your anterior tibiofibular ligament and can be very painful. While this is not the most common ankle sprain seen it is definitely a common contender with individuals who are active and participate in contact sports.

    Treatment for a high-ankle sprain initially consists of R.I.C.E. (Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation). But once the initial inflammation subsides, it is important to seek the help of a physical therapist for optimal recovery.

    Ligamentous injuries, such as a high-ankle sprain, take longer to recover than bone injuries such as a fracture. That makes early physical therapy intervention that much more important. Call Castle Pine Physical Therapy at 303-805-5156 today and set up a consultation. Jennifer is ready to work with you to get your ankle back in shape!

  • How can physical therapy help with my bunion?

    BunionsBunions typically develop secondary to both genetic and mechanical problems. Bunions are more likely to develop in feet with low arches, lax ligaments, and little support. Though a physical therapist cannot structurally change your foot type, they can help with how your foot and walking mechanics affect your toe. Your physical therapist will provide you with stretches and exercises to balance your muscles, correct your motion, and normalize how force is distributed through your foot. A physical therapist can also help decrease pain and inflammation present at the toe as well as make footwear and orthotic recommendations.

    Over time and without treatment, bunion pain will only worsen. Don’t allow this deformity to impact each step that you take. Help is available at Castle Pines and Cherry Creek Physical Therapy. Our team will help you get back to your normal routine through effective, conservative treatments. Don’t wait! Call 303-805-5156 today to schedule a visit.

  • When can I return to sports after I have sustained an injury?

    SportsIt always seems as though you hear on the news that an athlete has sustained an injury and then in no time they are back on the field! It is important to keep in mind that professional athletes are typically in excellent condition physically. Being in excellent physical condition can decrease how severe an injury is, and it can also expedite injury recovery. Athletes also receive treatment for their injury immediately. Whenever an athlete goes down on the field, a medical team rushes to them immediately. Many patients tend to "wait for it to go away on its own," and this delays the healing process. Professional athletes are also dedicated to their recovery process, and they work extremely hard at rehabilitating their injury.

    Remember, each individual is different! Returning to sports depends on the type of injury, the severity of the injury, age, physical condition of the individual who sustained the injury, how quickly the individual began treatment, what the treatment consisted of, how committed the patient is to their rehabilitation, and the patient’s attitude and beliefs towards recovery! While that might sound overwhelming, at Castle Pines and Cherry Creek Physical Therapy you’ll find a team of experts ready to walk you through the recovery process. Dial 303-805-5156 to schedule an evaluation.

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  • Is physical therapy helpful for minor and chronic pain?

    Some people feel silly coming into physical therapy for minor pain, but you shouldn’t. Chances are your pain will progress from a minor acute condition to a major chronic condition if left alone. This can make your rehabilitation a longer process. Addressing minor pain can help you avoid complications and the harder treatments later on. However, if you’re already battling chronic pain, don’t give up and accept that as part of your life. Now is the time to seek out the proper treatment you need, and eliminate the discomfort from your life as much as possible.

    Appointments with our physical therapists are one-on-one and work to both relieve your symptoms and correct the source of the pain. Contact Castle Pines and Cherry Creek Physical Therapy today for an appointment or more information about how we can help you with your discomfort. Call (303) 805-5156, or visit the online contact page to reach us.

  • What could cause one shoulder to sit higher than the other?

    Shoulder examEveryone looks in the mirror, but have you ever really looked at your shoulders? When one shoulder appears to sit higher than the other when you see your reflection, you could have developed a scapular instability. This is a condition where your scapula sits in an abnormal position. Even if this condition is not painful now, you may begin to develop pain the longer your scapula sits incorrectly. Eventually this could lead to further injuries, such as biceps tendinitis. To determine the best path forward for treatment, you will need to have your shoulders examined and the severity of your condition assessed.

    Don’t wait for your misaligned shoulders to lead to complications—contact Castle Pines Physical Therapy or Cherry Creek Physical Therapy for more information or a one-on-one appointment with our expert physical therapy staff. Call (303) 805-5156, or visit the online contact page to reach us.

  • Should I get help for shoulder pain?

    Shoulder painPlenty of people struggle with shoulder pain, but don’t seek help because they can still function normally. You shouldn’t wait too long to have the problem checked out, however. Shoulder injuries can start out as a basic nagging pain, but quickly transition to severe pain the longer the underlying source of the condition goes untreated. Addressing the problem before it has a chance to deteriorate also makes it easier to treat, so it’s more likely to heal quickly. The longer you wait, the more involved the remedy will be.

    If you’re concerned about your shoulder, contact the experts at Castle Pines Physical Therapy or Cherry Creek Physical Therapy. We treat problems that are still small, as well as the ones that have developed into chronic issues. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment, or request more information by calling (303) 805-5156 or visiting the online contact page.

  • How can I rehab a knee injury?

    Knee injury from runningIf you are an avid runner you have likely encountered numerous injuries. Some of the most common running injuries include, but are not limited to:

    Iliotibial Band Syndrome - is one of the most common overuse injuries among runners. It occurs when the iliotibial band, the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin, is tight or inflamed. The IT band attaches to the knee and helps stabilize and move the joint. When the IT band isn't working properly, movement of the knee becomes painful.

    Patellafemoral Pain Syndrome - is pain in the front of the knee. It frequently occurs in athletes. It sometimes is caused by wearing down, roughening, or softening of the cartilage under the kneecap.

    Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper's Knee) - is an injury that affects the tendon connecting your kneecap to your shin bone. The patellar tendon plays a pivotal role in the way you use your leg muscles. It helps your muscles extend your knee so that you can kick a ball, run uphill and jump up in the air. This injury is most common in athletes whose sports involve frequent jumping, like basketball and volleyball. However, even people who don't participate in jumping sports can experience patellar tendinitis.

    Achillies Tendonitis - is when the tendon that connects the back of your leg to your heel becomes swollen and painful near the bottom of the foot. This tendon is called the Achilles tendon. It is used for walking, running, and jumping

    Plantar Fasciitis - occurs when the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed.

    The physical therapist at Castle Pines Physical Therapy​ will evalutate you and taylor a specific treatment plan to strengthen your muscles and tendons. We offer one-on-one treatment sessions to evaluate your needs and get you back to running or hiking pain-free! ​If you’re currently battling one of these injuries, call us at 303-805-5156 to make an appointment at Castle Pines Physical Therapy or Cherry Creek Physical Therapy.

  • What can I expect during physical therapy?

    Physical therapyPhysical therapy treatment sessions are generally 30 minutes in duration. During a physical therapy session you will experience one-on-one treatment from your physical therapist. This may include any of the treatments listed here. You should dress in loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. You can call us at 303-805-5156 or use our online contact forms to schedule an appointment today at our physical therapy centers in Castle Pines or Cherry Creek, CO.

  • What happens at my initial physical therapy evaluation?

    Physical therapyPhysical therapy initial evaluations are typically an hour long in duration.  Please arrive 15 minutes early as you will have paperwork specific to physical therapy to fill out. Our physical therapists will then ask you a series of questions, perform a physical examination, discuss their findings with you, and finish by discussing a plan of care. You will then schedule your treatment sessions as discussed with your physical therapist.

    To schedule an initial evaluation with our physical therapists in Castle Pines and Cherry Creek, CO, call 303-805-5156 or use our online contact form.

  • Do I need a referral to attend physical therapy?

    Doctor making referralColorado is a direct access state, meaning you may not need a referral, though some insurance companies require a referral for reimbursement. It is best to call your insurance company and ask, or to simply bring in a referral.

    If you have any other questions, or you would like to set up an initial evaluation for physical therapy treatment at our Cherry Creek or Castle Pines locations, contact us at 303-805-5156 or by using our online contact form.