Rehab in Albuquerque, depending on where patients go, encompasses more than traditional methods of injury recovery and pain management. Traditional methods, such as physical therapy, acupuncture, medication, and massage therapy are the best ways to begin any treatment plan. Most patients respond well to these non-surgical methods. A sprained ankle or back pain from a work-related injury, for example, will get better and stronger with rest, heat, and targeted physical therapy exercises. Massage therapy soothes sore and pulled muscles, increases the blood circulation in the body, and reduces swelling. Acupuncture relieves pressure, releases the body of toxins, and stimulates the lymphatic system.
Technology has developed newer methods of rehabilitation for the body, which are also available in Albuquerque. Injection therapy is a procedure in which medicine is administered directly into the joint or muscle. Cortisone, steroids, and trigger point injections are a few examples of injection therapy. It is used when traditional methods do not result in proper pain management for patients. Injections are completed in the office, and can be effective for three months to one year. Radio-frequency ablation is another option for chronic pain management. High-frequency radio waves are utilized to destroy nerve endings with an electrical current. The results for this procedure typically last for six to twelve months. Both techniques have few complications associated with treatment. Patients may experience some swelling and bruising, but that dissipates within a couple of days after treatment.
Regenerative medicine can be used to restore muscle, tissue, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. There are several types available, and they are used to treat chronic conditions like arthritis, muscle diseases, and back pain. Contact us for more information on the different types of regenerative medicine, the uses for each, and which patients are the best candidates for each treatment. Another way to reduce the risk of injuries, relieve some forms of chronic pain, and take pressure off joints is weight loss. Rehab In Albuquerque offers several programs for medically-supervised weight loss to help patients increase nutrition, establish exercise programs, and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity creates increased pressure on bones, muscles, and joints. It contributes to chronic pain, causes nerve damage, and can cause organs to fail. Losing weight and building a strong body can prolong the life of the patient.