Treatments for injuries that cause considerable pain and discomfort should include a rehabilitation process. This process helps patients learn how to lower their risk of developing chronic pain resulting from their injury. It also helps ensure that patients make a full recovery and can return to their regular activities. At Acute and Wellness Chiropractic Clinic in Manassas, Virginia, Dr. Joe Mikluscak provides rehabilitative services for patients with injuries. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or consultation

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Why is rehab important?

Without the rehab process, patients have a higher risk of experiencing lingering pain in the affected area. They might also damage the same area again if it hasn’t doesn’t fully heal, especially if the muscles in the area become weak and less flexible. The rehab process allows patients to make sure that they have strong muscles and an improved range of motion, which decreases the risk of the pain returning. Going through rehabilitation also helps ensure that patients can safely go back to their normal activities.

What kinds of rehab services are there?

There are many different kinds of rehab services available for those recovering from an injury. One of the most common kinds of rehab is physical therapy, where patients do specific exercises designed to test the muscles and make them stronger. Physical therapy exercises also make the muscles more flexible, which improves range of motion and lowers the chance of having pain come back. Rehab services might also include nutritional counseling to help patients learn to eat healthy foods that keep their muscles and bones strong.

How long is the rehab process?

The length of rehab depends on many factors, including the extent of the patient’s injury and the underlying cause. The rehab process takes longer for those with extensive injuries or severe injuries that cause significant pain and stiffness. It can also take longer for patients who normally participate in demanding athletic activities, such as contact sports or sports that involve a lot of quick, sudden movements.

What can patients expect after rehabilitation?

After going through the rehab process, patients can go back to doing their normal activities, including more physically demanding activities like sports or recreational activities. Patients should continue to do exercises to keep their muscles strong and flexible, which reduces the risk of having another injury or damaging the injured area again. Patients should also adopt healthy ways of living to lower the risk of chronic pain, such as eating healthy, losing excess weight, and getting regular physical activity.