Rehabilitation Specialist

Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow -  - Orthopaedic Specialist

Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Atlanta, Marietta, & Athens, GA

Whether you’ve had surgery, a chronic illness, or a traumatic injury, the road to recovery doesn’t end when you leave the hospital. Rehabilitation, ranging from exercises to massage, is extremely important to long-term healing. Recovery is a process, often a long one, and nobody should go it alone. That’s why the experienced orthopaedic physicians at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow in Atlanta, Athens, and Marietta, Georgia, are ready to help. If you’re interested in rehabilitation, call the office book an appointment online.

Rehabilitation Q & A

What is rehabilitation?

If you’ve had an injury, surgery, or an illness that has affected your ability to move, then rehabilitation is likely a solution for you. Rehabilitation focuses on orthopaedic problems, especially those caused by traumatic injury, illness, or disability.

Because so many procedures and injuries require rehabilitative care, it can look different for everyone. It can range from a temporary measure to a constructive part of your routine for life. 

The rehabilitation team at Georgia, Hand, Shoulder & Elbow evaluates and treats orthopaedic conditions, including accidents and injuries. Such conditions might include abnormalities with muscle, bone, joint, spine, and neurologic symptoms, such as pain, weakness, and numbness. 

What does rehabilitation involve?

Rehabilitation includes a wide range of exercises and effective treatments. Your personalized treatment depends on your condition. However, you can expect a few things no matter what.

On your first visit, you meet with the team at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow so they can get an idea of your needs and goals. 

Your provider may ask what your pain level is, how well you move, or if you have particular difficulties. They may also perform tests to measure your range of motion, flexibility, and posture while you move.

Your provider then explains which treatment or treatments are right for you, helping you understand everything from your exercises to the frequency of your appointments to your recovery goals. 

Some people need only minor therapy and can continue their work on their own after a few appointments, while others benefit from more hands-on work.

What treatments might I need during my rehabilitation?

The treatments included in your rehabilitation program vary depending on the reason you require treatment. Examples of therapies that might form part of your rehabilitation include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Desensitization
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Therapeutic massage 
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Medication management
  • Nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation 
  • Neuromodulation

Expert rehabilitation can restore function, reduce pain, and help you regain strength and flexibility. If you have chronic pain, you can also learn techniques to help you cope and enjoy a far better quality of life.

To schedule an appointment to discuss your rehabilitation options, call Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow or use the online scheduling tool.