Rehabilitation Specialist

Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center

Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation located in Greenbelt, MD & Olney, MD

Sports injuries, work accidents, surgery, and chronic diseases quickly deplete your strength and limit your ability to function. If you want to return to your activity as quickly as possible, you need rehabilitation from the experienced team at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center. They offer comprehensive rehabilitation for all musculoskeletal problems, as well as a specialized program for industrial rehabilitation. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Greenbelt, Olney, Bowie, Riverdale, Glen Burnie, Laurel, or Silver Spring, Maryland, or use the online booking feature today. Same-day and next-day appointments are available.

Rehabilitation Q & A

What is rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is a program to restore skills, strength, and function lost due to an injury or illness. Your therapist creates a rehabilitation plan that includes a mix of exercise, physical therapy, and job- or sport-specific training. 

By design, each persons’ program meets their individual goals. Some people require intensive functional rehabilitation to return to competitive sports, while others may need to regain their ability to safely go up and down stairs.

What is industrial rehabilitation?

The team at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center specializes in industrial rehabilitation, a unique program recommended for:

  • All work-related injuries
  • Safety, fire, and rescue professionals
  • Warehouse workers
  • Mail carriers and postal workers
  • Delivery and truck drivers
  • Construction workers

Industrial rehabilitation is built on three pillars:

Functional capacity evaluation

Your functional capacity evaluation begins with a review of your medical history and current accident or injury. Then your therapist completes a series of comprehensive functional tests that measure your physical abilities and compares them with the physical demands of your work level.

In addition to guiding your rehabilitation plan, your functional capacity evaluation is used by everyone involved with your workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. Employers, attorneys, case managers, and insurance companies rely on the information to approve treatment and determine if you can return to work.

Pain management

Pain limits your ability to function, which in turn interferes with rehabilitation. Your therapist identifies the source of your pain and provides the most appropriate treatment to ease your symptoms.

Work conditioning/work hardening

Work conditioning and work hardening go hand-in-hand to restore function and get you back to work as quickly as possible.

Your work conditioning program focuses on restoring your strength, endurance, movement, flexibility, motor control, and cardiopulmonary function. Work hardening involves real or simulated work activities designed to restore the physical, behavioral, and vocational skills you need to perform your job.

Does rehabilitation include strength training?

No matter how physically fit or strong you were before your injury, accident, or health condition, you quickly lose muscle mass and strength as soon as you slow down or stop exercising. For this reason, strength training is an essential part of rehabilitation.

Rebuilding muscle strength reduces pain and helps you return to your activities faster. Your physical therapist begins at your ability level and follows a structured exercise plan to gradually rebuild muscles and restore your strength.

To learn more about rehabilitation, call Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center or schedule an appointment online today.