When to Seek Care from a Physical Therapist
Letting an injury go too long can lead to more than just discomfort. You can be setting yourself up for additional and potentially more severe injuries. Many patients put off being evaluated because they are worried they may need surgery. In reality, about 80 percent of musculoskeletal injuries respond well to much less invasive treatment and do not require surgery.
Remember, pain is not a normal part of life. There are many effective, non-invasive treatments that can help get you back to an active, healthy life. Symptoms you shouldn't ignore:
- Joint pain that lasts more than 48 hours
- Aching pain after activity that does not get better with rest
- Tenderness at a specific point
- Limited range of motion
- Numbness or tingling
Our Specialized Services
Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on helping patients restore mobility, stability, strength and function using a range of treatments like:
- Joint mobilization to improve range of motion.
- Therapeutic exercise to increase strength and endurance.
- Bracing or taping to hold a part of the body stable and motionless to prevent pain and further injury.
- Education about using heat and cold to manage pain and swelling, and other self-care strategies.
For patients with arthritis, chronic pain and other conditions that may limit movement, water therapy is an excellent option. Patients who have had a stroke, back surgery or a joint replacement can especially benefit, because water exercises ease pressure on the body. Hendricks Regional Health provides aquatic therapy at our Plainfield campus, which also offers private treatment rooms along with a therapy pool.
Our pediatric therapists focus on regaining skills lost to an illness or injury, and improving functional skills for children with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, or other developmental delays. Physical therapy for children works to improve gross motor skills and muscle tone, and increase strength. Pediatric physical therapy is available in Danville, Plainfield, and the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA in Avon.
Our physical therapists offer lymphedema care at our Danville and Avon campuses. Our treatment focuses on helping reduce pain and swelling, and may include massages, exercises and additional techniques.
Our physical therapy team includes certified wound specialists who take several effective treatment approaches to help prevent complications and speed healing. Treatment can also help prevent wounds from recurring.
The AlterG is an anti-gravity treadmill that uses differential air pressure technology to apply a lifting force to the body, allowing the user to exercise with less stress on their joints. Up to 80 percent of your body weight can be "unweighted" in the AlterG. This service is available at the Avon YMCA. A single 45-minute session is $25, and a monthly membership (3x/week, 45-minute sessions) is $100. Call (317) 272-4186 to learn more and set up a free 10-minute trial.
Video Motion Analysis
Our team uses Dartfish® software for video analysis, the same technology used by NBC during coverage of the Olympics. Problems with running gaits, throwing motions, or golf and tennis swings can often lead to an injury. Physical therapists can better identify these concerns by videotaping patients during their sport or activity and providing instant feedback (including water sports). We can then slow down the replay to better analyze the patient in motion.
Soft Tissue Manipulation
Augmented Soft Tissue Manipulation is a non-invasive therapy technique that can achieve results quickly. The therapy was designed on the principles of deep tissue massage, targeting the scarring or inflammation of those soft tissue areas and helping the body heal. It is especially beneficial to patients with tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains, strains, plantar fasciitis and other soft tissue injuries.
Back to Golf Program
Participants will work one-on-one with a licensed physical therapist in our program located in Plainfield, which benefits any golfer who experiences joint or muscle pain, players returning from surgery and those who simply want to improve their golf game. Program cost is $150 and includes a 30-minute videotaped evaluation, plus three 30-minute treatment sessions. Call (317) 838-3434 for more information.
About Direct Access to Physical Therapy
In 2013, Indiana passed a legal provision that lets patients be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without a doctor's referral. Put simply, you can now go directly to our physical therapists for evaluation and treatment. Studies have shown that, for some patients, receiving direct access physical therapy can help decrease costs while providing successful treatment outcomes. Giving patients direct access to physical therapy care can also remove barriers and allow treatment to begin sooner—which is imperative to the healing process.
Hendricks Regional Health physical therapists are extensively trained in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. Before beginning treatment, they carefully screen each and every patient to ensure that physical therapy is the most appropriate method of care. Our physical therapists work closely with a team of orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians, as well as our network of primary care physicians. Staff communicate regularly with your doctor to keep them updated about your treatment. It's important to know that your therapist will refer you to a physician, either your primary care doctor or an orthopedic/sports medicine specialist, if it is determined that your condition requires further evaluation.
To schedule your direct access evaluation with a member of our therapy staff, call (317) 745-3420 or fill out a quick request.
What to Expect During Your Direct Access Evaluation
Your evaluation will take about an hour and will be performed by one of our experienced physical therapists. Depending on the nature of your pain, our staff will pair you with a therapist specializing in your area of concern. During your evaluation visit, your therapist will review your medical history and begin building an individualized treatment plan with an in-depth discussion of your medical history. You also will have the opportunity to talk with your therapist about individualized rehabilitation goals. Together, you will develop a treatment plan tailored to help you achieve these goals.
Your course of treatment often begins that day. Most patients benefit from physical therapy treatment plans that include one-on-one therapy sessions, therapeutic exercise, education and the development of a home program to advance your progress. As part of your evaluation, you will be carefully screened to ensure that physical therapy is the most appropriate method of care. If they determine your condition requires further evaluation or radiology tests, they will consult with or refer you to one of our orthopedic or sports medicine physicians.
Follow-up physical therapy visits will be set at whatever time frame and frequency you and your therapist decide are appropriate. On average, a follow-up visit lasts 30-45 minutes, but your specific condition, treatment and plan of care will dictate how long the sessions will last and the number of visits needed. Constant reassessment by your therapist will determine what changes need to be made to your treatment progression. Physical therapists can continue your treatment program for 24 calendar days without a physician's order.
For additional information on what to expect during your physical therapy evaluation, visit our frequently asked questions page or read our past patient stories.