Mobile Therapy is an individualized therapeutic service providing intensive one on one intervention within home and community settings. For many reasons, the confines of traditional outpatient therapy may not be adequate to address the issues of children and adolescents who are in severe emotional or behavioral distress.
Mobile therapists, who have a minimum of a Master’s degree, collaborate with the Psychologist and other team members to identify the unique therapeutic needs of a child and then provide one on one interventions within the home or other community location. There are many benefits to providing treatment within the natural setting. It allows for family members to be a part of the therapeutic process, when appropriate, as well as helps the client to build coping skills in real situations.
For athletes and physically active individuals, injury is an unfortunate yet common occurrence. Muscle strains and sore backs happen, as do more serious situations such as sprained ankles. However, it’s important to understand the distinction between a minor injury that calls for rest, and a more serious concern that requires physical therapy. Here’s how to tell if you should pursue this form of treatment:
- Your pain lingers after three or four days of consistent rest and icing: If you experience injury, you’ll want to take three or four days where you refrain from overexerting this body part. You should also ice the afflicted part in 20-minute intervals, several times throughout the day. If you’re not feeling significantly better after this relaxation and icing treatment, you may want to consult with a physical therapist.
- You’re experiencing reoccurring dull pain: Most pain is healed with rest and ice, however more serious injuries frequently come back and linger until they’re treated more extensively. If you frequently experience aches and twinges, you’ll want to get to the root of the discomfort.
- A traumatic event: More serious injuries such as muscle tears and broken bones require the care of a professional physical therapists in order to completely rehabilitate the area. If you’ve recently rolled your ankle, landed on your shoulder wrong, or experienced swelling after an injury, talk to a practitioner about beginning a physical therapy regimen.
- Medicine is useless: Over-the-counter pain relievers are effective at easing aches caused by minor injuries. However, if you’re constantly popping these drugs and not seeing any results, you’ll want to consult a medical professional for advice about how to proceed.
- You experience sharp pain: Lingering, dull pain often subsides with rest and ice. However, sharp and centralized pain may indicate that you’ve experienced a more serious situation, such as a stress fracture. Failure to get treatment for these types of injuries will only further aggravate the condition and cause more damage. If you’re continually experiencing sharp pains in one area of the body, it’s time to seek professional assistance.
- You notice visible changes: If you’re going about your regular exercise routine and begin to notice swelling or a decreased range of motion, you should consult with a physical therapist who can assess the situation and provide guidance about how to proceed.
Other instances when physical therapy may become necessary include when an individual gets diagnosed with a neurological disorder. Conditions like Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, and arthritis make day-to-day functioning more challenging; physical therapy can help ease symptoms and improve your quality of life.