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"I am thankful to actually be pain free" B. Kern Salem, IL

Why is physical/occupational therapy a good choice for treatment?

More than half of all Americans are suffering from pain, either from a recent accident or injury or from a chronic pain condition.

Turning to physical therapists and occupational therapists is a wise move because these trained and licensed health professionals not only treat the pain, but they determine its exact source and work to eliminate it.

The physical and occupational therapists at Synergy Therapeutic Group in Southern Illinois are experts at treating musculoskeletal and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.

With evidence-based care, our goal is to reduce the pain and help our patients back to living a normal life as quickly as possible.

Are there distinctive advantages in using a therapist owned facility offering physical and occupational therapy?

 We believe that a physical or occupational therapists’ confidence in striking out in business alone is a tremendous indication of their passion and professionalism.

Outpatient physical/occupational therapy, which means patients do not have to stay to receive services, is provided in many settings. Some therapists work in hospitals or in company with a physician or a group of physicians, especially orthopedic groups.

But others, like Synergy Therapeutic Group, are therapist owned independent practices.

As such, we are genuinely conscious of providing effective treatments in as few visits as possible, thus keeping our services affordable to those who need them.

We also believe that it benefits our patients to know that we have no financial ties with any referring sources. The physicians who recommend us are doing so strictly on our merit.

Can I choose my own physical/occupational therapy clinic?

Yes, that is your right as a consumer. Your prescription for therapy can be treated the same as you would treat a prescription for your pharmacy.


How do I choose a physical/occupational therapy clinic?

While the selection of a physical or occupational therapy clinic can be a matter of personal choice, there are good guidelines for consumers to follow to ensure they receive safe, evidence-based treatment.

It is imperative that the therapist should be licensed in the state in which you are seeking treatment, and they should have acquired sufficient education and experience to be an expert in treating your condition.

You should expect that they will be able to explain your condition to you and detail the kind of therapy they are recommending, that they provide you with a treatment that gives some relief right from your first visit on, and that they will accept your insurance or be willing to work with you if they are not a preferred provider.

Physical and occupational clinics should post their financial policies right up front and on their websites and these should be clear from the outset.


Is physical therapy and occupational therapy painful?

Under no circumstances should physical therapy techniques be painful. However, you may experience some soreness the following day after some treatments.

For example, recovering knee range of motion after total knee replacement or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery can be uncomfortable.

Your physical therapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help maximize your treatment goals. It is important that throughout the process, you communicate the intensity, frequency and duration of pain to your therapist. Without that information, it is difficult for your therapist to adjust your treatment plan.

Keep in mind that for many patients, a primary objective of seeking physical/occupational therapy is pain relief. That is accomplished by using many different tools, including movement.

Your therapist will provide you with the appropriate exercises not only to relieve your pain but also to help you recover your range of motion, strength and endurance.


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