Rehabilitation Specialist

Life Home Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Livingston, NJ

After a serious illness, injury, or surgery, professional rehabilitation is vital to help you heal, get stronger, and make the best possible recovery. Based in Livingston, New Jersey, Elizabeth Lee, PT, DPT, and Noel Punzalan PT and the team at Life Home Therapy provide physical and occupational therapy home visits to patients across Essex County, Morris County, Union County, Somerset County, and Passaic County who need to undergo a program of rehabilitation. To benefit from their experience, call Life Home Therapy today to schedule a home visit or book an appointment online.

 Rehabilitation Q & A

What is rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is a process of recovery and healing that you undergo if you've had an illness or injury or have been through invasive treatments like surgery. Life Home Therapy rehabilitation restores your range of movement and enables you to regain mobility if you've suffered any of these serious health problems.

Rehabilitation can optimize your recovery from a wide variety of conditions, some common ones being:

  • Back pain  
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Ligament tears
  • Tendon ruptures
  • Cartilage damage
  • Joint dislocations and instability
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Stroke

If you have an incurable disease like osteoarthritis, Parkinson's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, or a chronic pain condition, rehabilitation provides ongoing support that reduces pain and improves mobility.

After surgery, rehabilitation assists with repairing damaged tissues and helps you build up strength and regain function. Dr. Lee and Dr. Punzalan and the team at Life Home Therapy provide expert rehabilitation for patients after procedures such as joint replacement, tendon and ligament reconstruction, and spinal surgery.

What would my rehabilitation program involve?

The specialists at Life Home Therapy design your rehabilitation program around your precise requirements, so each patient has a plan suited to their unique needs.

Dr. Lee and Dr. Punzalan select the most effective physical therapy treatments for your condition considering your age, activity levels, general health, limitations, and personal goals. Your rehabilitation program could include treatments such as:

  • Ice packs
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Joint mobilization
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Balance training
  • Warm water therapy
  • Strength training
  • Electric stimulation
  • Therapeutic ultrasound

Assistive devices might be necessary for some patients in the early stages and possibly longer-term. Examples include braces, walkers, crutches, splints, and canes.

Why is rehabilitation so important?

If you don't receive expert rehabilitation for your condition, it takes a lot longer to recover, and you may never regain full use of the affected area.

Muscles, connective tissues, and joints become weak and can atrophy or lock up without exercise. A good example of this is frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), where having your arm immobilized causes the shoulder joint to lock up.   

The movement limitations these issues cause can even end up being worse than the original condition. You're also more likely to develop additional problems from sluggish circulation, such as chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, and leg ulcers.

On the other hand, skilled rehabilitation encourages blood flow, preventing these complications and actively encouraging healing by delivering oxygen and nutrition to the injured areas. Another benefit of rehabilitation is that it has a positive effect on your mental health, which can suffer if you have severe health problems.

To find out how rehabilitation could help you get better, call Life Home Therapy today or book an appointment online.