Fast Acting Pain Relief with Long Lasting Results

We are the experts in gentle pain and injury solutions. Our progressive techniques are sure to produce the results that you desire with your pain relief. As a patient, you will undergo a complete physical exam, one on one with a skilled therapist who will listen, understand, and be quick in determining your needs. Even if you have tried other treatments and therapies, we offer programs that are right for you, and are proven to be the MOST effective for people suffering from:
 

Shoulder & Hand/Wrist Pain
Headache
Hip & Knee Pain
Jaw Pain
Ankle & Foot Pain
Elbow Pain
Neck & Head Pain
Back Pain

 Benefits of Our Programs:

• Reduced pain
• Start seeing immediate results
• Learn how to avoid future problems
• Live life more enjoyably
• Return to a more active lifestyle
• Sleep better
• Increased flexibility & movement
• Improved core stability


Physical Therapy in Clermont, FL is not the same everywhere you go. Katie Hohman and the Hohman Rehab team are caring and compassionate yet  they are the best at what they do.  The programs being offered here by their licensed physical therapists range from neck and back pain relief to golf rehab program.  You’ll find some of the best physical therapists Clermont and Florida has to offer, and you’ll find services not being offered by other facilities such as fall prevention and Lymphedema programs designed to work! If you are looking to relieve pain or improve the quality of your life, we guarantee you find the best therapist FL has to offer. Some of the reasons this physical therapy facility is unlike any other lies in their caring staff, revolutionary pain relief procedures, and the 830laser. They truly are the experts in relieving pain and improving the quality of life of their patients. Call today and get a free screening to determine if we are the right place for you.
              
             
Hohman Rehab is now a proud member of the  Mesothelioma Community Resource Network.  For comprehensive mesothelioma information,  please visit the Mesothelioma Cancer  Alliance today. 


Physical Therapy for Developmental Delay in Children

Developmental delay in children can present in many different ways, including in language, speech, vision, movement, social skills, and cognitive skills.  A delay in development refers to a significant lag in the child’s skill when compared to an established “norm”.  All children develop at slightly different rates, but certain skills should be achieved by a certain age, including walking and speech. 

Physical therapists predominantly work with children who have developmental delays in their motor skills.  Infants as early as 4 months can display signs of delay if they are not independently holding their head up, or at 6 months if they are not able to sit without assistance.  At the initial evaluation, the physical therapist will perform detailed tests and measures to determine if the child has a developmental delay.  If a delay is established the therapist will help develop programs to perform at home to jump start improvements in the patient.  A therapist will provide guided feedback for performing motor skills, including cues to make skills easier or to help the child feel how a skill should be performed. 

An important part of early development in infants is the use of “tummy time”.  Young infants develop the important postural muscles in the neck, upper back and arms that make the progression to crawling and upright walking easier.  Having a variety of positions that the child spends time in can stimulate brain growth and development and make skills like rolling and crawling more achievable.

If you are concerned that your child has a developmental delay, see their pediatrician for a referral to Physical therapy today!  We treat children with developmental delay in the Clermont 34711 area.

How a positive attitude impacts your recovery in Physical Therapy!

Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be, precisely determine what we can be.  Positive thinking really can make you feel and be healthy.  Refraining from worry and anxiety, negative words in general, and maintaining a positive outlook can have an effect on the recovery of a patient. Positive attitude seen in the clinic has allowed for significant gains because they want to get better, quicker, to get back to the lifestyle they want to live.  Patients that come into therapy, knowing what to expect and that look towards the end goal, allow themselves to push a little bit further.

Although positive attitudes have been seen to allow for an increase and rapid acquiring of goals; it is easy to become negative when you have a bad day, or are in a little more pain.  You may come across a few disappointments, and it is really easy to stay in that negative mindset.  Choosing to be positive and being grateful for what has been accomplished throughout this physical and emotional journey, is just that, a choice. How you choose to deal with any negative side-effects and your determination to push through is controllable; and that makes all the difference. That choice overall, can have an impact on how you maintain your overall health and recovery.

At Hohman Rehab, we focus on giving you constant feedback regarding your recovery.  You will never wonder if your range of motion is improving, or if you’re getting stronger, or walking better.  You will know because we will be sure to tell you.  Small gains go a long way, and it’s important to realize that!

Assistive Devices

How do I use an assistive device?

When patient first begins Physical Therapy they often arrive with the use of an assistive device. An assistive device is a supportive device that is used by a patient to assist in balance, relieve weight-bearing or pressure on a lower extremity, or to help correct postural deficits or gait (walking) impairments. Common assistive devices include crutches, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. When choosing the appropriate devise to use, you must consider what the intended purpose of the devices is. If a patient has recently had a surgery or injury to the leg and the goal is to keep weight off the limb, we may choose to use axillary crutches or perhaps a walker. In addition to considering the injury, we must also think of the patient. If the patient is a young healthy person crutches may be the best choice. However if the patient is elderly with a history of falls, a safer choice may be a wheelchair.

The bottom line when choosing the correct assistive device it that it should be the least cumbersome device that offers the best support for the intended purpose, i.e. reducing weight-bearing on a limb or helping to improve balance.

How to fit crutches properly?

One common problem we see in Physical Therapy are patients who arrive using crutches that are set either too big or too small for the patient. A simple but effective method of determining the proper height of the crutches can be learned by following these simple steps:

  • Have the person stand erect with feet shoulder width apart and arms at their sides
  • Place the base of the crutches approximately 4 inches forward and 2 inches out from the front of the toes
  • Place the top of the crutches, also known as axillary pads, under the axilla (armpit). Properly adjusted crutches should be approximately 2 finger widths below the axilla. You can usually adjust the height by depressing a small bottom on the tube of the crutch, then either raise or lower to meet desired height
  • The next step is to adjust the height of the hand grips. With the crutches placed under the armpits and the bases 4 inches forward and 2 inches lateral to the toes, allow the arm to hang at the sides of the body naturally. The hand grip should be positioned so it is level with the crease of your wrist. To adjust these, there is usually a small wing-nut that must be spun loose allowing a pin to be pulled out from the handle. You can then adjust to desired height, place sliding pin back in and firmly tighten the wing-nut

How do I fit a cane properly?

Regardless of the type of cane that is being used, i.e. straight cane or quad cane, the height should be adjusted using the same method from the crutches set-up.

  • Have patient stand tall with arms at their sides and the cane placed on the side of desired use (see below for how to determine which side)
  • Place the cane 4 inches forward and 2 inches out from the front of the foot
  • The handle of the cane should align with the crease of your wrist. Some straight canes are made from solid wood, metal, or plastics and the height cannot be adjusted. If the handle does not align with the wrist, you may need to consider purchasing an adjustable height cane. These can usually be found at a medical supply store or second-hand store and are relatively inexpensive
  • To adjust the height there is usually a small button that must be pressed in. Some canes also have a small collar between the telescoping shafts of the cane that must be loosened to adjust the height, and then retightened for stability.

When using a quad cane, the legs that form a straight line should face the foot. The picture below highlights the proper side of the cane that should face the foot.

 

One common misconception is that the cane is used on the side of the body that has the injury. This is actually incorrect! The cane should be used on the side opposite the body to promote the person shifting their weight AWAY from the injured leg.

How do I fit a walker properly?

When adjusting a walker to proper height, we must first consider it intended use. If the walker is being used to aide in balance we may choose to have the height set higher compared to if the walker is being used to reduce weight-bearing on a leg.

  • Standing tall with feet shoulder width apart, place the walker around the person so they are standing within the base of support.
  • The height is adjusted by the same procedure of either raising or lowering until the handles are aligned with the wrist creases. This is done by depressing a button on each leg of the walker and then making your adjustment. Make sure the button fully reengages the hole before using the walker.
  • If using the walker only for balance assistance, you may choose to raise the walker higher as you are not using your arms to support the weight of your body.

Stroke Prevention

A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, occurs when there is an interruption in the blood flow to the brain. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die due to lack of oxygen causing lasting damage. Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked by a clot. This blockage can occur in two ways: a clot may form in an artery that is already very narrow, or a clot may break off from another place in the body and travel up to the brain. The risk of stroke is higher in those who have heart disease, poor circulation, unhealthy lifestyles that include habits such as smoking, high fat diet, and lack of exercise. Adopting habits that promote cardiovascular health and prevent atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) may help to reduce your risk of stroke. Essentials of a healthy lifestyle include a balanced diet, controlling weight, monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels, limiting alcohol and not smoking.

Other tips to help prevent stroke include: getting appropriate medical treatment of atrial fibrillation, sleep apnea and/or diabetes. If your risk of stroke is high because of atherosclerosis, high blood pressure or a history of heart disease or previous strokes, you should see your doctor regularly to ensure these risk factors are being managed appropriately.

Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapy

A common question frequently asked is what the difference between physical and occupational therapy.  According to the American Occupational therapy Association, OT’s help people across their lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, such as bathing, dressing, and eating.  Occupational therapy can be used to assist children with interacting and participation in school, as well as helping individuals regain fine motor skills following an injury or traumatic event.  OT’s also work with adults who are experiencing physical and cognitive changes due to aging, as well as from traumatic events such as a stroke.  Occupational therapists can work in the school setting, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long-term rehabilitation facilities, and outpatient clinics.  OT’s attend a 2-year graduate program and currently, all newly graduating OT’s have a master’s degree in Occupational therapy.

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility.  PT’s assist individuals on their road to recovery/improvement following injury, traumatic event (including surgery) or generalized weakness from the aging process.  PT’s work with a variety of diagnoses including stroke, musculoskeletal injury, arthritis, balance and walking difficulty, cerebral palsy, etc.  Physical therapists are trained to work with the entire musculoskeletal system, including the trunk, arms and legs.  Whereas, occupational therapists focus only on the arms and hands to improve functional activities.  Physical therapists are able to work in the school setting, hospitals, outpatient clinics, long-term rehabilitations facilities, and skilled nursing facilities.  Physical therapists receive extensive training which includes a 3-year doctorate program with hands-on internships. 

Both Occupational and Physical therapists are licensed healthcare providers who can assist with a variety of diagnoses, injuries and pain.  If you’re not sure who is best suited to treat your particular condition, please contact us!  We treat a variety of patient diagnoses, such as pain, weakness, dysfunction, post-op, lymphedema, balance disorders, and much more – all in the Clermont 34711 area!

Should I use a back brace?

There are many types of back braces available, but there are two types of back braces that are most widely used, lumbosacral orthosis (LSO) and thoracic-lumbar-sacral orthosis (TLSO). The primary uses for any back brace are to: reduce pain by restricting mobility of the trunk, facilitate healing following injury or surgical procedure, or increase stability and support of the spine due to weak muscles. The spine is separated into 4 major sections: cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral. These sections of the spine are each responsible for different motions and functional activities, and therefore require differing amounts of stability and motion to function properly.

Lumbosacral orthosis (LSO) is a less restrictive type of back brace that provides stability to the lumbar and sacral sections of the spine through focused immobilization and support of the spine. LSOs also provide pain relief by reducing motion of the individual vertebrae. Indications for a LSO may include: low back pain, herniation of lumbar intervertebral disc, post-surgery, degenerative disc disease, lumbar fracture, osteoarthritis and stenosis.

Thoracic-lumbar-sacral orthosis (TLSO), unlike a LSO, is a more restrictive type of back brace that is used to support, correct or block motion in any one or combination of directions. They may be made of hard plastic, heavy cloth or metal and is fitted from the breast bone to just above the pubic area. A TLSO may be indicated for diagnosis such as: spinal fractures or fusions, herniated or degenerated discs, chronic back pain, osteoporosis, scoliosis or trunk weakness.

If you are experiencing back pain or dysfunction, a physical therapist can help to determine if you would benefit from the use of a back brace and what type of brace is best for your particular condition.  We work with patients requiring back braces in the Clermont 34711 area!

Dangers of High Body Fat

We all need body fat in order for our bodies to function, however, too much can be dangerous.  Studies performed by the American Heart Association have shown that 31.7% of US children ages 5-19 are overweight or obese.  And 33.7% of US adults are considered obese.  Being a healthy weight allows your blood to circulate through your body easier; this allows regulation of fluid levels to be more easily managed.  Common risks of being overweight or obese include: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and early arthritis.

What can you do to get back on track?

  • Make a change!  Change begins with emotionally preparing yourself for what you’re about to embark upon.  If you aren’t ready emotionally, then your efforts will not be 100%.  If you want to start making changes to your physical being, you need to start changing the way you think.  You should always “eat to live” not “live to eat”.  Know that you shouldn’t disrupt your long term goals for short term satisfaction.
  • Exercise!  Start out by focusing on the large muscle groups – quads, buttocks, chest and shoulders.  The physical therapists at Hohman Rehab would be more than happy to assist you with the best exercises for your goals and body type.
  • Eat more protein and drink lots of water!  Protein is what fuels your muscles.  Without it, your muscles have no way to grow and become stronger.  Protein will also keep you feeling full longer because it takes longer for your body to digest than carbohydrates and sugars. 

Whether you are 5 pounds overweight or 100 pounds, it’s important to get on a program that will safely help you lose the weight.  Typically the hardest part of losing weight is keeping it off; so education and a good understanding of how your body processes foods is really important.

At Hohman Rehab, we have a weight loss program geared toward education and good results.  Call today to reserve your seat for the next free educational event (352) 404-6908!

2014 Multiple Sclerosis Walk

The Hohman Rehab staff were lucky enough to join the MS Support Group in Lake County, called the Mighty Survivors, for the annual MS Walk in Baldwin Park, Orlando.  This MS fundraiser raises money for research, patient programs and assistance.  There is still no known cause or cure for Multiple Sclerosis, so it’s really important to continue to help provide funds for research.  Our group walked 2.5 miles – and I’m so proud of those with MS that took on this challenge! 

MS is a disease the effects the lining of your nerves; it destroys it and slows down the speed of conduction.  This can effect how you walk and move, as well as how you think.  One of the most common symptoms of MS is generalized fatigue.  This type of fatigue is so intense that it effects how someone functions; it can be so much that you aren’t able to do your job.  So this was a big accomplishment for the patients with MS that were able to complete this walk.

The Mighty Survivors support group meets by Southlake Hospital every 2nd Wednesday!  If you are someone with MS, know someone, or just want to help the cause…visit with this group of really great people to learn more!

Hohman Rehab treats patients with multiple sclerosis in the Clermont 34711 area!

The Dangers of Poor Posture

When your back is straight, it is stabilized and supported.  If you slouch or exhibit a different type of “poor posture”, you back does not have the support that it requires to stay balance; this can lead to many health problems down the road.  The most common problem stemming from poor posture is sore muscles.  As you slouch, your muscles have to work harder to protect and stabilize your spine; differently from the amount of work they require when you’re standing up straight.  With extra stress and work placed on those muscles it can result in muscle fatigue and tightness.  This may not seem serious, but it can lead to long-term problems.  Other major issues that can arise from poor posture are spinal curvature (kyphosis, scoliosis to name a few), subluxations (shifting of your vertebrae), blood vessel constriction, and nerve constriction.

How can you fix this?

  • STRETCH – Correcting your posture isn’t going to happen overnight; afterall, it didn’t occur overnight either!  Start incorporating at least one stretching exercise per day.  Try this one – Place your hands on your hips while standing or sitting, and band your trunk backwards.  Hold for at least 20 seconds and repeat 3 times.
  • MOVE – Get up!  Sitting for long periods of time can be a big contributor to poor posture.  You see this most often with desk-type jobs that leave you sitting most of the day.  Get up every 30 minutes and walk to the bathroom or the water cooler; just move.  When sitting, your muscles have the tendency to shorten, and this can result in the muscles pulling on your skeletal system.  By getting up and walking around, those muscles begin to relax and it improves better blood flow through them.

For more information on posture, or for a postural screen by one of our physical therapists, call us today!  We treat postural abnormalities in the Clermont 34711 area!

Dangers of Poor Strength

By testing your grip strength, physical therapists are able to develop a general sense of how much muscle mass you have.  There are many important functions of muscles in the human body, including being used as “pumps” which are necessary for proper circulation.  Weakness of your muscle mass will reduce blood flow throughout the body and most importantly reduce the flow back to your heart.  A reduction in blood flow back to the heart puts you at a higher risk of:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attach
  • Injury
  • Heart disease
  • Depression

Having poor muscle strength can also put you at a higher risk of arthritis and joint pain!  Two key steps to building more muscle mass are to 1) lift weights and 2) eat more lean protein.  Protein is an essential component of every single cell in your body.  Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues, so by consuming the amount your body needs, you will be reducing your risk of injury and disease and increasing your overall quality of life.  Hang out with your friends more!  By getting a group of friends together, it’s easier to stay motivated to succeed.  Chances are more than one your friends may have the same risks as you.  Some suggestions are to sign up for group exercise classes, become gym buddies, or start build your own exercise regimen to do together.  Having someone to go on this journey with you also holds you more accountable, giving you a higher rate of success!

The physical therapists at Hohman Rehab are highly knowledgeable on setting you up on a program to meet your specific needs.  We treat all ages in the Clermont 34711 area, with a goal of making each patient as independent as possible!

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