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
• Hip & Knee Pain
• Jaw Pain
|• Ankle & Foot Pain
• Elbow Pain
• Neck & Head Pain
• Back Pain
Benefits of Our Programs:
• Reduced pain
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.
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TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. TENS is one of the most commonly used forms of electroanalgesia. Your doctor or physical therapist may suggest the use of a TENS unit as a non-pharmacological treatment for pain relief. There are many painful conditions & injuries that TENS may be effective in treating &/or managing.
Electrical stimulation is used in the treatment of such diagnoses as low back pain, neck pain, myofascial and arthritic pain, neurogenic pain and post-surgical pain. There are many studies that suggest the use of electrical stimulation delivered by a TENS unit reduces pain through a process called nociceptive inhibition. This process is explained by the gate-control theory, which in a very simplistic account, works by tricking your brain into not feeling the pain through application of a more pleasant sensation. Electrical stimulation is delivered through a TENS unit via leads that are connected to electrodes placed directly on the skin over the painful area.
The electric current is applied through the electrodes, and can be controlled with varying frequencies and intensities. It should be a strong but comfortable sensation without muscular contraction. It is possible with repeated usage of TENS to develop a tolerance, rendering the modality less effective.
There are only a few situations in which a TENS unit is not appropriate for use. If you have a pace maker or other internal electronic device you should not use electrical stimulation, as it may result in malfunction of your internal device. Also it is unknown how electrical stimulation may affect an unborn baby; therefore pregnant women should not participate in the application of TENS.
For more information on whether you would be a good candidate for electrical stimulation speak with your physician or physical therapist. Hohman Rehab works with patients in the Clermont 34711 area to get TENS units for home use following an evaluation.
Sprains and strains are very common musculoskeletal injuries, typically caused by sports activities. Although they are very similar and are usually treated with similar methods there are differences between the two. A sprain is a stretching or tearing of a ligament, the fibrous band of connective tissue joining the end of one bone to another and a strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon, the fibrous cord of tissue connecting muscle to bone.
A sprain is caused by trauma to the body that forces the joint beyond normal range of motion. Some examples include walking/ exercising on uneven surface (ankle), pivoting during an athletic activity (knee), landing on an outstretched hand during a fall (wrist), skiing or playing racquet sports (thumb). There are two types of strains: acute and chronic. Acute strain occurs when a muscle becomes strained or pulled when overstretched and suddenly contract typically from running, jumping, throwing, or lifting a heavy object in an awkward position. Chronic strain results from overuse or repetitive stress of muscles and tendons. Some of the risk factors for both include poor muscle conditioning, fatigue, and improper warm-ups.
Treatment depends on the severity of the sprain or strain. There are different levels or “grades” of severity such as: Grade 1 (mild) which involves stretching and minor tearing of ligament or muscle, Grade 2 (moderate) in which the muscle or ligament is partially torn but intact, and Grade 3 (severe) which means the ligament or muscle is completely torn. Treating a grade 1 or mild strain or sprain usually just requires RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) and some therapeutic exercise to restore strength and flexibility. Grade 2 is similar but may also require immobilization of the injury. Grade 3 however may require surgery in addition to immobilization and eventual therapeutic exercise. Physical therapy is usually recommended for moderate and severe injuries to restore function safely and quickly.
At Hohman Rehab, we treat all sprains and strains in the Clermont 34711 area with one-on-one care to get you back to normal as quickly as possible.
Millions of Americans, and people around the world, are considered to be overweight or obese. The terms “overweight” and “obese” are used in regard to body weight that is greater than what is considered healthy, per an individuals’ height. Your weight can be the result of many factors. These factors include environment, family history and genetics, metabolism (the way your body changes food and oxygen into energy), behavior, lifestyle, etc. The more overweight a person is the more likely they are to develop:
- Coronary Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Type II Diabetes
- Breathing Problems
- Certain Cancers
Obesity also can lead to heart failure. This is a serious condition in which your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs.
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways. Your chances of having high blood pressure greatly increase if you’re overweight or obese.
Being obese can lead to a buildup of plaque in your arteries. Eventually, an area of plaque can rupture, causing a blood clot to form. If the clot is close to your brain, it can block the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain and cause a stroke.
Osteoarthritis is a common joint problem of the knees, hips, lumbar spine (low back). The condition occurs if the tissue that protects the joints wears away. Extra weight can put more pressure and wear on joints, causing pain.
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. A person who has sleep apnea may have increased fat stored around the neck. This can narrow the airway, making it hard to breathe.
The most common way to find out whether you’re overweight or obese is to figure out your body mass index (BMI). BMI is an estimate of body fat, and it’s a good gauge of your risk for diseases that occur with more body fat.
Successful weight-loss treatments include setting goals and making lifestyle changes, such as eating fewer calories and being physically active. Setting realistic weight-loss goals is an important first step to losing weight. Try to lose 5 to 10 percent of your current weight over 6 months. This will lower your risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) and other conditions.
If your child is overweight, the goal is to maintain his or her current weight and to focus on eating healthy and being physically active. This should be part of a family effort to make lifestyle changes. If your child is overweight and has a health condition related to being overweight, your doctor may refer you to a pediatric obesity treatment center.
Lifestyle changes can help you and your family achieve long-term weight-loss success. Example of lifestyle changes include:
- Focusing on balancing consumption of calories and performance of physical activity
- Following a healthy eating plan
- Learning how to adopt healthy lifestyle habits
Over time, these changes will become part of your everyday life.
Being physically active and eating fewer calories will help you lose weight and keep weight off over time. Physical activity also will benefit you in other ways as well:
- Lowers your risk for heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, and cancers
- Strengthens your heart and helps your lungs work better
- Strengthens your muscles and keep your joints in good condition
- Slows down bone loss
- Gives you more energy
- Helps you relax and better cope with stress
- Allows you to fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly
- Allows you to spend quality time with friends and family
The four main types of physical activity are aerobic, muscle-strengthening, bone strengthening, and stretching. You can do physical activity with light, moderate, or vigorous intensity. The level of intensity depends on how hard you have to work to do the activity.
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is a long-term challenge for people who are overweight or obese. But it also is a chance to lower your risk for other serious health conditions. With the right treatment and motivation, it’s possible to lose weight and lower your long-term disease risk.
We offer a great weight loss program at Hohman Rehab that not only helps you lose the weight, but also teaches you how to maintain and healthy lifestyle and keep the weight off. We see clients in the Clermont 34711 area, as well as surrounding Lake County.
What is a support group?
A support group is a gathering of people with a common concern or health issue. Support groups do not contain treatment from a medical provider, instead they focus on a specific condition and emphasize emotional support and shared experiences. Members are typically free to share their concerns, important information they have learned, or provide advice to other members.
Benefits in a Support Group
- Talking honestly and expressing feelings
- Feeling less isolated
- Better understanding of your condition
- Reducing anxiety, stress, fear of the unknown
- Feeling more in control
- Gaining advice from others with a similar
- Finding doctors and other valuable resources
How to find a support group
- Ask your doctor or health care provider
- Call the local hospital
- Perform an online search
- Check with local churches/charity organizations
- Check with large foundations for instance American Heart Association, National MS Society, American Cancer Society, etc.
Foot Drop (or drop foot) is a nerve injury that displays the inability to lift the front part of the foot, resulting in the toes dragging along the ground. People who have foot drop may tend to lift their knee higher or swing their leg in a wide arc in order to avoid dragging the toes. Numbness on the top of the foot or toes, weakness, pain, and general loss of function of the foot are typical symptoms of foot drop.
Foot drop is caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved in lifting the top part of the foot which may be due to nerve injury, muscle disorders, or brain/spinal cord disorders. With a nerve injury the peroneal nerve (which wraps from the back of the knee to the front of the shin) is the most commonly damaged typically from sports injuries, hip or knee replacement surgery, or even diabetes. Muscle disorders usually include muscular dystrophy or polio which involves the muscles progressively weakening. Neurological conditions that affect the brain or spinal cord such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease or stroke can impact nerves that cause drop foot. Risk factors include anything that compresses the peroneal nerve such as crossing your legs, prolonged kneeling/squatting, or wearing a leg cast that cover the ankle to just below the knee exerting pressure on the nerve.
Depending on the underlying cause and the severity of the injury or disorder, it is possible to improve or correct foot drop. In some cases surgery may be the best option, but nonsurgical treatments can be just as helpful. Nonsurgical treatments include braces or splints and physical therapy. Light weight braces or splints help support the leg and holds your foot in a normal position. Physical therapy can help strengthen the leg muscles and maintain range of motion improving gait issues. A physical therapist can also implement nerve stimulation using an electronic unit called NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) to activate the nerves used for walking. See your local physical therapist for recommendations on the best way for you to improve drop foot. We treat drop foot in the Clermont 34711 area.
Physical Therapy (PT) is a branch of rehabilitative medicine aimed at helping patients maintain, recover or improve mobility resulting from injury/trauma, disease, surgery and many other disorders affecting the musculoskeletal and/or nervous system. Physical therapy care is used to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. Additionally, physical therapy can help to prevent loss of mobility before it occurs by implementing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Similarly, Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches.
Both physical therapists and chiropractors receive extensive education, which includes 3-4 years of undergraduate study (a Bachelor’s degree is required), followed by an additional 2-4 years of graduate schooling and internships. As of 2012, most all accredited physical therapy programs in the U.S. award their graduates doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degrees. Likewise, chiropractors receive a doctor of chiropractic, or DC, degree. While both professionals have doctorate degrees, neither can prescribe medications nor perform surgical procedures. Additionally, while both are educated in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, they are also trained to recognize and refer to the correct medical practitioner when a patient is experiencing signs & symptoms of a diagnosis outside of their respective practices.
In many ways the scope of practice between physical therapy and chiropractic medicine are interrelated. While chiropractors are experts in manipulation and mobilization of joints (adjustments), especially the spine, physical therapists are also taught to perform manual therapies including mobilizations of joints. One big difference between physical therapy and chiropractic is that physical therapists are experts in human movement and the restoration of movement related dysfunctions.
While there are many patients who may benefit from chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, in many cases, is able to provide as much benefit and sometimes more. This is due to fact that physical therapists have their patients performing therapeutic exercises and activity to support the mobilization of joints and for the return of normal mobility and function. When a chiropractor “adjusts” your spine, you usually feel immediate relief. However, there isn’t always long-term benefit. An imbalance with the muscles along your spine can pull your spine right back out of alignment, causing you to have to seek chiropractic treatment over and over again. Physical therapists are able to perform gentle mobilization techniques for your spine and joints, followed by a customized exercise plan to maintain this correction. Physical therapists will instruct and educate the patient on how to properly care for their back to maintain long-term benefits, as well as prevent future occurrences.
Of course, it is best to discuss your treatment options with a primary care physician to determine which type of treatment is right for you.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a pain condition that typically affects the limbs following a trauma. The arms, legs, feet and hands are most commonly affected since the syndrome is thought to affect the peripheral and/or the central nervous systems.
CRPS can affect anyone, but is more common among women and averages at 40 years old. It is rare in the elderly and in children.
Symptoms of CRPS:
- Prolonged pain that is prolonged or severe in nature
- Pins and Needles sensation
- Heightened sensitivity to touch
- Changes in skin color, temperature and swelling
- Shiny and thin skin
- Abnormal hair growth
- Joint stiffness
- Tremors in affected limb
A specific cause of CRPS is unknown; however fractures, sprains, tissue injury and surgeries are common triggers. Diagnosis is made by matching history with patients reported symptoms. Testing to rule out other pathology is important prior to diagnosis with CRPS.
Treatment: Rehabilitation can benefit the affected limb by improving circulation, improving flexibility and strength of the limb and practice performing functional tasks. Psychotherapy is also important as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are common. Medications including NSAIDS, opiates, and corticosteroids are commonly prescribed.
We treat patients with complex regional pain syndrome in the Clermont 34711 area!
Pes Planus is the medical term for the condition more commonly known as “flat feet.” The term is derived from the Latin root words pes meaning “foot” and planus meaning “plain or level ground.” Pes Planus is a common foot condition that is characterized by a low-sitting arch on the inner side of the foot.
Pes planus is a natural occurrence in infants and toddlers because the tendons and ligaments that support the foot have not fully developed. As the child grows older these structures tighten and provide your foot with the structure and stability needed to support the weight of the body. When these changes do not occur and the flat feet persist into adulthood the condition is called congenital pes planus and typically affects both feet. Flat feet can also be the result of trauma, illness, or the aging process and in this case it is referred to as acquired pes planus.
Common symptoms of pes planus include pain under the arch and or inside of the heel primarily during prolonged standing and walking. Due to the loss of the normal arch, the foot is not able to effectively disperse the weight of your body, which leads to an increase in compressive forces resulting in pain. If left untreated, these changes in your foot’s structure may lead to ankle, knee, and hip disorders.
Conservative treatments for pes planus can include stretching and strengthening of muscles in your feet and legs as well as exercises to alter your posture and walking mechanics. Other treatments include the use of foot orthotics, or shoe inserts, which help support and in some cases correct the collapsed arch of the foot.
If you believe that you suffer from this condition, it is recommended that you talk with your physical therapist or physician to determine what types of treatment methods are appropriate for your needs. We treat patients in the Clermont 34711 area for flat feet and ways to improve any issues because of it!
Involvement in a motor vehicle accident can have devastating effects on life, with the outcomes being sometimes both financially and physically damaging. Auto accidents can result in a variety of complex injuries and symptoms. Common injuries sustained following involvement in an auto accident include: whiplash, headaches, back pain and injuries to the neck, shoulders, knees and other extremities.
It is not uncommon for individuals to have a delay in the onset of symptoms immediately following the accident, but may suffer from a variety of symptoms, including pain, decreased function and mobility afterward. Often the trauma associated with these types of injuries takes days and sometimes weeks to manifest. For this reason, it is important to receive immediate and appropriate treatment following a motor vehicle accident. In some case, the longer you delay treatment, the harder it may be to make a full recovery.
While initial medical treatment for a typical auto injury may consist of pain medication or other palliative treatments, this approach does little to repair the underlying injury that is causing the pain or decreased function and mobility. Physical therapy can help to facilitate proper repair and strengthening of damaged tissue. Most soft tissue injuries can be slow to heal, but with the implementation of proper therapeutic exercises/activities, stretching, manual therapy techniques and modalities, physical therapy can help to return full function.
We treat all patients suffering from auto injury ailments in the Clermont 34711 area!
Proper posture is key to keeping a healthy, pain-free back and neck. Good posture can also help to alleviate headaches and even fatigue. Whether it’s walking down the street, sleeping in a bed, driving or lifting heavy objects, it’s important to maintain correct posture so as not to injure the back. Not maintaining proper posture can put stress to the spine and strain the muscles involved mainly because the muscles are struggling to keep you balanced when using poor posture. With time problems with the muscles, discs, joints and possibly constricted blood vessels and nerves may occur.
One thing to remember is that good posture is about keeping your body in alignment. If you can draw a straight line from your earlobe through your shoulder, hip, knee, and down to the middle of your ankle, then you have good posture. A healthy back consists of three natural curves: that inward curve at the neck, outward curve at the upper back, and an inward curve at the lower back. These curves create that “S” shape which is important to maintain as it’s the natural postural position for your back. Here are some tips to maintaining good posture for different positions.
- Keep your feet hip or shoulder width apart, distributing weight evenly on both feet mostly on the balls of your feet.
- Keep your shoulders back and relaxed and let your hands hang naturally at your sides
- Pull in your abdomen
- Keep your head back and up, picture yourself reaching for the ceiling with the top of your head. This will improve posture but also make you look taller and leaner!
- Do Not Lock Your Knees! Keep your knees relaxed, just slightly bent.
Sitting: “Sit up straight”
- Keep your feet flat on the floor or on some sort of support.
- Sit back in your chair with a rolled towel or small pillow behind your lower back if there’s no lumbar support. This will help keep that normal curve again in your back.
- Keep shoulders relaxed, adjust your chair so that you’re arms are flexed and not straight out.
- Just like standing, keep your head and back upright
- Try not to sit longer than 30 minutes. Take standing breaks.
- Very similar to sitting but keep your head back against the seat and headrest. If you’re leaning forward you are too far from the pedals and steering wheel, if you are bunched up with your chin on top of the steering wheel you are too close. Adjust to maintain a proper distance.
- Your knees should be at the same level or higher than your hips and the seat should be close enough to allow your knees to bend.
- No matter which position you like to sleep in, your pillow should be under your head, not your shoulders and should be a thickness that allows your head to be in a normal position, not too flexed or too extended. Don’t overdo the pillows!
- Using a firmer mattress with help maintaining proper back support but if you’ve always used a softer mattress it may be painful to make the transition. Do what’s comfortable for you!
- Try not to sleep on your stomach as this causes the most strain on your back. If you prefer sleeping on your side use a small, flat pillow between your knees to keep your spine aligned and straight.
If you have back pain, you may benefit from physical therapy. A physical therapist can assess your posture and be able to determine whether your posture may be the cause of your back pain. They can also teach you correct standing, sitting, and sleeping posture techniques to help improve your activities of daily living.
We treat back pain and assess posture in the Clermont 34711 area!