What Can Cause Back Pain?

26 Dec 2018 Uncategorized
Man Trying to Stand and Grabbing Lower Back in Pain | RhodesPT.net

Back pain is a reality for everyone from time to time, and it can be caused by a wide range of things. If you are experiencing back pain, it could be the result of one of these common culprits:

  1. Muscle or ligament strain: Repeated heavy lifting or sudden awkward movements can strain your back muscles and spinal ligaments. For some individuals, this constant strain can lead to muscle spasms.
  2. Bulging or ruptured spinal discs: The soft material inside of a disc can bulge or rupture and press on a nerve, causing pain.
  3. Arthritis: Osteoarthritis can affect the lower back, and spinal arthritis can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord.
  4. Skeletal irregularities: Scoliosis can lead to back pain beginning around middle age. 
  5. Osteoporosis: If your bones become porous and brittle, your spine’s vertebrae can develop compression fractures.

Our physical therapists may be able to help you find relief from your back pain, depending on its cause. Through spinal traction therapy, we are able to help our patients find relief from back pain by stretching and realigning the spine. Visit RhodesPT.net to contact us and see if this therapy could be right for you.

Get Back in the Game in 2019

14 Dec 2018 Uncategorized
A Person’s Feet in White Shoes Behind a Tennis Net | RhodesPT.net

A new year is a great time to set new goals for your physical health! If you’ve suffered an injury but are starting to feel ready to return to a physical lifestyle, there are plenty of options for getting active.

  1. Join a Fitness Class: There is a wide variety of fitness classes out there, from spinning and Zumba to HIIT and kickboxing. Find a class that you enjoy going to so that you’ll be more motivated to stick with it.
  2. Sign up for an Adult Sports League: If you’re more into team sports, an adult sports league is the way to go. Get your competitive fix by playing football, kickball, softball, or another fun sport.
  3. Take Lessons from a Pro: Professionals in tennis, golf, and many other sports can be hired to help you improve your game. Not only will you get your fill of exercise, but you’ll enjoy seeing how your skills improve.
  4. Hire a Personal Trainer: Is the gym more your speed? Hire a personal trainer who can help you build muscle, work on your endurance, and improve your flexibility.

If you are working on overcoming a sports injury and getting active again, there are plenty of options. Start by seeing a sports physical therapy specialist at Rhodes Physical Therapy to find out if you are ready for physical activity.

Rhodes Physical Therapy Treatment Room | RhodesPT.net

Finding the right physical therapy group can sometimes be a challenge. There’s always the big physical therapy brands, but there’s often mixed reviews about them. Choosing a local physical therapy group is typically the way to go. Our Farmington physical therapy locations offer a local feel with specialized services that the national chains cannot offer.

First off, we have locations that are convenient to the community. With three locations, there is sure to be one near your home or office. Our staff is dedicated to making appointment scheduling easy at either of the Farmington locations or the Salt Lake City clinic.

We also offer a variety of specialized treatments that many of the larger physical therapy chains don’t offer. In addition to the standard physical therapy treatments, our providers can help with recreational and sports injuries, along with providing therapy for work-related accidents. Rhodes Physical Therapy also has an Alter G Zero Gravity Treadmill. This revolutionary piece of equipment helps you exercise while recovering from an injury or surgery. Also, for those looking to work on their golf game, we have golf therapy to improve your performance. Regardless of what you’re looking improve, we have the physical therapy plan for you.

Finally, our team knows the needs of you and the community. Our offices opened in 2016, but our founder grew up in Farmington and dreamed of opening up a clinic to help those in the area. Our staff is so dedicated to our community that we were recognized with the Web.com Small Business of the Tour award! There are many benefits to choosing a local physical therapy group, so see why you should choose Rhodes Physical Therapy! Call us today to see how we can help you with your physical therapy goals.

Preventing the Need for Sports Physical Therapy

14 Oct 2018 Uncategorized
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Typically, we don’t think about sports injuries until after the injury occurs. It’s only then that we go over all of the ways we could have prevented the accident and how we could be exercising like normal. Don’t go through the pain of the “what ifs” and take a few minutes to prevent some of the most common sports injuries that can keep you down. These simple steps will prevent pain and the need for extensive sports physical therapy:

  1. Get plenty of rest. There is such a thing as training too much. Be sure you are getting plenty of rest in between practice to rest your muscles and give your body a breather. Also, be sure to get enough sleep before a big game. Being tired won’t help your game or your body. 
  2. Drink fluids. Hydration is so important! Make sure your body has all of the hydration it needs by alternating water and sports drinks with electrolytes. Also, choose snacks such as oranges, watermelon, cucumbers, and lettuce to get that extra boost of fluids. 
  3. Balance your workout. Is every day leg day? It shouldn’t be! A well-balanced fitness routine ensures that every part of your body is equally strong. If one area of the body is compensating for another, it could add strain and harm your body more.
  4. Stretch. We know you know to stretch, but are you doing it properly? By spending a good amount of time stretching, you eliminate some of the most common injuries that physical therapists see. Be sure you are stretching both before and after your practice or game. Your muscles will thank you!

Just by taking a few extra minutes to listen to your body and do these simple steps, you can prevent a major injury and keep yourself from having to spend time on the bench. For more on sports physical therapy or to schedule an appointment, call us today to see how Rhodes Physical Therapy can help you!

What to Expect from a Functional Capacity Evaluation

14 Sep 2018 Uncategorized
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Whether you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits or seeking to return to work after an injury, your physician may have recommended you complete a Functional Capacity Evaluation, or FCE. FCEs are used to determine your ability (or inability) to perform a variety of tasks related to the demands of a job or work environment. Here’s what you should expect from your first FCE:

Who will be conducting the test? A trained medical professional that specializes in physical therapy will guide you through the one-on-one evaluation. Depending on the purpose of your evaluation, a physician will also determine the types of physical tests you will have to perform: standing, running, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, and carrying.

What should I wear? Because of physical demand from the FCE, it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can easily perform physical tasks in.

What if the test is too hard or impossible to complete? Your safety is critical. If at any point during the Functional Capacity Evaluation your symptoms worsen or the task becomes increasingly painful, make sure to notify the evaluator immediately. They will also take note that you could not perform the test. From the Functional Capacity Evaluation, our physicians are able to determine your ability to perform a job and if they have any recommendations for task modification to meet your physical needs. Have any more questions about what to expect or looking to schedule your FCE? Call Rhodes Physical Therapy at (801) 447-9339 or email us at RhodesPhysicalTherapy@gmail.com.

Industrial Rehabilitation Is an Important Physical-Therapy Service

14 Aug 2018 Uncategorized
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We offer a variety of physical-therapy services at Rhodes Physical Therapy. One of these is industrial rehabilitation, a vital specialty in the field of physical therapy.

Industrial rehabilitation is the prevention and treatment of workplace injuries with a focus on strengthening injured workers so they can return to work as soon as possible. Physical therapists who work in the area of industrial rehabilitation communicate with employers, the employees themselves, and insurance companies. It is important that all these parties be involved in industrial rehabilitation, since employers bear some responsibility to employees who become injured on the job.

Physical therapists working in industrial rehabilitation might participate in pre-employment assessments to determine if a potential new hire is physically able to perform the job’s duties. The therapists identify certain medical conditions that could be problematic on the job so an employer can modify training and assignments for that individual.

Employees who do become injured at work will meet with industrial-rehabilitation therapists to overcome their injuries, strengthen their bodies, and ultimately return to work. The therapy may involve work hardening and conditioning, in which workers partake in physically strenuous activities that resemble their workplace duties. The goal is that, with enough time, the workers will become as strong as they had been before becoming injured.

During therapy, physical therapists will also educate employees in workplace-injury prevention, physical limitations, and injury management. All these areas are important for remaining physically able to work in the long run. Industrial rehabilitation is one of our specialties at Rhodes Physical Therapy. If you’ve been injured at work and require our services, call us at (801) 447-9339.

You Don’t Have to Accept Injuries as a Part of Your Game

20 Jul 2018 Uncategorized

As an athlete, you learn about your body and are motivated to give it the best care you can. As a golfer, you can take steps to help you get the most out of your game and prolong your physical ability to play. Awareness of symptoms associated with common injuries can add longevity to your life as a golfer and enable you to make informed decisions for seeking medical attention and physical therapy. Are you aware of the symptoms relating to these common injuries?


Rotator cuff injuries

This injury commonly occurs when overhead motions or overhead lifting are performed repeatedly. A dull ache or pain felt deep in the shoulder is the main symptom associated with a rotator cuff injury.


Golf elbow/Tennis elbow (aka Tendinitis)

When inflammation and irritation in the inner tendon of the elbow occur, it is referred to as golf elbow. Symptoms include pain on the inside of the elbow and sometimes swelling.


Back pain

The rotational motion of the golf swing places a significant amount of stress on the spine and back, causing injury. The main symptom is pain felt in the back and Inflammation and swelling may be present.


Knee pain

This injury often occurs when weak knees are repeatedly used to stabilize the axis of the hips. This motion occurs at the beginning of the golf swing. Pain and stiffness in the knee are the most common symptoms.


If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, see your primary care physician. Your doc may recommend that you start a golf physical therapy program to achieve proper biomechanics and body movement while avoiding injury.

The Responsibilities of a Physical Therapist

10 Jul 2018 Uncategorized

If you’re lucky, you may have never had to visit a physical therapist for treatment. However, accidents do happen, and some people are born with medical conditions that require long-term physical therapy. You expect a certain quality when you visit a physical therapist. You want to work with therapists who know what they’re doing and truly care about you. In this post, we’re going to examine what exactly physical therapists do and what their responsibilities are.

Physical therapists identify and treat medical conditions that prevent patients from moving and functioning to their fullest abilities. These conditions might cause patients pain and stop them from enjoying their lives. The goal of a physical therapist, then, is to help patients work through their afflictions to regain full or partial mobility and ultimately live fuller lives. Physical therapists do this by developing treatment plans, helping patients to exercise the affected areas of their bodies, and showing patients how to continue their exercises at home.

Physical therapists need to understand human anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, and several other medical disciplines. They incorporate their knowledge of these areas, as well as of changing standards in the physical-therapy industry, in treating patients.

The other major part of a physical therapist’s job involves interacting with patients. It is not enough simply to treat a patient’s condition. Physical therapists must also actively encourage their patients to succeed, to fight through their frustrations and overcome their injuries or disabilities. Physical therapists have to want to help.

You will receive this kind of treatment at Rhodes Physical Therapy. Let us help you help yourself. If you need physical therapy specialists in Utah, please call us at (801) 447-9339.

Should You Pursue a Modified Duty Assignment?

If you recently sustained an injury or suffered from serious illness, you may be immobilized or experiencing decreased physical functionality. You not only have to focus on your recovery at this point, but how this new situation could affect your employment. In most cases, some temporary modification of duties can be made for a return to work in a limited capacity.

How to officially request modified duty.

If you feel that you can continue performing certain aspects of your job without negatively affecting your rehabilitation, talk to your physician. Knowing your physical capabilities and limitations is crucial, and you may benefit from a functional capacity evaluation (FCE).

Also known as a physical capacity evaluation (PCE), an FCE involves a battery of objective tests, practices, and observations to evaluate your physical ability to function in different areas. The final report can help demonstrate the aggregate impact of your symptoms on your ability to perform essential work tasks.

Your physician is your advocate.
A medical professional is concerned with your wellness, and must ensure that your day-to-day life does not affect your recovery. Your employer may not require you to submit an official “doctor’s note,” but keeping documentation to protect your rights is smart. Fortunately, businesses are encouraged to have a policy regarding light/limited duty assignments for their employees. Your employer may respond to your diagnosis by modifying essential functions of the job, limiting your working hours, and changing working conditions.

Knowledge is a main piece of the puzzle necessary to complete the road to your physical wellness, healing, and recovery. Rhodes Physical Therapy can help you become empowered today!

What to Expect from Your Sports Injury Rehab

18 Jun 2018 Uncategorized

Athlete Undergoing Sports Injury Rehab for Knee Injury| RhodesPT.netOne of the realities of being an athlete is the risk of injury and the subsequent recovery that happens. Physical therapy is crucial for getting back to your peak performance! Here is what you can expect during your sports injury rehab process:

You will be Challenged: Exercise that is safe for your current level of recovery is essential to your recovery and helps to speed the healing process, so expect to be asked to work right away. All exercises should be approved by your therapist or physician, however.

Recovery won’t be Immediate: To avoid re-injury or setbacks in your recovery process, therapeutic exercise will be done at a safe pace. Don’t try to rush your progress in an attempt to get back to 100%, as this could have the opposite effect.

You May Have Work to do at Home: In addition to the therapy that you receive at your therapist’s location, you may also be advised to follow an at-home program as well. This could include stretches, exercises, ice, and more.

You Might be a Little Sore: As with any exercise regimen, when you first start you will be doing movements you are unaccustomed to, so some soreness is to be expected. Let your physical therapist or physician know if the soreness turns into pain that is unbearable.

With some patience and determination, it is possible to get back to your former level of athletic performance with sports injury rehab. Visit RhodesPT.net to learn how we can help you.

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