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Nerve Injuries & Conditions

Physical Therapists Specializing in Nerve Conditions

Nerves are some of the most interesting structures in the human body and any effort to describe what they do seems to fall short of their fantastically complex function. Injuries to nerves, and conditions involving nerves, are fairly common and require a specialized approach to overcome.

The central nervous system consists of the brain and the attached spinal cord that runs through our bony spine to our tailbone. The peripheral nervous system consists of all the nerves that branch off from the spinal cord and are imbedded to reach all corners of our body. In physical therapy we mostly work with the peripheral nerves, although we also address problems at the junction of the spinal cord and the peripheral nerve and on occasion, the spinal cord itself.

Our attempt at describing the function of the nervous system is as follows. The role of the nervous system is to transport impulses and chemicals from the brain to all other parts of the body and back again to the brain. The nervous system is integral in protecting us from injury and it is also integral in our representation as individual beings. It is a very important and complex system.

Injury to nerves can be the result on an abrupt accident or can be due to repeating assaults over a period of time. In general, nerves are well protected and resistant to injury but there are limits. Since nerves are not elastic, free movement of nerves in our spines, arms and legs is essential to avoid injuries. When a nerve gets “caught, pinched or tethered,” injury results. Our physical therapists can often establish normal movement of the injured nerves, which is fundamental to healing. We use a variety of techniques to establish normal movement of injured nerves, from eliminating the source of the movement restriction to mobilization of the nerve itself.

Under certain circumstances surgery is required to establish normal nerve movement or to remove obstructions such as disc material, bony growth, or thickened ligaments. But it is always best to exhaust all other non-surgical options. Furthermore, it is important to understand that most nerve injuries develop slowly over time and this process can be stopped or reversed by doing a course of appropriate physical therapy in the early stages of the condition.

At Dynamic Physical Therapy our physical therapists are specialized in the evaluation and treatment of nerve conditions. We develop individual treatment plans that are highly effective and we work with your physician for optimal results.

Dynamic Physical Therapy proudly serves the Northern Michigan region including Buckley, Cadillac, Gaylord, Grayling, Manistee, Marion, Traverse City, and surrounding areas.

Dynamic is the smartest choice for your physical therapy care.

At Dynamic Physical Therapy, our physical therapists are the most experienced and educated in physical therapy treatments. We have six locations throughout Northern Michigan in Cadillac, Manistee, Gaylord, Marion, Buckley and Traverse City. We are the most recommended Northern Michigan physical therapy center for upper and lower back pain. We also specialize in neck pain, knee pain, arm pain and hand pain, and our physical therapists and aides can help relieve your pain in the most effective way possible. For orthopedic treatment and aquatic therapy, rehab for sports related injuries like shoulder injuries and foot injuries, physical therapy for Cerebral Palsy, stroke rehabilitation, therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and arthritis relief, and even jaw pain treatment, Dynamic Physical Therapy is the smartest choice for comprehensive physical therapy care and physical rehabiliation services.