Physical Therapists Specializing in Nerve Conditions
The nervous system is without a doubt one of the most complex and interesting structures in the human body. The magnitude of the role of nerves in the body cannot be understated; the fact remains that it is an incredibly pivotal part of our everyday life. Luckily, conditions involving nerve injuries are fairly common, but they do require a particular approach in order to properly heal.
- The central nervous system includes the spinal cord, which runs all the way from the brain to tailbone, and the brain.
- The peripheral nervous system consists of the networks of nerves that branch off from the spinal cord and reach across our entire bodies. Its main purpose is to connect the central nervous system to the rest of the body, particularly the limbs.
- At Dynamic Physical Therapy, we work predominantly with the peripheral nerves, but we also address problems at the base of the spinal cord and the peripheral nerve and, sometimes, the spinal cord itself.
Our best attempt at describing the nervous system's function is as follows: the role of the nervous system is to transmit impulses and chemicals from the brain to different parts of the body and cycle them back to the brain. The nervous system plays an important role in protecting us from injury. It is a very important and intricate system inside the human body.
Nerve injuries can be a result of a sudden accident or can be the result of wear and tear over a period of time. In general, nerves are well-protected and injury-resistant, but there are limits. Nerves are not elastic, so the free movement of spines, arms, and legs are important to avoid nerve injuries. A nerve injury occurs when a nerve gets "pinched, tethered, or caught". Our physical therapists can often help establish the normal movement of injured nerves, which is vital to healing. We use a variety of techniques to establish the normal movement of injured nerves, including eliminating the source of restriction and the mobilization of the nerve.
Under specific circumstances, surgery is required to establish normal nerve movement or to remove obstructions such as disc material, bony growth, or thickened ligaments. However, it is always best to exhaust all other non-invasive options. Furthermore, it is very important to understand that the majority of nerve injuries develop slowly over a period of time and this process can be stopped or reversed by following an appropriate physical therapy plan, in the early stages of the condition.
At Dynamic Physical Therapy, our physical therapists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of nerve conditions. We develop individualized treatment plans that are highly effective and we work directly 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.