Conditions and treatments
The doctors at ECU Rehabilitation Physicians bring a distinctive three-part approach to caring for every patient.
- Therapy allows the patient to recover muscle tone and function, along with the skills to return to daily activities
- Medication provides relief from pain or spasticity
- Adaptive equipment enables and empowers patients to live more fully with disabling conditions
After a careful evaluation, you will receive a course of action that combines these elements into a custom rehabilitation program.
The following list offers a look at some common conditions treated by rehabilitation physicians.
Back pain, leg pain and shoulder and upper body pain
Our doctor-administered treatments for these conditions include injections such as nerve blocks and epidurals and medication management. In addition, we work closely with associated providers such as physical and occupational therapists who work closely with patients to help them develop and recover the skills they need to feel better, and return to work, school and normal life. We work closely with primary care doctors to create a long-term program that will help manage and improve pain.
Our Musculoskeletal and Spine Center, expected to open in spring 2009, will offer a more intensive level of care, including invasive procedures, for patients whose pain has not responded to other treatments. At the Rehabilitation Physician Clinics we provide custom, individualized rehabilitation care.
These conditions include nerve damage related to diabetes, as well as neuralgia, or severe pain originating in the nerve.
Patients who have experienced trauma, such as a direct impact to the head, may experience symptoms that can often be difficult to detect, such as a change in personality, memory or concentration. Other symptoms are pronounced and even life-threatening.
Nerve blocking procedures and medication can help with these involuntary movements related to traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy.
Rehabilitation after burns, trauma, injury, stroke, cancer or heart attack
Gradual strengthening and movement helps patients recover their abilities after serious illness or injury.
Occupational injuries and work-related conditions
These are job-related conditions and injuries. We provide immediate care as needed, along with follow-up programs of rehabilitation.
Spinal cord injury
Patients who suffer these injuries often experience a loss of their physical abilities, leading to paraplegia and quadriplegia. We offer multidisciplinary clinics with a goal of enabling patients to live as independently as possible.
Many years after experiencing polio, many people experience muscle fatigue, weakening, generalized tiredness and loss of muscle strength. It is estimated that a quarter to one half of those people with polio will experience some form of this recurrence, known as Post-Polio Syndrome.
We provide specialized care for those with any degree of post-polio syndrome, focusing on steps to retain health and avoid complications that may arise. These difficulties may eventually include breathing problems or pneumonia. We have on-staff respiratory therapists.
Recovery of function and management of pain during and after healing.
Evaluation of joint condition and programs to help strengthen muscles to relieve joint stress.
Rehabilitation after amputation
Our physicians and staff support the return home or to work after amputation by providing adaptive equipment, such as prosthesis and orthotics, communication assistance, wheelchairs and other needs. We can also provide support in managing phantom limb pain.
Rehabilitation Physician Clinics