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Questions About Rehabilitation After Surgery: The Answers You Need
Posted By: Becky Davis

When you have been released from the hospital after surgery, you may need to consider rehabilitation therapy. This is usually prescribed by the doctor. If you are in this situation, you are likely to have many questions. Here are some of the most common questions and some answers that may help you feel more comfortable with rehab therapy after surgery.

What happens at a post-surgery therapy session?

Each outpatient therapy center has its own way of helping those who need rehabilitation after surgery. Your first appointment with them will likely be to evaluate your unique situation and develop a treatment plan. This will also be the time to ask as many questions as possible.

If you and your doctor decide that inpatient therapy is best for you, your caseworker will help you transfer to the inpatient rehabilitation facility you choose.

Once treatment begins, you will go through scheduled sessions that may include physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. The therapists that you work with will track your progress and make changes as needed.

How often do I need rehabilitation therapy?

Your doctor's advice and your individual needs will determine how often you need to attend therapy sessions. You can typically expect two to five days a week depending on the type of therapy you need. Outpatient rehab allows you to stay at home, while inpatient therapy means you will stay at the facility.

Inpatient care may be a great option so that, along with rehab therapy, you have access to skilled nursing, meals, a room, activities and other amenities.

What kind of rehabilitation do I need after surgery?

Post-surgery rehab consists of a combination of speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Your rehabilitation therapists will consider your unique situation and type of surgery when developing your treatment plan. You may need one or all three types of therapy. Your rehab team will work together to make sure you are getting the best care.

How do I prepare for my appointments?

  1. First, be sure to prepare any questions you have for the therapist. If you are nervous, it might be best to write them down or keep a list of them on your phone.
  2. Note your symptoms, pain location, and if you get relief when resting or lying down.
  3. Bring information about your medical history, a list of current medications and your insurance information. Giving the therapist a list of your healthcare providers is also a good idea.
  4. Consider bringing a family member to help you as needed.
  5. Finally, wear comfortable clothing and slip-resistant shoes so that you can engage in therapy activities.

Other questions to consider

  • You might want to talk to the physical therapist about your post-surgery pain levels and how they can be improved.
  • Find out what your therapist(s) expect from you, how long your treatment will last, and what the treatment will entail.
  • Ask about exercises you can do in addition to what you’re working on in your inpatient or outpatient therapy sessions.

Rehabilitation after surgery at Bivins Pointe in Amarillo, Texas

If you have any more questions about rehabilitation and recovery, contact Bivins Pointe. We have inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy at Bfit and a luxury neighborhood for long-term care, as well as volunteer opportunities and events. You can reach us at (806) 350-2200 or send us an email to learn more. If you would like to visit us in person, we are located at 6600 Killgore Dr. in Amarillo, Texas.

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Senior Tip of the Week - Brain Boosting Exercises
Posted By: Becky Davis

 

Hi! I'm Casee. I'm here to give you a few tips about an every day activity you can do to boost your brain! And these are also mood enhancing things. So the first one I have is grab your local newspaper; inside this paper, we've got 3 puzzles. We've got the word scramble, a crossword, and some Sudoku. These are great, ummm, brain busters. And they're good for me, they'll be good for you. But doing this every day stimulates the brain and it helps us stay active. Another thing you can do is grab your iPad or your cell phone. Download an app, one I recommend is called SingFit and it is a music app. It's going to prompt you with like the first two or three words to a phrase, to a song. This will boost your mood, creates happiness, gives you a good atmosphere to maybe start with that and then work some puzzles. But these are great mind boosting things that you can do every day for yourself and your senior. You can do it.


Exploring The Different Types Of Physical Therapy Rehabilitation
Posted By: Becky Davis

Physical therapy (PT) can transform your life if you need the help that it provides. It might surprise you that this therapy can have such an impact on your health and well being or in the life of someone you love. PT is a long-standing discipline that has been developed over many years. There are many different ways a physical therapist can help with the challenges that you face after an injury, illness, or surgery.

Rehabilitation after surgery

Some PT is designed specifically for post-surgery rehabilitation. A variety of techniques are used by physical therapists to help patients regain strength, coordination and motor control. There are many different types of facilities that offer PT, as well as other beneficial therapies to help with recovery after a surgery.

Physical therapy for the elderly

As your body ages, it can become weaker. This is especially true for those who develop poor posture or live an unhealthy lifestyle. Geriatric physical therapy is designed to teach older persons how to use their muscles safely and in a more efficient manner. Developing better habits of body movement will help you avoid injury as you age.

Physical therapy for balance or vestibular issues

You may not notice how your body keeps you balanced until you lose your ability to walk straight. Vestibular PT is designed to help patients overcome inner ear problems that can destroy balance. If your balance is off, it can become seriously debilitating, especially if you are experiencing vertigo and dizziness. Physical therapy helps teach your body to use its muscles for better balance.

Physical therapy for neurological conditions

The nervous system is designed to help your brain control your body. Spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, strokes, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease attack the nervous system. Unfortunately most of these neurological problems are unlikely to be cured. But you can improve your quality of life with PT. Learning to practice small and therapeutic exercises will help make managing the impact of neurological disorders easier.

Physical therapy for orthopedic problems

Recovering muscle strength after an injury is what orthopedic PT was designed for. You might be surprised how the targeted, precise exercises given to you by a physical therapist can help your musculoskeletal system over time.

Physical therapy for cardiac or pulmonary needs

If you have a serious cardiovascular or pulmonary problem, your goal may be to develop independence. Cardiopulmonary PT can help you do this. Cardiac issues include heart attack or pulmonary fibrosis. Physical therapy helps with growing strength in your most important muscles, including your heart, and increases your endurance.

Physical rehabilitation therapy in Amarillo, Texas

Bivins Pointe in Amarillo, Texas specializes in Rehabilitation and Recovery services. Contact us today to find out more about our Bfit Gym, amenities, events, and current volunteer opportunities. You can call us at (806) 350-2200 or send us an email for more information.

You can also visit us in person at 6600 Killgore Drive in Amarillo, Texas to tour our facilities and see how we can help you and your family.


Amarillo's Prayer Breakfast
Posted By: Becky Davis

In the 50’s and 60’s Amarillo’s “Cotton” John was our most well-known radio celebrity. He was the Farm Director for KGNC radio and yes I know that fits into our stereo typical profile of someone from Texas, Stetson hat and all, but who cares he was ours. Every day at 6:00 am he would start his ag-report by saying; “Good morning, this is the best part of the Golden Spread day.”

Now I know this because my dad would get up every morning at 5:30 am to start the coffee and turn the radio on, which was sitting on the kitchen cabinet next to my brother and mine’s bedroom door. Whether we wanted to or not, Doug and I grew up to be morning people -- well I did anyway.

I love early morning for a lot of reasons. First, there is no one else up to bother you (cynical I know). Second, it is like starting with a fresh sheet of paper that you can write or draw anything you want. Third, it is a wonderful time to pray and read God’s word.

The third reason is why I am writing this blog about getting up, as some of you might put it, EARRRRLY.

Every year, on the Tuesday just before Thanksgiving, Amarillo has its annual Prayer Breakfast. It has grown to be one of the best attended prayer breakfasts in the nation. It features a well done breakfast, the joint choirs of all the Amarillo high schools, a well-known speaker, some serious prayer and it is all done in time for people to get to work on time.

*This year, Chad Hennings will be the featured speaker. Chad has lived an exciting life that includes winning the Super Bowl 3 times with the Dallas Cowboys and flying 45 successful combat missions with the United States Air Force. Currently Chad is an author and sought-after speaker who has taken his message of “a lifestyle of excellence” to some of the most distinguished executive audiences across the world.

Bivins has had a representative every year since I have been with them. This year Bivins Pointe has a table for eight and I would like to invite any of you that might like to attend to let me or Becky Davis know. Even if our table fills and someone would still like to go, we will provide a ticket - there is always room. Breakfast starts at 6:00 am and the program will start at 6:45 am. It will be over by 8:00 am to make sure people can get to work.

 Please let me know at - Jeff (806) 673-1197 or leave a message for Becky (806) 350-2206

 As always I am praying for you.

Jeff Messer, Bivins Chaplain

*from amarilloprayerbreakfast.com


Post-surgery Physical Therapy: Benefits And Tips To Help You Heal
Posted By: Becky Davis

After surgery, physical therapy helps you manage the symptoms of pain and limited mobility. A physical therapist is trained to evaluate and treat problems with the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems of your body.

A trained rehabilitation therapist might perform massage, direct you in a regular exercise pattern, or use electrical stimulation to treat your pain. They want to help you recover from surgery or injury, while preventing you from causing additional damage.

Who can benefit from physical rehabilitation therapy?

People with a wide variety of conditions may be prescribed physical therapy. An athlete might need to see a physical therapist to help them get over an injury. Chronic conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, may also be helped by physical therapy. A person with this diagnosis can maintain balance and motor function through PT. Those with skeletal injuries, elderly persons, and others benefit from rehabilitation therapy when pain relief and mobility become difficult.

The benefits of physical therapy after surgery

You will see many benefits when you are prescribed physical exercise and therapy after your surgery. It might frighten you to think about moving your body after you have had a medical procedure. But you can build up stamina and energy by exercise, improving your mood and retraining your body.

Private gym access may be a good idea for you or a loved one as you recover from surgery. When you research rehabilitation facilities, look for this feature. Check out the staff to make sure they are knowledgeable and experienced in working with your doctor’s plans. In addition, they should be able to create their own fitness and care plans for you and your unique situation.

Overall healing

Although rehabilitation therapy after surgery may seem scary, you will actually need this to heal. Stretching, muscle strengthening and core exercises can help you recover range of motion, balance and strength. Your therapist will focus on the areas you need help with most, and ensure that you do not do any damage to the area where the surgery was performed.

Reduction of scar tissue

You may have scar tissue from an injury or surgery. It is painful to break up this material, but it can be successfully done with the direction of your doctor and a rehabilitation center. Scar tissue can be prevented after surgery with proper exercise and special kinds of therapy performed by a physical therapist.

Tools and techniques used in physical rehabilitation therapy

After surgery, you or a loved one might need help to improve muscle conditioning, range of movement, or strength. It is vital that you see a well trained physical therapist for help with this rehabilitation. This should help you with pain management, avoid future injury, perform daily living tasks, and even re-learn how to move your body. All of this can be done through the expertise of a physical therapist.

Electrical stimulation therapy

Often, a physical therapist will use a machine that is connected to sensors and wires to treat your muscles and tissues with electricity. The therapist will place patches on the skin near your injury. These are connected to the machine by wires that the electrical current will pass through.

At most, you may feel a slight tingle (but no pain) when the machine is turned on. This is not something to be afraid of. When this equipment is used the right way, you should not experience strong pain. The current alters nerve conduction and muscle contraction in the affected area. This increases blood flow to the part of your body being treated, and may even diminish the pain you experience after treatment.

Application of heat and cold to affected areas

Your therapist may apply heat or cold to the injured area of your body during your treatment. They will know if your situation calls for one or both of these techniques. Heat and/or cold can help reduce swelling and stimulate blood flow, to reduce pain.

Mental activities

Mental health is another important thing to consider during rehabilitation after surgery. Your cognition, emotional health, and memory can all be affected when you do not heal properly. Anesthesia can also affect these. This is why rehab facilities try to include fun events and activities like trivia, chess, musical and dance performances, and painting. These can stimulate the brain, improve hand-eye coordination, and give you an improved sense of well-being.

Tips to help with your rehabilitation

Taking part in all your PT exercises and fun events, as well as following all doctor’s orders, will help you heal quickly. The following tips can also help you heal, but be sure to speak with your doctor and rehab therapist before changing your diet or medications:

  • Take supplements and vitamins as needed
  • Avoid unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Keep track of your mental and physical health
  • Ask your family to be involved with your rehabilitation

Rehabilitation therapy after surgery in Amarillo, Texas

If you or a loved one are facing post-surgery physical therapy, contact the experts at Bivins Pointe today. Our trained staff can provide you with more information about our Rehabilitation and Recovery services, events, amenities, and the Bfit Gym. Please feel free to visit us in person at 6600 Killgore Drive in Amarillo to find out more and tour our facilities. Contact us by email or call (806) 350-2200 to find out how we can help you or your loved one.

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4 Types Of Physical Therapy: How They Benefit Seniors
Posted By: Becky Davis

If you are a senior recovering from surgery, injury, or illness, it is likely that you will need to participate in a specialized rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation is essential for improving quality of life, reducing your pain, and restoring functionality. Your rehab program will be molded to fit your needs and abilities and will include speech, occupational, and physical therapy.

Physical rehabilitation is designed to return your mobility and alleviate your pain. Professional therapists know how to work with older adults so that exercise is done in an effective and safe manner. The following are the main types of physical therapy for seniors and how they can benefit you.

Neurological physical therapy

This kind of physical therapy works a little differently than the others because it focuses on the brain and the body. A neurological therapist helps patients with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, ALS, and brain injuries. They help you to adapt to muscle loss impairment and visual, mobility, and balance issues so that you are more comfortable completing daily living activities. These professionals also focus on brain health and functionality to provide overall healing.

Geriatric physical therapy

Geriatric physical therapy focuses on the needs of aging adults. The conditions that geriatric physical therapists focus on include balance disorders, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, and joint replacement. This type of therapy helps reduce pain, restore mobility, and increase your fitness levels. Therapists can help with everything from movement issues to problems speaking or swallowing.

Orthopedic physical therapy

Injuries to the musculoskeletal system are treated with orthopedic physical therapy. Seniors who have orthopedic surgeries are also referred to this type of post-surgical rehab when it is appropriate after healing. The goal of this type of physical therapy is to restore the function of the ligaments, bones, muscles, joints, and tendons. Common reasons for seeing orthopedic rehabilitation therapists are knee and shoulder injuries or surgeries, and torn muscles and other tissues.

Cardiopulmonary physical therapy

If you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or any other pulmonary or cardiac condition, this kind of physical therapy helps with your functional independence and endurance. Other conditions that require cardiopulmonary rehabilitation include heart attacks and pulmonary fibrosis. Cardiac rehab therapists will work closely with other healthcare professionals to develop a therapy plan that will improve lung your function.

The benefits of physical therapy

As an important part of healing, physical rehabilitation improves many things like your strength, mobility, and flexibility. Seniors in particular benefit from this kind of treatment because it helps them reduce the risk of falls and increases quality of life. If you have a chronic condition, a therapist helps reduce your pain and may decrease your need for prescription medication. One top reason why doctors and health professionals prescribe rehab therapy to seniors is to help them be independent for as long as possible.