“Should I go to physical therapy for this?”

That’s a question that I get a lot. I like the question because it allows me to help you evaluate yourself and what you want to do.  I also hate it because people question the value of physical therapy.

Let’s get back to the question. Those that ask me this are usually hurting or stiff.  So if you’re hurting while performing a particular activity, then definitely see a physical therapy to assess your pain. Some people have already seen a doctor who may have addressed their symptoms with medications and may have reassured them that they will be fine. Sometimes this can be misleading, that is why I would recommend physical therapy to help. At least there are no side effects. And just think about what you learn and how you can apply that to future pains or injuries that may occur. This raises the value of physical therapy.

People always write off stiffness as a product of aging.  Kinda true, but you can do something about it!  Physical therapy can help this person again through education (incredibly valuable) and the assessment of mobility, strength and function.  It will allow for better workouts and less irritation.

So, if you’re asking me if you should go to PT, I’ll ask you, “Why not?”

Physical therapy should be a one on one, whole body experience. Given the complexities of injuries and pain mechanisms as well as knowing that every individual is different, care has to be taken to ensure proper rehab.
Knee pain could be coming from the knee, hip, foot, or back. Depending on what activities you are doing the knee pain may also be due to dysfunctions at the shoulder. It is difficult for therapists to effectively assess and treat while treating 2-4 patients at a time.
If you’re not getting a one on one experience, you are not getting the full potential of what physical therapy has to offer. If you have to drive or pay more to get the treatment you deserve, do it! It will benefit you in the long run. Not only will your rehab be better, your overall health will be better.
At Eagle Physical Therapy & Wellness you will have a one on one experience. You will receive the full potential of physical therapy and improve your life. Make an appointment to get better today!

It is often difficult to attend physical therapy sessions, especially with your work hours, TRAFFIC! and then picking up kids, taking care of parents and so forth. At Eagle Physical Therapy and Wellness, we understand that and are flexible with our hours and days to fit your schedule.

Two important things to do to make the most out of each PT session.
1. Listening to the physical therapist and understanding what your condition is may be the most important aspect to improving your condition. Your understanding will allow you to perform your activities with decreased stress on your body, which means less pain.
2. And listen to your body. If it hurts stop and tell the therapist. No Pain No Gain, not entirely right.

Shoulder injuries and pain can be very discomforting and difficult to deal with.  We have had many people come in with shoulder problems, whether it’s rotator cuff tendonitis/repair, AC joint sprain or the all encompassing shoulder pain diagnosis.

You have to make sure to give yourself time to heal and don’t beat yourself up.  A shoulder is an intricate machine and everything must work for optimal function.  If the doctor tells you that you have strained your shoulder or have tendonitis, do not fool yourself into thinking that you can one or two exercises mindlessly and get better.

When you come in with your diagnosis, you will be given specific instructions on exercises and how to perform them correctly.  It is important that this is transferred to performance at home.    It will take incredible concentration for you to perform the exercises correctly because your body will do what comes easiest, which is compensate.  The upper trapezius is the main culprit and it is up to us to make sure we get the right muscles working.

Along with exercises, you may receive heat/cold therapy, ultrasound, dry needling,  joint stretches, muscle stretches which will help to improve the way your shoulder feels and moves.  But, the most important factor is what you do on your own.

If your therapist isn’t helping you to understand what needs to be done, then give us a chance to make your life better and reach your goals.

Any questions, email me at Anuj@EaglePTwellness.com


Pain in your knees can come from several different places. Arthritic changes, acute injuries to the knee, muscle imbalances at the knee and hip, and even abnormal movement at the foot will cause knee pain.  It is important to get your knee evaluated when you are having pain.  Many people tend to wait until their knee has completely altered their function and now are at the point that they need immediate relief through an injection or surgical intervention.  Being seen by a physical therapist will improve your understanding of your condition, it will improve the outcome of your rehab process, and it will save other joints from becoming irritated.

In general, for chronic knee pain try to stay as active as possible by light walking/biking,  icing will alleviate some of the inflammation in the area, and staying away from prolonged positions, extreme ranges and prolonged activities will help to keep pain at bay.  For acute pain, rest your knee, ice for about 15 min throughout the day, light compression to knee with an ace wrap and elevating knee above your heart to decrease pain and swelling, and make an appointment to see your primary or orthopedic doctor.

Many of us have had ankle sprains.  And many of us recover.  But more than 70% of those who’ve had an ankle sprain, continue to have difficulty. And even more will reinjure their ankle. If you haven’t thought about seeing a physical therapist, well…start thinking about it.

A research article published in the July 2013 issue of Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy looked at the treatment of ankle sprains.

The researchers found that those individuals who had manual physical therapy (when your physical therapist applies various amounts of pressure to the joint to improve your motion) and prescribed exercises, did much better than those who did only prescribed exercises.  The significance of the article is that even after 6 months the patients were doing well.

An ankle not touched heals slower. Make an appointment to see us and get back to doing the things you enjoy. Go to www.JOSPT.org to learn more.

We are starting a running analysis program that will help improve running efficiency and decrease stress on joints.  This will be great for those individuals getting ready for the July 4th run or those who are having pain with their runs and would like to continue running.

This will involve a musculoskeletal examination and video analysis of your run on a treadmill.  Based on the findings, stretches and strengthening exercises will be issued and you will be asked to return in one week to find out how you did with the exercises given and for you to ask any questions that you may not have asked.

I started this project to help myself in reaching my goals for running.  So please come in and let’s reach our goals together!

If you have some time, listen to this podcast giving insight to the rotator cuff.  Hopefully, you will feel more comfortable about what you may be going through.  If you have any questions, call or email us at eaglephysicaltherapy@yahoo.com.

Woman with Shoulder Pain in a Gym

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Listen as our experts discuss symptoms and treatments for rotator cuff injuries, including the role of physical therapy http://bit.ly/WxsYSI

http://www.conyersphysicaltherapy.com/pain-management/ Eagle Physical Therapy provides pain management and pain relief in Conyers, Ga to help you with pain, while restoring structure and strength. By using physical therapy  Eagle Physical Therapy manages pain in many different ways.  The therapist first distinguishes the origin of pain: is it mechanical (ie. vertebral disc) or chemical (ie. inflammation).   The irritability of the pain will also be evaluated. Once the assessment is made, the therapist will then determine what will be used and what intensity will be appropriate for you. Call 678) 562-0236 for more information on our Conyers pain management services and let us help you with pain relief.

You’ve heard about physical therapy – but you never thought you’d need it until now.  Perhaps you were involved in a sports injury like soccer, football, basketball, or baseball. Or maybe  you need to incorporate physical therapy to strengthen your ankle or knee to relieve lingering symptoms from a previous injury .  Or perhaps you underwent a major surgery or operation, and your doctor insists on physical therapy as part of your pain management treatment.

The Achilles Tendon Repair rehab is a slow process. I have personally experienced this (not fun).  It is important to follow your doctor’s orders as your tendon heals. In the beginning, you will be very limited, but make sure to perform exercises with your toes and lightly with your ankle in the boot.

Later, you will start putting weight through your leg, but again be careful, as the tendon Achilles stretchcontinues to heal it does not need to be overstretched.  Physical therapy should be initiated by now.    You will see that you have no strength at all, but understand that this is a process. In therapy you should be performing various hip and knee exercises, as these muscles have also become weakened.  Do not forget about performing toe exercises, those muscles help stabilize the foot. Be consistent with your Theraband exercises in all directions of ankle movement.  Studies show that previous levels of performance  of the achilles may not fully return, but with proper rehabilitation you will be able to safely return to sport.

Make sure to follow the instructions your physical therapist gives you.  Everyone’s rehab process is different and your physical therapist and doctor will be able to put together your personal rehab program.

If you have any questions, feel free to email or call us and we will be sure to reply.