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Treating injuries with Physical Therapy

Dr. Jeff J. Mollins, Brooklyn’s premier accident specialist, has been practicing in downtown Brooklyn for 30 years. Dr. Mollins’ expertise lies in the diagnosis, treatment, and documentation of injuries sustained by individuals involved in accidents (work accidents, car accidents, construction accidents, and slip and falls). Dr. Mollins firmly believes in utilizing conservative methods in the treatment of injuries sustained by accident victims. Physical therapy is a viable effective, and conservative method of treating such injuries.

Physical therapy is a medical practice with proven health benefitsTreating injuries with Physical Therapy. If individuals suffer an injury, they will often benefit from some form of physical therapy during their recovery. A physical therapist is an expert in movement who helps optimize a patient’s quality of life through education, hands-on care, and prescribed exercise. When individuals undergo physical therapy, the therapist will go over their medical history, range of mobility and goals. Different treatment techniques can be used to promote a patient’s ability to move, restore function to portions of the body, reduce pain levels, and prevent or slow the progression of disability. Some of the benefits of physical therapy are as follows:

  • Increase Mobility – One of the most common reasons individuals undergo physical therapy is to increase their mobility and balance after an injury. Following surgery (after an injury), or sustaining a serious injury, there usually is a resting process to the recovery. During this period, the injured area might not be moved in order for it to heal. This lack of mobility may cause muscles and tendons to shorten, reducing an individuals range of motion. Eventually physical therapy is required to lengthen and strengthen the muscles while encouraging a fuller range of motion in the joint to restore normal function.
  • Promotes Injury Recovery – Physical therapy promotes recovery from injuries. By strengthening and stretching muscles the injured region can slowly return to its healthy state. Physiotherapy (such as electric muscle stimulation), and massage will increase blood flow and reduce adhesions which will also help the injured region recover and heal properly.
  • Reduces Pain – Studies have shown that movement and exercise are helpful for pain (especially chronic pain). Physical therapy for pain can include massage, cold laser therapy, movement therapy, exercise, microcurrent stimulation, and manipulating the bones and joints.
  • Helps Patients Avoid Surgery – Individuals injured (in accidents) that suffer from lower back, knee, and shoulder pain can avoid surgery through physical therapy. Meniscal tears in the knees and small to medium-sized rotator cuff tears, might delay or render surgery unnecessary with a proper physical therapy regimen.

Fortunately, Dr. Mollins works with a group of referred medical specialist whose treatments vary from conservative (physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic) to more aggressive (pain management and orthopedic surgery). Conservative treatment is always the best choice if possible, as it is the least invasive. All of Dr Mollins’ referred specialists are workers compensation certified by New York State. This means that if the injury sustained is a result of a work-related accident, then the patient can be treated at no cost and receive lost wages if unable to work. When (if) that patient returns to work, they may still receive treatment for free.

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