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Try a Natural Treatment! How Physical Therapy Can Help You Live Without Pain Meds.

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By any reasonable standards, ours is a highly medicated society. Scan any grocery store or pharmacy aisle and you’ll see all kinds of over-the-counter painkilling drugs. Doctors routinely write prescriptions for heavier pain relievers, including the opioid drugs that have become a national abuse nightmare. If you’re tired of suffering from chronic pain but you’re not ready to turn your body into an ongoing chemistry experiment, you’ll be happy to know that Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists can give you safer, healthier, longer-lasting pain relief. Let’s explore how this form of natural treatment could make all the difference in your quality of life.

A Healthy Alternative to Opioid, Steroid and NSAID Use

If you follow the media at all, you’ve heard about the serious dangers of opioid medications. These narcotics, which include both prescription medicines and illicit drugs, kill at least 115 American every day via overdose. Opioids are not only tremendously powerful and have the potential for dangerous interactions with other drugs, they frequently lead to addiction as well. Another class of prescription painkiller, steroids, can also pose risk and dangers. Epidural steroid injections to relieve pain can contribute to cataracts, arthritis in the hips, elevated blood sugar, stomach ulcers, and nerve damage from the injection itself. Even ordinary NSAIDs such as ibuprofen can cause stomach bleeding and liver problems — and they offer only temporary pain relief.

 

Physical therapy may allow you to sweep all of those risks, worries and unpleasant effects aside. While some cases of severe pain might still require some pharmaceutical intervention, physical therapy can help many patients greatly reduce — or even eliminate — their reliance on pain killing medications. Our physical therapist can use a combination of techniques to treat a wide range of painful problems, from acute injuries and post-operative wounds to chronic pain syndromes and conditions. This is especially good news if you’re looking for some form of ongoing chronic pain management that doesn’t involve constant dosages of drugs or if you’re already on essential medications and you worry about their interactions with painkillers.

How Our Physical Therapist Helps You Feel Better

Our physical therapist treats each and every individual on a personal basis since every human body and every condition is different. Your physical therapy pain relief or pain management plan may vary according to your specific problem. If you’re suffering from a recent acute injury, for example, we may use massage therapy, ultrasound, heat, ice and other techniques to ease your pain and jump-start the healing process.

 

Once you’re safely able to move to exercises, our physical therapist can prescribe gentle stretches, walking, cycling, swimming or other motions to help mobilize your body. These forms of physical therapy are good for helping soft tissues move more easily and comfortably and for keeping arthritic joints mobile and lubricated. Strengthening exercises can rehabilitate damaged muscles so they can perform without pain. Exercises can also help you maintain a straighter posture and ease pain from spinal nerve compression. These techniques work: An 11-year study of chronic pain sufferers showed that regular exercise meant less pain.

 

Effective physical therapy isn’t just the work of the physical therapist — it also depends on the efforts of the patient. We will take the time to educate you about the nature of your pain and the importance of following your routine faithfully. But it’s still up to you to engage fully in the journey toward pain relief.

Just Say No to Drugs — and Yes to Our Physical Therapist

Drugs aren’t your only pain management option. Contact our LaPorte, Valparaiso, Crown Point, & Highland, IN physical therapy offices today to learn more about your natural alternatives!

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Our Reviews
Timothy Knopf
Timothy Knopf
20:18 30 Oct 19
Best therapy place around. I would recommend this place to everyone. They have the best group of therapists around.
Mitchell Udowitz
Mitchell Udowitz
20:43 27 Oct 19
I have been to two Physical Therapy places prior to finding Orthopedic & Balance Therapy in Valparaiso. While they were ok they don’t hold a candle to Orthopedic & Balance Therapy. OBT team works as one in harmony and they stay on top of the latest technology for their patients. Their team is so very knowledgeable and very friendly plus they generally care about what they are doing and it shows. They are concerned about the whole person not just the injury they need to be treated for.
Barbara Serynek
Barbara Serynek
18:52 03 Oct 19
The entire staff has been very pleasant, professional and accommodating. Both Kristen and Joe have given me the best massages. Kate and Kollin made sure that I was doing my excercises and helped to move things along. Feeling better every visit. I'm so glad that I chose Orthopedic & Balance.
Heidi Richardson
Heidi Richardson
17:00 19 Sep 19
I went to physical therapy not expecting it to do very much to help because that’s the way I approach everything with low expectations. Noel and his team have made my neck feel so much better that it puts me in a more positive mood each day and I actually feel more positive and more productive on a day-to-day basis..
Christine O'Donnell
Christine O'Donnell
16:26 14 Aug 19
I could barely walk into OBTS six weeks ago. I had very bad lower back and hip pain. The progress has been life changing for me. I always walk out of there with little or no pain. The staff, Laura, Dr Diane, Angie and, of course, Peggy, have taught me so much to keep my pain at bay. I highly recommend this team.
Nancy Guenther
Nancy Guenther
15:28 12 Jul 19
Absolutely awesome! My walking has improved 110%. And my pain level is zero. I highly recommend them. Go....you will be amazed how much better you feel.
Tracie Baxter
Tracie Baxter
20:24 03 Jul 19
This was the only place that could help with my TMJ. If you’re suffering from TMJ go see Noel! He really understands the condition. I no long have to deal with constant pain! The whole staff at this office is amazing and very welcoming.
Cindy Standiford
Cindy Standiford
21:33 28 Jun 19
The whole team is great!! I’m getting great care! I recommend Orthopedic & Balance for any issues you might have.
Joseph Mulholland
Joseph Mulholland
19:53 09 May 19
Amazing staff and amazing care. I came in barely able to stand up straight due to a back injury. After 6 weeks, I feel like brand new. Everyone was extremely helpful and easy to work with. Highly recommended!
Trool u
Trool u
19:44 24 Apr 19
I am a PTA student that was required 16 hours of observation time. I had the pleasure of completing my hours at this Valpo location. The staff is incredibly friendly. They were quick to make me feel at home. In a way I was sad to leave, but happy to continue on. I hope to eventually work in this field with a work family this caring and knowledgeable about their profession.
sharon Kramer
sharon Kramer
16:23 18 Apr 19
My experience has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience in getting me to feeling better. The staff does a remarkable job and are fully qualified in their respective areas. The staff made it fun coming here and they were very caring and helpful with their clients!!
Tim Nash
Tim Nash
15:32 27 Aug 18
My first experience with OBTS was very positive. During the course of my 13 therapy sessions I worked with many different therapists and all of them were professional and competent. They were able to help me effectively control my pain without medication using their therapy program. Unfortunately, they could not get my physical condition back to the same ability as before. However, this is due to the fact that it was later determined by my doctors that I required surgery. I plan on returning to OBTS for my post-op physical therapy and have already scheduled my evaluation appointment. Scheduling seems to be a challenge sometimes but that's probably an indication of their patient's satisfaction and good reviews. Thank you OBTS!
Arlene Gross
Arlene Gross
15:58 22 Jun 18
Everyone that worked with me was helpful. I enjoyed watching the staff interact as they worked as they laughed and smiled making me feel that it was fun to exercise. My knee pain is less and I look forward to having the same results with my back.
Jose Ico
Jose Ico
12:43 27 Apr 18
My wife and I have been coming here for a year. They have wonderful customer service and the treatments were great. I could say that since coming here for treatments, I am now able to walk properly and sleep well at nights. They help you in the best way possible. The people here are great and we definitely recommend it to everyone!
Paul Grant
Paul Grant
21:51 03 Apr 18
I have read lots of reviews that say "the entire staff of ..." is great, and you know that it is BS.. .. Butt at OBTS that statement is true. The person answering the phone, appointment setting they work around my schedule. It is truly a team concept. Everyone that has work with/on me keeps me focus on getting healthy to play golf.... Even those employees that haven't work with/on me are upbeat, positive and encouraging both their patients and me..... follow up phone calls, positive, hand written notes of encouragement, reminding me to do my homework so I can play golf this year. Great Employees, Great Business!.
Diane Burns
Diane Burns
02:30 16 Mar 18
I’ve had an incredible experience here at OBTS. In just two and half weeks I’ve seen and felt remarkable results. My hip mobility has improved by 30%. I credit the excellent physical therapists and the deep tissue laser therapy for my gains. I’ve gone from walking with a limp and pain everyday to walking normally and know that I’ll be back to running in the future. Every single person is warm and friendly here. Great place!
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