What is lower extremity therapy?

Lower extremity therapy refers to the rehabilitation treatment targeted at the lower part of the body. Lower extremities include the lower limb, thigh, leg, hip, ankle or foot. Injuries are commonly caused by the intensive demands of sports. As our lower extremity bears our weight and the joint surfaces are vulnerable to wear and tear, various conditions of our lower extremity require specialized care.

Our lower extremity work to form a kinetic chain; it consists of our joints and muscles coordinating to produce complex actions such as running and walking. When any aspects of the kinetic chain is injured, the whole chain risks malfunctioning. It is crucial to develop a rehabilitation program that considers the whole kinetic chain.

How does lower extremity therapy work?

A physical assessment of your injury will be evaluated by our professional physical therapists before developing a treatment plan tailored specifically for your needs.  The aim of lower extremity therapy is to returning one’s functionality and limiting re-injury to the area. Rehabilitation and injury treatment will be provided to those who have suffered lower leg and foot injuries. Improper rehabilitation of injuries can extend beyond on-going minor discomfort. Some techniques that the therapists may practice depending on patient’s condition includes:

  • Hip or knee fixation
  • Releasing inferior distraction fixations
  • Releasing of flexion or extension fixations

Why should i do lower extremity therapy?

Lower extremity therapy techniques are designed to achieve these goals:

  • Improve in strength
  • Increase in range of motion
  • Improve in balance training
  • Improve in endurance

Some of the common lower extremity conditions that can be improved using the therapy includes:

  • Claw / Hammer toes
  • Tingling or numbness in the feet or leg
  • Bunion / Toe pain
  • Shin splint
  • Heel spurs / Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle pain / Arthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Pulled hamstring
  • Flat feet / General arch pain

It is observed that many lower extremity conditions are commonly due to overused muscles, resulting in loss of strength, pain and reduced range of motion.

Ready to Experience Lower Extremity Therapy with Our Experts at TAP?

Our lower extremities are vulnerable as they serve multiple essential functions in our daily lives. From bearing of our weight to walking and running, our lower extremities are highly exposed to wear and tear. Proper rehabilitation is required to prevent re-injury and maintenance of our lower extremities is important. Everyone has unique needs, so allow our professional therapists to advise you on the proper rehabilitation plan that can benefit you.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists, and let us address your problems. Your complete recovery after an injury or surgery can become a reality with us at TAP!