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Rehabilitative Therapy

Centennial, CO Physical & Occupational Therapy

Settling on a treatment plan and deciding to undergo a surgical procedure is an exciting, hopeful step toward finding relief from your musculoskeletal pain and discomfort. However, it is only the first step in your journey toward making a full, effective, and lasting recovery. You’ll need the guidance of an experienced physiatrist -- a medical professional trained in the management of rehabilitation services -- to help you restore your affected area to its peak functionality.

At Physical Medicine of the Rockies (PMR), our rehabilitative care specialists’ expertise lies in their ability to provide a comprehensive, integrative approach, allowing you to reach your highest level of functioning after an injury or surgical procedure. The team at PMR offers custom, multidisciplinary interventions that are uniquely selected by your physiatrist to suit your individual needs and goals. This method creates an individualized partnership between you, the PMR-PT and/or PMR-OT therapist(s), and the physiatrist. 

The recovery process is a partnership between you and the medical providers who are there to help you at every step of the way. If you’re ready to have the most qualified, compassionate professionals in your corner throughout your recovery, don’t wait. Schedule your first appointment at Physical Medicine of the Rockies today.

  (719) 465-0069

Occupational Therapist - Colorado Springs, CO

Comprehensive, Collaborative Rehabilitation Services

At Physical Medicine of the Rockies, we provide a number of rehabilitative services to offer patients a comprehensive recovery experience. These state-of-the-art services include:

  • Physical Therapy: The comprehensive physical therapy treatment you’ll receive at PMR includes strength training, flexibility training and postural maintenance. We’ll help you transfer the skill sets you hone during therapy to a home exercise program, and we’ll provide education on proper biomechanics so you can continue treating your body well as you heal.
  • Occupational Therapy: Our occupational physical therapist can help you get back to work after an injury or procedure. We focus on upper limb tasks for carryover into accomplishing activities of daily living, hand and nerve therapies, desensitization, massaging scar tissue, and assessment for cognitive impairment. We can also provide ergonomic evaluations of your workplace (on-site and off-site), and we perform Functional Capacity Evaluations on all our patients to be certain you’re truly ready to return to work safely.
  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME): Our team can assess your individual need for durable medical equipment during your recovery, including crutches, canes, and wheelchairs. We offer personalized fitting for this equipment, as well as instruction on appropriate use.
  • Psychotherapy: Like the professional athlete who chooses to work with a sport psychologist to maximize their performance, PMR offers behavioral health care to augment one’s ability to cope with impairment and give you skills to fulfill your goals. 
  • Electromyography (EMG): Our team of physiatrists uses electromyographic technology and implements ultrasound diagnostic imaging to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis possible. This technology also allows us to provide injections with ultrasound guidance, giving us a direct window into your body.

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At Physical Medicine of the Rockies, we supplement our programming with data to make sure your rehab plan is truly working for you. Our rehabilitation team will track and utilize your outcome metrics to guide your recovery. Additionally, our physiatrist will lead your care team and communicate with you and your referring physician, resulting in a coordinated effort between all of your healthcare providers.  

Your involvement and motivation to succeed is the key to your success in the rehabilitative program we provide at PMR. It is important to understand that when you reach your stable and stationary level of function, you will be transitioned to an independent routine. However, by the time your treatment with us ends, you will feel safe and confident performing your usual activities inside and outside of the workplace!

  (719) 465-0069

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an EMG?

EMG stands for electromyography. This is a test that is combined with nerve conduction velocity (NCV) to evaluate the health of your nerves, looking for any evidence of nerve damage. EMG can help determine not only if there is damage, but often where that damage is coming from and how severe it is. EMG can also be used over time to follow recovery from nerve damage to assess progress and provide information about prognosis.

How can psychotherapy help me recover from an injury, surgery or condition?

Our team firmly believes that the recovery process is not only physical, but mental and behavioral. An experienced, compassionate psychotherapist can help you overcome these mental obstacles. Psychotherapy is hard work, but it offers you long-lasting results that will leave you feeling confident in your recovery.

How will your team work with my other medical providers?

At PMR, we pride ourselves on a collaborative, comprehensive approach to patient care. Your surgeon, physiatrist, physical therapist, and any other medical professionals involved in your care will communicate closely with each other and your primary care physician to ensure that everyone who takes part in your treatment is on the same page -- including you.

How can I get started on my therapy at Physical Medicine of the Rockies?

If you’re ready to make your first appointment with us, we’ve made it as easy as possible. Just click the button below and schedule your consultation right here on our website!

Who performs an EMG test?

Many practices have a non-physician technician perform key elements of this test. At Ascent Pain & Injury Specialists we believe in providing only the highest quality patient care. That is why our physicians perform the entire study, without the use of a technician.

What is it like getting an EMG done?

There are two parts to the test. The first part is the NCV. Dr. Shoemaker will apply sensors to the skin of your hands or feet and make some measurements. A device called a probe will be used to deliver a small shock, about the strength of a static shock, lasting about 1/1000th of a second. This will be done in multiple places along your arm or your leg to test the health of the nerves.

The second part of the test is the actual EMG and uses a small wire, similar to a very small needle which is about the size of an acupuncture needle. Your physician will insert the wire only very superficial, just inside the muscle. The needle or wire works like a microphone to listen and see how the nerves are firing.  The wire is moved around several times in each muscle to listen to various areas. There is no shock or electricity for this part of the test, just listening to your body’s own natural electricity.

The study takes between 45 and 90 minutes depending on the amount of testing that needs to be done. If significant testing is required, the study can be divided into two sessions done on separate visits.

Most people tolerate the test without any issues and there is no need for sedation or anesthesia.