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By Wilson Almonte MD
December 30, 2020
Category: Physical Therapy

Discover the many ways physical therapy could make movement easier.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, then chances are good that a doctor has reiterated the importance of movement and staying active. This degenerative brain disorder affects the motor system, leading to tremors, stiffness, and loss of balance; however, our Victoria, TX, interventional pain management physician Dr. Wilson Almonte and his team of high-trained and experienced physical therapists provide physical therapy to patients with Parkinson’s disease to help them keep moving and living their lives as best they can.

Tailored Physical Therapy

Parkinson’s disease manifests different symptoms for different people, so it’s important that you have a physical therapist and pain management specialist here in Victoria, TX, that can craft your physical therapy plan around your specific needs. We can also adapt and change your plan as your condition changes. We pride ourselves on offering amazing long-term support and helping patients and their families navigate life with Parkinson’s disease.

Coming in for Physical Therapy

When you come into our office for your first appointment, we will need to perform a thorough evaluation that analyzes your posture, movement, strength, balance, and coordination. These physical tests will help us determine which areas you need the most help with, which will help us craft your tailored treatment plan.

We will provide you with a variety of exercises that you can perform every day on your own to help improve common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Some of the ways physical therapy can help you include,

  • Improving balance and preventing falls
  • Boosting strength and overall fitness health
  • Altering and finding more effective solutions for performing day-to-day tasks
  • Helping you get back to the activities and things you love
  • Improving coordination, especially when walking

We understand just how important independence is for our patients, and we work with our patients to provide them with valuable and tailored exercises that will help keep them moving, active, happy, and independent.

If you are interested in what physical therapy can do to improve movement and your daily routine with Parkinson’s disease, then call Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center’s Physical Therapy Department in Victoria, Texas at (361) 578-7396 to schedule a consultation.

By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, Victoria Physical Therapy, and Brazos Pain Management
December 11, 2020

Could spinal steroid injections treat your chronic inflammation and pain?

Are you dealing with chronic back or neck pain? If so, you may be struggling to find the right treatment option or options to help you epidural injectionmanage your pain. Of course, instead of just managing your symptoms it’s important that you find out what’s causing your symptoms in the first place. This is where our board-certified, fellowship-trained interventional pain management physician Dr. Wilson Almonte comes in. Dr. Almonte and his associate Dr. Lin can diagnose your condition and provide you with a wide range of pain relief options including epidural steroid injections.

Are epidural steroid injections right for me?

Most patients we know want to avoid invasive procedures and surgeries in order to treat their chronic back and neck pain; however, their pain also affects their quality of life. You may benefit from epidural steroid injections if you are experiencing persistent or serious inflammation and pain caused by,

  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • A herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis

How does an epidural steroid injection work?

This steroid injection makes it possible for many of our patients to experience relief from their back, neck, and leg pain without having to undergo surgery in order to do it. Epidural steroid injections are a minimally invasive method that allows our pain management physician to be able to administer steroids directly into the spine.

As you may already know, corticosteroids are designed to greatly reduce inflammation, which in turn can reduce pain. Certain conditions such as spinal stenosis, which can lead to chronic inflammation of the spinal nerves, can see amazing pain-relieving results with epidural steroid injections.

When will I see results?

Many patients will require more than one set of injections over the course of several weeks in order to see the maximum benefit from this therapy. Of course, some people do report pain relief after just their first set of injections, which can last anywhere from weeks, months, or even years. Your doctor will also provide you with other treatment options such as at-home exercises and physical therapy that can also improve pain and other symptoms, in combination with these injections, for the long run.

If you are living with chronic pain in Victoria, TX or the greater Houston area, turn to Dr. Almonte and his team at Victoria Pain and Rehabilitation Center or Brazos Pain Managemen by calling us at (361) 575-2882 (Victoria, TX) or (281) 240-4300 (Sugar Land, TX).