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Erickson Services

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Services available in at our Erickson, Manitoba Clinic

Erickson Physio and Acupuncture Services:

Physiotherapy Treatment – we provide a full range
of physiotherapy services to treat joint and muscle
issues and injuries. The clinic is provisioned with all
the equipment to adapt to your unique situation.

Acupuncture integrated with active exercise
therapy – combining the motion of exercise with the
treatment of acupuncture can lead to much faster
results than either alone.

Acute & Chronic Pain Management and Education
– living with pain can be discouraging and can limit
participation in life activities.We can recommend
pain treatments and strategies to get you moving.

Post-operative Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
the operation is only the first step to getting back your
full mobility.We can provide education on specific
exercises and coaching for continued improvement.

Progressive Goal Attainment Program fosters
reintegration to daily life through PGAP, a 10-week,
evidence-based program helping our clients regain
confidence and control over their lives.

Return to Work Planning – giving people
information and tools to be able to get back to work
as quickly as possible.We can assist with information
to help you advocate for yourself.

Impairment Assessments, Functional Job Demand
Evaluations – we work with you and your employer
to determine adjustments necessary for your return
to the workplace, or help you in your new job search.

Independent Physical Examinations – we can do
insurance evaluations, provide a second opinion on a
stubborn issue, and we can support you if you require
an assistive device to improve your mobility.

Please phone us or drop by our Erickson office to make an appointment for you or the person you are helping care for.We aim to focus our services on the needs of our clients, leading them to a more independent work and home life.

Independence Incorporated has offices in Winnipeg and Erickson. Find out more at www.indep.ca

Revisiting The Importance Of Rehabilitation

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Doctor checking a knee recovering in hospitalRecovering from a serious injury or an illness can be one of the toughest things a person will ever do. It doesn’t just require treatment that will help bring about a return to better physical health. It also requires a lot of emotional support to get through what is often a long and arduous struggle. Needless to say, rehabilitation is so very important. And as Dr. Richard C. Senelick states on WebMD.com, most of us never think we’ll ever need it.

“Rehabilitation is the key to getting back to functioning at a level where you can live at home, enjoy your family, and hopefully work,” writes Dr. Senelick. He goes on to acknowledge the difficulties that come with the entire rehabilitation process. Again, keeping in mind that there are both physical and emotional limitations during the recovery process, it’s important to help those in recovery meet with positive mindsets.

“Going for therapy and rehabilitation is just like going back to school, because you may have to learn new information,” says Dr. Senelick, “If you were going back to school later in life, you may have to ‘relearn’ information that you had previously acquired…Rarely is it easy, and I always told patients and families that it will be the hardest thing they will ever do. Like school or learning a new skill there are certain principles that make a difference.”

So what are the new skills that need to be learned? Well, to properly answer that question, we need to take a look at the type of rehabilitation that an individual is undertaking. On HubPages.com, it is explained that many patients who have been diagnosed with diseases must learn to live with particular physical limitations – especially if they are planning a return to work. Lung and heart problems, spinal disorders and cancer are listed as examples.

“When a person undergoes rehabilitation after a disease, experts examine the patient by treating symptoms, addressing risk factors, providing counseling or family support and restoring the physical fitness,” says the website. Patients who have gone through injuries may also have physical limitations, but of a different nature. They must learn particular exercises in order to regain muscles that were lost, for example.

“If a person has gone through injuries from sports, accidents or other reasons, rehabilitation can help in improving functionality of movements and maximizing one’s health,” says HubPages.com, “Through this kind of rehabilitation, not only is the physical aspects covered, but also the mental, psychological and sociological aspects in achieving full recovery.” Naturally, there are emotional aspects to address in both types of rehabilitation.

This is because motivation matters. The more motivated a patient is to regain his or her full health, the better that person will be able to succeed in making a complete recovery. “The person who is motivated and tries harder has a better chance of getting better,” insists Dr. Senelick, “It is not always the brightest student who is the most successful: hard work can make a huge difference.”

At Independence Incorporated, we offer Rehab Coordination which involves case management support that assists patients with numerous injury or illness claims. We are highly experienced in the coordination requirements for clients with singular soft tissue injuries to complex, multi-traumatic injuries as well as multi-systems illness involvement. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.