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Physical Therapy

The only phrase that can best describe physical therapy is “no pain, no gain.”  There is no more challenging and difficult phase of injury recovery than physical therapy.  While it is far and away the most difficult and painful, it is also the most important as well.  A surgeon can perform the perfect surgery, a doctor can provide the perfect diagnosis and treatment, but if the patient does not follow through with the physical therapy requirements, it will all be for nothing.

purpose of physical therapy

The purpose of physical therapy is to get the patient back to the best possible condition and level of functioning that they could hope to achieve following an injury.  An invasive surgery such as an open reduction requires that the skin be cut and the muscles pulled away from the bone or joint area.  Many times, medical hardware, such as wire, screws and plates are used to secure a fracture during and after the surgery.  It takes a considerable amount of time and immobilization for the bones and muscles to heal.  During this time the muscles that remain immobilized are experiencing atrophy and the joint strength and mobility is also significantly decreased.  As a result, physical therapy is necessary to strengthen the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joint as well as to improve range of motion.

"no pain, no gain"

Most injuries to joints require painful range of motion therapy where the joint is forced to bend and extend further than it did before.  The physical therapist may grow a devils tail, horns and carry a pitchfork but while they seem to be enjoying torturing you it is truthfully for your own good.  The more you can tolerate the quicker and better your recovery will be.

physical therapy vital to insurance claims

Physical therapy is also the most significant area that an insurance company and defense lawyer will focus on to discredit and minimize an injured person’s claimed damages.  Physical therapy records will be reviewed by trained professionals and scrutinized for anything that could be characterized as non-compliance. 

Not a single missed appointment will be ignored. 

The reason for his is that the law provides that a person must do everything reasonably within their ability to minimize their damages and anytime they are making a claim.  For this reason, it is imperative that both the injured person and their friends and families do everything in their power and abilities to follow through with and successfully complete the recommended physical therapy.  It will not only increase the value of the case, but most importantly it will ensure the fullest recovery possible under the circumstances.

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Attorneys Gourley, Rehkemper & Lindhom, and their associate Attorney Scott Michels frequently represent people who have been injured as a result of an accident occuring in the greater Des Moines, Iowa area, including West Des Moines, Iowa City, Johnston, Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Marshalltown, Cedar Falls, and Ames, Iowa. They often help people who have sustained head and brain injuries, spinal cord injury, fractured bones and cuts, as well as injuries resulting from medical malpractice and dental malpractice. GRL Law's attorneys stand ready to help you find the best solutions for your particular situation, utilize protections under the law to secure your family and property, and get the compensation you deserve after a personal injury or wrongful death. Please contact the law offices of Attorney Cory Gourley, Attorney Robert Rehkemper & Attorney Matt Thomas Lindholm for a free legal consultation to better understand your rights under Iowa law, and make the next important decisions in recovering your losses.

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