Boca Raton Medical Injury Center: Total Health & Rehab

8903 Glades Rd a11, Boca Raton, FL 33434

Dr. Minett, Dr. Peterson, Dr. Huffman and their Boca Raton medical auto accident treatment team have decades of experience treating car accident patients including whiplash treatment, back injury care, soft tissue spine injuries, sciatica, and more. Everything you need to speed your car accident injury recovery is provided under one roof right here in your back yard in Boca Raton, Florida.

The friendly and knowledgeable auto injury team are with you every step of the way through your medical and rehab recovery.  Our staff knows the ins and outs of the auto insurance process and works closely with your Boca Raton auto injury attorney to ensure your injuries are well documented immediately after your car accident.  With our telemedicine injury portal, you have access to Dr. Huffman 24/7 through a simple text link to your phone.  Our goal is to provide you with immediate medical, chiropractic and PT auto accident injury treatment so you don’t have to waste your time, risk your health, or deplete your limited insurance funds in a local ER or urgent care center where they typically issue poorly constructed reports and miss many of the important soft tissue injuries that you may have sustained in your Boca Raton area car accident.  Remember you only have 14 days to report your auto accident in Florida.  With our telemedicine injury portal you can do that within minutes of your Boca Raton car accident, from the comfort and safety of your own home on your cell phone by a medical injury physician with over 35 years of experience documenting whiplash and other serious soft tissue car accident injuries.

To ensure you have full access to all the money available to you following your car crash in Boca Raton, Dr. Huffman our medical physician, issues an EMC (emergency medical condition) report that notifies the responsible auto insurance that you are in need of the full medical benefits of the insurer to help you diagnose and treat your whiplash and other auto accident injuries.

Our comprehensive healthcare team includes a chiropractic physician, medical physician, chiropractic assistants, and rehab specialist providing caring and individualized pain management and soft tissue injury care for Boca Raton area auto injury patients.   We customize your physical rehab and treatment based upon your personal needs to ensure you get exactly what you need to overcome your injuries. We are with you every step of the way to your recovery.  Call us or stop by the office today if you are in need of the best auto accident chiropractor in Boca Raton, the best auto accident medical doctor in Boca Raton or the best auto accident clinic in the Boca Raton area.  You’ll see why some many of your friends, neighbors and family have been utilizing the caring and professional team or injury care physicians at  Boca Raton Medical Injury Center: Total Health & Rehab for their auto injury treatment.

Boca Raton Medical Injury Center: Total Health & Rehab

Dr. Michael Minett

Chiropractic Physician

I hail from NY and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Stony Brook University on Long Island. Later, I graduated from Life University in 1997 after attending Chiropractic college. Since 2000, I have been providing chiropractic services in Boca Raton, FL. I am happily married with three daughters, and my wife, Jamie, is also a chiropractor whom I met during our time at chiropractic college. After completing chiropractic college in 1997, I worked with County Line Chiropractic and Medical Center for two years before starting Total Health and Rehab Center with my wife Jamie, who is also a chiropractor. Since then, I have been practicing full-time as a chiropractor.

Caring for others, making others needs a priority, providing outstanding service to my best ability, providing for my family, supporting family and friends, educating those around me on how to lead a healthier, pain-free life, strive for excellence!

Our chiropractic treatments use a variety of techniques, including gentle adjusting techniques like Activator methods, Gonstead, Diversified, and Kinesiology. We specialize in treating auto accident injuries and offer Computerized Radiographic Mensuration Analysis. Our treatments also address chronic issues such as headaches, neck pain, whiplash, lower back pain, tendonitis, and shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff injuries. Our goal is to not only treat these issues but also to help our patients preserve their overall health.

We create a spa-like atmosphere to provide a relaxing experience while helping people live healthier, pain-free lives. We care deeply for our patients and our staff and strive to promote physical, chemical, and emotional well-being.

Dr. Kevin Huffman

Osteopathic Physician

Dr. Huffman is an osteopathic physician board-certified in family medicine with over 35 years of experience in the field of auto accident and injury care.  Having treated thousands of injured patients including those suffering from whiplash, sciatica, and soft tissue injuries, Dr. Huffman is an integral part of the Boca Raton Medical Injury Center: Total Health & Rehab here in Boca Raton, Florida.

With our state-of-the-art telemedicine portal, our Boca Raton area car crash patients have 24/7 access to Dr. Huffman through a simple cell phone text link, helping our patients stay out of crowded and expensive ERs and urgent care centers for things like medications, medical reports, and injury care  referrals. Remember you only have 14 days in the state of Florida to report your Boca Raton car accident injuries to the responsible insurer.  Now you can do that from the comfort and safety of your own home on you timeline and the responsible car insurer pays for the telemedicine visit

As a medical physician, Dr. Huffman communicates directly with your Boca Raton primary care physician and your Boca Raton auto injury attorney about your auto accident and injury status, so they are up to date on your diagnosis and treatment while you complete your full recovery at the Boca Raton Medical Injury Center: Total Health & Rehab.

Poorly documented medical reports are often the cause of Boca Raton Florida auto injury patients failing to secure the maximum medical benefits they deserve.  Once Dr. Huffman issues his EMC statement your PIP funds increase from $2,500 to $10,000.  Start and finish you auto accident injury care in Boca Raton with a medical physician with over 35 years of experience in the auto injury medical field, you’ll be glad you did.

Astrid Molineros

PTA, Physical Therapist Assistant

I am originally from Colombia. Graduated from the PTA program at LaGuardia College and worked in New York for two years at a rehab center in Long Island, moved to Germany where I continue my studies in Physical Therapy at Phytheras in Bad Krozingen, after graduating the PT program there, I worked at Kreiskrankenhaus in Loerrac a physiotherapy practice located in the hospital, treating numerous health conditions like postsurgical, orthopedic and neurological ailments for both in-patients and outpatients, adults and children. I was the head Physical Therapist in the hospital’s Children department for three years, treating children with all health conditions from the intensive care unit to the two floors in-patient children’s unit.

After working in Germany for seven years, I came back to the USA and started working at an orthopedic office and decided to pursue my education. I graduated from FAU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Arts majoring in Linguistics with a minor in German. I speak Spanish, English and German.

In the interest of assisting my patients get better, I have concentrated my time and effort in learning new treatment techniques; I have a Master Certification in Manual therapy, a Certification in Gaston techniques, a Certification in Kinesio Taping and Personal Trainer certification.

I love working with people and it gives me great pleasure to be able to give them pain relief and assist in them regaining their health and ability to enjoy life

Nicole Vumbaca

Physical Therapist Technician

I have grown up in Lake Worth, FL since I was 2 years old, but originally I was born in New Jersey. I’m currently finishing out my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Florida Atlantic University and plan to continue my education to become a Physical Therapist. I have worked as a physical therapy technician for a little over a year at Total Health and Rehab.

Integrity, responsibility, and honesty.

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

I am like the traffic cop of the office. Directing staff and patients to keep a good flow in the office and making sure patients are taken care of.

Something that I enjoy is that the staff is all like one family and that we put patients first to make sure all their needs are met.

Jose Raul Diaz Mantopoulos

Physical Therapist Technician

I have an associate’s degree in Sports Science from the IES Pintor Antonio Lopez and a Physical Therapy degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. With over 10 years of experience, I have worked as a personal trainer and physical therapist in both Spain and the USA. After completing my studies in Madrid, I obtained my DPT license in the USA.

Honesty, empathy, and perseverance

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

I specialize in helping patients recover from injuries and improve their physical fitness through personalized exercise programs. Something patients have to deal with that I want to fix is the lack of access to affordable healthcare. I enjoy treating orthopedic and sports-related injuries, as well as helping patients with chronic pain.

I appreciate the focus on patient-centered care and the supportive work environment.

Diana Tejeda

Admin Assitant

I grew up in South Florida. I got my Bachelor’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University. I am currently attending Barry University and completing my Master of Science in Health Services Administration and Master of Public Health.

Loyalty, Respect & Integrity.

“Success is Not Final, Failure is Not Fatal: it is the Courage to Continue that Counts.”

I fill multiple roles and help where I can, helping out at the front desk, making sure insurance is verified and sorting and filing medical records. Something that I wish I could fix is the understanding that patients have about how their insurance works and what it covers.

I genuinely like the people I work with. It’s not everyday when you can say you work closely with people who make you feel like family!

Inez Scher

Personal Injury Liaison/Billing

I was born in Long Island NY and graduated from college with an AAS degree in business. My prior professional career was working as an Account Manager and Investor Relations Manager for a prominent real estate investment firm in NYC. I moved to Boca Raton in 1997 working in the medical office field and joined Total Health and Rehab Center in 2001 shortly after Dr Michael Minett and his wife Dr Jamie opened their office. I started as the Office Manager and now handle all of the Personal Injury cases, including billing and managing the accounts and I am the liaison with the attorneys and insurance companies.

The core values that drive my life are integrity, honesty, compassion and acceptance of others and to appreciate every day and live life without regrets, every day is a gift.

‘Knowledge is power’ (Sir Francis Bacon)
‘The Truth will set you free’ (The Bible)
‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts’ (Winston Churchill)

I handle the Personal Injury accounts, assisting patients with scheduling and understanding the process of insurance coverage and legal representation. I handle the billing, reconciling the accounts and am in direct contact with insurance adjusters and attorneys on the case.

Most of the patients I come in contact with have been injured in some type of accident; auto, work related, slip and fall etc. Not only are they in pain but insurance coverage and legal representation can be overwhelming. I try to assist the patient in any way I can to help them understand the process and keep them focused on getting better and out of pain.

I’ve been working at Total Health and Rehab for over 20 years, I really like what I do taking care of the patients and their personal injury cases and all the people I work with on a daily basis.

Candi Benefield

Office Manager

Although I was born in Michigan, I was raised in South Florida and have called Boca Raton my home since 1983. After spending most of my professional life in advertising, I transitioned into my current role at Dr. Minett’s office 14 years ago.

The core values that drive my life are integrity, loyalty, respect, and equality. I believe you should treat the president and the janitor exactly the same.

“Old ways won’t open new doors – unknown”

Since 2009, I have been a part of Total Health and Rehab, responsible for managing day-to-day operations, patient relations, and overseeing office affairs. I am passionate about assisting patients in overcoming the restrictions on benefits and the exorbitant expenses associated with healthcare, as these are among the issues that I am committed to addressing.

The most rewarding aspect of working here is contributing towards the well-being of our patients.

Boca Raton Medical Injury Center: Total Health & Rehab

Our Facility

LOCATION

Located just minutes from your Boca Ration area home, our chiropractic, PT and medical injury team is here to help you recover fully from your Boca Raton auto accident.

From the minute you walk into our Boca Raton office you’ll notice that our focus is on our patients and ensuring they get everything they need to recover from their whiplash or other car accident injuries. Individual and personal care is delivered by a team dedicated to your car accident recovery.

Total Health & Rehab has been a part of the Boca Raton community for over 20 years  and is involved in the local community.  Come in for a visit and see why so many of your Boca Raton neighbors, friends, and family have used Total Health & Rehab when they needed medical and chiropractic care following a Boca Raton auto accident.

LOBBY

Our upscale facility was designed for individual and personalize care.  We are not one of those clinics that run patients through our clinic in herds.  You’ll notice the moment you walk through our front door, that you are special and will be well cared for by a team on medical experts in car accident rehab.

Personalized care in an upscale facility in a non-hurried pace by a team of chiropractic-medical-PT doctors focused on your individual injury needs.

If you are looking for the best car accident injury care in Boca Raton, you found it here at Boca Raton Medical Injury Care: Total Health & Rehab

WHY CHOOSE BOCA RATON MEDICAL INJURY CENTER

Our team is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating your injuries. In fact, we have been doing it for many years. Here are a few reasons to choose Boca Raton Medical Injury Center for your Fleming Island car accident and whiplash injury medical care.

  • All the treatment you need in one location
  • Highly experienced team of Chiropractic Physicians and Medical Physicians under one roof working together to get you feeling better fast
  • Pain management specialists in house
  • Walk-ins welcome
  • Full medical care beyond chiropractic including conventional medical care, ARNP, massage therapy, laser therapy, ultrasound therapy and physiotherapy

WHAT TO EXPECT IN BOCA RATON

We believe in treating the whole body which is why we take great care in learning about your current health and any medical conditions that currently exist. We then create a customized treatment plan to help you regain good health based on the recommendations of our chiropractic and medical physicians.

Each patient undergoes a thorough examination to see what problems need correction. We take the time to sit down and explain the problem so you understand what is the problem, how to correct, and approximately how long it will take. 

While we specialize in chiropractic care and medical care of injured patients, we find that many of our patients get the best relief from a combined treatment plan that may also include massage therapy, manual therapy, phyisotherapy, medical care, pain management, and the latest in rehab modalities.

BOCA RATON MEDICAL INJURY CENTER IN HOUSE X-RAYS

It’s important after your Lakeland car accident that all diagnostic tools are utilized to better understand your whiplash and other car accident injuries.  One of these tools is x-rays.  With our in-house x-rays, you no longer have to travel to another facility, wait in a waiting room for hours, just to get an xray after your Lakeland car crash.  More importantly we don’t have to put your treatment on hold waiting for reports which can take several days or even weeks to arrive.

With in-house x-rays we are able to better and most quickly assess your injuries and get you treat sooner to help you recovery quicker from your Lakeland car accident injuries.

AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS

Motor vehicle accidents can have a significant impact on an individual’s physical and mental well-being. Even low-speed collisions can cause whiplash, concussions, and other injuries that can lead to chronic pain and disability if not properly treated. That’s where comprehensive team of chiropractic and medical injury physicians comes in. At our Boca Raton automobile injury clinic, we offer specialized treatment programs designed to help patients recover from motor vehicle accident injuries and get them back to their pre-accident level of function.

What to expect from motor vehicle accident injury care in Boca Raton

Assessment and Diagnosis

Our injury team will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your injuries, including a thorough medical history review, a review of the collision details, a review of imaging studies, such as x-rays or MRI scan, a review of ER notes if available and then completed a physical exam to study limit motion of injured joints, tenderness of soft tissue injuries and spinal functional exams. This allows us to accurately diagnose your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Pain Management

Pain management is a critical component of motor vehicle accident. Our physicians and medical staff use a variety of techniques to manage pain, including manual therapy, modalities such as heat and cold therapy, and therapeutic exercises. We work with our patients to identify their pain triggers and develop strategies to reduce pain and improve function.  In the beginning, at least until our physical rehabilitation therapies begin to help you heal your injuries, some patients may need medications which can be prescribed by Dr. Huffman our medical physician.

Range of Motion Exercises

Motor vehicle accidents can often result in decreased range of motion due to muscle stiffness and joint restrictions. Our therapy staff will use various techniques such as passive and active range of motion exercises to restore your normal range of motion and our chiropractic physicians may use manual adjustments to help improve motion in the spine where restrictions are present.

Soft Tissue Mobilization

In addition to joint restrictions, motor vehicle accident injuries can also result in soft tissue damage such as muscle strains, and ligament sprains. Our Chiropractic physicians and rehab therapists use various soft tissue mobilization techniques, such as massage therapy, myofascial release, manual traction as well as modalities like e-stim and ultracound therapies and advanced medical technologies, like cold laser therapy to help promote healing and improve flexibility.

Strengthening Exercises

After a motor vehicle accident, the affected muscles may become weak due to disuse or injury. Our rehabilitation team will use strengthening exercises to rebuild the muscles’ strength, which helps restore function, reduce pain and reduce the risk of future injury.

Balance and Coordination Training

Motor vehicle accidents can also cause balance and coordination issues, which can lead to falls and other accidents. Using balance and coordination training to improve the patient’s ability to move safely and confidently is another goal of our rehab team.

Functional Training

Functional training involves exercises that simulate real-life movements, such as lifting, pushing, pulling, and reaching.  By integrating functional training into our injured patients rehab program we can help patients regain the ability to perform their daily activities and tasks, such as driving, home and work duties pain free.

Return to Work/Sport

Returning to work or sports after a motor vehicle accident injury can be challenging. Our chiropractic and medical physicians work closely with patients to develop a plan that gradually reintroduces them to their work or sports activities. We provide education and support to help patients maintain their progress and prevent future injuries.  We colloaborate with your employers to ensure you return to work under conditions conducive to a full recovery without further injury.

Recover from accidents faster with our Medical Injury Team in Boca Raton

Motor vehicle accidents can cause significant physical and emotional trauma. At our Boca Raton Medical Injury Center, we are committed to helping our patients recover from motor vehicle accident injuries and return to their pre-accident level of function. Our holistic approach combines pain management, range of motion exercises, soft tissue mobilization, strengthening exercises, balance and coordination training, functional training, and psychological support. Our Chiropractic treatment facilitates recovery and long term pain relief and our Medical team is here with you every step of the way through your recovery process.

Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident Recently? Are You Aware of the 14-Day Rule?

In Florida, you are required to seek medical care within 14 days of an automobile accident, or you forfeit all the $10,000 of medical benefits that you paid for. Even if it’s minor, don’t wait before it is too late to see a doctor regarding a potential injury incurred during a car collision.

If you’ve been injury in a car accident in Boca Raton call our Medical Doctor; Dr. Huffman at 866-4024250 24/7 and speak to a real injury medical physician about your injuries. The call and consultation is FREE. If you would like Dr. Huffman to report your Boca car accident injuries to the responsible Florida auto insurer, to your Boca car accident attorney and your primary care physician, he’ll send you a simple text link to your cell phone where you two can connect by a cell phone telemedicine visit. The responsible auto insurer pays for the telemedicine visit, and Dr. Huffman can call medications into your local pharmacy if need, all this without you leaving the comfort of your own home. Call 866-402-4250 24/7 and speak to a live injury medical physician about your injuries, remember you only have 14 days to report this injury so do it today.

WHIPLASH

Are you suffering from neck pain following a motor vehicle accident, sports injury, or other types of accidents?

It’s possible that you experienced a whiplash injury. Research shows that 53% of people with a whiplash injury suffer from long-term symptoms for which no conventional treatment has proven to heal.

In order to give your body the best chance at not suffering with debilitating long-term symptoms of whiplash, it’s essential that you get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

At Boca Raton Medical Injury Center,  you can expect outstanding medical care, chiropractic care, physiotherapy, advanced rehab modalities and technology, manual therapy, massage therapy, medications and more to treat your whiplash injury!

HOW WE TREAT WHIPLASH IN BOCA RATON

Our medical doctors, chiropractors, therapists, and medical staff utilize multiple techniques and treatment options to help treat your whiplash injury. A few of the treatments we can use include:

spinal manipulation
muscle stimulations or relaxation
specific trigger point therapy
soft tissue therapies
deep tissue massage
heat and cold therapies
individualized physical therapy exercises

One of the reasons we have a great track record of helping patients with whiplash is due to the broad range of treatment options that we offer.

SYMPTOMS OF WHIPLASH

Whiplash symptoms don’t always occur immediately after your accident or injury. In some cases, they can show up weeks later. If you are experiencing the symptoms below, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Some of the telltale symptoms include:

Headaches
Neck pain
Back pain
Upper back tenderness
Numbness
Tingling sensation
Loss of range of motion in the neck
Dizziness
Difficulty concentrating or remembering
Irritability
Sleep disturbances
Muscle spasms
(random muscle movements you can’t control)
Worsening pain with neck movement

CAUSES OF WHIPLASH

Whiplash, also called a neck sprain or strain, is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, similar to the cracking of a whip.

Most whiplash injuries result from a collision that includes sudden acceleration or deceleration such as when you are involved in a rear-end motor vehicle collision.

While car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, contact sports such as football tackles, falls, amusement park rides, being punched or shaken and outdoor accidents can also cause a whiplash injury.

The ligaments and muscles in the neck are stretched beyond the normal range of motion and the soft tissues can tear or sprain leading to discomfort and pain.

While common, whiplash is often ignored, undiagnosed, mistreated, or not treated at all. Whiplash causes serious symptoms and requires proper medical care and treatment by a trained specialist. Our team can help confirm you have whiplash and put together a customized whiplash treatment program.

YOU COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR $10,000 IN MEDICAL AND LOST WAGES FROM YOUR CAR INSURANCE POLICY*.

YOU MUST SEE A DOCTOR WITHIN 14 DAYS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PIP BENEFITS. *IF YOUR WHIPLASH IS A RESULT OF A MOTOR ACCIDENT VEHICLE.

Dr. Huffman our medical doctor is available 24/7 by calling 866-402-4250.  He can document your whiplash injuries, report those injuries to the responsible insurer, your Boca Raton personal injury attorney and begin medical treatment all from the comfort and privacy of your own home.  If you’ve been injured in a Boca Raton car accident call Dr. Huffman today so that he can document and treat your whiplash injury today.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR WHIPLASH IN PORT ST LUCIE

To treat whiplash, our chiropractors perform chiropractic adjustments that realign your spine and prevent worsening whiplash symptoms. We can also do spinal decompression to relieve pressure on the discs of your cervical spine.

Chiropractic care offers many benefits over other whiplash treatments. With early intervention, our chiropractors can customize a whiplash chiropractic treatment plan to your needs.

To evaluate your neck and spine, we may conduct a range of motion test, do an orthopedic exam, conduct a gait analysis, and take X-rays.

We approach whiplash treatment gently as we understand the soreness attached to the injury. Before moving into full-blown treatment, we may start with stretching the neck muscles and ice therapy to reduce the swelling. Then we can move into spinal manipulation to place the vertebrae of the spine back into their proper location to eliminate stress and pressure caused by spinal misalignment.

THERAPY FOR WHIPLASH IN PORT ST. LUCIE

Our experienced therapists and medical staff use both active and passive treatments to help treat whiplash.

Our passive treatments include hot and cold therapies, ultrasound to increase blood circulation to reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness and pain, electrical stimulation and cold laser therapy.  These treatment techniques provide calming relief to the initial pain and inflammation caused by whiplash.

Our active treatments focus on various exercises to work your strength and range of motion. Each physical therapy program is individualized as it takes into account the severity of your whiplash, health, and medical and injury history.

The overall goal of treating whiplash with therapy is to help reduce muscle spasms, increase blood circulation, increase your range of motion, improve flexibility, and promote healing of the neck tissues.

MASSAGE THERAPY FOR WHIPLASH PORT ST. LUCIE

Our massage therapists utilize deep-tissue massage to target muscle tension that can develop as a result of whiplash. Our therapists use direct pressure and friction to try and release the tension in your soft tissues (ligaments, tendons, muscles).

Massage is the most effective treatment for breaking up and realigning the scar tissue and increasing mobility associated with whiplash injury.

Most therapists agree that the sooner massage therapy is received for whiplash the quicker the individual heals and the less likely they are to develop chronic neck pain. In general, any massage that relaxes the affected muscles will help relieve the pain and discomfort of whiplash. In addition to deep tissue massage techniques, our therapists may also utilize myofascial release or static compression to treat whiplash.

MEDICAL THERAPY FOR WHIPLASH PORT ST. LUCIE

In some cases early in the treatment of your whiplash injury Dr. Huffman may prescibe a low dose muscle relaxant or an anti-inflammatory medical to help reduce severe pain and muscle spasm.  By reducing muscle spasms, it helps improve soft tissue therapy such as, massage and manual traction and helps relax the neck and back for improved chiropractic adjustments.

Medications are not in place of therapy and chiropractic adjustments but rather an adjunctive tools to help improve those manual treatments early in the acute phase of whiplash.  Where medications can help with short term pain relief, manual therapy and chiropractic adjustments leads to long-terms pain reduction and improved range of motion.

WHY CHOOSE BOCA RATON MEDICAL INJURY TO TREAT WHIPLASH

One of the best reasons to treat our experienced and highly-rated team is the number of treatment options, such as medical, chiropractic, rehab specialist, and massage therapy, which we combine to help heal your whiplash. Each patient received a customized, multi-treatment approach to get the best results. A few other reasons to choose our practice include:

All the professional and treatment modalities you need in one location
Highly experienced medical and chiropractic team that works together to get you feeling better fast
Pain management relief practitioners
Full Injury medical care team of medical physicians, chiropractic physicians, rehabilitation specialist, medical staff plus physiotherapy, advance rehab modalities, manual therapy, massage therapy, and medications.
One of the most experience medical car accident injury team in the community
We have a thorough knowledge of Florida’s Personal Injury Protection law and benefits
We know how to document injuries to help you maximize your car insurance and health insurance coverage and benefits

PERSONAL INJURY

A personal injury, like a slip and fall, can create servious neck and back issues, which if ignored can lead to chronic neck and back pain.  Additionally personal injuries can lead to other joint and limb conditions which should be evaluated and treated by a team of doctors like those here at Boca Raton Medical Injury Center; Total Health & Rehab.

We have a team of chiropractic, medical and Physical Therapy doctors that can help you through the acute and painful stage of your injuries and toward a full recovery and rehab.  We are with you every step of the way to your return to full pain free activities.

CHIROPRACTIC

ONE OF BOCA RATON’S MOST EXPERIENCED CHIROPRACTIC INJURY PHYSICIAN

Offering complete chiropractic care in Boca Raton, Dr Minett is focused on providing the physical medicine and rehabilitation necessary to help heal pain and injuries for patients of all ages. Our chiropractic team specializes in car accident injuries, back pain, whiplash, shoulder pain, arm pain, disc injuries, work injuries and neck pain.

SYMPTOMS OUR CHIROPRACTORS MAY HELP WITH

Most people are under the impression that chiropractic care is only for back pain. This is a common misconception as chiropractors can help with a variety of health issues and injuries. Our chiropractors can help you with the following issues.

Auto Injuries
Whiplash
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Disc Injuries
Shoulder Pain
Headaches/Migraines
Sciatica
Work Injuries
Hip Pain
Scoliosis
Herniated Dics

Dmitry V.

“After the car accident I never thought my back would be the same but by the end of treatment I was completely recovered. Dr Minette and staff helped me understand my problem first and then guided me every step of the way to getting better and better. Now I’m driving in my new car and living as if nothing ever happened.”

Car Accident Physical Therapy

Car accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, ranging from minor to severe. These injuries can greatly impact an individual’s physical health and quality of life. Physical therapy plays a critical role in the recovery process for individuals who have been injured in a car accident. In this article, we will explore the benefits of car accident injury physical therapy, the types of injuries commonly sustained in car accidents, and how a physical therapy clinic can provide effective rehabilitation services to individuals who have been injured in car accidents.

Why Car Accident Injury Physical Therapy is Important

Car accident injuries can be complex and require specialized care to ensure optimal recovery. Physical therapy is an essential component of car accident injury rehabilitation as it helps individuals regain their physical function, reduce pain, and improve their overall quality of life. Physical therapy for car accident injuries focuses on addressing the musculoskeletal, neurological, and soft tissue damage that may occur as a result of the accident.

Benefits of car accident injury physical therapy in Boca Raton

Pain Relief: Car accident injuries can result in acute or chronic pain. Physical therapy can help individuals manage pain through various techniques such as manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and modalities like heat or cold therapy.

Restoring Range of Motion: Car accidents can cause limited range of motion in joints and muscles due to injuries or scar tissue formation. Physical therapy helps restore normal range of motion through stretching, strengthening, and mobility exercises.

Rehabilitation of Injured Tissues: Car accidents can result in injuries to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues. Physical therapy helps in the healing process of these tissues through targeted exercises, hands-on techniques, and other modalities to promote tissue healing and recovery.

Restoring Functional Abilities: Car accident injuries can impact an individual’s ability to perform everyday activities such as walking, lifting, and reaching. Physical therapy focuses on restoring functional abilities through specific exercises and functional training to improve mobility and independence.

Preventing Long-term Complications: Car accident injuries can result in long-term complications if not addressed properly. Physical therapy can help prevent or minimize the risk of long-term complications such as chronic pain, muscle imbalances, and joint instability by addressing them early on in the rehabilitation process.

Common Car Accident Injuries Requiring Physical Therapy

Car accidents can result in various types of injuries that may require physical therapy for effective rehabilitation. Some of the common car accident injuries that may benefit from physical therapy include:

Whiplash: Whiplash is a common injury that occurs due to the sudden jerking motion of the head and neck during a car accident. It can result in neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and other symptoms. Physical therapy can help address the pain and stiffness associated with whiplash through exercises, manual therapy, and other techniques.

Back Injuries: Car accidents can result in back injuries such as herniated discs, sprains, strains, and fractures. Physical therapy can help in the rehabilitation of these injuries through targeted exercises, spine stabilization techniques, and other interventions.

Fractures and Dislocations: Car accidents can result in fractures or dislocations of bones in the body, such as the arms, legs, shoulders, and hips. Physical therapy can play a crucial role in the rehabilitation of these injuries by focusing on strengthening, mobility, and functional training.

Soft Tissue Injuries: Soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, and contusions are common in car accidents. Physical therapy can help in the healing and recovery of these injuries through modalities like ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and targeted exercises.

Start Auto Accident Physical Therapy in Boca Raton Today

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, don’t delay in seeking professional physical therapy care for optimal recovery. Our physical therapy clinic specializes in car accident injury rehabilitation and our experienced team of therapists are here to help you on your path to recovery. With personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs, we can address the pain, limited range of motion, and functional limitations caused by car accident injuries. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards regaining your physical health and quality of life. Don’t let car accident injuries hold you back – let our physical therapy experts guide you towards a full and successful recovery.

Medical Massage Therapy Lakeland

For centuries, massage therapy has been one of the most enjoyable ways to find relief from aches and pains or to simply relax after a stressful week.

However, there is a big difference between a hot stone massage you get from your local health spa and a medical massage that is aimed at treating uncomfortable symptoms.

Traditional medicine typically uses a combination of OTC medications, physical therapy, or even surgery to treat pain. But medical massage therapy works hand-in-hand with traditional chiropractic care to provide you with effective, lasting relief.

Medical massage therapy is designed to target specific areas of pain and discomfort to relieve the pain in addition to promoting healing and relaxation.

All massages work wonders at stretching out soft tissues, improving blood flow, and providing a feeling of gentle relaxation, but therapeutic massage is a world apart from your average spa treatment!

At a spa, massage is simply a way to relax your body and mind. But a therapeutic massage focuses on treating underlying injuries and health conditions to provide healing from the inside out.

At Boca Raton Medical Injury Center, our licensed massage therapists are trained in a wide variety of massage techniques to treat a wide variety of conditions.

Whether you suffer from stiff joints, car accident pain, or age-related complaints, Boca Raton Medical Injury Center’s team of licensed massage therapist can help you get back to feeling your best.

Graston Technique Boca Raton

The Graston technique is a form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). It is a type of manual therapy that incorporates special ergonomic tools that are used to gently massage and scrape parts of the skin. These stainless steel instruments are used to heal injuries to the soft tissues, such as sprains, strains, subluxations, and repetitive use injuries.

Are you suffering from a soft tissue injury? Do you have a sports injury or injury from a car accident? Do you have scars or adhesions that are causing pain and limiting your movement? If so, the Graston Technique can help you.

The Graston Technique can also be used to treat numerous other conditions, including lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, quadricep pain, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and headaches.

What should I know about the Graston Technique?

Before adding the Graston Technique to your treatment plan, here are some helpful facts to keep in mind:

  • More than 31,000 clinicians worldwide use it.
  • It is applied at more than 3,600 outpatient facilities.
  • It is used by 16 NBA teams, 18 NFL teams, 16 MLB teams.
  • It is used by more than 500 professional and amateur sports organizations.
  • It is part of the curriculum at more than 50 colleges and universities.

How can the Graston Technique help me?

Scar tissue is a type of fibrous connective tissue that receives less blood than normal tissue and stretches much less. It tends to be thick and may build up around the ligaments, tendons, and muscles after an injury. The buildup of soft tissue is referred to as adhesions. Injuries that may result in adhesions include shin splints, pulled hamstrings, meniscal tears and much more. When you are  injured, adhesions and scar tissue may occur either in the tissues or in the skin.

It is believed that scar tissue and adhesions prevent the underneath body structures from moving properly. This is because ligaments, tendons, and muscles are unable to move freely. It’s problematic because scar tissue and adhesions may bend to fascia and cause a condition known as fascial restriction. Adhesions and scar tissue can also occur on a smaller scale as a result of a cross-linking of muscle fibers.

Over time, even the wear and tear of everyday life can cause muscle fibers to adhere to each other irregularly. With the Graston technique, the treatment causes a muscle fiber separation, which reduces pain and increases functional mobility.

What can I expect from a treatment using the Graston Technique?

At the beginning of a Graston Technique treatment, the areas of the soft tissue fibrosis will be moved to make the scar tissue more receptive. The edge of the stainless steel tool will be used to slowly glide across the affected soft tissue until it comes in contact with an adhesion. Our doctors will then rub over the adhesion to elicit movement. This friction will help promote the healing process of your soft tissue injury.

The amount of pressure used with the instrument, and the speed in which it is done will vary depending on the nature of your condition, and it will be adjusted throughout the treatment. After each treatment, the affected area will be stretched and our physical therapist will provide you with ice packs if you experience any soreness.

Some of the many benefits of the Graston Technique include:

  • Reduction in pain, for a better quality of life
  • Reduction in inflammation
  • Increased mobility and ability to perform daily tasks
  • Increased rate of volume and blood flow to affected areas to enhance healing
  • Boost in cellular activity for good health
  • Breakdown of collagen cross-links
recovering from car injury

Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercises are specific exercises meant for correcting specific problems. Depending the matter of your concern, your chiropractor may give you a list of exercises to perform to reduce discomfort. The focus of therapeutic exercise is to regain flexibility, strength, and endurance related to specific physical problems.

Therapeutic exercise aims to improve, restore, and prevent loss of physical function. It can also improve a patient’s overall health, fitness, and sense of well­-being.

Additional objectives of Therapeutic exercise include:

  • Increasing mobility
  • Releasing contracted muscles, tendons, and fascia
  • Mobilizing joints
  • Improving circulation
  • Improving respiratory capacity
  • Improving coordination
  • Reducing rigidity
  • Improving balance

Therapeutic exercises are classified into three major categories:

  • Endurance training
  • Resistance training
  • Flexibility training

No matter what type of exercise is prescribed to remedy a patient’s specific condition, the final goal of rehabilitation is to acquire a maximum level of physical fitness, without the use of more invasive methods. Therapeutic exercise can be performed at home, and gives you the power to improve your quality of life.

To learn more about Therapeutic exercise in South Orlando, call our office today or call Dr. Huffman on his cell phone at 866-402-4250

Spinal Decompression in Boca Raton

A non-surgical treatment, spinal decompression has assisted many patients in dealing with back pain problems. Unfortunately, disc issues and lower back pain have become a tremendous medical problem over the years worldwide, where the impact and statistics around the condition are overwhelming. Simply put, the amount of chronic back pain patients increases daily.

Sadly, low back pain is a very common complaint these days, with bulges, degeneration, as well as disc herniations, accounting for a significant portion of back pain cases. The spinal decompression procedure looks to help decrease pain by easing the pressure on a person’s nerve and spinal disc. Achieving this goal with surgery can daunting, as the spinal cord are exposed, and worked around to relieve this pressure. Therefore, many patients opt Spinal Decompression, as it can offer the same results without having to undergo surgery.

If you are suffering from degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, or bulging discs along with sciatica, facet syndrome, and radicular (nerve root) pain and are looking for the best spinal decompression near me contact us for the best help. We provide a free consultation to patients so that we can assess and review cases that can benefit from the spinal decompression treatment.

Acupuncture following a Car Accident in Boca Raton

Are you experiencing post-accident pain? The road to recovery can be challenging, but alternative medicine offers a solution. Acupuncture, a gentle and safe treatment, has demonstrated its efficacy in alleviating pain and expediting healing after a car accident. Whether used independently or in conjunction with Western medicine, acupuncture aims for your complete recovery.

Part of you car accident recovery may include acupuncture to naturally stimulate your body’s self-healing abilities.

Why Acupuncture Works:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Enhances blood flow to injured areas
  • Alters pain perception by inhibiting pain signals
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Minimizes drug side effects
  • Reduces internal and external scarring
  • Promotes new tissue formation
  • Improves organ functioning

Conditions Treated by Acupuncture: In addition to visible injuries, such as broken bones, motor vehicle accidents often result in hidden injuries that cause long-term pain and inflammation, like persistent neck pain from whiplash. Acupuncture effectively treats various conditions resulting from accidents, including:

  • Musculoskeletal pain (back and neck pain)
  • Migraine and tension-type headaches from physical and psychological stress
  • Post-operative pain, if surgery is required
  • Insomnia, commonly reported after accidents
  • Chronic pain from past accidents

What is Traction Therapy?

Traction therapy is a non-invasive treatment that is often used to relieve pain in the back, neck, and other areas of the body. This therapy involves using a device to stretch or pull the affected area, with the goal of reducing pain, improving mobility, and promoting healing.

Traction therapy has been used for centuries, with early records indicating that it was used by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. In modern times, traction therapy is used by physical therapists, chiropractors, and other healthcare professionals to treat a variety of conditions, including herniated discs, sciatica, and spinal stenosis.

There are several different types of traction therapy, including manual traction, mechanical traction, and inversion therapy.

How does Traction Therapy work in Boca Raton?

Manual traction involves a therapist or healthcare professional manually applying force to the affected area, using their hands to pull or stretch the body. This technique is often used to treat conditions such as neck pain or back pain, and is usually performed while the patient is lying down.

Mechanical traction involves using a device to apply force to the affected area, rather than relying on manual force. There are several different types of mechanical traction devices, including traction tables and traction belts.

Traction tables are often used in chiropractic clinics and physical therapy offices. These tables feature a system of straps and pulleys that allow the therapist to adjust the amount of force being applied to the affected area. Traction belts are another type of mechanical traction device, which can be worn around the waist or neck to apply gentle force to the affected area.

Inversion therapy involves hanging upside down, either by using an inversion table or by using gravity boots. This technique is thought to work by decompressing the spine, allowing the discs in the spine to return to their natural position and relieving pressure on the nerves.

Traction therapy can be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, and sciatica. By stretching the affected area, traction therapy can help to reduce pain and improve mobility, allowing patients to resume their normal activities.

Traction therapy is generally considered safe, although there are some risks associated with the treatment. Patients with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease or high blood pressure, may not be good candidates for traction therapy. Additionally, some patients may experience temporary side effects such as headache, nausea, or dizziness.

Overall, traction therapy can be an effective treatment option for patients suffering from back pain, neck pain, and other conditions. If you are considering traction therapy, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider to determine if it is a safe and appropriate treatment for your condition.

Add Traction Therapy to your treatment plan in Boca Raton

Traction therapy is a non-invasive treatment that can be used to relieve pain and improve mobility in patients with a variety of conditions. Whether you are dealing with back pain, neck pain, or another issue, traction therapy may be able to help you find relief and get back to your normal activities.

WHAT IS LASER THERAPY

LASER Therapy is also known as photobiomodulation. It entails the use of specific wavelengths of light to generate a photochemical response to help repair damaged or dysfunctional tissue.

How does Laser Therapy work?

The LASER works by creating an increase of blood supply, bringing in oxygen to the cells. It stimulates the lymphatic system, pulling swelling and inflammation from the area. The body’s basic unit of energy, ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), production is stimulated in the cells helping them have the energy to function normally. The pain reflex is broken, offering immediate relief of pain.

LASER therapy can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery from a wide range of acute and chronic clinical conditions. Significant reduction in swelling has been noted as well as tissues are better able to move fluids out through lymphatic drainage pathways.

Cleared by the FDA in 2003, Class IV LASER therapy has become standard of care for many musculoskeletal injuries. Class IV LASERs can penetrate over 4 inches into the deep musculoskeletal tissue. The number of treatments required depends on the nature of the problem and the length of time the patient has been affected by it. Some conditions may be resolved with as little as one treatment. However, chronic and/or deep-seated conditions may take as many as 10 treatments.

LASER therapy technology has been recently endorsed by professional organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). There are no known side effects from LASER therapy and the results are long-lasting.

Conditions Treated by Laser Therapy in Boca Raton

Soft Tissue Injuries
Tendinitis
Back and Neck Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Myofascical Trigger Points
Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
Sprains, Strains
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Chondromalacia Patellae
Plantar Fascitis
Degenerative Joint Conditions
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Osteoarthritis (OA)
Neurogenic Pain
Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
Post-traumatic Injury
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Fibromyalgia
Diabetic Neuropathy

Benefits of LASER Therapy

Physiological Effects:

Biostimulation including improved metabolism & increased cell metabolism
Improved blood circulation and vasodilatation (blood supply)
Analgesic (pain relieving) effect
Anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous effects
Acceleration of tissue repair and wound healing
Relieves acute and chronic pains
Increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair
Increases blood supply
Stimulates the immune system
Stimulates and improves nerve function
Develops collagen and muscle tissue
Helps generate new and healthy cells and tissue
Promotes faster wound healing and clot formation
Reduces inflammation
Angiogenesis (improved circulation)
Reduction in fibrous tissue (scar tissue) formation

Biochemical Effects:

Releases Nitric Oxide
Increase ATP Production
Increase Fibroblast Migration
Increase Macrophage Activity
Increase Keratinocyte Activity
Increase RNA DNA Synthesis
Increase Enzyme Production
Increase SOD Production

Laser Therapy Results in Boca Raton

You should notice improvements to your condition within 5 to 10 brief treatments. It entails the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to generate a photochemical response in damaged or dysfunctional tissue. The LASER works by creating an increase of vasodilatation (blood supply), bringing in oxygen to the cells. It stimulates the lymphatic system, pulling edema and inflammation from the area. ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) production is stimulated in the cells helping them have the energy to function normally. The pain reflex is broken, offering immediate relief of pain. LASER therapy can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery from a wide range of acute and chronic clinical conditions. Significant reduction in edema (swelling) has been noted as well as tissues are better able to move fluids out through lymphatic drainage pathways.

How can I get started?

Do you have one of the symptoms listed above? Are you suffering from pain? Are you not able to breeze through your daily tasks anymore? If so, Laser Therapy may be for you.

Contact our therapy office today to request your appointment and meet with one of our dedicated physical therapists who will determine the best course of treatment for you.

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and trigger point dry needling (TDN). It is a safe, effective and efficient treatment used to:

Relax myofascial trigger points, and
Restore normal muscle tones, muscle length, coordination, function and strength

Dry Needling for Pain Relief in Boca Raton

Dry Needling is a treatment technique often used by physical therapists to relieve pain. It requires using a sterile acupuncture needle that is inserted through the skin into muscles, tendons, ligaments, and/or close to nerves to immediately reduce pain, decrease muscle tension and increase mobility. Dry Needling is not acupuncture; it is based on a modern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. This treatment technique provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.

Dry Needling Process

Dry needling involves the insertion and repetitive manipulation of a “dry”, solid filament needle in a trigger point in order to produce an involuntary spinal cord reflex, also known as a local twitch response (LTR). This results in lasting muscle relaxation due to the release of shortened bands of muscle fibers for overactive (tight) muscles or the activation of under-active (weak) muscles. Deactivation of the trigger points can bring immediate relief of symptoms, so the therapist can immediately train the muscles to work with the newly gained pain free range of motion (ROM).

Dry needling is backed by scientific research as well as a modern Western medical practice. Dry needling is a neurophysiological evidence-based treatment technique and an effective treatment for chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, reduced range of motion, repetitive motion disorders, like carpal tunnel syndrome, scar-tissue buildup, disk, and spinal problems, myofascial pain, and a lot more. To achieve the full effects of dry needling, most patients require at least two or three sessions in the office, however, others may require up to six office visits. Depending on your condition, dry needling can be performed once or twice a week.

Dry Needling Vs. Acupuncture

Dry needling is similar to acupuncture in the sense that a dry, solid filament needle is inserted and manipulated under the skin to release endorphins and serum cortisol for pain relief. The difference is that dry needling is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It creates balance in the body by influencing the flow of Qi (energy) in pathways called meridians to achieve pain relief and alleviate inflammation.

Benefits of Dry Needling in Boca Raton

Dry Needling can provide relief to muscular tissue presenting with these taught points or bands presenting from most causes. These points, colloquially known as “knots” in our muscles, are easy for patients to self-identify. They will often feel like a small marble or ball of tender, hard tissue within the belly of a muscle. They will often also result in immediate referral of pain down a region as if pressing on a nerve when palpated. This therapy is specifically designed to address these tense regions within our muscles and can be utilized in almost any patient with this presentation.

Conditions Treated By Dry Needling in Boca Raton

Dry needling has successfully been used to treat a variety of conditions including:

Head and Neck Pain – including whiplash and headaches, migraines, degenerative joint disease, degenerative disk disease or osteoarthritis
Otological (Ear) and Ophthalmological(Eye) Pain – including tinnitus and eye strain
Dental (Teeth) and Orthodontic (Jaw and Occlusal) Pain – including cavities, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, tooth impaction and root problems
Shoulder Pain – including rotator cuff muscle tears, bursitis, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), tendonitis and impingement syndrome
Elbow Pain – including lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
Hand and Wrist Pain – including gamekeeper’s thumb, DeQuervain’s syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis
Back and Hip Pain – including lumbar degenerative disc disease, arthritic changes and herniated discs
Knee Pain – including degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis
Shin / Ankle / Foot Pain – including shin splints, gout, metatarsalgia and Morton’s neuroma
Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
Acute Tendonitis (also spelled Tendinitis) and Chronic Tendinosis (also known as Tendinopathy)
Athletic and Sports-related Overuse Injuries
Post-surgical Pain
Post-traumatic Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA), and Work-related Injuries
Other Chronic Pain Conditions – including myofascial pain and myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)
Dry Needling Results

Most patients attempting Dry Needling will notice decreases in their symptoms immediately. Due to the various causes of tender points such as muscular overuse, stress, or tissue trauma, additional interventions like targeted tissue loading through resistance training, flexibility training, mindfulness activities, and gradual exposure programs may be necessary to maintain these decreases and multiple sessions of intervention may be required over time to maintain relief depending on the cause and chronicity of your pain. You and your provider will be able to assess these causes and factors at your initial evaluation to determine an individualized plan of care to optimize your results with Dry Needling!

Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound, a type of mechanical energy, has been used for years to reduce chronic pain and speed up the healing process. A physical therapist can use ultrasound therapy in a variety of ways to reduce pain and treat injuries. Contact us for more information about how ultrasound therapy can promote healing, decrease pain, and improve your ability and performance in daily activities and tasks.

How Ultrasound Works in Boca Raton

Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to treat various muscle, bone and ligament conditions. The sound waves generate vibrations that produce heat. The friction created when tissues vibrate at the molecular level is caused by the vibrations of sound waves. The friction causes tissue temperature to rise. This is just one advantage of ultrasound applications. Ultrasound can penetrate deeper into tissues than a hot pack.

Gel is used to reduce friction and promote transmission of ultrasound waves during physical therapy. Your tendons, ligaments and connective tissue absorb the waves.

What Ultrasound Therapy does for the Body

Two ways that ultrasound can help you heal and repair your tissues during physical therapy are the most common. It provides heat or thermal energy. The second benefit is non-thermal.

Thermal – Ultrasound heats tissues deep into the tissue. This can improve circulation and reduce pain. The heat can also allow muscles to stretch more easily. Ultrasound can also be used to loosen muscles and tendons.

Non-Thermal Ultrasound – Ultrasound can also work in ways that are not related to heat transfer. Ultrasound creates tiny gas bubbles around tissues when it transmits energy to the body. These gas bubbles expand and contract at an accelerated rate. This phenomenon is known as cavitation.

Ultrasound Therapy Benefits in Boca Raton

Heat will increase blood flow – As cold reduces blood flow, heat will also increase it. Ultrasound therapy can cause blood vessels to expand and increase blood flow. An increase in blood flow will mean that more nutrients are delivered to the injury which will improve the healing process.
Reduce swelling and inflammation – Ultrasound therapy has been proven to decrease stiffness and increase range of motion, as well as reduce stiffness and inflammation. This will make it easier for your joints and muscles to respond to manual stretching and other types of massage if blood flow has been increased and inflammation reduced.
Promote tissue healing – Ultrasound can not only improve your muscles and joint range, but also aids in the healing of injured tissues. Ultrasound can affect the metabolism of tissue cells. The ultrasound vibration can prevent scar tissue formation.

Conditions treated with ultrasound in Boca Raton

Although ultrasound can increase blood flow, reduce swelling, inflammation and tissue healing are all general benefits, there are a few conditions that it can be used to treat. Here are some of the conditions that can be treated with ultrasound.

Ultrasound therapy can effectively treat bursitis and tendonitis.
Ultrasound Therapy for Muscle Strains and Tears: This can help reduce the time it takes to heal sprains strains and tears.
Muscle spasms – Heat can be applied to various areas on or near the site to relax muscles and reduce spasms.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Osteoarthritis (OA) – These chronic conditions respond well to ultrasound’s deep heat.
Low-intensity ultrasound can promote healing of bone fractures. Ultrasound is also a cost-effective and less invasive method to diagnose certain types of stress fractures.

These are just some of the many conditions that ultrasound physical therapy can treat. Whiplash, phantom or severe limb pain, toothache, and certain types of cancer can all be treated with ultrasound physical therapy.

Find a qualified Medical Injury Center in Boca Raton

An ultrasound-trained therapist may be able to help you with many types of conditions. It is important to choose a therapist that has been trained in treating your condition. Your condition may be treated by a trained therapist using a variety of ultrasound techniques. Sometimes, ultrasound therapy is used in conjunction with different types of massage or exercise.

Our therapist’s goal is to relieve your symptoms and promote healing. This will improve flexibility and range of motion. This will help to reduce or eliminate pain from your injury. The therapist will also be able to teach you exercises that you can do at home and how you can improve your gait and posture in order to prevent future injuries. The therapist’s goal is to help you increase strength, range of motion, and everyday functionality. Call us today for more information about how ultrasound therapy may help your condition.

Electrical muscle stimulation

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a treatment method being used to reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time. This increasingly popular treatment works well for soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, and even for athletes who want quicker recovery from workouts.

How Does Electrical Muscle Stimulation Work?

This treatment is performed here in our office, and usually only takes a few minutes. Electrodes are placed on the skin over the affected area, and the machine is turned on. An electrical current is then transmitted into the soft tissue or muscle. The level of current used depends on the injury, its location, and how deep the therapy will be. This electrical current causes the muscles to experience very small but quick contractions. During the treatment, patients may feel a prickly or tingling sensation; however, these sensations will subside after the machine is turned off, or shortly afterward. Many patients enjoy the sensation.

Electrical muscle stimulation creates tiny contractions in the muscles so they become tired and relax, relieving pain and muscle spasms. In addition, it triggers the release of endorphins, which are our body’s natural pain reliever. The process is also said to clear metabolic waste so nutrients can be better delivered and soft tissue can heal more quickly.

Back muscles and neck muscles are common locations for EMS; however, there are many areas of the body that can experience the benefits of this treatment.

Electrical muscle stimulation works well for both acute and chronic pain. If you have been struggling with pain or have recently suffered an injury, ask Dr. Huffman if electrical muscle stimulation is right for you.

Electrotherapy is a versatile therapy that elicits impulses generated by a device delivered by wires through electrodes on the skin near the muscles being stimulated. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. The impulses mimic theaction potential that comes from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract.

Effects and research efforts have shown Electrotherapy to assist with: Muscle strengthening, Rehabilitation, Preventing disuse muscle atrophy, increasing local blood circulation, Relaxation of muscles and muscle toning.

Kinesiology Taping

Have you ever hit your shin and felt better after rubbing it? Similarly, functional tape on the skin can interfere with painful signals, which are directed to the brain. Kinesiotape is used for tissue decompression, which relieves pressure from free nerve endings found in the skin thereby changing the pain perception to the brain. When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it does not produce the sensation of pain rather, it acts as a changed perception of pain often time minimizing acute and traumatic symptoms.

Unlike conventional taping which prevents movement, functional taping allows full movement and range of motion of a taped area. Through elastic properties and quick recoil, functional tape can help distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones minimizing effects of pain.

Cupping Therapy Lakeland

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.The cups may be made of:

  • Glass
  • Bamboo
  • Earthenware
  • Silicone

Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

There are different methods of cupping, including:

  • Dry
  • Wet

During both types of cupping, your therapist will put a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire. As the fire goes out, they put the cup upside down on your skin.

As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to 3 minutes.

A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump instead of fire to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes therapists use silicone cups, which they can move from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.Wet cupping creates a mild suction by leaving a cup in place for about 3 minutes. The therapist then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make light, tiny cuts on your skin. Next, they do a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.You might get 3-5 cups in your first session. Or you might just try one to see how it goes.Afterward, you may get an antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. Your skin should look normal again within 10 days.

Infrared Lamp

The TDP Infrared Lamp works on the belief that far infrared light or mid-IR wavelengths it emits can loosen the fibrous tissues connecting the muscles and organs. Blood can thus circulate more freely in the smallest of vessels in the body by way of microcirculation and promote healing. Not only does the blood deliver fresh oxygen, nutrients, and healing enzymes into the body cells, it also works to carry away toxins, dead cells, debris, and other waste. The heat, radiation, and electromagnetic waves of the lamp carry ions into the human body by penetrating up to 3 ½ inches below the surface of the skin and into the muscles.

In their iconic state, minerals from the lamp can stimulate the healing and metabolic processes of your body. Each time you suffer stress, anxiety, illnesses, injuries, or fatigue, your body needs minerals to rebuild and repair and the TDP Lamp houses a plate containing 33 trace elements in unique mineral forms that rejuvenate the body much like our bodies natural processes.

WHAT IS LASER THERAPY

LASER Therapy is also known as photobiomodulation. It entails the use of specific wavelengths of light to generate a photochemical response to help repair damaged or dysfunctional tissue.

How does Laser Therapy work?

The LASER works by creating an increase of blood supply, bringing in oxygen to the cells. It stimulates the lymphatic system, pulling swelling and inflammation from the area. The body’s basic unit of energy, ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), production is stimulated in the cells helping them have the energy to function normally. The pain reflex is broken, offering immediate relief of pain.

LASER therapy can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery from a wide range of acute and chronic clinical conditions. Significant reduction in swelling has been noted as well as tissues are better able to move fluids out through lymphatic drainage pathways.

Cleared by the FDA in 2003, Class IV LASER therapy has become standard of care for many musculoskeletal injuries. Class IV LASERs can penetrate over 4 inches into the deep musculoskeletal tissue. The number of treatments required depends on the nature of the problem and the length of time the patient has been affected by it. Some conditions may be resolved with as little as one treatment. However, chronic and/or deep-seated conditions may take as many as 10 treatments.

LASER therapy technology has been recently endorsed by professional organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). There are no known side effects from LASER therapy and the results are long-lasting.

Conditions Treated by Laser Therapy in Boca Raton

Soft Tissue Injuries
Tendinitis
Back and Neck Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Myofascical Trigger Points
Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
Sprains, Strains
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Chondromalacia Patellae
Plantar Fascitis
Degenerative Joint Conditions
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Osteoarthritis (OA)
Neurogenic Pain
Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
Post-traumatic Injury
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Fibromyalgia
Diabetic Neuropathy

Benefits of LASER Therapy

Physiological Effects:

Biostimulation including improved metabolism & increased cell metabolism
Improved blood circulation and vasodilatation (blood supply)
Analgesic (pain relieving) effect
Anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous effects
Acceleration of tissue repair and wound healing
Relieves acute and chronic pains
Increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair
Increases blood supply
Stimulates the immune system
Stimulates and improves nerve function
Develops collagen and muscle tissue
Helps generate new and healthy cells and tissue
Promotes faster wound healing and clot formation
Reduces inflammation
Angiogenesis (improved circulation)
Reduction in fibrous tissue (scar tissue) formation

Biochemical Effects:

Releases Nitric Oxide
Increase ATP Production
Increase Fibroblast Migration
Increase Macrophage Activity
Increase Keratinocyte Activity
Increase RNA DNA Synthesis
Increase Enzyme Production
Increase SOD Production

Laser Therapy Results in Boca Raton

You should notice improvements to your condition within 5 to 10 brief treatments. It entails the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to generate a photochemical response in damaged or dysfunctional tissue. The LASER works by creating an increase of vasodilatation (blood supply), bringing in oxygen to the cells. It stimulates the lymphatic system, pulling edema and inflammation from the area. ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) production is stimulated in the cells helping them have the energy to function normally. The pain reflex is broken, offering immediate relief of pain. LASER therapy can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery from a wide range of acute and chronic clinical conditions. Significant reduction in edema (swelling) has been noted as well as tissues are better able to move fluids out through lymphatic drainage pathways.

How can I get started?

Do you have one of the symptoms listed above? Are you suffering from pain? Are you not able to breeze through your daily tasks anymore? If so, Laser Therapy may be for you.

Contact our therapy office today to request your appointment and meet with one of our dedicated physical therapists who will determine the best course of treatment for you.

Acoustic Compression Therapy

Advantages of Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy

  • Locates and alleviates musculoskeletal pain
  • Improves mobility
  • Non-Invasive
  • Reduced Pain Medications
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Short therapy time of approx. 10-20 min.
Machine

Introducing the PiezoWave2 and Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (MyACT)™ with aptitude to pinpoint the pain and treat at the source.

Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (MyACT) is widely used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain in muscles, tendons and joints. MyACT describes the use of acoustic waves to target tissue at varying depths to compress and manipulate tissue resulting in a focused and precise deep tissue massage. The results of the mechanical stimulus delivered by MyACT can lead to increased circulation and pain relief – key components in the healing process.

Focusing in on your pain

The acoustic waves generated by the PiezoWave2 painlessly pass through the body and converge at a point deep within the soft tissue to produce an intense, extremely short duration compression event. The focused acoustic compression is translated to tissue to provide a massage with pin – point accuracy to the affected area.

Patient guided pain relief

The sources of pain are not always found in the area where the pain seems to be radiating from. This is clinically called referred pain. The distancing of the pain sensation from its source can make treatment more difficult.

Diagnosis of referred pain and the recognition of the originating pain triggering points can be accomplished using the PiezoWave2 Abnormal musculoskeletal tissue can be “flared” with focused MyACT in order to define the areas that require treatment. This process of defining the origins of pain is guided by the patient through verbal feedback to the healthcare professional providing the treatment.

How long does treatment take?

  • A typical PiezoWave2 treatment takes between 10 and 20 minutes
  • Normally, 1-2 treatments per week are performed
  • A total of 3-5 treatments may be necessary before lasting improvement is achieved
  • With acute pain, a single session is often successful

Are there known side effects of Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy™?

  • Treatment side-effects are limited to reddened skin and/or minor soreness at the treatment site.

What to expect during your MyACT treatment

    1. Your clinician will identify the treatment site or sites. They may mark these sites.
    2. They will then apply a thin coat of coupling gel. This gel helps to translate the acoustic sound waves generated by the therapy head to the body.
    3. The clinician will start the treatment at a very low output setting and increase the power to a level that you help define and is best suited for your condition. The output level and acoustic wave frequency rate may vary from location to location based on the depth and type of tissue being treated.
    4.  As the clinician moves the therapy source around the treatment area, you may feel a deep, dull ache familiar to you, like the feeling your condition produces. The clinician will ask you to report when you feel the ache and will adjust the output of the device to the appropriate level for your treatment. They may also ask you to confirm that the therapy source is still creating the ache and may adjust the location of the treatment based on your feedback. If at anytime the treatment becomes uncomfortable, mention this to the clinician and they will adjust the output level.
    5. After the treatment is completed, the coupling gel will be removed and you can return to your normal activities. You may experience some minor aches or discomfort after treatment. It is not unusual for patients to notice flushed or reddened skin around the treatment site.
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TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Many Florida car accidents result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that often go undiagnosed or unrecognized initially. TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe injuries, and their effects can be long-lasting and even permanent if not properly diagnosed and treated.

Here are some key points to consider regarding car accidents and TBIs in Florida:

Prevalence: Car accidents are a common cause of TBIs, and Florida’s high population, extensive road network, and busy traffic conditions contribute to a significant number of accidents each year.

Types of TBIs: TBIs can vary in severity. Mild TBIs, often referred to as concussions, may not be immediately apparent, but they can still have long-term consequences if not properly managed. Moderate to severe TBIs can result in more obvious symptoms but may still be missed if not thoroughly evaluated.

Common TBI Symptoms: Symptoms of a TBI can include headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory problems, mood changes, sensitivity to light or noise, and changes in sleep patterns. In some cases, these symptoms may not appear immediately after an accident, which can lead to delayed diagnosis.

Medical Evaluation: It’s crucial for anyone involved in a Florida car accident, even if they don’t immediately exhibit TBI symptoms, to seek medical evaluation. Dr. Huffman has been diagnosing and treating car accident patients for over 35 years and often sees Florida auto injury patients with TBI symptoms who have not been properly diagnosed with TBI. Diagnosis of TBI often includes a special MRI called a DTI MRI which is not available in all Florida imaging centers.  Additional medical evaluation may include medical referrals to neurologist trained and experienced in TBI.  Florida Injury Centers and Dr. Huffman collaborates with DTI MRI facilities and TIB neurologist throughout the state of Florida to insure that TBI patients have access to the best TBI facilities and best TBI physicians in Florida.
Long-Term Impact: TBIs can have lasting effects, and early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential to minimize these effects. If left untreated, TBIs can lead to cognitive impairments, emotional issues, and physical disabilities that can be permanent.
Legal Implications: In the context of car accidents, TBIs can have legal implications, especially if the injury was caused by another party’s negligence. Victims may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The best Florida Injury Attorneys know how to handle TBI cases and have experience in presenting their clients current and future medical care needs to the responsible Florida auto insurer. But they can’t do their job without well documented diagnosis, appropriate imaging, and medical consults.  Dr. Huffman has 35 years of medical experience diagnosing TBI, documenting TBI for patient’s attorneys and referring TBI patients into the best TBI medical facilities in the state of Florida.
Prevention: While it’s crucial to respond effectively to TBIs once they occur, preventing them is even more critical, particularly after you have sustained the first TBI. Following a Florida auto accident with head injury and TBI like symptoms it is critical that you avoid situation that put you at risk for another head injury, including activities at work and certain recreational activities that might put you at risk for another head injury.  It is always best to consult with a physician following a Florida auto accident and head injury prior to return to work and recreational activities.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident in Florida and there is a concern about a potential TBI, it’s essential to seek medical attention promptly and consult with legal professionals. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can significantly improve the prognosis for individuals with TBIs and help them better manage any long-term disabilities that may result from their injuries. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident in Florida call Dr. Huffman at TBI 866-402-4250 for a FREE TBI consult 24/7 anywhere in the state of Florida.  Don’t ignore even mild Florida auto accident head injuries.  It’s important you seek out medical care as soon as possible after your Florida auto accident and consult a Florida injury attorney if necessary.

What is Vestibular Therapy?

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT), a specialized type of physiotherapy, is used to treat vestibular disorders. This therapy often includes manual head maneuvers, as well as a progressive program that aims to reduce vertigo, dizziness, visual problems, imbalance, falls, and/or balance.

The central nervous system can make up for the loss of inner ear function after a vestibular injury. The brain learns to depend more on signals from other systems to balance vestibular balance. The following exercise strategies can help you achieve this. This central (or brain-based) compensation can help the patient to feel better and allow them to return to their normal functions.

What is the Vestibular System and how does it work?

Your vestibular system detects head position and motion and allows you to react to any changes. It includes:

1) your inner ear organs

2) your vestibular centers of the cerebellum and midbrain

3) your peripheral vestibular nervous systems.

Your inner ears have vestibular organs that act as sensors and measure head tilt, forward/back, up/down, and up/down motions. Because of the many loops within the semi-circular canals, it is sometimes called a labyrinth. Your inner ear organ connects to the middle brain and the cerebellum towards your brain’s posterior. These nerves transmit motion information from your inner ears to your brain.

Your brain receives information from your inner ears but also gets information from other senses, such as vision, hearing, touch, and functions like memory and emotion. The brain then sends nerve impulses out to your muscles, trunk, and limbs in order to respond to every situation.

Benefits of Vestibular Therapy in Boca Raton

Vestibular Rehabilitation is often recommended for patients who have been diagnosed as having a vestibular condition.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Vestibular Neuritis/Labyrinthitis
Unilateral Vestibular Hypofunction
Vestibular Migraine
Persistent postural perceptual dizziness (PPPD).
Mal de Debarquement (MdDS)
Cervicogenic Dizziness
Post Concussion Syndrome
Meniere’s Disease
Neurological conditions (i.e. stroke, traumatic brain injury)
Deconditioning of the vestibular system due to aging or inactivity
and many other vestibular conditions

If you are not yet diagnosed with a vestibular disorder, there are common symptoms that can be treated with vestibular rehabilitation.

Vertigo (a sense that spinning is happening)
General dizziness, lightheadedness
Nausea, vomiting, fatigue
Tightness, stiffness, and/or pain in the neck
Walking with difficulty and imbalance
Headaches
Frequent falls
Vision problems (double vision, blurred vision due to head movement, difficulty focusing, and poor tolerance for screens)
Mild memory problems, brain fog, difficulty concentrating
Is Vestibular Therapy right for me?

Vestibular Physiotherapy is likely to be beneficial if you have any of the above symptoms. It is important to remember that dizziness can be caused by many other factors.

Our team will examine the progression and onset of your condition, as well as your symptoms and episodes. They also take into account your medical history. A medical evaluation will be performed that includes:

Multiple reflex tests and central neurological testing
Specific brain-based functions tested by Cranial Nerve Tests
Cervical tests to determine the health of your neck’s joints, blood flow, and muscle function
Tests of visual oculomotor functions
Balance testing
Gait assessment (walking/mobility tests)
Testing position at a table
To view and record nystagmus, either Frenzel (or Infrared Goggle) tests are used.

Your physiotherapist will assess your condition and determine whether you are a candidate for vestibular rehabilitation therapy. Your treatment plan will aim to correct any deficiencies that were found in your assessment. This will improve your daily symptoms as well as your ability to perform daily activities.

Although vestibular rehabilitation exercises can be learned quickly, they require patient consistency in order to be successful. It is recommended that the exercises should be done at least 2-3 times per day. This can make it difficult or tedious to fit into busy schedules. To make it easier to incorporate the exercises into your daily life, we recommend that patients create a schedule.

Most patients will notice a slight increase in their symptoms after the vestibular rehabilitation exercises. This means that the exercises are being done correctly and your vestibular system is stimulated appropriately. With time and consistent effort, your symptoms will improve and should be less severe. A common analogy for weight lifting is that when you first begin lifting weights, it can be difficult and your muscles will feel sore after your workout. Over time, it becomes easier to lift weights and your muscles feel less sore. This is when you can lift heavier weights or, in the case of vestibular rehabilitation cases, perform more complex vestibular exercises.

What exercises will I learn in a vestibular rehabilitation program in Boca Raton?

Each patient’s vestibular rehabilitation program will be different. Not only are there different types of vestibular impairments but each one affects everyone differently. There are no two cases the same. We often treat patients with low functioning. They are given general exercise handouts and put through a general vestibular rehabilitation program. After identifying the patient’s impairments and making the appropriate changes to their exercise program, patients saw improvements in their condition.

Vestibular rehabilitation allows for central-brain compensation to occur. This realigns your vestibular system’s impairments. The compensation is usually divided into three categories

Adaptation

This is when nerve impulses in your brain can adapt to incorrect vestibular system signals. This gradual shift allows the brain to rebalance itself.

Habituation

If you are constantly exposed to stimulation and vestibular movement, this process will gradually help you become less sensitive to them.

Substitution

To replace the vestibular function that is missing, this recovery principle employs other body functions and strategies

Vestibular Rehabilitation Near Me in Boca Raton

Our therapy team treats patients with concussions and dizziness. We offer vestibular rehabilitation and a customized vestibular rehabilitation program can be created and taught just for you right here in our Boca Raton Medical Injury Center: Total Health & Rehab

Post Collision Dizziness and Vertigo

Patients who often experience dizziness or vertigo need to seek medical attention. Dizziness can result from a simple change in medication, or an incorrect prescription of glasses. It could also be caused by a more serious condition such as a neurological disorder.

Vertigo can be described as a feeling of spinning, rocking, moving or turning even though someone is still. Vertigo symptoms can be aggravated by movement of the head and body. Vertigo can last from hours to days before subsiding.

Where do dizziness and vertigo come from?

You may experience dizziness or vertigo independently or together. Both are caused by similar problems in your inner ear, and your vision-tracking system. The cause of dizziness is a “disconnect”, which occurs between your vision tracking systems and your joints or muscles. If the tiny crystals in your inner ear are dislodged, vertigo can occur. You may experience extreme disorientation if you move your head.

It is not always clear what causes inner ear disturbances that can cause dizziness and vertigo. The most common cause of inner ear disturbances causing dizziness or vertigo is a head injury.

What are the main symptoms?

Nearly everyone has experienced dizziness. You feel disorientated, and you may not be able to think clearly or stay upright. All of these symptoms are common in vertigo, along with the additional challenge of feeling like you’re being spun or shaken. These sensations can make it difficult to move even slightly, let alone drive, or do routine tasks.

Dizziness

When something changes your spatial orientation, you can experience dizziness. Spatial orientation refers to the way your brain calculates your body’s position relative to its surroundings. You may feel lightheaded or woozy when this happens. It’s possible to feel unsteady or lose your sense of balance.

Balance

Your sense of balance is based on the relationship between your brain (central nervous system) and your sensory system. Your sensory system includes:

Your vestibular maze in your inner ear. This includes your semicircular channels (loops), that respond to your head turning, and your otolith organs which react to gravity and motion.
Your vision – Your eyes send brain impulses to show you where you are relative to other objects.
Your skin and joints: Your body’s movements put pressure on your tissues. Your brain receives signals from your tissues, which tell it where your body lies in space. If you stand up straight and lean back, your tissues will put pressure on the tissues at the back of your lower leg and foot. This pressure signals your brain that you are leaning rather than standing straight.
What can I expect from Physical Therapy in Boca Raton?

You will first receive an evaluation. Because dizziness or vertigo can hinder people in many ways, it is important to identify the exact cause.

Our highly skilled team of physical therapists will assess a variety of factors including balance, reflexes and habits of movement. We can then create a customized treatment plan for each of you.

Many patients find relief with specialized head movements in a matter of minutes. These gentle adjustments can be used to either dislodge crystals if the problem is vertigo or to reorient your senses if you have general dizziness. The problem can be resolved in as little as one or two sessions.

Your treatment plan may include balance and coordination exercises if you require additional treatment. This training will increase your confidence in your ability to move without falling, stumbling or being thrown. It will also decrease the symptoms of vertigo and dizziness. The therapy will also teach you how to maintain your ability, which reduces the chance of injury in the event of future vertigo and dizziness episodes.

Our certified physical therapists are trained in balance analysis and movement.

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“Dr. Minnett and his staff are incredibly professional and go above and beyond for their patients. I am a triathlete that was recommended to their practice due to numerous injuries. I was astounded at how quickly my pain was relieved and I was able to compete pain free.

I would highly recommend Total Health & Rehab Center to anyone, athlete or otherwise, that is working to manage and treat pain. They are the absolute best – thank you to their team!”

What are Balance and Gait Disorders?

Balance and gait disorders are conditions that affect a person’s ability to stand and walk steadily. These disorders can make simple tasks like walking, climbing stairs, or getting up from a chair challenging. Balance and gait are essential for our everyday activities, and when they are impaired, it can lead to accidents and injuries.

Common Balance and Gait Disorders

There are several common balance and gait disorders that people may experience:

Vertigo

Vertigo is a feeling that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving when you’re actually still. It can be caused by inner ear problems or issues in the brain.

Dizziness

Dizziness can make you feel lightheaded or unsteady. It can result from various factors, including low blood pressure, dehydration, or ear problems.

Ataxia

Ataxia is a condition that affects coordination and balance. It often stems from damage to the cerebellum, a part of the brain that controls movement.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that can cause tremors, muscle stiffness, and difficulties with balance and coordination.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that damages the nerves in the extremities, leading to numbness, weakness, and difficulties with balance.

How do you know if you have a Balance or Gait Disorder?

Here are some common signs and symptoms to look out for:

Dizziness or Unsteadiness: Feeling like you might fall or lose your balance.

Difficulty Walking: Trouble with walking smoothly, often characterized by a shuffling or unsteady gait.

Frequent Falls: A higher risk of falling, even during routine activities.

Vertigo or Spinning Sensation: A sensation that you or your surroundings are moving when they are not.

Numbness or Weakness: Feeling a lack of sensation or strength in your legs or feet.

Poor Coordination: Difficulty with tasks that require precise movements, like picking up small objects.

What Causes Balance and Gait Disorders?

Balance and gait disorders can be caused by various factors, including:

Inner Ear Problems

Issues with the inner ear, such as infections or disorders like Meniere’s disease, can affect balance.

Neurological Conditions

Conditions like stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease can impact the brain’s control over balance and coordination.

Musculoskeletal Problems

Problems with muscles, joints, or bones can affect your ability to maintain balance.

Medications

Certain medications may have side effects that cause dizziness or unsteadiness.

Age

As we get older, our muscles and joints can weaken, increasing the risk of balance and gait issues.

How Can Balance and Gait Disorders Be Treated?

Treatment for balance and gait disorders depends on the underlying cause. Here are some common approaches:

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can help improve strength, coordination, and balance through specific exercises and techniques.

Medications

In some cases, medications can be prescribed to manage symptoms or address underlying conditions.

Assistive Devices

Devices like canes, walkers, or braces can provide added stability and support when walking.

Lifestyle Changes

Making adjustments to your daily routine, like adding handrails in your home, can help prevent falls.

Surgery

In severe cases or when the disorder is related to structural issues, surgery may be necessary.

How Can You Prevent Balance and Gait Disorders?

Preventing balance and gait disorders often involves taking steps to reduce your risk factors:

Stay Active: Regular physical activity helps maintain muscle strength and coordination.

Check Medications: If you’re taking medications, discuss potential side effects with your doctor.

Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration can help prevent dizziness and lightheadedness.

Get Regular Check-ups: Visit your healthcare provider regularly to catch and address issues early.

Safety at Home: Make your home safer by removing tripping hazards and adding handrails as needed.

Understanding Balance and Gait Disorders

In conclusion, balance and gait disorders can affect people of all ages and can significantly impact their daily lives. Recognizing the signs and symptoms early and seeking appropriate medical care is crucial for managing these disorders effectively. With the right treatment and preventive measures, individuals can improve their balance and regain their confidence in walking and daily activities.

If you or someone you know is experiencing balance or gait problems, consult a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Remember that taking steps to maintain good balance and gait is essential for a healthy and active life!

Psychological

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: PTSD

The association between Florida Car Accident and PTSD  post-traumatic stress disorder is well-established. Experiencing a traumatic event such as a car accident can lead to various psychological and emotional consequences, and PTSD is one of them. Florida Car Accident and PTSD

When an individual goes through a car accident, especially if it involves severe injuries, loss of life, or significant property damage, they may develop PTSD. PTSD is a mental health condition that can occur after someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD can include:

  1. Intrusive Memories: Flashbacks, nightmares, or distressing memories related to the accident.
  2. Avoidance: Avoiding reminders of the traumatic event, including places, people, or activities associated with the accident.
  3. Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood: Persistent negative thoughts and feelings, feelings of detachment, difficulty experiencing positive emotions.
  4. Hyperarousal: Increased irritability, difficulty sleeping, exaggerated startle response.

The severity and duration of PTSD symptoms can vary from person to person. Factors such as pre-existing mental health conditions, the severity of the accident, and the level of support received afterward can influence the likelihood and intensity of PTSD.

It’s important for individuals who have been in auto accidents and are experiencing symptoms of PTSD to seek professional help. Mental health professionals, such as therapists or counselors, can provide appropriate support and therapeutic interventions to help manage and alleviate PTSD symptoms.

If you’ve been injured in a Florida car accident it’s important that the first medical physician you see after the car crash is knowledgable and experienced in diagnosis PTSD.  Often the diagnosis of PTSD is missed because the injured patient went to first to a Florida ER or urgent care center where physicians rarely ask the appropriate questions about PTSD symptoms.

Because the symptoms of PTSD are missed on the front end of your car injury case, responsilbe auto insurers often challenge the diagnosis later in the injury case.  If you’ve been injured in a Florida car accident speak to a doctor with experience in diagnosis PTSD to make sure the diagnosis appears early in the injury case.  Dr. Huffman has over 35 years of experience diagnosing and treating car accident injuries.  From the comfort of you own home you can call him immediately after your Florida auto accident 24/7 at 866-402-4250 for free medical consult.  Don’t delay reporting your injuries or risking a missing the diagnosis of PTSD following a car crash.  It’s important that you are diagnosed early and referred to the appropriate medical specialist for treatment.

Physicians, Attorneys & Chirpractors

Strong Medical-Legal Cases

At Boca Raton Medical Injury Center we posses decades of experience in med-legal care.

We have extensive knowledge in med-legal patient care and management. Med-legal care refers to treatment and management of personal injury patients, such as treatment of injuries resulting from motor vehicle collisions or slip-and-falls. Med-legal also refers to treatment of ‘on-the-job injuries’ which fall under worker’s compensation. Their experience in med-legal cases in the State of Florida dates back to decades.

Med-legal patients often have retained legal representation and, we manage and treat patients represented by almost every major law firm in Florida.

As is the case with all patients who treat at Boca Raton Medical Injury Center, we never hesitate to refer med-legal patients to the appropriate outside medical specialist for collaborative care when medical necessity exists, including::

Neurosurgeons

Orthopedic Surgeons

Neurologists

TMJ Specialists

Pain Management

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Medical reports are an important factor in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries resulting from physical trauma such as motor vehicle collisions.  We utilize recent post-injury clinical studies, such as XRay studies and/or CT Scans, when available such as those taken at a hospital, imaging center, or medical facility. If clinical studies have not previously been performed, or if there is medical necessity for advanced clinical studies, such as MRI, we always utilize imaging centers. All clinical studies ordered are read by radiologists who also have training in evaluation and diagnosis of acute traumatic injury.

Management of med-legal care begins on day one. Personal injury patients consult with Dr. Huffman who ask personal injury patients detailed questions to determine the occupant kinematics and biomechanics involved in their crash. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) is always a concern when dealing with injuries from motor vehicle collisions and we evaluate for signs of MTBI in order to get patients with MTBI the neurological care they need.

Many cases of late whiplash (chronic) neck or shoulder pain or severe recurring headaches have their origin in a crash that, often unknowingly to the sufferer, was initiated by a cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) injury, often referred to as a whiplash injury, which is a significant injury to their neck.

Following a whiplash injury, there will usually be a certain amount of neck soreness and stiffness as the muscles contract in their attempt to pull the head and spine back into alignment. Thinking that it will “just take time for it to go away” can be a very painful mistake for the future. Anyone sustaining whiplash injury should have his or her spine checked. The sooner the better! Call 866-402-4250 anytime of the day any day of the week following your Boca Raton car accident for FREE medical consultations with one of best car accident doctors in Boca Raton.

Poorly documented medical reports can often lead to less than optimal settlements with the repsonsible auto insurer.  Dr. Minett and Dr. Huffman have decades of experience clearly documenting auto injuries and presenting their diagnosis and rationale for treatment and specialist consults in depositions and court.  They also have experience in diagnosis conditions often missed by other healthcare providers, like, soft tissue injuries, whiplash, spinal disc injuries, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and other conditions that help the responsible auto insurer fully understand the extent of your Boca Raton auto injuries.

We work with the best Boca Raton car accident attorneys to ensure your injuries and treatments are documented well so that you get the appropriate compensation for your losses.

How We Help You

We offer a comprehensive chiropractic-medical injury healthcare team to help you recover from your Boca Raton auto accident.  Dr. Huffman is available 24/7 to perform medical evaluations immediately following your accident by calling his personal cell phone at 866-402-4250,  Additionally, he can call medications into your local pharmacy if needed, without you leaving your home.

You only haves 14 days to report your Boca Raton auto accident case.  With our telemedicine service you can do that from the comfort and privacy of your home without the long wait in a local ER or urgent care, without the excessive CT scans and unnecessary testing and without the loss of your limited PIP funds.   Dr. Huffman will also complete the very important EMC which is a medical report that opens up the Florida auto insurance to the full $10,000 so you can get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment for your Boca Raton auto injuries. We file these reports within 24 hours of our telemedicine visit. With over 35 years of clinical experience Dr. Huffman has become very proficient at diagnosing car accident injuries, like whiplashPTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Dr. Huffman will file medical injury reports to your insurer, your primary care physician, and to your Boca Raton injury attorney.  With over 35 years in the injury field, Dr. Huffman defends your injury case, along with your attorney, in a court of law if necessary to ensure you get the maximum settlement possible to ensure you are taken care of following the auto accident and into the future if necessary.  The responsible car insurance pays for the telemedicine visits.

Once we have the accident and injury report filed with the responsible insurer and your auto injury attorney in Boca Raton you then start your comprehesive auto injury treatment and recovery right here in your local community with the best Boca Raton auto injury clinic and our chiropractic-medical team of physicians.  Boca Raton Medical Injury Center: Total Health & Rehab has everything you need to recover from your injuries under one roof.  If we need additional imaging such as MRI or consult with Boca Raton pain physicians, Boca Raton neurologist and Boca Raton orthopedic surgeons we have relationship with the best injury doctors in Boca Raton.

Dr. Huffman

Dr. Huffman is an osteopathic physician board certified in family medicine with over 35 years of experience treating auto injuries and whiplash.   He has treated thousands of car accident patients and joined the Boca Raton Medical Injury Center: Total Health & Rehab team to extend his injury care to those injured in a Boca Raton area car accident.

Dr. Huffman is available to his Boca Raton patients via his telemedicine portal 24/7 through a simple text link to a cell phone where he can answer your questions about your injury recovery, file reports to the responsible auto insurer, communicate with your Boca Raton area car accident attorney and even call medications into your local Boca Raton area pharmacy if they are necessary, all without you leaving your home .  The responsible auto insurer pays for the telemedicine visit.

As a primary care physician, he communicates with your primary care physician to ensure they are kept in the loop of your car accident rehab.

Whiplash Treatment From Qualified Experts

When you call you speak to a board-certified medical physician with 35 years of experience in auto injury care, not an assistant and not a marketing person.   Call today at (866) 402-4250 for a FREE car accident medical consultation with a medical physician about your case.  The call and the consultation are free and Dr. Huffman is available to his Boca Raton patients 24/7.    See why so many of your Boca Raton family, neighbors and friends have turned to Boca Raton Medical Injury Center: Total Health & Rehab to help them through their car accident recovery. Additional questions?  Contact Us.