Rehab Services Specialist

Julio Navarro, MD -  - Family Medicine

Horizons Family Practice

Julio Navarro, MD

Family Medicine located in Newark, DE

Physical rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary and highly effective way to recover from an injury without having to rely on prescription pain medications or resort to surgery. At Horizons Family Practice in Newark, Delaware, Julio Navarro, MD and his team are dedicated to providing targeted, highly individualized injury rehab services that promote optimal healing and help prevent future injury. If you have an injury or condition that prevents you from being as active as you’d like, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Rehab Services Q & A

What is physical rehabilitation?

Physical rehabilitation is a holistic treatment approach that promotes active recovery from injury, illness, surgery, or some other limiting disability. Often, rehab is the most logical first step after identifying and addressing the underlying cause of any chronic pain.  

The main goal of any effective rehab program is to give you the tools you need to reach the level of function and mobility that allows you to resume your normal life.

Although physical rehab aims to achieve total physical recovery whenever possible, it’s just as beneficial for helping newly disabled patients adjust to their new physical reality.

Dr. Navarro and his team take a comprehensive, whole-person approach to injury rehab, using chiropractic care, therapeutic massage, physical therapy, and state-of-the-art technologies to help you reach your physical potential as quickly and safely as possible.  

Why is early movement critical to recovery?

Early movement helps decrease inflammation, which is your body’s natural response to injury. Although your body’s initial inflammatory response does promote some healing, lasting inflammation can interfere with your muscles’ firing patterns and create long-term instability.

Besides curbing harmful inflammation, early movement promotes increased blood flow to the injured area, which is the first step in restoring normal range of motion and muscle function.

Dr. Navarro and his team provide simple, targeted exercises designed to re-establish strength and function after an injury, followed by the kind of functional exercises that help prevent future injury.  

What does the rehab process entail?

Before he can develop a rehab plan that meets your needs, Dr. Navarro must assess your injury or pain condition. He gathers as much information as possible through a comprehensive health history and thorough physical exam, which may include evaluating your spine and nervous system, depending on the extent and nature of your problem.

Once Dr. Navarro reaches an accurate diagnosis, he can design a rehab program that’s fully tailored to meet your needs. In addition to introducing gentle physical therapy exercises and stretches as soon as possible, he may also incorporate targeted chiropractic adjustments or therapeutic massage to help increase your range of motion and ease discomfort.  

He may also make use of innovative techniques like traction therapy, which can help relieve nerve compression, as well as advanced deep tissue laser therapy, which is designed to eliminate pain and swelling and increase functionality.

To find out how physical rehab can help you, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.