People with bleeding disorders may bleed into their joints or muscles. Joint and muscle bleeds can cause pain, progressive joint damage and disability. The physical therapist (PT) specializes in the prevention, treatment and recovery from joint and muscle bleeds. PT enables people to live an active and fulfilling life.
The PT typically sees you during your annual comprehensive clinic visit. The PT is also available via phone, email or in person if you have questions, concerns and/or joint & muscle problems throughout the year. Physical therapy services include, but are not limited to:
- Education on joint & and muscle bleeds
- Examination of joints, muscles and movement
- Point of Care Ultrasounds of joints and muscles
- P.R.I.C.E. (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) for new bleeds
- Home exercise programs
- Pain management strategies
- Supportive devices such as splints, braces, crutches, etc.
- Home equipment to optimize safety and independence
- Return to physical activities and sports
- Collaboration with school nurses, gym teachers and coaches on physical activities and sports
- Collaboration with hospital, home care and outpatient PTs and OTs on rehab guidelines for people with bleeding disorders
- Referrals to physical therapy, orthopedic physicians, weight management programs, and other related services
The PT will work with you to make a plan that works best for you and your goals.