Back and neck pain symptoms can range in intensity from mild to severe and even debilitating. Causes include trauma, posture, repetitive lifting with poor body mechanics, and occasionally genetics. Poor posture and poor lifting techniques lead to stress and strain on ligaments, muscles, joints, and discs. Other causes of spinal pain include; spinal stenosis, disc herniation, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. The therapists at Choice Therapy have specific training in several different areas of expertise in rehabilitating back and neck complications. We individualize each patient’s treatment, depending on their unique signs and symptoms. We have extensive training in manual techniques to restore proper function of the spine and sacrum. Our treatment sessions will combine these techniques with exercise to maintain the proper mechanics to the spine.

Are you experiencing dizziness when lying down or sitting up? This may be a sign of vertigo. Many times, a Therapist specially trained to help people with these symptoms can alleviate the problem in just a couple of sessions. We have the therapists trained in this area to help you. We also have specially trained therapists in balance and fall prevention. These programs involve improving strength, coordination, balance, safety awareness, and environmental precautions. We will design a program specific to your needs to help you now and in the future. So, don’t delay, give us a call to get set up with a therapist specially trained to help you with balance and dizziness issues.

Issues with incontinence and pelvic pain are difficult to discuss for many people, but can have a great effect on many people’s lives. Did you know that bowel and bladder dysfunction, along with dementia/Alzheimer’s are the top two reasons for nursing home placement of the aging population? Bowel and bladder issues can affect men, women, children, adolescents, pregnant women, and be present with many other diagnoses. Bowel and bladder dysfunction can decrease physical activity, self-esteem, and independence. It can also increase the risk for falls, infections, skin breakdown, and depression. We have staff that can address these issues in a non-invasive manner, via re-education and simple exercise as well as relaxation and quieting techniques. So, don’t suffer any longer with the inconvenience and discomfort of incontinence and related issues. Come see us today!

Falls inside your home and in the community can have drastic effects on the entire family. These falls limit your ability to participate in the community, may produce a disabling and even life-threatening injury, and may even result in long-term placement in an assisted living setting or nursing home. Our team of therapists at Choice Therapy are specifically trained to assist you with reducing or even eliminating falls. We combine all factors involved in a fall: balance, strength, vision, environment, lighting, patient awareness, and several other factors. An individualized plan will be developed with your very own personal needs. Choice Therapy also offers community education through presentations and workshops, specifically designed to educate and prepare people for falls in the future.

Choice Therapy provides innovative treatment and care incorporating your personal choice needs and the specific directions of your physician. The Choice Therapy team has extensive experience in treatment and resolution of hand injuries such as those associated with arthritis, joint replacements, tendon injuries, over-use syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. We are able to make custom splints to protect a new fracture, maintain ROM, or protect new surgery repairs. Splinting can also at times be used to help heal or prevent injuries to delay or prevent surgical needs. If you are experiencing troubles with your hands, give us a call or come see us, we’ll get you back to using your hands.

It is universally known that injury prevention is more successful than even the best post-injury care. Choice Therapy is dedicated to helping their patients and members of their community to gain and utilize injury prevention knowledge. Our egonomic and industrial rehabilitation services will significantly reduce workplace injuries. Choice Therapy also offers wellness classes to meet your goals both physically and mentally. These can be customized to your organizational needs. FREE injury consultation sessions by Choice Therapy staff will help you decide the best CHOICE for your individual needs. Identifying an injury early and taking proper care can help you heal faster, decreases the severity of an injury, and will get you back to work and doing the things you enjoy. We would rather avoid injury in life, but if you can’t avoid it, let Choice Therapy help get you back to doing the things you love. Together we will achieve your maximum potential.

Our ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and wrists all have several ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves which can cause pain limiting our activity levels. Many of these aches and pains can be alleviated with Physical or Occupational Therapy. A thorough evaluation by a licensed therapist will allow for an indivualized rehab program to return you to your previous activity level. Whether the injury is old or new, we may be able to help.

Lymphedema is a collection of protein-rich swelling. This usually occurs as a result of removal or radiation of lymph nodes. If this fluid stays in the arms or legs, patients are at a high risk for infections of the skin that can become life-threatening. Lymphedema is a manageable condition, once someone has been instructed on the knowledge of what and what NOT to do. Cheri Ware, DPT at Choice Therapy has been a certified Lymphedema Therapist since 1998. If you or someone you know has Lymphedema, contact Choice Therapy with your questions.

If you’ve had or are planning on having surgery, Physical & Occupational Therapy can assist you with your road to recovery. Many common surgical procedures include a total knee, total hip, rotator cuff repair, all types of arthroscopic surgeries, hand repairs, and carpal tunnel. We can also help people who have had any type of surgery to get back to their pre-surgical activity levels. We will work with you and your surgeon in developing a customized rehab program to get you back to work, sporting activities, or just daily living. We can also assist people in designing a program prior to surgery to allow you to be as strong as possible heading into the procedure. The stronger and more flexible someone is prior to surgery, the shorter the road to recovery.

Low back pain during and shortly after pregnancy is common and usually resolves itself within a few weeks after delivery, however lack of abdominal muscle tone can have lasting effect on the spine and pelvic floor.  The staff at Choice Therapy is knowledgeable with the treatment of pregnant and post partum women.

Choice Therapy follows the WorkWell provisions for all industrial rehabilitation services. These services are as follows: pre-placement screenings, job analysis, ADA approved job descriptions, functional capacity evaluations (FCE), ergonomic and safety training. All of our industrial rehabilitation services are available on site or at Choice Therapy. Scheduling is flexible to meet your organinzations needs including consultation and training for night shifts and swing shifts. Joe Kapaun, OTR, has 12 years of experience in the Bemidji area working with numerous companies, and has successfully aided each company to reduce their workers’ compensation costs, along with improving company morale and quality of life for their employees.