Dr. Amanda Abbott on How Physical Therapy Helps Diabetes Patients

Diabetes is a very common disease among a wide range of individuals. A majority of people in the U.S. either live with diabetes or know someone who has diabetes. This is why it is important for you to know the basics about diabetes including symptoms and possible treatment options.

What are the types of diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes:

      • When the body does not produce insulin and typically results in the individual needing insulin supplementation

Type 2 Diabetes (Insulin-Resistant):

      • When your body produces insulin but is unable to use it properly
      • Most common type of diabetes

Gestational Diabetes:

      • Diabetes induced by pregnancy

What are some common symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes has a variety of symptoms depending on the type and severity. Below are some symptoms to be aware of according to the American Diabetes Association:

      • Urinating often
      • Feeling very thirsty
      • Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating plenty
      • Extreme fatigue
      • Blurry vision
      • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
      • Weight loss even though you are eating more (Type 1)
      • Neuropathy – Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (Type 2)

How can physical therapy help with diabetes?

Diabetes can cause several problems that range from neuropathy in hands and feet, balance disturbances, increase in falls, and general muscle weakness from fatigue. This is where physical therapy can help. Here at Elite Physical Therapy we have a state-of-the-art equipment in our balance program, Rebuilder for diabetic neuropathy symptoms, and many other therapy techniques and equipment to assist with strengthening and fall reduction.

If you or someone you love is suffering from diabetes and complications that arise from this disease, come to Elite Physical Therapy and Balance Center to Feel Better Faster!

-Dr. Amanda Abbott, Elite Physical Therapy and Balance Center

It is time to take care of yourself. To request an appointment, click here for Elite Relief, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:

Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
Shelbyville: 931-684-0027
Spring Hill: 931-489-2022

Reference: diabetes.org

Photo Credit: CDC.gov


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