Physical medicine and rehabilitation
Four specialists work in the Department for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, and they determine the optimal treatment programme for every patient, for:
- Inflammatory rheumatic diseases
- psoriatic arthritis
- rheumatoid arthritis
- anklyosing spondylitis
- Post-traumatic and post-operative care
- state after operative treatment of bones
- state after operative treatment of spine
- state after operative treatment of hips and knees
- rehabilitation after spine and bone fractures
- Degenerative changes of joints and spine and vertebrogenic pain syndromes
- pain in neck and lower back
- cervicobrachial syndrome
- sciatica (symptomatic sciatica, spinal disc herniation)
A treatment programme is elaborated specifically for each patient, as our approach to patients is individual. The optimal treatment programme is determined after an examination by a specialist, and is altered during the treatment if necessary. The patient is constantly supervised by a physician and can consult him or her on improving the treatment.
A patient undergoes the number of therapies necessary for the treatment to progress (5-10 therapies per day).
During the stay at Naftalan, which lasts for a fortnight, a patient receives therapy 12 times, as rest is recommended on Sundays, which can be used for relaxing in our wellness centre, a bicycle ride or a one-day trip to some of the agritourisms in the surroundings.
The most effective therapies for inflammatory rheumatic diseases are:
Iontophoresis with naftalan - introduction of naftalan to certain skin areas with the help of electrotherapy.
Sonophoresis - introduction of naftalan to certain skin areas with the help of ultrasound.
Massage - manual massage, underwater massage, lymph pressure
Phototherapy - UVA, UVB - combined with naftalan therapy when treating psoriasis.
Electrotherapy - shortwave current, Darsonvalization, electrostimulation, Galvanization, diadymanic currents, interferential current, TENS, iontophoresis, ultrasound + sonophoresis, laser
Magnet therapy - used every day with patients suffering from rheumatic illnesses
Medicinal gymnastics - performed as group or individual gymnastics in a gym with all the necessary equipment.