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Mr. Gabriel Noguez

Physical Therapist | Geriatrics

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; background: white;">Dr. Gabriel Noguez is a physical therapist practicing in Orland Park, IL and surrounding areas. As a PT, Dr. Noguez focuses on a patient&rsquo;s ability to function, and can treat multiple conditions that affect the brain, nerves, spine, bones, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. Dr. Noguez can diagnose and treat pain that is a result of injury, disease or a disabling condition and creates plans that involve stretching, strength training, exercise, and physical manipulation to help people recover. Dr. Noguez is the Director of Rehab at a memory care facility and leads a team of physical therapists, occupational therapist and speech language pathologists.</span></p>
14 years Experience
Mr. Gabriel Noguez
  • Orland Park, IL
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Accepting new patients

What's the difference between a physiatrist and physical therapist?

Physical therapists are trained in the clinical aspects of common musculoskeletal pathology, musculoskeletal examination, developing a treatment plan and exercise regimen, and READ MORE
Physical therapists are trained in the clinical aspects of common musculoskeletal pathology, musculoskeletal examination, developing a treatment plan and exercise regimen, and physical modalities. PTs have a clinical doctorate degree and are experts at assessing your condition and help you regain maximal functional mobility and independence.

Physiatrists, on the other hand, make and manage medical diagnoses and prescribe the therapies that physical therapists will subsequently perform. The role of the physiatrist is to manage a patient’s medical issues as they participate through the rehabilitation process. A physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain medicine.

What can I do for my chronic pain?

When you hurt yourself, the injury turns on pain sensors in that area. They send a message in the form of an electrical signal, which travels from nerve to nerve until it reaches READ MORE
When you hurt yourself, the injury turns on pain sensors in that area. They send a message in the form of an electrical signal, which travels from nerve to nerve until it reaches your brain. Your brain processes the signal and sends out the message that you hurt. Chronic pain is a result of nerve signals continuing to fire even after you've healed. If you hurt and it doesn’t seem to get better, see your primary care doctor or a pain specialist. They can help you find relief so pain won’t keep you from living your life. Some options include medicine, relaxation therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, and lifestyle changes, such as getting enough sleep and not smoking.

What's physical therapy like for kids?

After an injury, physical therapists work to decrease pain, improve movement, and help kids return to daily activities. They teach kids exercises designed to help them regain strength READ MORE
After an injury, physical therapists work to decrease pain, improve movement, and help kids return to daily activities. They teach kids exercises designed to help them regain strength and range of motion, and also show kids and families how to prevent future injuries. Physical therapists use a variety of treatments to help build strength, improve movement, and strengthen skills needed to complete daily activities.

I have severe back pain at the bottom of my spine. Do you think a surgery might be required?

Physical therapy may be part of a comprehensive treatment plan prescribed by your doctor. Physical therapy includes both passive and active treatments. Passive treatments help READ MORE
Physical therapy may be part of a comprehensive treatment plan prescribed by your doctor. Physical therapy includes both passive and active treatments. Passive treatments help to relax you and your body. They also prepare your body for therapeutic exercise, which is the active part of physical therapy. If after you receive therapy, if the pain did not improve overall, then surgery may be an option. There are several types of surgical procedures used in spine surgery, and your spine surgeon will recommend the best procedure to treat your pain. His or her recommendation will be based on the spinal condition causing your back pain, and the entire procedure should be clearly explained to you. Don't be afraid to ask any questions you need to in order to better understand the surgeon's recommendation. Remember, the final decision to have surgery is always up to you. You may find it useful to get a second opinion on the recommended spine surgery before deciding.

Are topical sprays good for sprains?

A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together in your joints. Mild sprains can be treated at home. But the READ MORE
A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together in your joints. Mild sprains can be treated at home. But the injuries that cause sprains can also cause serious injuries, such as fractures. Initial treatment includes protection, optimum loading, ice, compression and elevation. The OTC sprays will help numb the area like ice would, but a visit to your physical therapist may be necessary if symptoms continue to go on.

What is rehabilitation like after a stroke?

Hello, You have already begun asking the right questions and I invite you to read: https://www.aapmr.org/docs/default-source/career-center/aapmr-stroke-brochure-4-28-printhighres.pdf?sfvrsn=0 It READ MORE
Hello,
You have already begun asking the right questions and I invite you to read:
https://www.aapmr.org/docs/default-source/career-center/aapmr-stroke-brochure-4-28-printhighres.pdf?sfvrsn=0

It is from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation on stroke care after your initial hospital stay (Post-acute). You will find very helpful information.