Exercise is an essential component of good health. Unfortunately, injuries leave people standing on the sidelines when they'd rather be a participant. The good news is that physical therapy can get you back in the action regardless of what level of competition you enjoy.
Our sports medicine physical therapists are all athletes, and some of us have competed at a national level. This experience, combined with our physical therapy education, make us the perfect candidates to get injured players back in the game. Whether your sport is football, long-distance running, swimming or something else altogether, you can rely on our sports medicine specialists to help you achieve a personal best.
Sport Specific Training
Our physical therapists understand that different sports and activities make different demands on the body. Accordingly, we tailor our treatment programs to help athletes get back to where they were before an injury occurred. Even more importantly, our sport specific training is designed to improve the mobility, agility, endurance, strength, stability and balance of each of our patients. This means that patients go back to their sport with even greater abilities than they had before.
Our sports medicine experts have the knowledge you need to correct muscle imbalances. Additionally, we'll analyze your movements and correct improper training techniques to ensure that you are less likely to get injured. Whether you are a recreational or competitive athlete, our goal is for you to be discharged from our care as a stronger, more balanced and less injury-prone participant.
Individualized Post-Rehabilitation Programs
Coming back from a serious injury or surgery is usually an uphill battle. Even after completion of a rehabilitation program, some athletes aren't ready to return to their typical routine of exercise and competition. That's precisely why our physical therapists offer individualized post-rehabilitation programs.
Our post-rehabilitation programs are designed to bridge the gap between a rehabilitation program and getting athletes back to being as strong or stronger than they were before an illness, injury or surgery. Our physical therapists work one-on-one with patients to create a carefully structured workout program that builds strength, balance and coordination. In our specially designed gym facility, patients hone their skills to get themselves closer to their desired level of athletic ability.
Our physical therapists can analyze anyone's unique movements to determine how an injury is affecting them. With this information, it is possible for us to implement customized strategies that are designed to correct imbalances and promote healing. We see patients who are dealing with all sorts of pain and injuries. This includes chronic lower back pain, knee injuries, knee pain, shin splints and heel injuries.
We also provide biomechanical analysis for people with neurological conditions or who have difficulty walking. Whether patients have been injured after participating in a sport or are looking for ways to prevent a future injury, biomechanical analysis can be an important first step.
Functional Movement Screening
Preventing injuries is important for athletes at all levels, even those who only work out on a recreational basis. That's because getting injured prevents the ability to lose weight, run a 5k or meet any of the other fitness goals that athletes might have. Our physical therapists utilize the Functional Movement Screen as an appraisal system to ensure that every athlete's movements are symmetrical and acceptable.
Functional Movement Screening, or FMS, examines motor control, fundamental movements and patterns to locate any deficiencies and asymmetry. Accordingly, our therapists are able to identify individuals who are susceptible to injury, making it possible to implement corrective strategies to keep that injury from happening. FMS can be performed at different points in a training regimen to track progress and identify the need for additional corrective strategies.
Agility & Plyometric Training
Many scientific studies have extolled the virtues of agility and plyometric training, particularly for people who are coming back from an illness or injury. This training can help athletes regain range of motion, improve balance and get back to the strength levels they previously enjoyed. They develop their ability to switch directions, improve their maximal strength and build vertical jumping heights all while lessening their chances for a future injury. Make an appointment with our sports medicine specialists today to learn more about agility and plyometric training.
With participation in sports at an all-time high, we're seeing more young athletes in need of physical therapy after an injury. Of course, people who require injury prevention guidance come in all shapes, sizes and ages, so we tailor our approach with each patient to meet their specific needs.
Trauma and overuse are the most-frequent causes of sports-related injuries. Some of these can be prevented with the help of a physical therapist. Preventing overuse injuries can be as simple as providing biomechanical analysis and offering better training strategies. We also educate athletes regarding how to spot the early warning signs of an injury and preventative care steps they can take so that they don't have to get sidelined with an injury.
Sports and Performance Nutrition Education
No athlete can perform to the best of their abilities without the proper fuel. That's why we offer comprehensive sports and performance nutrition education. Physical therapy must encompass more than physical performance in a particular sport or activity. With our nutrition education services, we aim to prepare people to compete both inside and out. Understanding that nutrition and energy needs may evolve as individuals progress through the physical therapy process, we're also able to evaluate and alter an existing nutrition program to support continued development.
We understand much more about brain injuries than we used to, and that's important because estimates suggest that in excess of two million concussions happen in the U.S. every year. Fortunately, we are able to evaluate concussions and propose feasible rehabilitation programs for children and adults who have suffered a head injury. A concussion management program of physical therapy has been shown to help patients recover their ability to balance and focus while also improving gait, mood and gaze stability.