It is very important for all athletes to prepare for their sport properly. Our athletic training services evaluate, manage and prevent injuries that may occur during the course of any athletic event. We pride ourselves in making sure each athlete is comfortable with his or her care. This improves the quality of care and better ensures the safety of each athlete.
There is something pretty relaxing about water. Whether you are in it for exercise or recreation, water can do amazing things for the body. Not only can it keep individuals healthy and trim, it can also be used as a benefitcial form of therapy. Aquatic therapy refers to exercise programs performed in the water. It is a very beneficial form of therapy and is used for a variety of medical conditions.
Sports Physical Therapy
Athletic injuries are essentially orthopedic injuries that have a sport specific component. Your injury may be due to a traumatic fall, collision, or the repetitive strain of your particular sport. Our goal for the athlete is to return them safely and quickly to their sport, and to educate them on proper warm-up and training procedures in order to prevent re-injuries. Our program is uniquely effective, helping return patients to previous levels of sports activity through exercises for the trunk, upper and lower extremities. An office visit focuses not only on prevention and treatment of injuries, but also on education in running styles, throwing technique, and training methods.
Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Orthopedic physical therapy and rehabilitation encompasses a wide range of injuries and problems involving joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and peripheral nerves. The physical therapists at Family Physical therapy are very knowledgeable in human movement and specialize in treatment movement dysfunctions, usually related to pain or injury. We utilize the latest, cutting-edge therapeutic techniques to relieve pain and restore function. We go beyond the scope of your specific injury and evaluate the total body to return you back to sports, work, and everyday activities without pain.
Your physical therapy treatment for your orthopedic injury will include a wide variety of interventions dependent on your individual needs. The physical therapists at Family Physical Therapy specialize in hands-on manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, patient education, modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and hot/cold packs in addition to thorough evaluation and listening. Additional instruction in posture, ergonomics, body mechanics and sports specific movement re-education to prevent recurrence of pain will also be part of your treatment plan. Ultimately, you will receive a customized plan of care tailored to your specific needs.
Manual physical therapy is a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to mobilization. These techniques are used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain, increasing range of motion, reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation, inducing relaxation, improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, facilitating movement, and improving function. Manual therapy has been shown to be more effective than exercise alone in treating certain orthopedic conditions. Family Physical Therapy specializes in manual therapy techniques.
What service does our clinic provide with regards to manual physical therapy?
- Joint mobilizations of the extremities and spine
- Myofascial release/soft tissue mobilization
- Manually resisted exercise techniques
- Cross-friction massage Muscle energy techniques
- Manual traction Strain-counterstrain
To maximize the effects of the manual physical therapy, an exercise program will also be taught. The goal of the exercise program is to reinforce the hands-on work done by your therapist.
Spinal rehabilitation refers to problems with your neck or back. Because of the unique structures of the spine and special problems related to this area, specialized training is necessary to ensure appropriate intervention. The majority of spinal problems is mechanical and relate to specific activities, postures, and habits of the patient’s lifestyle. A thorough evaluation will be performed to identify pattern movements, positions, and activities that aggravate the condition as well as those that will decrease the symptoms.
The physical therapists at Family Physical Therapy have advanced training in examining the stability of the structures of the spine (joints, discs, ligaments, etc.), evaluating the strength and flexibility of the associated muscles and joints, and observing posture and movement patterns. The goal of this evaluation is to determine which spinal structure is currently involved, and more importantly to identify and treat the cause.