The profession of sports medicine has undergone great change in the last 30 years. Simply defined, sports medicine is the art of returning an athlete to their sport following injury. We have unique expertise in this area.
Sport & Spine Physical Therapy provides physical therapy to active individuals of all ages. From the professional, collegiate, and high school athlete to the weekend warrior or senior athlete, individuals of all ages can benefit from this service.
Medical care of the injured athlete has often involved many different health care providers on the “Sports Medicine Team.” These team members may often include:
- Physician (MD or DO)
- Physical Therapist (PT)
- Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
- Dentist (oral injuries)
Those people having the closest relationship with the injured athlete are the Physical Therapist and/or Athletic Trainer, due to the amount of time spent in rehabilitation and on the field. The PT and/or ATC has the unique opportunity to see how injuries progress on a day to day basis, and how treatment regimes can improve problems rapidly over time.
Sport & Spine Physical Therapists are uniquely qualified to treat such problems. We have staff who have treated at a variety of levels of athletics. Our goal is the most rapid recovery possible, with safety in mind. This means effective communication, combined with emphasis on deficits demonstrated in the initial evaluation. As symptoms improve, treatment may include a sport specific biomechanical assessment prior to return to sport.
Our staff has seen many athletes in these categories:
- Crew (Rowing)
- Dancing (competitive)
- Ice Skating
- Martial Arts
- Skiing (downhill & water)
- Track & Field
At Sport & Spine Physical Therapy, we base our treatment on the evaluation. We do not focus on “generalized” programs as we find patients progress at a faster rate if deficits identified are focused on. Therefore our treatment plan focuses on the individual’s needs.
Treatment may include:
- Taping and/or Bracing
- ROM exercise
- Strengthening Exercise
- Proprioceptive Training
- Manual and/or Manipulative therapy
- Movement Re-education
- PNF techniques (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Technique)
Physical Therapy is provided by licensed physical therapists who are dedicated to excellence in the science and art of rehabilitation of all active individuals. The staff specializes in caring for most musculoskeletal injuries, especially the unique injuries that occur in athletics. Such specialization includes assessment and treatment of elbow and shoulder injuries, particularly in the overhead athlete. These may include shoulder instability or rotator cuff disorders. Assessment and treatment of other joint problems that occur as a result of sport and activity are also common place. Injuries to knee ligaments and cartilage and ankle ligaments are examples of this. Muscle strains, tendon injuries, overuse injuries and osteoarthritis are other examples of injuries commonly seen in this clinic.