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Sports and Orthopedic Conditions
Sprains, Strains, Fractures
Sprains, strains and fractures are among the most common orthopedic and sports related injuries. Management of these injuries often require a short period of immobilization and relative rest. The amount of time necessary is dependent upon the severity of the injury. Following this period of rest and protection the body often needs a ‘jumpstart’ because the neuromuscular system is inefficient. Gradually performing and dosing appropriate stress on the injured areas can be a balancing act. It is important to ‘listen to your body’ and gradually return to the activities you desire. Physical therapy is beneficial in determining the proper progression base on the physiology of tissue healing. The interaction between the nerves and muscles surrounding the injured area also become naturally blocked in an attempt to protect the area. This is called inhibition of the neuromuscular system. Reeducating the neuromuscular system is an important component to preventing re-injury or future injuries.
An ankle sprain is a great example of when the focus on the training of the neuromuscular system is necessary. Follow the classic lateral (outside ligaments) ankle sprain, the nerves and muscles responsible for maintaining balance are inefficient and can result in an increased risk of recurrent sprains to the ankle. One must focus on reestablishing a component of neuromuscular control called proprioception, the joint or body’s awareness in space during movement.
Running is a common form of exercise to stay fit or “get in shape”. It offers a great physiologic benefit in a relatively short period of time compared to other forms of aerobic training. Running is quite convenient, all you need is a pair of shoes and to walk out your door. However, up to 79 % of all runners will sustain a running related injury during any given year. Given these astonishing statistics one must be aware some common characteristic that may contribute to running injuries.
- Running mechanics
- Surface (road vs trail)
- Training schedule
- Muscle imbalances (flexibility and strength)
An evaluation of your running shoe, form, and a thorough musculoskeletal examination can identify problem areas and minimize the risk of injury. A running evaluation consists observation, video analysis and coaching. Also included is an assessment of lower extremity flexibility and strength as well as core stability. Following this comprehensive individualized examination specific exercises, coaching and feedback on running form will lead to a more efficient injury free running.
Other Common Orthopedic and Sports conditions include:
- Hip Pain
- Shoulder dysfunction
- Rotator cuff Injuries
- Labral Injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- Adhesive capsulitis
- Knee Pain
- ACL Injuries
- Post-Operative Rehabilitation
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Neck Pain
- Arthritis (Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis)
- Total Joint Replacements
- Call about our other services:
- Community Education Programs
- Balance assessments
- Falls assessments/prevention
- In home assessments