Sports Physical Therapy
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Sports Physical Therapy
Treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries is at the center of our physical therapy practice. Using a team approach with physicians, coaches and parents, our physical therapists design and implement programs for the management of these injuries in individuals of all ages and abilities.
The practice of physical therapy also includes those interventions that assist athletes in preventing injuries. Prevention tools utilized by our physical therapists consist of:
- Cardiovascular fitness programs
- Equipment recommendations
- Plyometric conditioning programs
- Pre-participation screening
- Strength training programs
Athletes in Motion
This program is designed for middle school through collegiate athletes, focuses on two factors that often can lead to overuse injuries and knee ligament injuries — improper movement mechanics and muscle imbalance.
Our certified athletic trainer and doctor of physical therapy provides one-on-one instruction for safe movement and increased performance. With individualized plans, athletes can gain strength and confidence to move forward in their sport.
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Our physical therapists are actively involved in the education of athletes, parents and coaches about the various preventative and management techniques utilized in managing sports related injuries. Along with the treatment and prevention of sports related injuries our sports physical therapists are able to assist athletes in improving their athletic performance in a variety of ways. The foundation of performance enhancement is developed through completion of thorough evaluation of the neuromusculoskeletal and the cardiovascular/pulmonary systems. The results of this evaluation define each athlete's functional strengths and weaknesses allowing for the development of individualize training programs.
Vestibular rehabilitation is a form of physical therapy that addresses complaints of vertigo, dizziness and unsteadiness resulting from inner ear and non-vestibular disorders. Vestibular rehabilitation focuses on evaluation of the patient's functional abilities and positions or movements that provoke the patient's symptoms of dizziness or unsteadiness. Based upon the findings, and appropriate therapy program is designed to minimize or eliminate such symptoms.
HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital physical therapists are specially trained and certified in vestibular rehabilitation. We perform comprehensive evaluations that measure: balance, strength, coordination, gait, oculomotor function and blood pressure using the latest technology.
Treatment may include:
- Manual techniques
- Balance training
- Visual exercises
- Patient education
- Assistive device recommendations
Orthopedic Rehabilitation is the treatment of injury to the skeleton, muscles, tendons and their supporting soft tissues. Some of the most common diagnoses include:
- Neck and back pain
- Shoulder tendonitis and/or impingement
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Knee and ankle sprains
- Scar management
The ultimate goal of therapy is for the patient to achieve freedom from pain, independent living, and an understanding of how to prevent re-injury, thus restoring their previous level of function.
The nervous system is vulnerable to various disorders. It can be damaged by injuries, infections, degeneration, structural defects, and tumors, as well as disorders in the circulatory system. Common diagnoses may include the following:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome
- Parkinson's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Alzheimer's Disease
Common problems of patients with neurological disorders include paralysis, vision impairment, impaired balance, difficulty walking and loss of independence. Therapists work with patients to improve these areas of dysfunction to help restore safe and independent mobility.
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