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Blog 2020-04-15T14:56:25+00:00

Sports Physical Therapists seeks to keep our patients, staff, and professional network informed by maintaining a blog about our industry. This includes articles from our providers, training tips, news about upcoming therapies and products, and more. Click on the titles below to read more on each topic.

Tips to help relax sore muscles.

Whether you’re just getting back into your routine, or tried a new workout for the first time, here are a few tips you can try that may bring comfort and help you relax sore muscles.   Stretch before and after your workout. Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way.   Take a cold shower, bath or use an ice pack. Applying cold is helpful when you want to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. It can also reduce painful muscle spasms. Be sure to immediately ice a new injury to keep swelling in check and reduce the pain of pressure on the injury.   Rest. Your muscles need

February 17th, 2021|

Benefits Of Prehab

Prehab- A new study has found that as few as 1 to 2 sessions of preoperative physical therapy can reduce postoperative care use by 29% for patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement, adding up to health care cost savings of more than $1,000 per individual. Statistics prove that recovery is made faster and safer when you prepare ahead of time for your surgery. Everyone wants to recover in the comfort of their own home and it can be done with the proper care. You deserve an easier, faster, and safer recovery after your surgery and we can help make it happen. Did you know that we see patients before surgery, not just after? By scheduling a pre-hab visit physical therapists can work with patients to: Decrease pain and swelling Improve range of motion and strength Provide pre-op instructions and self-care

February 11th, 2021|

Prevent Overuse Injury

Prevent Injury of overuse or over-throwing A recent study showed that young baseball players, especially pitchers, who overuse their throwing arm by throwing or pitching too many innings are at risk of injury.  It found that pitchers who: Regularly pitch through arm fatigue are 36 times more likely to sustain and injury Throw more than eight months per year are five times more likely to sustain an injury requiring surgery Throw more than 80 pitches per game are nearly four times more likely to sustain injury requiring surgery   The most common injuries caused by overuse and/or improper mechanics among young baseball players include: “Little league shoulder” (shoulder instability). Shoulder (labral) and elbow (ulnar collateral) ligament tears and strains that could lead to surgery. Sports Physical Therapists recommend these tips for preventing injury: Pain is not normal in the elbow

February 3rd, 2021|

How PT Can Help Poor Posture.

Poor posture leads to excessive strain on your joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  It also weakens many of the core muscles that are needed in order to keep you upright and healthy.  Posture changes occur over time and most people don’t pay attention to them until they begin to notice aches and pains. BUT I EXERCISE – SHOULDN’T THIS HELP? Even if you exercise regularly, it is possible that there are still a few weak muscles contributing to your posture that you may not even realize.  The muscles in your shoulders, back, abdomen, buttocks, and pelvic floor all play an important role in your posture. If even one of these is weak, your core will be affected, and your posture may suffer.  Your body is designed to align perfectly, in order to allow for proper movement of the muscles, breathing,

January 21st, 2021|

FAQ’s About Starting Therapy

Q: Why is therapy beneficial and why is it important that I go? Answer: Therapy is critically important. You may be here rehabbing from a surgery or you may have aches and pains that need to be taken care of. Therapy is important because it will address the underlying cause of your pain instead of masking it or relying on pain medication. It is important to go to your therapy sessions as consistency is important to your progress towards achieving your goals.   Q: What do I expect on my first therapy visit? Answer: You should expect to be evaluated by a licensed physical or occupational therapist. The physical therapist’s evaluation will vary depending upon your condition. Generally, he or she will assess your strength, mobility, gait (how you walk), as well as perform other tests and measures to determine

January 14th, 2021|

Top 6 Foods to Help Speed Recovery

If you’re not getting the proper nutrients, then you may be hindering your injury recovery. Our staff of physical therapists is dedicated to getting you back stronger, better and faster. Let’s take a look at some of our most recommended foods to help aid your sports injury recovery. Vitamin C: Placebo-controlled research has shown that taking vitamin C per day for several days before and after intense exercise/rehab may reduce pain and speed up muscle strength recovery. Vitamin C is not naturally produced in the body, which means you need to consume it on a daily basis. What to eat: Citrus Fruits Peppers Strawberries Broccoli Brussel sprouts Vitamin A: It is a fact that vitamin A is needed for the breakdown of protein during the muscle repair process. Vitamin A also has an important role in providing more structural strength to muscles. It does this by promoting bone development and stimulating young cells to mature at a quicker rate. What to

January 5th, 2021|

Work Injury Rehabilitation Program

At Sports Physical Therapists, we understand how devastating a work related injury can be. Our Industrial Rehabilitation Specialists will perform a comprehensive evaluation and develop a treatment plan with return-to-work goals specific to each patient's injury and essential job function. As Occupro Certified practices, reports are delivered in real time to obtain maximal medical improvement and achieve 100% of the job duty. Here at Sports Physical Therapists we work closely with employers; and, are referred by occupational medicine practitioners to help get injured workers back on the job to their highest level of function. Sports PT’s Industrial Rehabilitation Program Benefits: •  Achieve a faster and safer return-to-work program •  Decrease repeat injuries after returning to work •  Improved communication between therapist, physician, insurance provider and employer •  Objectively determine if your client requires continued rehabilitation •  Accurately determine if your

December 29th, 2020|

Improve Quality of Life Through More Movement.

Improve Quality of Life Through More Movement. Choose Better Health. Choose Physical Therapy. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things that you can do for your health.  Unfortunately, more than 80% of adults and adolescents do not get enough.  The good news is that you don’t have to spend hours at the gym or purchase expensive equipment to meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. What’s important is to find leisure-time physical activities that you enjoy and do them regularly. If pain or a condition limits your ability to participate in activities you enjoy, or you want to reduce your risk for chronic diseases, enhance your fitness, and prevent injuries, consider adding a physical therapist to your health care team.  Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. It’s

September 22nd, 2020|

Return to work faster with Sports Physical Therapists.

Sports Physical Therapists specializes in treating patients with work-related injuries. The goal of our Industrial Rehabilitation program is to get injured workers back to work quicker. Our Industrial Rehabilitation Specialists will perform a comprehensive evaluation and develop a treatment plan with return-to-work goals specific to each patient’s injury and essential job function.  As Occupro Certified practices, reports are delivered in real time to obtain maximal medical improvement and achieve 100% of the job duty. While working efficiently to treat your injury, we offer personal one-on-one care that will allow you to comfortably reach your goals and return to work. Our worker's comp program will be customized for each situation and may include: Occupational therapy Industrial rehabilitation Work conditioning / work hardening Return-to-work assessments Functional capacity evaluations Our various screenings, evaluations, and treatments for patients with work-related injuries can include: Evaluating

August 31st, 2020|

Returning to Sports After Quarantine

This is definitely a unique time for athletics as we deal with the effects of COVID-19 and the athlete’s return to sport and training. Athletes have been separated from their regular training and sport activity for prolonged periods of time during this recent pandemic. Although athletes are thrilled to get back into their sporting activities, are they physically ready after taking some time off? Focus on conditioning early on. Injuries are more common when you are fatigued, if you can improve your conditioning and stamina it will help ensure you are ready to go come game-time and help prevent injuries Start gradual, don’t expect to be in mid-season form after an extended period of time off, allow yourself to ease back into playing shape Make sure to stretch after practice/workouts to help prevent muscle soreness or injuries Continue to follow

August 7th, 2020|
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