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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.

Safety Tips for DIY Home Projects

Tackling DIY home projects can truly be a rewarding hobby. The satisfaction that comes with completing an improvement to your home is something that money can’t buy. Not only is DIY a fun hobby that allows you to improve your skills with practice, it’s a great way to add value to your property and make your home an even more special place to spend time with your family. But it’s important to note that DIY projects don’t come without risk. At any one time there can be multiple hazards to be aware of including falling off a ladder, slipping off the roof, or experiencing aches and pains. By taking a few precautions these risks can be mitigated, protecting you and your family from harm. Here are some tips for a safe and successful DIY project: Do your research DIY projects

April 28th, 2020|

Free Injury Screenings

Free Injury Screenings If you’re experiencing aches, pains, or strains, we can help. Schedule a free injury screening with a physical or occupational therapist today. Sports Physical Therapists offers free injury screenings at all of our locations as well as a virtual injury screen through video chat, where one of our licensed therapists will assess your injury and provide recommendations for the next steps in your recovery. Don’t let pain hold you back from doing the things you love.  Let us take the first look.

April 15th, 2020|

Virtual Visits

At Sports Physical therapists, our number one priority is the health and safety of our patients.  Although our clinics remain open for those who need treatment, we are also offering Virtual Visits! By using a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a camera, you will be able to directly connect with a Sports Physical Therapists Provider for your virtual visit. First, give our clinic a call to schedule your virtual visit appointment, then your provider will email you with a direct link to join at the time of your appointment. No Transportation No need for child care Direct Access to a Physical or Occupational Therapist We always put our patients first, and that commitment has never been more important.

April 6th, 2020|

Benefits of Direct Access Physical Therapy

Direct Access allows patients to be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without obtaining a referral or a prescription from a physician. Wisconsin is one of 50 states that has legislated Direct Access to physical and occupational therapy services.   Patients are able to receive treatment quickly. Time is of the essence when it comes to injuries. Direct access to therapy will allow for the rehabilitation process to start immediately. All patients are seen by a Therapist within 24-48 hours.   Reduced Costs. Physical therapy often reduces the need for medications, injections, or imaging. In fact, with direct access PT, studies support fewer number of PT visits and quicker recovery. This benefits patients, insurance companies, and therapists.   Safe and Effective Pain Management  Physical therapy is a CDC-recommended alternate treatment plan to dangerous opioids and in some cases, just as effective (if not more!) than surgery. It’s

March 4th, 2020|

In-Home Physical Therapy Reduce Costs and Improve Outcomes

We are frequently asked if it is important to have physical therapy before surgery. Many people feel that if they are going to have therapy after surgery, why have therapy before? This may sound like a clear cut answer, but consider the following with Prehab: Learn to expect after surgery and train on proper use of assistive devices such as a crutch, cane or walker. Improve bed mobility and ambulation after surgery Increase mobility and strength for improved outcomes Mentally prepare patient for what’s to come Importance of compliance with therapy following surgery Pre-op In-Home Therapy is not just for orthopedic surgeries, it can be used for pre-chemo treatment, cardiac procedures, and more. There are many benefits of having In-Home Therapy Services before surgery such as saving money, faster recovery and quicker return to the activities you love to do.

January 21st, 2020|

Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel is one of the most common diagnoses. What happens is the median nerve gets compromised in the wrist – usually caused by repetitive wrist motion or bending it forward too often. Signs of Carpal Tunnel include: Waking up at night from pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand Numbness in the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger Painful hand cramping in the muscle Hand weakness What to do if you have these symptoms? See a hand therapist for an evaluation and to teach you how to properly do median nerve glides. This gets that entrapped nerve gliding and can reduce adhesions. Get a wrist splint. Our OT’s and Hand Therapists make custom splinting for our patients at Sports Physical Therapists. Wear your splint at night and when you’re doing heavy activities. A lot of times

February 26th, 2019|

Why Physical Therapy is About More Than ‘Getting Better’

When a patient makes an appointment with a physical therapist to rehabilitate after a shoulder injury, for example, it’s because he wants to get better, right? Well, yes, but what exactly does that mean? As it turns out, “getting better” means different things to different patients. To some, proper recovery from a shoulder injury means being able to carry a golf bag and swing a club while to others, it means being able to lift their children in and out of their car seats. Here’s the thing: Helping your physical therapist know and understand your own personal goals is the key to success. As a patient, that means speaking up early and often about how the injury is limiting the everyday activities that are most important to you. With this knowledge, your PT can adapt her approach and individualize aspects

February 25th, 2019|

Welcoming Michelle Shamash, Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)

Sports Physical Therapists is thrilled to welcome Michelle Shamash to our team of experienced, dedicated therapists.  Michelle works in our Fox Lake location and brings 20 years of training and patient care as a dynamic Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Michelle graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 with a degree in occupational therapy. Six years later, after completing the required five years of therapy experience, she passed a rigorous exam to obtain her certification in Hand Therapy.  She has been a Certified Hand Therapist ever since. During her early years as a CHT, Michelle built very strong connections to several highly regarded surgeons who practiced at Northwestern, Rush and Loyola hospital systems in downtown Chicago. She eventually opened her own therapy business in Fox Lake, IL, where she served patients for 15 years. During this time, the group of

February 22nd, 2019|

Benefits of receiving treatment from a Certified Hand Therapist.   Accurate Assessment of Injuries A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) has the highest level of hand therapy certification for treating arm and hand injuries.  We are dedicated to providing high quality care in a friendly and encouraging environment.  We take pride in the level of personal and compassionate care that is delivered; emphasizing a “hands-on” approach to rehabilitation and exercise.  We perform comprehensive evaluations and encourage patient input for treatment planning and goal-setting.  Our personalized approach ensures patient cooperation and understanding that enhances proper treatment progression to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.   Non-Invasive, Conservative Treatment Plans CHTs provide movement-based therapeutic solutions. Many people looking for the most conservative, least-invasive treatment plan possible will find great success with a CHT.  If you want to explore every possible avenue before going the surgical

February 4th, 2019|

7 ways to exercise on a busy schedule

Are you ready to hit 2019 running? The hustle and bustle of the holiday season may be over, but many of you are still very busy with your everyday schedule. Here are 7 simple tips to help you stick to your New Year’s Resolution. 1) Integrate exercise. It’s much easier to accommodate if you find ways to incorporate activity into your daily routine. Climbing the stairs to the third floor instead of waiting for the elevator, or parking further away to get more steps in. 2) Take a fitness class. Instead of roaming the gym looking for a machine, get together with a workout buddy and join a fitness class. 3) Clean more often. Make your household chores into a workout session by incorporating ankle weights or squats. 4) Wake up earlier. Morning workouts will boost your metabolism and have

January 3rd, 2019|
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