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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.

Sports Physical Therapists is evolving to stay relevant and meet the needs of our patients during the current times.

COVID-19 has essentially changed our world as we know it, and Sports Physical Therapists is evolving to stay relevant and meet the needs of our patients during the current times. Although our clinics are open and operating under the universal CDC guidelines, we are also offering In-Home Therapy and Virtual Visits as other treatment options. Sports Physical Therapists is pioneering therapy by bringing it to you. By removing the need for transportation and the need to leave home during painful situations, you can begin the healing process in the comfort of your own home.  Sports PT provides streamline communication to doctors and healthcare providers as well as a seamless transition for patients from home to clinic. No homebound status is required to receive In-Home Therapy. Sports Physical Therapists is also offering Virtual Visits/ Telehealth which will allow patients to connect

June 18th, 2020|

Benefits of Pre-Op Therapy

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. The most common use of prehabilitation occurs prior to a surgical procedure. Total hip replacements, total knee replacements, rotator cuff repairs, spinal, and heart surgeries are all examples of major procedures for which prehabilitation is shown to be effective. Prehab

June 3rd, 2020|

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|
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