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.

Injury Prevention: What Is It?

Zach Koba, MS, CSCS Injury Prevention: What is it? Most of my current and former clients have the same goal- to be able to perform activity without pain. Overall, to summarize injury prevention in its simplest form, prevention is nothing more than systematically progressing your bodies tissue tolerances gradually to be able to perform the exercise or sport specific functions of your choosing with the least chance of injury. Clinically this may mean that we are working on your “tissue tolerance” to activity while a strength and conditioning coach may refer to the same concept as periodization of a training program. Let's think about this from a strength and conditioning standpoint. Many of my clients come to me after the insult or injury has already happened. Whenever I evaluate a new client everything starts with an assessment. If we don't

December 27th, 2018|

What is a Physical Therapist?

When we overstep our abilities to heal, when we ignore the warning signs our bodies are desperately sending us, when we do not allow the appropriate time our bodies need to recover we create injury. What is a Physical Therapist? By Joe Ford PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS The human body is in a constant state of change. Whether this is breaking down old tissue or building new tissue we are built to repair, renew, and rejuvenate. The way in which this happens is known as the SAID (Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands) principle. Stress on the body can do two things; stimulate it to grow stronger and be more resilient, or, when too chronic or too high an initial dose, break us down past our healing capabilities and create an injury. The ability to heal from any stress is dependent

October 30th, 2018|

Plantar Fasciitis – Symptoms and Treatment

Who am I? First, I’d like to introduce myself – I’m Mike Leitza. I’m a Licensed Physical Therapist with 20 years of experience treating outpatient orthopedics (injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones).  I had the idea to start a blog to provide you with some helpful information about common injuries we see on a regular basis in the office.  This may include basic information about the soft tissues (e.g. tendons, muscles, ligaments), bones involved with injuries, possible ways you can help yourself at home prior to seeking professional medical advice (e.g. appointment with physician or physical therapist), and advice on when and why it would be beneficial to seek medical attention. Today’s topic - plantar fasciitis! Plantar Fasciitis: Do you dread getting out of bed in the morning or standing up after extended sitting due to severe pain on the

October 26th, 2018|

Treatments for Tennis Elbow

My name is Mike Leitza and I am a licensed physical therapist with 20 years experience treating in  outpatient orthopaedics.   I am starting this blog to give the consumer some general information about common injuries we see in physical therapy including;  basic information about the soft tissues (tendons, muscles, ligaments) or bones involved with these injuries, some possible ways the consumer can help themselves out at home prior to seeking professional medical advice (appointment with physician or physical therapist), and some advice on when/why it would be beneficial to seek medical attention.   Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis Do you have a nagging/persistent pain on the outside part of your elbow that seems to be aggravated with use of your hand and resisted gripping/lifting.  If you do then you may have tennis elbow.    The proper medical term is lateral epicondylitis.     Even though

September 26th, 2018|

6 Balance Exercises You Can Safely Perform at Home

Dangerous falls are increasingly common in people over 65 years of age and can result in serious injury, and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.5 million older people are treated in the emergency room for fall injuries each year. The average health care costs related to falls is $35,000 per fall. Performing safe exercises at home can help strengthen your lower body to reduce your overall fall risk. The following are 5 easy exercises that you can do at home. Always check with us before beginning any home-exercise program. For all of the following exercises, position yourself near a counter top or sturdy surface that you can hold on to for support. 1. Standing March Stand in place and start marching in place slowly for 20-30 seconds. As this becomes easier, challenge your balance

March 1st, 2018|

5 Tips to Avoid Chronic Pain

1. Know Pain, Know Gain. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that understanding how our pain systems work is an excellent strategy in managing it. The great news is that you don’t need to know a lot! Simply knowing the basics of how our brain and nerves work, and their role in pain, can help reduce your chance for developing chronic symptoms. 2. Keep moving. Gradually and steadily. Living an active, healthy lifestyle not only improves our general well-being and health, but can also reduce our chances of developing chronic pain. Our body was built to move, and we need to understand that not all aches or soreness is cause for concern. 3. Spend time with a good PT. If you experience an injury, or develop the onset of pain, seeing a physical therapist (PT) early on can

March 1st, 2018|

Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling? A skilled intervention that uses a thin, filiform needle to penetrate the skin and remedy trigger points, muscles and connective tissue. This will decrease pain output to improve quality of movement through the connection between the muscle and brain. Is it safe? At Sports Physical Therapists, we take great pride in ensuring the cleanliness of the facility and administration of services to ensure a safe, comfortable and progressive environment. We adhere to OSHA and HIPPA standards, use personal protective equipment, high standards of safety and compliance. The technique itself has been proven through research to be very safe to administer. Dry Needling is not acupuncture! Dry Needling is from Western Medicine and backed by studied and tested practices that restore muscular function. Acupuncture is based on Eastern Medicine for holistic treatment on normalizing energy (Chi) balance

February 6th, 2018|

We are a Nation of Forward Bending Addicts!

During the last few decades, we have turned into a nation of flexion addicts. We are sitting at the computer, eating, traveling in cars and planes, watching T.V, talking on the phone, and eating. We think we are sitting, but physiologically we are slumping. We are almost always inclined forward even if we are doing nothing. This “posture” degrades our musculature and affects our neurological systems negatively. The human body is designed to function from a neutral spine. When we are slumped in the sitting position, our muscles become lax. You can feel the difference when you sit upright on your sitting bones. Connect the lift of the domes of the pelvis, ribs, and head. Look at your clothes and see how they hang. Now slump and watch how the fabric wrinkles. This is what is happening to your torso

January 22nd, 2018|

Educated Patients Are More Successful in Physical Therapy

With the ongoing changes to the U.S. healthcare system, it’s never been more important for patients to actively participate in the management of their own health and well-being. Studies show that engaged and informed patients often report more positive healthcare experiences including high-quality dialogue with physical therapists and fewer problems with care coordination. To get the most out of physical therapy, patients should be familiar with available treatments, know how to find the best therapist for their needs, and learn to advocate for themselves. It’s also important for patients to be able to describe how a particular problem is affecting their daily lives including symptoms, loss of function, and inability to complete tasks that once came easily. How can patients play a more active role in physical therapy? A few habits of highly engaged patients include: Knowing when to seek

October 10th, 2017|

Physical Therapy’s Scope of Practice Extends Beyond Aches and Pains

Physical therapy is an obvious choice when you’ve sprained an ankle or developed tennis elbow, but what about when you need to boost your mood? Though highly skilled in methods that improve mobility and reduce pain following an injury, physical therapists can also play a key role in improving a patient’s mental health. Exercise, a core component of any physical therapy regimen, is known to benefit patients with mild to moderate mood disorders such as depression. Depression is an underlying condition often associated with chronic illnesses and orthopedic injuries that limit mobility and participation in daily activities. With depression affecting one in 10 Americans at some point in their lives, physical therapy is another avenue to diagnose and treat the associated symptoms. Physical activity reduces feelings of anxiety, depression and stress by improving the patient’s cognitive function and self-esteem. Moreover,

October 5th, 2017|
Load More Posts