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Sports Rehab

Sports Rehab

Offering a comprehensive list of sports injury rehabilitation/physical therapy programs, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute® (DPTI) provides athletes suffering from hamstring pulls, concussions and ligament/tendon damage effective, clinically superior care. We promote healing and help prevent future sports injuries from occurring. Our full suite of sports injury rehabilitation services includes:

Hamstring Injury Therapy — One of the most common sports injuries treated at DPTI are hamstring muscle strains. Typically caused when rapid acceleration (running) presents powerful stress on upper leg muscles, hamstring injuries primarily affect people who play football, soccer, baseball or run track. Hamstring injury therapy involves initial stretching and flexibility exercises, followed by hamstring strengthening and manual therapy (manipulation of joints and muscles). Functional training also plays a key role in a hamstring rehab program.

Post-Concussion Physical Therapy — A variety of physical and cognitive symptoms often persist for several weeks following a concussion. Cervicogenic headaches, dizziness, lack of balance and overall muscle weakness are a few of the many health problems experienced by those suffering a concussion. Our physical therapists effectively address these issues with vestibular rehabilitation, craniosacral therapy, joint/soft tissue mobilization and exercise. Following a functional program, concussion rehabilitation exercises include coordination, balance and stretching exercises to further help the patient regain strength and equilibrium.

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) — Risk factors for developing MTSS, also known as shin splints, include having stiff arches or flat feet, regularly playing sports on a hard surface (such as tennis, basketball and racquetball) or performing high-impact exercises before increasing endurance abilities. Shin splints cause pain between the ankle and knee due to trauma affecting connective muscle tissues that support the tibia. “Overloading” connective muscles by engaging in strenuous activity is the primary reason for the development of shin splints. Gentle, calf-stretching exercises, therapeutic massage, physical therapy taping and strengthening exercise comprise a typical program targeted to treat MTSS.

ACL/PCL Sprains — The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a tough band of tissue that stabilizes and protects knees from damage caused by powerful, back-to-front/front-to-back forces. ACL sprains occur when people performing rigorous physical activities stop abruptly during their exercise, pivot or twist against the joint’s intended direction or hyperextend the leg. Working in conjunction with the anterior cruciate ligament, the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) also helps stabilize the integrity of the knee joint. This ligament typically suffers sprains when the front of the knee is hit head-on. Falling forcefully on the knee while playing sports or performing low impact aerobics may damage the PCL ligament. Our PTs provide strengthening, stepping and resistance exercises, balance activities and soft tissue mobilization. Kinesio taping is helpful at certain stages of the ACL/PCL rehab process as well.

Kinesio Taping Method — Olympic athletes rely on Kinesio taping for the non-medication relief of back, knee and shoulder pain. In addition to muscle and joint pain, Kinesio taping also helps reduce the discomfort of plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and edema. Our physical therapists apply water-resistant and latex-free Kinesio tape strategically to areas of the body that need 24-hour stability and support. Worn for three or four days at a time, Kinesio taping provides excellent results based on the efficacy of the body’s ability to naturally heal itself.

Leading the Way to Good Health: The DPTI Patient Care Promise

Our promise to our clients is the most effective, clinically superior care and service possible. This means our PTs base all decisions on what’s best for you. It also means we work with all insurance plans and offer care access within 24 hours of receiving a referral. Contact us today at 1-855-5DRAYER to learn more.

Sports Rehab