At Pamela Morrison Physical Therapy, P.C. our therapists are experts in dealing with all orthopedic and sports injuries. Exercising improves health and is strongly promoted by health care professionals but sometimes injuries occur unexpectedly or overtime. Accidents, insufficient training, or using improper equipment can cause these injuries. Not warming up, poor hydration, fatigue, or lack of stretching can also lead to injuries. Some of the most common sports injuries are sprains and strains, knee injuries, Achilles tendon injuries, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, fractures, dislocations, tennis/golfer’s elbow, iliotibial friction syndrome, patellofemoral syndrome, low back pain, and rotator cuff tears. One of the best treatments for an injury that has just occurred is to rest, ice, apply compression, and elevate the injured area. This method helps to reduce swelling and pain and expedite healing. Seeing a physician is highly recommended to make sure the injury is not more severe than initially expected.
How can Pamela Morrison Physical Therapy, P.C. help with sports orthopedic injuries?
A comprehensive musculoskeletal and biomechanical evaluation is performed to determine the cause of pain and a diagnosis is determined. Strength, flexibility, balance, and stability are evaluated. Gait and shoe wear analysis occurs for all leg and low back injuries. Pain is managed through use of modalities such as electrical stimulation, TENS, therapeutic heat ultrasound, ice, moist heat, and laser therapy. Manual therapy such as soft tissue massage, myofascial release, cross friction massage, trigger point release, stretching, neuro-reeducation, and joint mobilization are some of the techniques utilized by our manual therapists to facilitate faster healing. A prescriptive exercise program is designed for each patient. Sports specific activities are incorporated into the exercise rehab program. Principles of core strengthening are applied to athletes of all age groups.
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