Spring into Physical Therapy (Jan 15 2018)

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Your physical therapist will ensure your neck and spine are in good posture, that will aid in reducing the risk of injury and relieve any pressure on the neurological system that can impair performance. A program of exercises will be developed that addresses your strengths and any areas of weakness. You’ll learn how to stretch and warm up properly before putting specific muscle groups into action.

People tend to eat less healthy fare in the winter. At OSTC, our professional staff includes certified fitness nutrition specialists who can help with your nutritional needs and recommend dietary supplements that help meet any deficits to provide you with specific nutrients for your selected activities. If you’ve had an injury in the past that has lingering effects, braces and other supportive aids are available to reduce the potential for another injury.

The therapies available through your physical therapist at OSTC are effective for improving performance and building strength, balance and coordination to reduce the risk of falls. Your therapist can provide suggestions for protective gear and proper footwear that offers the traction and support needed for specific activities. OSTC can also fit you for custom orthotics to address any imbalances for comfort and to relieve pain.

Lifting, bend, twisting and turning can easily strain the muscles and tendons. The quick stops and starts of basketball and the pounding the body takes while jogging can be mitigated with physical therapy. Your physical therapist can show you new ways to move to perform tasks that will be easier on your body and reduce the risk of an injury.

Before spring actually arrives is the time to get your body tuned up and ready for the upcoming season. Spring is a time of invigorating possibilities and your body will be rejuvenated and ready for whatever the season brings after a visit to your physical therapist.

Pre-Surgical Physical Therapy (Dec 18 2017)

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Most people think of physical therapy in regard to rehabilitation following surgery, but it’s also beneficial for preparing the body to undergo a surgical procedure. It’s effective for aiding in quicker recovery times, decreasing the potential for complications, and reducing the care required after surgery - especially in major procedures such as joint replacements.

It’s beneficial prior to any surgical procedure and can be particularly advantageous for sports injuries. A sports-related injury requiring surgery will typically be more severe and require specialized care if the patient is to return to full functionality and “prehab” therapy can help.

Pre-surgical physical therapy maximizes a patient’s range of motion, strength and control prior to the surgery and helps individuals regain mobility and control faster and more effectively post-operatively. Between the time an injury occurs and when surgery is scheduled, a substantial amount of atrophy can occur in muscles. Movement patterns can also change as people try to compensate for a loss of motion or balance. Physical therapy is beneficial for preventing both situations.

Winter Fitness Secrets (Dec 4 2017)

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It is true that many people dread going to the typical gym or fitness center. OSTC offers a welcoming alternative. The wellness center at OSTC is designed to help individuals reach their maximum fitness goals in a fun positive environment. The wellness staff are all Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists who can offer custom training and fitness programs to maintain health and fitness levels, reduce the risk of injury, and perform more efficiently.

Winter weather impacts physical workouts and affects mood, resulting in conditions that include depression, fatigue and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Personal trainers have techniques and methods to beat the winter blues, elevate mood, maintain fitness levels and prevent weight gain throughout the season. The personal trainers at OSTC have the experience and expertise to design a fitness program that maintains current fitness levels, prepares individuals for warmer weather and preserves competitive training schedules. The wellness program at OSTC also offers pool classes as an effective alternative to traditional workout programs.

Customized Physical Therapy (Nov 20 2017)

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One of the most important strategies for relieving your pain is a customized exercise program. Your physical therapist will create a program that factors in your strengths, areas that need improvement, any chronic conditions, and your fitness level.

Physical therapy will help ease pain, allow you to move better, and promotes restorative sleep necessary for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself. It’s beneficial for preventing and mitigating the severity of recurrences and relapses. At your initial evaluation your physical therapist will discuss your areas of concern and your goals. They will also evaluate your gait (the way you walk), range of motion, strength, posture and alighnment. Then your therapist will create a personalized physical therapy program tailored to your needs, abilities and goals.

Your physical therapist may incorporate a number of complementary techniques into your treatment. Exercise can include aerobic movements, range of motion exercises and strengthening exercises. Manual manipulation is available if your movement is limited or you’re unable to participate in a traditional exercise program. The individualized plan will be adjusted to accommodate your progress.

Heat and cryogenic therapies may be utilized, along with ultrasound, electrical stimulation, LASER and dry needling. Water-based therapy is particularly beneficial if you have mobility limitations. You’ll be buoyed by the water, thereby reducing the effects of weight and gravity on your body by approximately one-third. It’s a gentle form of resistance training that can prepare you for more strenuous activities.

Your treatment may include therapeutic massage to ease pain, increase circulation, and maintain movement and flexibility. It stimulates the immune system, aids in detoxifying the body, stimulating the immune system, and relieves stress and inflammation.

Your physical therapy will alleviate pain during the day and promote restful sleep during the night. You don’t have to suffer with pain and sleepless nights when relief through physical therapy is so close at hand.

How to Protect and Strengthen the Lower Extremity (Nov 6 2017)

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Knee and foot injuries are common for people of all ages. They tend to occur during day-to-day activities such as walking, climbing stairs and running. In most cases, people tend to ignore the pain and just ‘carry on’, leading to more injury and pain. Rest and medication help reduce pain, however the residual effects of knee and foot injuries (loss of strength and mobility) are best treated with physical therapy.

The knee joint is a complex, weight-bearing structure and the ankle, in particular, is protected by ligaments on the inside, outside and the front. Sudden twisting movements can lead to tendon and ligament tears, and in some cases, fractures. Also, a myriad of injuries including strains, sprains, plantar fasciitis, fractures, meniscal tears and ligament tears can lead to impaired mobility and severe pain. These conditions can make it difficult, if not impossible, for the individual to walk until the injury heals.

Depending on the severity of the injury, surgery may be required. With or without surgery, physical therapy plays a vital role in recovery from knee and ankle injuries.

Choosing the Best Physical Therapist (Yes, Your Choice!) (Oct 16 2017)

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Choosing a physical therapist is a personal decision and one that shouldn’t be made in haste. One of the best ways to locate a therapist is by asking family, friends, co-workers or your primary care physician for recommendations. An online search can also be conducted or visit the American Physical Therapy Association website.

While all physical therapists are highly trained and educated professionals, some choose to specialize in specific areas of expertise. Some physical therapists specialize in all aspects of pregnancy related needs, while others choose to concentrate on sports injuries, rehabilitation for stroke or accident victims, pediatrics, orthopedics, neurology or geriatrics. It’s important that patients select a physical therapist that has experience in their particular condition.

At OSTC, all of our Physical Therapists are either Board Certified Specialists in Sports or Orthopedics or are in the process of becoming a Board Certified Specialist. This means our Physical Therapists have proven themselves through testing to have a higher level of knowledge, skill, and experience in Sports and Orthopedics than a non-board Certified Physical Therapist.

As a company, we have made a commitment to consistently sending our professionals to seminars and training by the top orthopedic and sports medical professionals in the country. This benefits you in that you can rest assured that your Physical Therapist is up to date on the latest evidence based practice techniques and technology, which will result in better outcomes for you.

In addition to being highly trained, our professionals love what they do. You will be treated in an upbeat and energized environment with happy people that will consistently encourage you along the journey toward reaching your goals.

Patients should feel comfortable with their physical therapist, be able to ask questions and talk with them freely about their condition and treatment. Having a rapport with the physical therapist is critical for effective treatment.

OSTC physical therapists encourage you to come by to meet our staff. We offer free consultations to help best guide you on your road to recovery. We would love you to choose OSTC to be your orthopedic and sports physical therapy provider for life.

OSTC, more than Physical Therapy. Welcome to Wellness (Oct 02 2017)

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Ankle Sprains and Physical Therapy (Sept 18 2017)

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Physical Therapy and Hamstring Health (Aug 21 2017)

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Physical Therapy and Hamstring Health

The body has three muscles (collectively known as the hamstring) in the back of the thigh that can be injured, with the most common cause being participation in sports and athletic endeavors. The hamstring muscle allows people to extend the hip and bend the knee. Once a hamstring muscle has been injured, it can be up to six times more likely to be injured again.

Hamstring muscles are typically injured when an individual:

• Rapidly accelerates or stops suddenly while running

• Changes direction quickly

• When jumping

• Sprinting, hurdling or kicking

• During heavy lifting

Individuals are at increased risk if they don’t warm up and stretch sufficiently before engaging in new, unfamiliar or strenuous activities. Muscle fatigue, a prior injury and weakness in the hamstring or glutes are all factors that contribute to an injury. The damage can range from mild and feel like a cramp. Some people don’t realize they’ve even sustained an injury until they rest or during the following day.

In a severe hamstring injury, the individual may feel a “popping” sensation or a sharp pain in the back of the thigh that extends into the buttock. The area may be swollen, bruised and tender to the touch and there may be difficulty sitting, lifting the leg or stretching it out fully. If the muscle is torn, surgery may be needed to repair the damage.

If you or someone you know suffers from hamstring pain or injury, contacts at OSTC for your FREE consultation and find out what solutions we have to offer you. 940-692-4688

Heel Pain and Injury: The Physical Therapy Solution (July 17 2017)

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Heel Pain and Injury: The Physical Therapy Solution

The feet bear the weight of the body upon them, but the heel of the foot receives little thought unless it begins to hurt. Pain can originate under the heel (plantar fasciitis) or the back of the heel in the Achilles tendon. Inflammation, swelling and pain are common complaints associated with the heel.

An injury to any part of the heel can be extremely painful, producing inflammation and swelling. Individuals may have difficulty flexing their foot up or down, standing on their toes, or even walking. A heel injury may also result in a tingling sensation indicating the need for immediate medical care that will often require rehabilitation with a physical therapist.

Everyone has an occasional pain in the heel after extensive walking, jogging or sports activities and it typically disappears within a day or so with rest. Heel pain that interferes in standing, walking, or lasts a week or more can be helped with physical therapy.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain resulting from running and jogging, obesity, and excessive standing. Pain may be present when people take their first few steps in the morning or after sitting down for an extended period of sitting.

If you or someone you know suffers from heel pain or injury, contacts at OSTC for your FREE consultation and find out what solutions we have to offer you. 940-692-4688

Physical Therapy for Joint Replacement (July 03 2017)

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6 PT Benefits for Joint Replacement

Physical therapy is an essential part of joint replacement therapy. Depending upon the joint that has been replaced, patients will need to re-learn how to stand, walk, lift or grasp objects. Physical therapy helps:

  • Ease pain
  • Reduce scarring around the joint
  • Regain full range of motion
  • Promote mobility
  • Improve balance, coordination, and functionality
  • Strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the joint

An important part of the rehabilitation process with physical therapy will be the use of assistive aids for mobility and a physical therapist will show patients how to use them effectively. Individuals will learn new ways of performing everyday tasks with ergonomic adaptations that will make life easier during recovery.

People often assume awkward positions and behaviors due to the pain and mobility issues associated with a poorly operating joint. An important aspect of physical therapy is helping patients regain and maintain proper posture and relieve pressure on the neurological system that can impede recovery success.

Recovery typically requires two to four months following a joint replacement, depending on the patient and joint that was replaced. The goal of physical therapy will be for patients to improve their mobility by two weeks following surgery with a return to regular activities by 12 weeks after the procedure.

If you or someone you know has had a joint replacement or is going to have joint replacement surgery, contact us at OSTC for your FREE consultation and find out what solutions we have to offer you. 940-692-4688

Athletes, Injuries and the Solution (June 19 2017)

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Athletes, injuries and the Solution
Strains, sprains, pulled muscles and even fractures are just some of the possible injuries that can befall recreational, amateur and professional athletes. The injuries are often more severe than those sustained at home or work, requiring multiple physical therapy and rehabilitation techniques to restore full functionality to the affected area.

Overuse injuries are common and while they may initially not appear to be severe in nature, they can quickly transition into a chronic condition if left untreated. A sore joint from golfing, tennis, swimming or pitching can result in pain, neurological damage and dysfunction that may remove an athlete from play for an entire season or derail a promising career.

Sports injuries run the gamut, from pulled groin and hamstring muscles, elbow and rotator cuff problems, to fractures and dislocations. Injuries are often exacerbated by the athlete’s decision to “power through the pain.” Physical therapy techniques are effective in treating and preventing injuries and providing rehabilitation following an injury or surgery. The need for therapy is especially crucial for sports related injuries.

Physical therapy provides pain relief and management that doesn’t rely on prescription medications or invasive methods. It is effective for improving sports performance and treating musculoskeletal and neurological damage resulting from injuries ranging from concussions to turf toe.

Athletes are masters of precise movements and control, but even a slight variation or miscalculation can result in an injury. Physical therapists are experts in the biomechanics of the body and the therapies that will best heal and rehabilitate specific injuries. Therapists work with current injuries and prior conditions that may have lingering symptoms.

If you or your athlete suffers from an athletic injury, come see us for a FREE walk-in assessment, or call us at 940-692-4688

Physical Therapy and Technology Related Injuries (June 6 2017)

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Technology Related Injury

Technology has provided new medical treatments, ways to communicate, and entertainment options, but it’s also taking a toll on the bodies of those who use it. Squinting at small screens, selfie-induced tennis elbow, and sitting hunched over computer keyboards, tablets, and video game systems are just some of the ways in which people are causing injury to themselves.

An increasing number of people are seeking physical therapy to relieve pain, tension and injuries involving the neck, shoulder and back, along with stress-related conditions that include migraines.

Problems with the spine, wrists and palms of the hand are common among those who spend an excessive amount of time playing video games, using computers and talking on cell phones. “Trigger thumb” is the result of tightly gripping video game controllers and smartphones.

Carpal tunnel and repetitive motion injuries are occurring in individuals who text (texting thumb), use keyboards, play video games and take a lot of selfies (selfie elbow). It causes injury to muscles, nerves and tendons that produce pain, tingling and numbness.

The therapists at OSTC are here to help you with any injury,come see us for a FREE walk-in assessment, or call us at 940-692-4688

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