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FIND RELIEF FROM YOUR SPORTS INJURY WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY
Don’t Let Pain Sideline You • Service Spotlight: Low-Level Laser Therapy • Staying Physically Fit During the Holidays
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You don’t have to be a professional or even an amateur athlete to suffer a sports injury. In fact, many times, those most susceptible to sports injuries are people who have just started exercising or participate on a recreational level. Sustaining a sports-related injury can be very disappointing. Fortunately, we can help you get back in the game as quickly as possible! What Sports Injury Do I Have? You might have an injury that does not have a name. You could experience pain in your knee without having any actual structural damage to the knee. However, there are many injuries that can be categorized and given specific names. A few of the most common are listed below. • Sprains. A sprain occurs when the connective tissue that joins the end of the bone with another is stretched or torn. Those connective tissues are known as ligaments. Ankles, knees, and wrists are most vulnerable to sprains. However, back, neck, and shoulder sprains are also common. • Strains. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is pulled, torn, or twisted. Strains are non-contact injuries, such as those that occur from overstretching. A common example of a strain is a muscle spasm. A back or neck strain is a very common injury treated in physical therapy. • Knee injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the knee is the most commonly injured joint. Orthopedic surgeons see more than 5.5 million people annually for knee injuries, which can include runner’s knee (pain or tenderness close to the kneecap at the front side of the knee), iliotibial band syndrome (pain on the outer side of the knee), and tendonitis. Severe knee injuries often include bone bruises or damage to the cartilage or ligaments. • Shin splints. Shin splints occur when there is pain along the large bone in the front of the lower leg, known as the tibia or shin bone. Shin splints most commonly occur in runners, especially those who are just starting a running program. This is usually due to poor alignment of the body, or weakness in the leg muscles. We can help you find relief from your sports injury and help you prevent them in the future. Call us at (214) 383-0623 today.
FIND RELIEF FROM YOUR SPORTS INJURY WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY
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Most sports injuries occur from jumping into an activity without first increasing strength, endurance, and flexibility. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other tissues need to be warmed up in order to work properly. Therefore, if they are not in top condition, they are more prone to injury. Our licensed and experienced physical therapists can provide you with the treatments you need to ensure your body is performing at its peak performance, so you can avoid unwanted injuries that could hold you back. Knowing the right exercises to prepare for fitness activities is key. Our physical therapy experts have years of experience rehabilitating people after injuries and returning them to the activities they enjoy, free of painful restrictions. We also use tests like the FMS (functional movement screen) to improve movement patterns and reduce the risk of injury. We will put specific exercise plans together based on your needs, in order to help you prevent injury. If you do start to experience pain with activities, we can help you find relief. Our physical therapists will teach you important tactics for reducing your risk of sustaining a sports injury. This includes:
WHAT IS LOW-LEVEL LASER THERAPY (LLLT)? • When placed in contact with the skin, the laser device allows energy to penetrate tissuewhere it interactswith intracellular biomolecules, restoring normalcell function.Thebody’snatural healingprocess isenhancedasaresult of the lightenergybeingconverted into biochemical energy. • Our laser combines 2 proven modalities: Micro-Current Electrical Stimulation and LLLT (“Cold Laser”). THERAPY RESULTS • Very effective in stimulating cells, enabling repair and healing, and significantlyrelievingpain forproblems such as Soft Tissue Injuries, Joint conditions, and Back and Neck Pain. • Frequent stretching • Strength training • Coordination training • Endurance training and functional movement training How Will Physical Therapy Help Me? We can treat many orthopedic and repetitive motion injuries without the need for invasive surgeries or medications. In fact, many medical professionals will recommend physical therapy first, before recommendinganyotherprocedures. Ourphysicaltherapistscancustomize a program that addresses the particular weaknesses or problem areas in need of treatment, allowing you to recover quickly and remain active. Even if you have an old injury, it is important to have it evaluated by our physical therapists to prevent long-term damage. If you have sustained a sports injury like tendonitis, arthritis, a stress fracture, or low back pain, we can design a treatment plan to promote improved function, wellness, and minimize the risk of re-injury. Call us at (214) 383-0623 today. We’ll help you feel great so you can get back in the game!
OUR SERV I CES • Aquatic Therapy • Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) • Concussion Therapy • Dance Injury Rehabilitation • Electrical Stimulation • Instrument Assisted Manual Therapy • Joint Mobilization • Kinesio Taping • Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) • Manual Therapy • Therapeutic Exercise • Vertigo Treatment
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An insurancedeductible is theamountofmoney thatyoumustpaybefore your insurancecompanypays foryourmedicalservices. Ifyourdeductible is met, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything. Patientswith familyplansor thosewhohavehadmajorsurgeriesorhave a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on theirout-of-pocketexpenses.Thismeans that thecostofphysical therapy couldbeminimalorcompletelycoveredby thepatient’s insuranceplan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Want to improve your health and activity level? Call (214) 383-0623 to schedule an appointment. We’ll guide you to affordable treatments and place you one step closer to pain relief. HAVE YOU MET YOUR INSURANCE DEDUCTIBLE?
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“As a 17 year old dancer, I put my body through continuous strain while I prepare for auditions and my future dancing career. With hours of training and rehearsals me with everything from awful headaches to excruciating pain in my feet.”
every week, it’s hard to keep my body in its best state, but with the help of Dr. Cody Johnson, I’m able to do that. After working with me the days leading up to a performance, I was feeling back to my normal self and ready to perform! He has helped me with everything from awful headaches to excruciating pain in my feet. At Athletic Advantage you’re always guaranteed to be greeted with friendly faces and people willing to listen and help you work on any injury, whether it’s pain in your pinky finger or your whole back. If you need significant help with an injury or just want to get a checkup to make sure everything is working right, this is definitely the place to go!” - H. B. STAYING PHYSICALLY FIT DURING THE HOLIDAYS
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1. Keep moving. In addition to staying active, try to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time. Remember: Too much sitting is hazardoustoyourhealth.Research shows that getting up for just five minutesevery30to60minutesand performing light activity (pacing around the house or performing simple squat exercises) reduces theriskofdiabetesandotherheart disease risk factors. 2. Be creative and get rid of ‘all or nothing’ mindsets. Do your best to avoid the ‘all or nothing’ mentality when it comes to healthful eating and physical activity. Get a bit creative with exercise and opt for fun ways that make physical activity a family affair. From exploring new group fitnessclasses tobuildingphysical activity into holiday traditions.
Think outside the box when it comes toways tohavequality time with family and friends while also prioritizing your health. 3. Plan your workouts for the week and note them in your schedule to assure they are a partofyourday. Remember,some exercise isbetter thannone.Rather than skipping the gym altogether, make time for a quick workout. This season, your schedule will likely be filled with family obligations, traveling and festive outings with all sorts of tempting treats. Even the most disciplined people can find it difficult to stick to theirhealthandfitnessroutines. However, with these tips, you will be able to manage activity into your daily schedule with patience and time.
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