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Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy: The Key Ingredient for Athletes.

A female high school volleyball player is sitting at the doctors office to get a look at her injury. Her physical therapist is working on her knee.

Another school year is about to get cranked up! And, with the busyness of all that school brings, comes activities that pull families in every direction. Whether it’s drama, dance, cheer, band, football or volleyball, the interests are wide and we ask our bodies to give more as we demand more.

We spend an extraordinary amount time finding the right coach, the right equipment, the right opportunities, the right food, the right fitness, and the right team. This culture has become an ever increasing portion of student life. These pursuits are a significant part of who we are and the activities bring us great joy and fulfillment.

The big question that must be addressed is what happens when we encounter an injury that potentially could limit our performance or involvement. As important as the equipment, team or training—is the role of a sports medicine resource.

Sports medicine is as important to the performer and athlete as is the baseball bat held in the hands of the clean up hitter. Orthopedic and sports physical therapy is the key ingredient that might be missing from your routine.

Having a relationship with a physical therapist that has knowledge of the process of injury, rehabilitation, and recovery is extremely important. When you encounter a challenge in your training or performance, a relationship with a PT could be your key to returning to activity as soon as possible.

Oklahoma now has direct access for care so the initiation of care following injury could happen the same day of injury. Delaying care is the greatest hurdle to a speedy recovery.

Get ready for the upcoming year of competition. Rehearse, practice, train, stretch, grow, build, conquer, and be sure to develop a relationship with a PT that can be a constant part of your health, fitness, and recovery. Excel Therapy has a tremendous staff of PT’s with knowledge and experience that will likely benefit you, as your reach and strive for greatness.  Let us be a part of your team! And go out there and HAVE A GREAT YEAR!

Shawn Mayes Midtown Tulsa Oklahoma Physical Therapy Excel Therapy

— Shawn Mayes, PT, DPT, Excel Therapy, Midtown Tulsa

Explaining Stubborn Shoulder Pain

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Shoulder pain can affect a wide range of people for different underlying reasons such as: instability labral tearing, And various rotator cuff injuries. In the younger population, such as high school athletes, shoulder pain is especially prominent in swimmers, volleyball players, baseball/softball players, and participants in other throwing sports. Pain is also a common symptom for people who have instability in their folder or suffered a labral tear. These patients may experience a shifting, cooking or a catching sensation. Pain can range from sharp to a deep ache even at rest. These problems can progress as patients page, which generally involves impingement leading to bursitis and/or tendinitis. Both of these issues generally involve sharp pain with reaching lifting to the side, especially above shoulder level. With and impaired rotator cuff anthology, patients also often complain of pain radiating to the middle of the upper arm. If left untreated these issues may evolve into rotator cuff tearing.

Common Causes

For the overhead athlete the repetitive repetitive nature of their sport put us through the same Tissue over and over. This can lead to looseness of the joint capsule, tearing of the labrum, and rotator cuff inflammation.

Poor posture predisposes people to impingement syndrome of  the rotator cuff.

Trauma such as a fall where the arm is jammed

Any repetitive activity requiring reaching or lifting, especially above shoulder level.

Certain variations in bony anatomy can predispose an individual to rotator cuff problems.

Physical Therapy Treatment

Strengthening and ROM exercise too sure no restrictions weakness of the rotator cuff exist.

Modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation to help calm irritated tissue

Connection of poor posture and incorrect scapular mechanics

Manual techniques to help improve soft tissue mobility and scapular mobility

Dry Needling: A powerful therapy technique for many conditions.

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Dry needling involves advancing an “acupuncture style” monofilament needle into a muscle in an effort to deactivate acute painful muscle spasm or chronic muscle soreness/tension. Patients often feel positive results in one or two visits depending on the complexity of their problem, and typically have minimal soreness afterwards.

Call any of our locations today to discuss your condition and decide if dry needling may be beneficial to you.

Ball Field Injuries: Assisting You With Major League Comebacks!

Baseball Injuries, Softball injuries, physical therapy, surgery, ASTYM, manual therapyDid you know there are over a million baseball and softball injuries in the U.S. yearly? Overuse injuries in the back, shoulder and elbow contribute to pain and can lead to additional problems in the future.

Here’s the good news… many of your symptoms can be treated without surgery in the convenience of an Excel Therapy clinic.

Our therapists are highly skilled in a variety of treatments, including ASYTM, dry needling, and manual therapy. These techniques are effective in relieving a player’s pain and getting them back on the field in no time!

We hope you never need us, but if you do, recommend

Excel Therapy to your physician.

Because you DO have a choice! 

ASTYM Therapy: Addressing the cause of your pain, not just the symptoms.

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ASTYM Therapy is a manual therapy technique, performed by physical therapists, to stimulate regeneration of healthy soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon) by promoting elimination of dysfunctional fibrotic tissue. Fibrotic or scar tissue restricts soft tissue mobility which often results in pain. We often treat chronic problems such as Achilles TendonitisPatellar Tendonitis, and

Tennis Elbow, but also routinely use ASTYM for Plantar FasciitisHip Bursitis, and many more diagnoses.

As an active participant in your own recovery, it’s up to you to guide how your body heals. Our certified ASTYM therapists will provide you with the knowledge you need to adequately stretch and strengthen your healthy new tissue. And the best part? You don’t need to take time off from doing what you love in order for your body to heal. In fact, you are encouraged to continue your favorite activities during the treatment process which is actually beneficial to tissue remodeling.

 

To find out if ASTYM Therapy is right for you, call an

Excel Therapy location near you today!

 

How to Combat Knee Pain

Excel Therapy, Excel Therapy Oklahoma, Knee pain, knee injury, running injury, pain, weakness, dry needling, flexibility, knock knees, flat feetPresentation of symptoms

The patient often described gradual onset of pain. The pain is aggravated with activity and eases with rest. Patients generally do not complain of catching, walking, or feelings of instability. Even lower level weight-bearing activity can increase pain and it may progress to the point where sport board and otherwise active lifestyle has to stop or be greatly reduced. Symptoms are common in teenagers as well as a population with varying degrees of arthritis.

Possible Causes:

Hip and core weakness

Poor movement patterns of the legs during activity

Diminished body control during activity

Anatomic variations such as flat feet and knock knees can predispose a person to knee pain

Limited flexibility of hips, hamstrings, and calf

Physical Therapy Treatment

Strengthening of the hips and core

Proper stretching based on the evaluation

Instruction in proper movement patterns during dynamic activity

Possibly dry needling of certain him muscles that can influence patella position

Modalities to help decrease pain

Recommend arch supports if flat feet are present

Direct Access: The therapy you need without the hassle of a referral.

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DID YOU KNOW? You can be evaluated and treated by a Physical Therapist for thirty days WITHOUT A REFERRAL

from a physician or other health care provider? This is a huge victory for Oklahomans, who are now able to take a more active role in their own healthcare!

Excel Therapy provides a variety of services to help get your body functioning at its highest potential–whether you’re dealing with strains and sprains or recovering from surgery.

Give us a call at (877) 259-9520 to make an appointment for you or someone you love.

Hand Therapy: Improve your grip, strength, and range of motion.

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Hand therapy is a type of rehabilitation for individuals who suffer from a broad spectrum of conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities, such as Carpal Tunnel SyndromeTendonitisArthritis and Fractures.

Our hand therapists specialize in multiple techniques to relieve painful symptoms for improved flexibility and range of motion. After treatment, patients often report a decrease in stiffness, improved mobility and an increase in strength.

Call one of our Oklahoma locations nearest you to learn how you can benefit from hand therapy.

Back Injury Recovery Time

Back PainQ: I’ve hurt my back, how long does it take to recover?
A: Seven out of ten people experience low back pain. It can last from a few days to a few weeks, but 80% of people with low back pain recover within 6 weeks. If pain worsens or extends longer than this time frame, you should see a doctor. They may recommend that you see a physical therapist. There are specialized exercises and manual therapy techniques that a therapist can provide to help you recover from your injury.