Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: An Introduction

First in a series of articles designed to educate parents on the ins and outs of the physical therapy process and decrease parental anxiety, some of which results from a fear of the unknown and/or frustration about not knowing what physical therapy is all about.

Back in Action, If Not In The Game: A Halftime Report On A Teenager's Recovery From A Stress Fracture Of His Spine

First, a thank you

In my last blog I wrote about my son's back injury and the start of physical therapy, but before I report on his progress, I want to extend a special thank you to everyone who contacted me after reading my blog post. My intuition told me that the fractured spine he suffered is an injury that has affected many other youth athletes and families. I was completely overwhelmed by the number of people who called, emailed, IM'd, commented on the blog site, or ran me down (figuratively, at least) in the grocery store to ask about my son. Thank you all so much.

After suffering a stress fracture of his lumbar spine, a 13-year-old Texas football player begins rehabbing his injury with rigorous physical therapy. His mom provides a halftime report from the sideline.

Psychological Factors Play Important Role In Successful Return To Sport After Injury

A growing body of evidence suggests that psychological factors play an important role in determining whether an athlete makes a successful return to sport following injury, finds a new study.

Ankle Sprains Require Individualized Treatment, Says NATA

While ankle sprains remain one of the most common injuries in sports, accounting for more than 45 percent of all athletic injuries according to some estimates, they are not all alike, so it is important that each patient have an individualized treatment plan, recommends a new position statement from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). 

Knee Pain: Physical Therapy Can Help

Physical therapy can help reduce debilitating knee pain from Patellofemoral Syndrome, a condition most commonly seen in female athletes.

Keith Cronin (Physical Therapist): Personal Injury History Prompted Career Choice

 

In recognition of April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam has asked 30 experts to write a blog answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year.

Today, we hear from Keith Cronin, a physical therapist at SSM-Select Physical Therapy in St. Louis, Missouri, and a MomsTeam expert.

By Keith Cronin, DPT, CSCS

A physical therapist explains how his own long history of sports injuries prompted his career choice and helps him relate to injured athletes, especially those who stubbornly resist a PT's advice, as he had done.

Equipment and Technology Play Important Role In Physical Therapy

Physical therapist Patricia Ladis discusses the various equipment and technologies used in an athlete's rehabilitation from a sports injury.

Physical Therapists Are Really Efficiency Experts

Because one of their most important jobs is to identify and correct muscular and other imbalances, a physical therapist is really an efficiency expert, says Patricia Ladis.

Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: Swelling

Swelling is common after many types of sports injuries, and is actually one of the ways the body protects an injured area against further damage in the immediate aftermath of an injury. The combination of restricted motion, pain, and generally ill feeling will likely take an athlete off the playing field, and, sometimes, on to a physical therapist's treatment table.

Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: How Much Pain Is Okay Before Return to Sports?

Following a sports injury, athletes, parents, and coaches usually look to the medical professionals involved in an athlete's care to decide when an athlete can return to play, and how much residual pain is acceptable. Here's how a physical therapist evaluates pain over the course of an athlete's treatment and recovery.
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