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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.

The Unmarked Detour: Concussion Recovery Helped By Treatments Old and New

Old fashioned Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) baths and foot soaks were a simple, yet remarkably helpful, therapy in treating her daughter's ongoing symptoms of concussion, says her mom, Dorothy Bedford, while craniosacral therapy, a new offshoot of osteopathic medicine, also helped.

Craniosacral Therapy May Help Lesson Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome

When her daughter suffered a serious concussion playing hockey, her mom discovered that craniosacral therapy (CST) helped in her recovery from post-concussion syndrome.

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.

Physical Therapy for an Injured Athlete: Pain To Pressure, Not Pain and Torture

Part of the reason athletes often think of PT as standing for "pain and torture" is because physical therapists employ a technique called "pressure to pain" to help them figure out how healing is progressing.  

Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: Treating the Athlete, Not the MRI

The three most important things a parent should know about an MRI when they talk to a physical therapist are not to be afraid to ask questions, not to dwell on the risk of surgery, and to know that the PT treats the patient, not the MRI.

Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: Why Body Symmetry Is So Important

Body symmetry is important because poor balance of such things as muscle tightness, stretch, bone length, pelvic rotation, and scapular positioning increases risk of injury and can hurt performance. 

Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: Joint Mobility vs. Stability

Finding the optimal balance between mobility and stability is crucial during the rehabilitation process.   Restoring normal joint mobility and stability before an athlete returns to play is important for performance and in reducing the risk of future injury. 

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