Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation
Our licensed and experienced physical therapists and physical therapist assistants will help you overcome pain, injury, and dysfunction that impact your ability to function to your normal level of activity and keep you from enjoying your full quality of life.
We offer a multi-disciplinary approach to treating injuries sustained through participating in sports and recreation at every level so patients can regain their pain-free mobility and return to their activity as quickly as possible.
We combine effective physical therapy interventions with clear, concise patient education to ensure that patients do not fall into a pattern of recurring injuries.
Among the common sports-related injuries we treat are sprains, strains and fractures.
Whether you are a high school soccer player, a collegiate lacrosse player or a professional hockey player, we work with you to help you improve your performance and prevent further injuries.
Pre- and Post-Operative Rehabilitation
Our staff is specially trained in orthopedics, the science of correcting injuries and conditions that impact the skeletal system and its associated joints, muscles and ligaments.
Research has shown that having physical therapy both before and after a joint replacement surgery will promote more efficient healing and lead to a more satisfactory recovery.
We are knowledgeable about joint replacement surgery and other orthopedic surgical and non-surgical interventions and will work with your surgeon and physician as a team to determine the most effective intervention for you.
With the use of evidence-based therapy, a combination of hands-on manual therapy and modalities, our goal is to improve your flexibility, range of motion, strength, and function to return you pain-free and without limitation as you resume your normal, active lifestyle as quickly as possible without recurring problems.
One of the most common reasons people seek physical therapy is to find relief from neck and back pain. Both conditions can deter us from living life to our normal level of activity and seriously impact our quality of life.
After determining the primary source of your pain, we develop a customized treatment plan to begin to address the healing process, combined with a series of exercises and patient education to help prevent recurring problems.
Evaluating and understanding the primary source of your dysfunction, pain, or injury is a significant first step to developing a customized plan of care that prevents recurring injury.
We will work with you to assess the extent to which your injury and/or dysfunction can be prevented, and prescribe specific exercises that will allow you to take control of your condition between physical therapy sessions.
AST is an organizational affiliate member of STOP Sports Injuries, an outreach program which focuses on the importance of sports safety-specifically relating to overuse and trauma injuries. The initiative not only raises awareness and provides education on injury reduction, but also highlights how playing safe and smart can enhance and extend a child's athletic career, improve teamwork, reduce obesity rates and create a lifelong love of exercise and healthy activity.
Physical therapists at Advanced Sports Therapy provide skilled manual therapy when providing treatment to each patient's impairments and limitations. Joint and soft tissue mobilization techniques include Maitland Australian and Norwegian approaches to manual therapy, Mulligan New Zealand mobilization with movement and advanced muscle energy and strain-counterstrain techniques.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Fibroblaster™ and Jack™ tools assist our therapists decrease soft tissue dysfunction, improve mobility, decrease pain perception and excess muscular tone.
Trigger Point Dry Needling
Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is an effective therapy to treat muscular tension and spasm which commonly accompanies conditions such as arthritis, nerve irritation, muscular strain, ligament strains and herniated discs. It is called “Dry” Needling because there is no solution injected as with a hypodermic needle during a flu shot. With Dry Needling, the needle itself and the effects it produces within the tissue is the treatment. TDN uses a small, solid filament needle which is inserted in a contracted painful knotted muscle to create a local twitch reflex which is both diagnostic and therapeutic as it is the first step in breaking the pain cycle as research shows will decrease muscle contraction, reduce chemical irritation, improve flexibility and decrease pain.
Blood Flow Restriction Training
Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is a training and rehabilitation strategy involving the use of cuffs placed around the arms or legs during exercise, to maintain/alter arterial inflow to the muscle while preventing venous return (venous occlusion). The lack of venous return creates a swelling effect of the muscle, which in turn, allows metabolites such as lactate, to accumulate and stimulate muscle growth. In addition, the hypoxic environment from temporarily and briefly decreasing arterial flow to the limb, causes muscles to fatigue and stimulates the nervous system to recruit fast-twitch muscle fibers, which have the greatest capacity to grow.
Benefits of BFR training include increased muscle size (hypertrophy) and strength, increased cardiovascular capacity (VO2max), decreased joint/tissue stress, minimal to no muscle damage and delayed onset muscular soreness (DOMS), and all with minimal recovery and low intensity exercise required. All AST physical therapists received Level 1 BFR Certification through Smart Tools and the Smart Cuffs Certification Program.
The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.
Kinesio® Tex Tape and RockTape are used to:
- Re-educate the neuromuscular system
- Reduce pain
- Optimize performance
- Prevent injury
- Promote improved circulation and healing
Skilled Exercise Prescription
Our therapists prescribe dynamic, functional exercises for each patient's individual needs. Exercise programs are clearly explained and applicable to each patient's injury or condition. Whether the goal is to improve flexibility, strength, endurance or all three, physical therapists at AST create comprehensive exercise programs to provide total-body care, injury prevention and safe, efficient return to work, sport or activity.
Home Exercise Programs
Our individualized home exercise programs (HEP) are video-based with HIPAA-compliant online patient portal, mobile app, and customizable handouts from Medbridge Education. Patients can track progress to increase adherence. In addition, our Patient Education library engages patients in their recovery with hundreds of education resources. Common conditions are easily and clearly explained with high-quality, 3D-animated videos and designed to promote health and wellness with self-care and lifestyle education.
Foot Management is a custom orthotic laboratory with over 30 years experience in manufacturing custom foot orthotics. Foot Management is accredited by the Prescription Foot Orthotic Laboratories Association and is a member of the Pedorthic Footwear Association. Utilizing laser scans of the foot we are able to manufacture a wide variety of appliances for comfort and fit. We routinely work with a wide variety of patients from professional athletes to arthritic and diabetic individuals.
ALINE Performance Insoles have broken the mold of insole design by creating an engineered suspension system--for your feet. ALINE's revolutionary innovations are supercharging the careers of the world's best athletes and improving thousands of lives, at work and at play. All AST physical therapists are ALINE Certified Experts from the ALINE Academy.
Mechanical cervical/lumbar traction, electrical stimulation/biofeedback, low-level laser therapy and iontophoresis/hybresis are utilized based upon evidence-based guidelines to address spinal compression, muscle hypertrophy and soft tissue pain and inflammation.