Physical Therapy Treatments
Core Physical Therapy Specializes In
Running injuries are common whether you are a novice or competitive runner. Training errors, inappropriate footwear, mechanical faults, weakness or flexibility may be the issue. At Core Physical Therapy, we provide a comprehensive evaluation that addresses posture, strength, shoe wear, flexibility and range of motion. Your running will be videotaped and analyzed for mechanical faults. Following the exam, you will learn about potential causes for your pain and how to treat it with exercises, changes in shoe wear or specific suggestions on how to improve your running mechanics
CrossFit has become extremely popular over the past twenty years. The program emphasizes cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, and balance. Occasionally, Crossfit athletes suffer an injury due to training errors or improper technique. The physical therapists at Core are trained to assist CrossFit athletes by improving their technique or any deficits they may exhibit with strength, flexibility, or joint mobility. Videotape analysis may be used to break down movement patterns to better assist with improving technique.
Core Physical Therapy works with many student-athletes from Virginia Tech and the local elementary, middle, and high schools who injure themselves while participating in their sport. The athletic background of the physical therapists gives them a better understanding of what is required to return to competitive athletics. We treat overhead athletes such as volleyball, tennis, baseball, and softball players as well as gymnasts, runners, swimmers, bikers, and soccer players among others. Common injuries involve the shoulder, back, knee, and ankle. We try our best to accommodate the student-athletes schedule by offering early morning and late treatment hours.
If conservative management is unsuccessful in relieving pain and disability, surgery may be an option. The quality of physical therapy following surgery will greatly impact recovery. At Core Physical Therapy, we take your recovery very seriously. We make it a point to understand what was done surgically and will communicate with the surgeon as needed. Common surgeries seen at Core include but are not limited to ACL reconstructions, meniscectomies, spinal fusions, discectomies, carpal tunnel repairs, labral repairs, rotator cuff repairs and joint replacements to the shoulder, knee, and hip.
The prevalence of falls increases with age. Vision, strength, sensation, and the inner ear (vestibular system) work together to maintain balance and equilibrium. If any of these systems are not functioning optimally, dizziness, and poor balance may result in increasing the risk of falls and severely impacting the quality of life. At Core Physical Therapy, an evaluation will be performed to determine the cause of the imbalance or dizziness. Treatment will be implemented to address the deficits to restore balance and resolve the dizziness.
The number of cancer survivors continues to increase in the USA due to better treatment. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. Cancer and the treatment for cancer may lead to problems such as scar tissue and mobility restrictions, weakness, cancer-related fatigue syndrome, cording (axillary web syndrome), and lymphedema (post-cancer edema). At Core Physical Therapy, we have a certified lymphedema specialist who is able to address these issues with lymphatic manual drainage, bandaging, exercises, manual work, stretching, and cardiovascular conditioning.
The elbow is a stable hinge joint that attaches the upper arm (humerus) to the forearm (radius and ulna). Common problems include golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). Dislocations and fractures may occur as a result of trauma. Throwing athletes occasionally suffer from ligament sprains to the elbow. All of the problems mentioned would benefit from physical therapy in order to address mobility restrictions, strength deficits, and function including a return to sport-specific exercises.
Foot and Ankle Problems
Feet are the foundation of your body. When your feet hurt, it can affect the rest of your body. Common problems seen at Core Physical Therapy include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, shin splints, stress fractures, Achilles tendinitis, calf strains, ankle sprains, and fractures among others. Physical therapy may encompass strength and mobility exercises as well as assessing shoe wear.
Headaches can be debilitating. Some may be short-lived and relieved with over the counter medication while others may persist and be severe. There are many types but the most common are tension, sinus, migraine, cluster, or cervicogenic headaches. It is important to understand the type of headache you are experiencing in order to best treat it. Physical therapy may often reduce or alleviate your headaches depending on the cause.
Hip pain may be due to tendinitis, impingement, arthritis, bursitis, fractures, and muscle strains among other reasons. Physical therapy may be indicated in order to improve mobility and strength in order to lessen pain and allow for a return to previous activities.
Knee pain affects millions of people every day. The knee is complicated and consists of several joints and ligaments as well as menisci which are the cartilage pads in between your thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia). Knee pain may be due to an injury to the ligaments, a torn meniscus, a tendon problem, arthritis, or without cause. Treatment will vary depending on the problem and what is found during the exam. There are often mobility and strength deficits that need to be addressed in order to recover.
Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is one of the most common causes of disability, and keeping active is critical to maintaining a healthy spine. There are numerous pain-provoking structures in the lower back including discs, nerves, joints, muscles, and ligaments. Although imaging may reveal results that seem alarming (such as arthritis, disc bulges, herniations, bone spurs, and degeneration), they do not automatically result in pain. In fact, it is important to know that these issues are also common in people WITHOUT lower back pain. Some of the diagnoses we treat at Core Physical Therapy include disk bulges or herniations, sciatica, lumbar radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, degenerative disk disease, and stress fractures.
Neck pain may be due to muscular and joint restrictions, weakness, disc herniation, instability, arthritis, and faulty posture. The pain may be local or may radiate to the upper back, jaw, head, or arm. Often, physical therapy is very helpful in reducing pain and improving mobility.
It has been estimated up to 70% of people will experience shoulder pain at some point in their lives. The shoulder is a very mobile joint and allows us to reach in many directions but because of this mobility, there is less stability making it vulnerable to injury. There are many reasons for shoulder pain including trauma, overuse, arthritis, joint tightness, or laxity but shoulder pain often occurs without a cause.
Physical therapy can help improve strength and stability and lessen shoulder pain.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)
The temporomandibular joint is a hinge joint that connects your jaw bone to your skull. TMJ dysfunction occurs when there is a problem with the joint or the muscles around the jaw. Poor posture, trauma, neck problems, teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and abnormal jaw movements are a few potential causes of TMJ dysfunction. Symptoms may include pain around the jaw or ear, difficulty or pain chewing food, or clicking/locking of the jaw. Physical therapy has proven to help those with TMJ.
Wrist & Hand Problems
Wrist and hand pain is often caused by traumatic injuries resulting in sprains, fractures, or tendon and ligament tears. Pain may also be due to repetitive movements, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Physical therapy will help improve mobility and strength and work toward returning to normal functional activities.
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