Sports Physical Therapy
The physical therapists at Sanford Outpatient Physical Therapy are committed to getting you back to an active lifestyle following a sports related injury, trauma, surgery or overuse. Our team is made up of experienced physical therapists that are passionate about working with athletes from the initial injury to the integration of a sport-specific exercise program.
- Outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy
- Golf specific services with TPI credentialed physical therapists
- IASTM treatment
- Brace fitting
- Throwers program
- Runner’s clinic
- Dry Needling
ASTYM is a therapy approach that addresses problems such as scarring, fibrosis, and degeneration that occur in soft tissues. These problems may develop as the result of trauma, surgery, or overuse. ASTYM is effective for new injuries as well as chronic, nagging conditions. ASTYM treatment uses instruments along the surface of the skin to locate these problem areas and start the body’s healing process. As the body heals, exercise and activity help guide the healing which allows you to return to activities without pain and limitation. The success of ASTYM is documented for a wide variety of diagnoses and many times it helps patients where other treatments have failed.
ASTYM treatment is used in settings ranging from therapy clinics to hospitals to industrial rehabilitation. This proven treatment improves countless lives every day.
Please call Sanford POWER Physical Therapy at (701) 323-6837 for more information.
DRY NEEDLING TREATMENT
Dry needling is a hands-on approach used by physical therapists to treat myofascial pain and soft tissue dysfunction. Our physical therapists have advanced training in the technique and theory behind dry needling. This approach uses a “dry” needle – one without the ability to inject medication – inserted into sore or hypersensitive areas of the muscle. The thin, solid needle has a rounded tip, which is different from the sharp tip of the needle that providers use for injections. The goal of treatment is to help the muscles relax and work more efficiently.
Dry needling can treat many conditions. It can relieve muscle strains, back pain, neck pain and extended soreness in most regions of the body. It is most often used to treat pain or aid in recovery after competition or training.
Physical therapists use dry needling as part of a larger treatment plan. Needles could remain in the tissue from seconds to 10-15 minutes, depending on the depth of the muscle and the treatment’s goal. Sometimes providers will pair the treatment with brief electrical stimulation to help the patient’s muscle relax. After physical therapists remove the needles, patients will likely complete some form of exercise.
Patients can expect some soreness after treatment that can persist for as long as three days. The discomfort can vary depending on the depth of the tissue, the treatment’s goal and the individual patient. Those who are pregnant, recently had surgery, afraid of needles or are on blood thinners are not candidates for the treatment.
Dry needling is not acupuncture. Acupuncture is a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern western medicine principles. The only similarity between the two techniques is the use of a needle.
For more information, visit the following references:
- South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners. Chapter 36-10 – codified law – physical therapists. Accessed 7/17/2019.
- American Physical Therapy Association. Description of Dry Needling in Clinical Practice: An Educational Resource Paper Accessed 7/17/2019.
- Move Forward. Physical Therapy Brings Motion to Life. American Physical Therapy Association. Dry needling by a physical therapist: what you should know Accessed 7/17/2019.
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Bismarck, ND 58503