Sports Physical Therapy
The physical therapists at Sanford POWER 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 four experienced, board and sport certified physical therapists that are passionate about working with athletes from the initial injury to the integration of a sport-specific exercise program.
The state-of-the-art facilities allow patients to physically perform the appropriate activities or techniques to help determine if they are ready to return to performance, or if further supervision and training is required.
- Evaluating and treating a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular injuries
- Post-surgery rehabilitation
- Golf specific services with TPI Credentialed Physical Therapists
- Blood flow restriction therapy (BFR)
- Unweighting technology with the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill
- ASTYM treatment
- Biomechanical evaluation via high-speed video analysis
- Throwers program
- Return to play testing
- Return to performance program
- Runner’s clinic
- Dry needling
PERSONALIZED BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION THERAPY
Restoration of muscle, tendon, and bone health is essential for successful physical rehabilitation following injury. High intensity, heavy weight resistance exercise is traditionally the best method for increasing muscle strength, endurance, and size, but some people may be unable to safely complete this type of training without pain or re-injury.
Blood flow restriction (BFR) resistance training uses a medically certified device designed to temporarily slow down blood flow to the arms or legs during low intensity, light weight resistance exercise. Research has demonstrated that this type of exercise may cause responses in the body that are similar to those experienced following high intensity, heavy weight resistance exercise, and may be used to effectively and safely reestablish muscle strength and size following some injuries.
Some of the conditions that have benefited the most from BFR include post-operative weakness, knee osteoarthritis, and shoulder pain.
Personalized blood flow restriction is safe to perform on the majority of patients. At the Sanford Fieldhouse, we use the Personalize Tourniquet System, manufactured by Delfi Medical Innovations, Inc, a world leader in tourniquet technology and safety. This device is specifically designed to safely regulate and control tourniquet pressure during the application of PBFR.
To learn more about Blood Flow Restriction or find providers near you, please visit the Owens Recovery Science website.
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.
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.
The Supplemental Rehab program is unique to Sanford POWER Physical Therapy, offering a distinct advantage to patients receiving care at our location.
This program offers an individual an opportunity to work on specific physical therapy exercises and conditioning independently on days when therapy is not scheduled in an environment the patient is familiar with.
This approach allows physical therapists to concentrate on skilled intervention and progression during therapy sessions. By increasing the opportunity for patients to perform the exercise program, it will increase their independence and potentially mean fewer physical therapy visits and less cost to the patient in the long run. The Supplemental Rehab program maximizes use Sanford POWER and its resources.
Please call Sanford POWER Physical Therapy at (701) 234-8999 for more information.
2990 Seter Parkway
Fargo, ND 58104