In my 12+ years in sports injury practice, I have had the pleasure of working with athletes from every sport and every level. And I can tell you with absolute confidence that not ONE athlete has ever presented the same way as any other.
Anyone can suffer from what is typically considered a “sports injury”. But the way each PERSON is treated largely depends on their:
- Pre-injury health status
- Their goals
- Their expectations
- Their work ethic
When compared to non-athletes, athletes tend to differ in most of the above criteria. This can change the injury management plan considerably.
Why I love to work with athletes
Athletes (dancers and other performance artists included) are exceptionally driven to return to their full function. They have specific goals that have to be achieved in a timely manner. They are also willing to put in the necessary work to accomplish these goals.
The reason I decided to continue my education and specialize in the sports medicine field was that I enjoy working with motivated, goal-oriented individuals. I thrive in situations that require creative problem-solving, the ability to see the big picture, and have layers of complexity. I believe these skills are necessary to effectively work with athletes.
Why you can count on me for your sports injury management
Second, only to the athletes I work with, I am the most motivated person to get them back to sport. I go ALL IN on my patient’s care and treat each patient encounter as an opportunity to get the best results possible.
You can count on a thorough physical and functional assessment, a detailed explanation of your injury, the likely orthopaedic and functional causes of your ailment, and a thorough, well-thought-out plan of going forward, based on your goals and expectations.
A treatment plan usually includes a combination of:
- Therapeutic exercises to advance healing and improve tissue resiliency
- Advanced soft tissue techniques (i.e: Active Release Technique) to decrease pain, improve range of motion and relieve tension
- Therapeutic modalities like medical acupuncture and high intensity (class 4) laser therapy, to decrease pain and improve tissue healing
- Mobilizing techniques geared towards improving functional range of motion in dysfunctional joints
- Sport/exercise technique analysis and modification to help minimize the likelihood of re-injury
- Strength & conditioning program geared specifically to your sport
If you are an athlete and are looking for a sports injury management plan that has you return to your sport quickly and stronger than ever before, you need a sports injury specialist. We should talk.