At Montvale Health, we have a complementary approach to sports injury rehabilitation. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, and injection therapy to get the best possible outcome including improved flexibility, range of motion, and strength. Our doctors have years of experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. We help expedite and improve recovery from many sports injuries including dislocations, traumatic injuries, sprains and strains, and overuse injuries.
Using a wide variety of exercises, hands-on techniques, and other modalities, we help athletes (as well as recreational sports participants) to return to form and excel. After sessions with our physical therapists, athletes not only regain function but achieve a higher level of balanced strength and conditioning than before their injuries. Our sports rehabilitation programs are personalized to fit your unique needs – services include but are not limited to Spinal Decompression Therapy, Massage Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Endermo Therapy. We also provide valuable education for injury prevention and performance enhancing techniques, including everything from gait, posture, and equipment analysis to strengthening and flexibility exercise programs to be done following care.
Recovering from Joint Dislocations
A dislocation occurs when a joint is forced out of its normal position. This is typically caused by a traumatic event such as a car accident, fall, or sports injury. Dislocations are painful and typically result in tenderness, bruising, spasms, stiffness, swelling, or joint immobilization. Prompt medical attention is required to put the joint back in place, which may also include sedation, traction, splinting, or casting in addition to joint manipulation. Then, several weeks of rest followed by physical therapy to regain strength, flexibility, and mobility.
Treating Overuse Injuries
Overuse injuries are caused by repetitive stress without allowing the body time to heal. Overuse injuries we often treat at Montvale Health include:
- Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Swimmer’s Shoulder (rotator cuff tendinitis and impingement)
- Little League Elbow
- Runner’s Knee
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Jumper’s Knee (infrapatellar tendinitis)
- Many other Overuse Injuries
These injuries can be caused by overtraining, improper technique, not allowing your body time to recover, or doing too much of one activity without cross-training. Our team uses an integrated approach to treat overuse injuries, and can provide training and instruction to prevent future occurrences.
Recovering from Rotator Cuff Damage
Rotator cuff injuries are very common and treatable by the expert staff at Montvale Health, but if left untreated can get worse over time. The rotator cuff is made of four muscles that move and stabilize the shoulder joint, and damage to any of these muscles can cause pain and decreased range of motion. Conservative treatment includes rest, physical therapy, and injection therapy but in some cases, surgery is necessary.
Rehabilitation after Sprains & Strains
A sprain occurs when a ligament (tissue connecting bones) is stretched or torn. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon (tissue connecting muscles to bones) is stretched or torn. Symptoms include pain, bruising, and immobility. Mild sprains and strains may heal on their own, but if pain persists for more than a few days a doctor’s appointment is recommended. Conservative treatment includes RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. You may also take painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen. After the pain and swelling subside, physical therapy may be prescribed in order to increase strength, mobility, and flexibility and also to help prevent re-injury.
Recovering from Broken Bones & Traumatic Injuries
Broken bones require orthopedic expertise to ensure proper healing. Our doctors will take X-rays and set the bone into its correct position, often with a splint or cast. Once the bone is healed, our physical therapists will provide treatment to help regain muscle tone, improve balance, and increase flexibility.
Kinesio taping, also known as KT taping or Kinesiology taping, is a rehabilitative technique that provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of physical therapy. It supports the natural healing process while supporting the muscles and joints without restricting range of motion. Kinesiology taping also helps lymphatic drainage by subtly lifting the skin. Our therapists apply the tape in specialized shapes based on our patients’ individual needs; it can reduce pain and inflammation, improve athletic performance, prevent injury, and promote good circulation and healing. Kinesio tape is made of cotton with medical-grade adhesive acrylic – it’s hypoallergenic, latex-free, and can be comfortably worn for several days at a time. Patients with Achilles tendonitis, hamstring strains, groin strains, ankle sprains, calf strains or tears, IT band strains, hip flexor strains, and shin splints may benefit from the use of Kinesio taping in conjunction with traditional physical therapy.