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Get Back in the Game Quickly with Physical Therapy

According to the CDC, more than 2 million injuries occur in high school athletics annually, and more than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports-related injuries. These statistics don’t account for the number of adults who become injured in sports, too — whether in training or competition.

Physical therapy has an essential role in the rehabilitation process for the injured athlete of any age or ability level. If you’re currently sidelined by an injury and looking for an effective and efficient recovery, we encourage you to give us a call to meet with a member of our physical therapy team. A physical therapist would be happy to guide you along your rehab process!

Reasons to Seek Sports Injury Rehabilitation With a Physical Therapist

1. Rehab Services Through Physical Therapy Are Drug-Free and Non-Invasive

The services your physical therapist uses are non-invasive, completely drug-free and have a low-to-minimal risk of adverse effects. These include:

  • Modalities, including electrical stimulation and ultrasound
  • Manual therapy, including joint mobilizations and massage
  • Therapeutic exercises

These physical therapy techniques can successfully treat acute and chronic injuries, including muscle strains, ligament sprains, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and more.

As a physical therapy patient, you’ll be more than just someone following a prescription à la “take two pills and call me in the morning.” Together with your physical therapist, you’ll learn about your body and the recovery process, helping you be more engaged in your rehab.

2. Physical Therapy is Highly Individualized 

No two injuries (or athletes) are the exact same. A physical therapist fully customizes your rehab plan depending on several factors unique to you, including your stage of recovery, type of injury, goals and other factors.

For instance, in the earliest stages of recovery from an acute injury, physical therapy treatment priority is on controlling inflammation, swelling and pain, as well as promoting tissue healing. The approach to rehab changes as you enter later stages of recovery, when restoring range of motion, balance, strength, endurance and central nervous system activation become the priority. A physical therapist also plays an important role in helping you decide when return-to-sport is safe and appropriate.

You may even have specific guidelines to follow from a surgeon overseeing your sports injury rehab. In these cases, a physical therapist can work closely with anyone else involved in your rehabilitation to ensure thorough carryover.

3. A Physical Therapist Can Treat AND Prevent Injury

When you meet with a physical therapist at our clinic, you’ll get to experience the true depth of insight these rehabilitation clinicians have. A physical therapist can thoroughly assess a person’s movement and personal history, identify seemingly “hidden” factors that may be contributing to injury, such as range of motion limitations, core weakness, impaired motor control and more, and address these factors so that your risk of injury decreases dramatically.

In this sense, physical therapy offers so much more than symptom relief — it also offers sports injury prevention and natural performance enhancement!

Do you have an athlete in your family? Wondering if physical therapy is right for you? Take injury recovery to another level with the help of our physical therapy team! Contact our office today to schedule your appointment with an experienced physical therapist.

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Our Reviews
Heidi Richardson
Heidi Richardson
17:00 19 Sep 19
I went to physical therapy not expecting it to do very much to help because that’s the way I approach everything with low expectations. Noel and his team have made my neck feel so much better that it puts me in a more positive mood each day and I actually feel more positive and more productive on a day-to-day basis..
Christine O'Donnell
Christine O'Donnell
16:26 14 Aug 19
I could barely walk into OBTS six weeks ago. I had very bad lower back and hip pain. The progress has been life changing for me. I always walk out of there with little or no pain. The staff, Laura, Dr Diane, Angie and, of course, Peggy, have taught me so much to keep my pain at bay. I highly recommend this team.
Nancy Guenther
Nancy Guenther
15:28 12 Jul 19
Absolutely awesome! My walking has improved 110%. And my pain level is zero. I highly recommend them. Go....you will be amazed how much better you feel.
Tracie Baxter
Tracie Baxter
20:24 03 Jul 19
This was the only place that could help with my TMJ. If you’re suffering from TMJ go see Noel! He really understands the condition. I no long have to deal with constant pain! The whole staff at this office is amazing and very welcoming.
Cindy Standiford
Cindy Standiford
21:33 28 Jun 19
The whole team is great!! I’m getting great care! I recommend Orthopedic & Balance for any issues you might have.
Joseph Mulholland
Joseph Mulholland
19:53 09 May 19
Amazing staff and amazing care. I came in barely able to stand up straight due to a back injury. After 6 weeks, I feel like brand new. Everyone was extremely helpful and easy to work with. Highly recommended!
Trool u
Trool u
19:44 24 Apr 19
I am a PTA student that was required 16 hours of observation time. I had the pleasure of completing my hours at this Valpo location. The staff is incredibly friendly. They were quick to make me feel at home. In a way I was sad to leave, but happy to continue on. I hope to eventually work in this field with a work family this caring and knowledgeable about their profession.
sharon Kramer
sharon Kramer
16:23 18 Apr 19
My experience has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience in getting me to feeling better. The staff does a remarkable job and are fully qualified in their respective areas. The staff made it fun coming here and they were very caring and helpful with their clients!!
Tim Nash
Tim Nash
15:32 27 Aug 18
My first experience with OBTS was very positive. During the course of my 13 therapy sessions I worked with many different therapists and all of them were professional and competent. They were able to help me effectively control my pain without medication using their therapy program. Unfortunately, they could not get my physical condition back to the same ability as before. However, this is due to the fact that it was later determined by my doctors that I required surgery. I plan on returning to OBTS for my post-op physical therapy and have already scheduled my evaluation appointment. Scheduling seems to be a challenge sometimes but that's probably an indication of their patient's satisfaction and good reviews. Thank you OBTS!
Arlene Gross
Arlene Gross
15:58 22 Jun 18
Everyone that worked with me was helpful. I enjoyed watching the staff interact as they worked as they laughed and smiled making me feel that it was fun to exercise. My knee pain is less and I look forward to having the same results with my back.
Jose Ico
Jose Ico
12:43 27 Apr 18
My wife and I have been coming here for a year. They have wonderful customer service and the treatments were great. I could say that since coming here for treatments, I am now able to walk properly and sleep well at nights. They help you in the best way possible. The people here are great and we definitely recommend it to everyone!
Paul Grant
Paul Grant
21:51 03 Apr 18
I have read lots of reviews that say "the entire staff of ..." is great, and you know that it is BS.. .. Butt at OBTS that statement is true. The person answering the phone, appointment setting they work around my schedule. It is truly a team concept. Everyone that has work with/on me keeps me focus on getting healthy to play golf.... Even those employees that haven't work with/on me are upbeat, positive and encouraging both their patients and me..... follow up phone calls, positive, hand written notes of encouragement, reminding me to do my homework so I can play golf this year. Great Employees, Great Business!.
Diane Burns
Diane Burns
02:30 16 Mar 18
I’ve had an incredible experience here at OBTS. In just two and half weeks I’ve seen and felt remarkable results. My hip mobility has improved by 30%. I credit the excellent physical therapists and the deep tissue laser therapy for my gains. I’ve gone from walking with a limp and pain everyday to walking normally and know that I’ll be back to running in the future. Every single person is warm and friendly here. Great place!
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