Gymnastics is considered a high risk sport for head and neck injuries. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can occur from a direct or indirect force on the head. In gymnastics this can be the result of falling on the head, collision with equipment, collision with another athlete, or a fall where the head does not directly take the blow but a whiplash type movement occurs. In each of these scenarios, the brain moves rapidly inside the skull.
The medical field is constantly changing and along with it, so is the role of physical therapists in the health system. Physical therapists are continuing to grow in their importance in being the first point of contact for patients seeking a medical provider. Below are six reasons why your physical therapist may be the person that you see first for your medical needs.
The month of August signifies National Black Business Month (NBBM), an observance that highlights the importance of African American businesses to the black community as well as our national economy. During this month, we recognize our skilled physical therapists for not only providing exceptional care to our patients, but for rising as leaders and operating clinics within our organization. In this blog, we recognize Physical Therapist/Facility Manager and Co-Chair of Athletico’s new Inclusion & Diversity Council, Leython Williams, and his advocacy for black physical therapists within the industry.
Whether you have difficulty leaving your home due to mobility issues or simply prefer physical therapy services in the privacy and comfort of your home, Athletico is proud to offer home therapy to our patients! During a home therapy appointment, a skilled Athletico physical therapist comes to your home to provide rehabilitation services. Read below as we discuss reasons why home therapy is a great way to participate in physical therapy!
As we enter deeper into the COVID-19 crisis, those working within the physical therapy profession continue to face challenging circumstances managing patient care while considering the safety for themselves and their families. However, as we have moved through this crisis, I have a newfound perspective and respect for our profession as a whole.
At Athletico, our clinicians are encouraged to undergo advanced training and pursue certifications, giving them the experience and education to provide our patients with the highest standard of care. We want to recognize the Athletico clinicians who have committed to their education and their practice in becoming board-certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) or Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS). The credentials are designated by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) to those individuals who have successfully become board-certified clinical specialists in working with orthopaedic diagnoses or sports injuries.
With sports slowly returning to our landscape, concussions continue to be an aspect of athletics that players, parents and coaches need to address properly. One step that can be taken prior to the season that may assist with management of a concussion is having an athlete undergo baseline testing.
How do you choose which physical therapist you should see? Are all types of physical therapy the same?
Physical therapists have different backgrounds, training, and specialties depending on where they went to school, what advanced courses they have taken, and their own belief systems. Physical therapists may also specialize in working with different body parts such as shoulders, ankles, or knees. Finally, there are physical therapists who work with a certain population of patients such as athletes, dancers, or those with work-related injuries.