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CryotherapyMany people watching the London Olympics noticed the colorful tape worn by athletes. This tape, called Kinesiotape, was developed over 30 years ago in Japan and is used in rehabilitation to treat and prevent sports-related injuries. This tape is different than the traditional rigid, white tape that is commonly used for athletes to restrict joint movement and prevent injury (like taping an ankle). Kinesiotape provides support but also enhances proprioception, which reduces the occurrence of injuries. The tape is elastic and stretches 130-140% of its original length, similar to the elastic properties of muscle. In addition, Kinesiotape can be used to enhance lymphatic drainage (reduce swelling) and reduce pain during the acute stages of injury. Because the tape is 100% cotton, it can be worn in the shower or pool with the application lasting for 3 to 4 days. Physical Therapists at the Sports Rehabilitation Center are experts in the use of Kinesiotape and use it in conjunction with other interventions, like cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, manual therapy, and electrical stimulation to assist patients in their exercises while in physical therapy.
Pediatric CareKatharine has been involved with Georgia State and Mercer’s Physical Therapy programs as a consultant and adjunct clinical assistant professor. Katharine has pursued advanced training in dry needling and neurodynamics. She also has worked in pediatrics at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. Katharine is a member of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) – sports and orthopedic sections.
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UltrasoundSeveral modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation are commonly used to treat trigger points, but the success rate is marginal, especially in chronic conditions. Manual therapy techniques including soft tissue mobilization, manual compression techniques, and stretching deliver favorable results. However, these modalities can sometimes be painful or the trigger point may continue to persist. Dry needling is another technique that has shown to be one of the most effective procedures for releasing trigger points. Dry needling is often performed in conjunction with these other techniques. By using filament needles, therapists can manipulate and release deeper muscles which are difficult to reach using other techniques.
OrthopedicsMichelle is a skilled therapist who provides a hands on approach to treating orthopedics and sports related injuries for those wanting to return to recreational activities as well as return to sports at any level. One on one time allows for each patient to be assessed a as whole person and given a personalized program with emphasis placed on returning to sport or daily life with the highest functional ability possible. She has advanced training in manual therapy used with every patient including dry needling, kinesiotaping, mobilization of joints, trigger point and myofascial release.
Joint ReplacementPatients with joint replacement surgery benefit from the decreased stress on their joints, reduced swelling and facilitation of movement.
Knee Replacement"Following knee replacement surgery, I went to the Sports Rehab Center for physical therapy. I enjoyed being in an environment where patients inspire each other because the level of energy and motivation was amazing. The expertise of the staff is only exceeded by the professional way each patient is treated."
Reconstructive SurgeryChris graduated from The University of Miami, FL in 1996 with her Bachelors of Health Science followed by her Masters in Physical Therapy in 1998. After graduate school, she began treating individuals with sports and orthopedic injuries. Chris first became interested in physical therapy in high school, realizing she wanted a profession where she could make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. While playing Division I Basketball on scholarship at The University of Miami, she witnessed several severe athletic injuries and saw the commitment it took to rehabilitate these injuries so athletes could return to play. Chris experienced rigorous rehabilitation first-hand her sophomore year when she injured her knee and had reconstructive surgery. After eight months, she returned to complete her college basketball career. This experience solidified her desire to become a Physical Therapist. Chris not only played basketball, but she has also run a half marathon, biked 280-miles in three days for charity, and rock climbs several times a week.
Sports MedicineThe Sports Rehabilitation Center treats a large number of pediatric and adolescent orthopedic conditions. Our physical therapists have developed sport specific activity training regimes to prevent overuse injuries in children and are skilled at treating general orthopedic and sports injuries and conditions if they arise. Treatment and training involves 3 primary areas: assessing and teaching proper sports mechanics, providing specific strength and flexibility programs, and education for the family regarding a home exercise program and ensuring that the child is not placing too much physical demand on their body. Through this approach, kids are safely and quickly returned to their sport and other activities.
Aquatic TherapyOur advanced treatment techniques include manual therapy, trigger point dry-needling, aquatic therapy, kinesiotaping, mechanical traction, thermal modalities, neuromuscular stimulation, sport specific rehabilitation, and exercise prescription.
Manual TherapyChris began working at Sports Rehabilitation Center in 2004 and is now the Clinic Director at the Sport Rehabilitation’s Midtown Clinic. In addition, she is in charge of student affiliations as the Center Coordinator for Clinical Education (CCCE). She continues to engage in education and has completed advanced training in dry needling and manual therapy. Chris loves treating motivated patients regardless of their injuries, and her personal and professional desire continues to be giving her patients the best care, so they can reach their goals.
Physical TherapyA. Physical Therapy is a unique profession that integrates several different types of treatment approaches for different diagnosis to facilitate the quickest and safest return to function. By using a comprehensive approach, a physical therapist is able to match the appropriate treatment for the appropriate patient with the appropriate condition. Because patients have different goals and no two conditions are exactly alike, our physical therapists use an individualized evaluation system to meet the needs of each patient.
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