How Can Sports Medicine Benefit Me?
Anyone who is physically active can benefit from working with a sports medicine therapist to implement a proactive approach for increasing mobility and being healthy. Our goal is to help you get active or stay active, particularly if you've been sidelined by injury.
More and more young athletes are getting involved with sports at earlier ages. In addition, there is a growing number of older athletes remaining highly active into their 70's and 80's. As a result, there is an increasing incidence of sports related injuries resulting in pain, dysfunction, and prolonged activity limitation.
Sports Medicine is a specialty service geared to prevent and/or to treat injuries related to your specific sport or activity – from youth sports, to collegiate athletics, to the weekend warrior, to those simply trying to stay active and live healthy.
The sports medicine physical therapists work closely as an integrated team, communicating with you and your physician to develop a treatment plan that best meets your needs and goals. If you have pain that limits your activity level or has forced you to stop participating all together, contact a Sports Medicine physical therapist.
Sports Medicine - Therapy Services
Sports Medicine physical therapy is a specialized component of high quality therapy services . The number one goal is to help you return to your desired activity as quickly and safely as possible.
Our therapy services offer individualized and sport specific therapy – including physical, occupational, or hand therapy for post-surgical as well as non-surgical conditions. You will receive a progressive, sport specific therapy program with direct guidance that will push you safely to your limits.
Biomechanical video analysis
This is a specialty service that uses high speed video, allowing the sports medicine specialists to breakdown various components of your sport specific movement patterns to help reduce injury and improve your overall performance. This service is available as a component of traditional injury rehabilitation as well as a cash based service for performance enhancement. Current video analysis services include:
UnityPoint Health - Meriter offers additional services to allow for timely progression back to your previous activity level, including:
- Dry Needling Services
- Astym Therapy
- Exercise Physiology for those interested in beginning an exercise program
- Nutritional Services with a Dietitian
- Return to play from concussion