Athletes and Running Analysis
Whether you are a weekend warrior, aiming for the pros or a soon-to-be- off the couch potato, we are here to help you reach your goals.
Athletes can need a different level of care to get them back on their game and back in the field. Our one on one assessments and treatment allow us to work directly as your partner to facilitate your return to your normal activities.
Looking for a running analysis? Look no further! As a runner herself, Dr. Cheryl has completed continuing education in running analysis, runner’s form and assessment. She also is certified in Selective Functional Movement Analysis (SFMA). https://www.functionalmovement.com/system/sfma
A sprain occurs when a ligament, the tissue that connects bones to bones, is stretched or injured. A common example is an ankle sprain, often caused by the twisting of the ankle. In our physical therapy practice, treatment for ankle sprains is highly personalized. We focus on addressing muscle weakness, improving balance, enhancing proprioception (your sense of body position), and providing functional activity training to aid recovery.
A strain happens when a muscle or muscle tendon, the connective tissue linking muscle to bone, is stretched or injured. You may have heard of it as a "hamstring strain" or "pulling a muscle." Our physical therapy approach is tailored to your unique needs. Treatment typically includes gentle stretching of the affected muscles, manual techniques to expedite recovery, and gradually introducing strengthening and stabilization exercises, all customized to your progress and requirements.
Fracture or Broken Bone
A fracture, commonly known as a broken bone, occurs when a bone cracks or fully separates. Initially, medical doctors may immobilize the bone with a cast, sling, or even surgery involving rods and screws. Physical therapy usually comes into play once some healing occurs, typically taking 8-10 weeks. Our physical therapists create individualized plans focused on improving your range of motion, strengthening the muscles around the injury, reducing compensations, and facilitating your return to daily activities according to your specific goals.
In some cases, surgeons recommend physical therapy before surgery. This pre-operative physical therapy enhances strength, range of motion, and flexibility. It often leads to better post-operative outcomes and faster recoveries. Typically, pre-operative physical therapy involves a few sessions in the weeks leading up to your surgery. However, additional sessions may be necessary in certain situations, especially when surgery is avoidable or significant muscle and joint limitations exist.
Falls can result from various factors, including both external and internal causes. External factors encompass issues like low lighting, uneven surfaces, tripping hazards, and collisions with objects or individuals. Internal factors may include:
- Decreased proprioception: Your sense of body position in space.
- Vestibular issues: Pertaining to your inner ear's sense of head position, movement, and its communication with your brain and body.
- Decreased muscle strength: Certain muscles play a crucial role in maintaining balance. Weakness in these muscles can lead to imbalances and falls.
- Vision issues: Impaired vision can affect your ability to perceive your surroundings. While physical therapy doesn't directly address vision problems, we strengthen the systems contributing to balance. Additionally, we offer recommendations to modify your home environment to reduce fall risks.
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of your spine, often resembling a "C" or "S" shape. Diagnosis typically involves an in-office examination and confirmation through X-rays. While severe scoliosis may require surgery due to potential effects on the ribs and lungs, mild to moderate cases often benefit from physical therapy. Our approach includes assessing your posture, daily activities, range of motion, mid-back strength, and postural muscles. Based on these findings, our physical therapists create an individualized plan tailored to your needs.
Ligaments connect bone to bone and can get injured through falls, sports impacts, motor vehicle accidents, or prolonged stress. Ligaments can stretch, sprain, tear, and more. Physical therapy focuses on reducing initial stress on the injured area and strengthening the muscles around it. We align our treatment with your goals for returning to your desired activities.
Tendons connect muscles to bones and can sustain injuries from sports, falls, accidents, or everyday activities. Tendons may stretch, tighten, become injured, not glide properly, tear partially, fully, or retract. Physical therapy provides conservative management for tendon injuries. Our approach addresses tightness, and compensatory movement patterns, strengthens surrounding areas, and aids your return to daily life and function.
Cheryl is very knowledgeable and practical. She uses your time well and gives you exercises and feedback that maximize your healing. I would recommend her to any patient.
Cheryl is AMAZING!! I have several health issues that require long term Physical Therapy and I have tried multiple therapist but none meet the level of care I received from her. She is kind and tough which adds up to an improvement of quality of life for me. She always makes me feel comfortable and is attentive to my pain level and ability. If you need a therapist please please try Cheryl!!! I will continue to use her no matter what practice she is working at!
Dr. Emil C.
Dr. Cheryl Mitchell is a very passionate and knowledgable clinician as well as a proven leader. She has great skills in diagnosing, providing manual techniques and on prescribing the best therapeutic exercises for her patients who are in pain, dealing with post-concussion symptoms, neurologic or orthopedic conditions. She is very personable and would make you love, enjoy and learn more about taking care of your health!
Dr. Cheryl’s techniques have produced amazing results. I started seeing her for knee pain after a fall while taking a walk. She is very professional and knew exactly what to do to not only eliminate my knee pain but also to improve my balance and fear of falling again. I felt unbelievable results quickly and I notice progress every day. She even walked with me to the spot where I fell to be sure I was confident enough to walk there again. I would definitely recommend her for any physical therapy needs.
Cheryl has been awesome. I've suffered from back issues for a long time and she has helped me so much. Her kindness and expertise show through with every visit. She helped me make a life plan of exercises that I do every day now. She's terrific!