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    Welcome!  PEAK Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation is built on the philosophy of delivering the best physical therapy to the patient by a professional physical therapist or physical therapy assistant with a continuum of care by the individual therapist or team from the initial patient evaluation to discharge.

    If you are looking for a physical therapy provider, we have a handful of reasons why to choose PEAK Physical Physical:

    1.  Hands-on Physical Therapy Care;

    2.  Consistent and constant supervision from the same provider;

    3.  Customized and specialized therapy for you;

    4.  The most innovative techniques and tools in the area:

    5.  Seamless progression from rehabilitation to fitness.

     

    Should you have any questions regarding physical therapy, please feel free to stop by, contact us via phone at 757-564-7381 or contact us via email.

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    “The first treatment is to teach the patient to avoid what harms them.”                                                                                                                                                                                                     Karel Lewitt, MD

     

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    Preparing for a healthy and active 2016!

    As we begin the near calendar year, many of us make a new year’s resolution of “losing weight” or “being more active” to try and return to a more healthy lifestyle. Although it sounds like a great idea, it can be very difficult for people to prepare and maintain the changes they want to make whether it’s eating a better diet, maintaining a workout schedule, or attempting to stop our bad, unhealthy habits. When it comes both physical wellness as well as prevention of injuries or diseases, the physical therapy profession plays a prominent role in this area. Physical therapy would be a great outlet for people attempting to improve not only their physical health, but mentality of themselves and their lifestyle. Here are some ways physical therapy can help you prepare and accomplish your new healthy goals for the year:

    • Perform a full body assessment including ROM, functional strength, and other mobility and stability assessment to give you the information on your impairments and deficits
    • Collaborate and develop a plan of care program to based on both the client and physical therapist’s goals
    • Educate you on the proper exercise regimen including technique and function to accomplish goals both safely and successfully
    • Utilize skills and information in behavior changes to improve your overall lifestyle
    • Communication with the client throughout the program to give them the motivation, education, and support to maintain and continue with their plan of care

     

    Please feel free to contact Peak Physical Therapy for more information on how we can assist you in reach your goals in 2016!

    The Truth Behind Concussions

    According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 300,000 sport-related concussions that occur annually in the United States. Hence, why this topic has become one of the more popular amongst news and social media outlets. Comparisons between concussion studies continue to be considered complicated because of a general lack of agreement pertaining to the actual definition and how to differentiate between the severities. An early definition frequently cited by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons group defines it as “a clinical syndrome characterized by immediate and transient post-traumatic impairment of neural functions, such as alteration of consciousness, disturbance of vision, and equilibrium due to biomechanical forces.” The most commonly reported symptoms associated with concussions are confusion, amnesia, and headaches. The injury is most often produced by the acceleration/deceleration of a freely moving head, making its significance even more relevant with the growing interest our society has in sports and athletics today.

    Sports-related concussion have gained increased prominence, in part due to media coverage of several well-known athletes who have died from the consequences of what is now termed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The emergence of CTE is becoming more understood and has increased awareness due to film being released on Christmas Day, “Concussion”, that is starring Will Smith who portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who was able to discover the disease after an autopsy performed on a former NFL player. Since the discovery, Dr. Omalu has fought against efforts by the National Football League to suppress his research on the brain damage suffered by professional football players. In the past 10 years, it has been one of the most discussed topics associated with not only football, but all contact sports.

    CTE was first described by Martland in 1928 as a syndrome seen in boxers who had experienced significant head trauma from repeated blows. The classic symptoms of impaired cognition, mood, behavior, and motor skills also have been reported in professional football players, and in 2005, the histopathological findings of CTE were first reported in a former National Football League (NFL) player by Dr. Bennet Omalu. These findings were similar to Alzheimer’s disease in some ways, but differed in critical areas such as a predominance of tau protein deposition over amyloid. The pathophysiology is still unknown, but involves a history of repeated concussive and subconcussive blows followed by a period of lag before CTE symptoms become evident.

    Along with Dr. Omalu, there has been an increasing amount of research performed recently to find more evidence of brain damage that may be related to prior or current concussions. Many of the research performed includes conducting a battery of tests on the brain and other tissue from former professional , college, and high school football players. Research has shown, including a study performed by researched at the John Hopkins School of Medicine found that on average, former NFL players showed an injury to the temporal lobe of the brain, specifically the amygdala, The amygdala is a part of the brain that plays an important part for people to regulate their mood. The same study also found that these players had lower scores than normal when tested for memory and verbal learning.

    Concussions and the lingering effects from this injury will continue to be an important topic for years to come when it comes to the protection of athletes. It will be important for us as health care professionals to learn more about the disease process as well as what diagnostic tools and treatment options to successfully care for these athletes.

    The Truth Behind your Reoccurring Ankle Injuries

    Foot and ankle injuries are a common cause that forces us into orthopedic offices day in and day out.  Unfortunately, for the current reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry, the case was no different.  In 2011-2012 Curry missed significant portions of the season (60 of 82 games) due to reoccurring ankle sprains which at one point put his entire career in jeopardy.  So how did Curry go from having a questionable future in the NBA to now being considered one of the most exciting players in NBA history? The answer is simple, Curry and his team shifted their focus to fixing the root of his issue; hip and core weakness.

    It began when the Warriors brought Keke Lyles on staff, a world renowned expert in maximizing body potential and injury prevention. He was the first to realize Curry was under utilizing his core and hip muscles, and therefore, over-reliant on his ankles. Thus, creating a significant risk for injury during dynamic movement.  The quick, explosive movements required in basketball put a lot of stress on the ankles.  If other muscles do not help, injuries such as ankle sprains will occur.

    With exercises that emphasize glute and core strengthening as well as balance, you can gain control of your body and prevent injuries.  This is how Curry is able to make those amazing, seemingly impossible moves and shots.  All parts of his body, his core, hips, and ankles, are supporting each other and none are over-worked. Curry continues to work on his strength and even added a few exercises to his pre-game warm- up to ensure his hips are activated and ready to go. You can often see him doing what look like diagonal step outs with a resistance band on the court before a game.

    Want to test your strength and stability? This is how Curry was tested.  Keke Lyles used a pose often found in yoga called the single- leg hip airplane.  Stand on one leg, hinge at the hip, and get as long as possible with arms outstretched and other leg straight behind you.  You should resemble an airplane.  Then open your hips towards the sky.  Do you sway and wobble? Steph Curry did, and this may be a sign you too are not utilizing your hips and core properly.