What is physical therapy?
Is it stretching? Massage? Exercise?
The answer is, it depends.
Injuries often result in pain, loss of movement and muscle weakness. This prevents you from participating in your sport or exercising. Physical therapists examine and treat many different types of injuries to facilitate the return to independence.
Dr. Abbate has training in a wide range of movement assessments and treatment techniques. The treatment he uses to get you back to an active lifestyle depends on your specific injury, the examination and the plan of care.
A successful return to sport requires a plan.
Dr. Abbate guides patients through three phases of rehabilitation. Each phase progresses one step at a time, preparing the athlete for return to play.
Phase 1 teaches the patient how to manage the pain with functional movements. For example, if you have hip pain with squatting, you will learn a series of exercises to perform to address this. Most often, you are still “allowed” to continue training with some modifications.
Phase 2 addresses balance and coordination deficits that can contribute to poor movement patterns. For example, if you have shoulder pain with reaching overhead, there may be a change in how the muscles coordinate to produce that movement. The second phase will restore normal movement patterns for a pain free life.
Phase 3 prepares the athlete for higher level strength training exercise. This program is designed to improve your confidence and continue to build strength. Exercise prescription is dependent on your specific history, sport and injury.
You will have a comprehensive plan so that if you experience an aggravation of the injury in the future, you can start back again at Phase 1 and progress to Phase 3. And you will be able to do this independently.
This is your plan.
Want to know more?
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