Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

You are unique, the only individual in the world who can be “you”. Even identical twins possess a few unique characteristics. So it is in the world of kinesiology and fitness. Many active individuals often find themselves in need of some form of physical therapy, either to rehab a torn muscle or following orthopedic surgery. Therefore, personal training is part of physical therapy!

Are You Aligned? There are some patients who finish with Physical Therapy but still need some extra hands-on guidance. In cases such as these, our therapists often refer patients to one of our trainers. A trainer can be the safest and most appropriate professional that a physical therapist would trust to continue with the patient’s rehabilitation, knowing that he or she would pay close attention to corrective exercises while still pushing forward in terms of restoring mobility and strength.
Get the rehab and therapy you need at First Physical Therapy. Whether you need to run faster, jump higher, get stronger, or recover from an injury – our sports medicine services can help you get back in the game!
We are a leader in sports injury and orthopedic rehabilitation services. Our specialized sports medicine programs provide treatment for people of all ages with various orthopedic and sports-related injuries and conditions. We also have extensive experience treating high school, college, professional, and Olympic athletes. Our 2 locations provide convenient access to comprehensive care – helping patients achieve their health and performance goals.
When injuries do occur, our team can offer expert management of joint, muscle, bone, and other problems. We can help enhance athletic performance and physical fitness, prevent acute and chronic injuries, and extend athletic careers.

Concussion Management

At First Physical Therapy, we have one of the most comprehensive sports concussion management programs in the area. We will carefully manage an athlete’s recovery following a concussion. We are specialty trained in concussion management and have significant experience in the treatment of concussions in athletes of all ages and skill levels. Our concussion management protocol follows top notch standards. A sports concussion is a medical condition that should be taken seriously. This condition most often results from hitting your head on the ground or on a hard object or hitting another player while playing a contact sport. People who experience a concussion often have symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, vomiting, or nausea. Plus, they may have side-effects that affect their behavior, sensations, or brain function.

There are two important points to stress about sports concussions: It is far more serious than just bumping your head. New research has shown that there may be serious behavioral, physical, and cognitive changes in the future for those who have had multiple concussions, referred to as post-concussive syndrome.
You should not return to playing the sport the same day as your suspected concussion. This is especially true for children under the age of 19. There could be serious side-effects, sometimes fatal, if an athlete who has had a concussion ends up playing with symptoms and then has a second concussion. The brain may literally shut down. An athlete should not return to play if they are still have symptoms after hitting their head, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting.