Sports Medicine

For years, the professional sports community has known about the benefits of platelet rich plasma (PRP) with many athletes using this therapy to help them overcome injury without surgery and the lengthy recuperation time that follows. But, in fact, PRP can be a promising treatment option for virtually any patient suffering from pain due to injury or arthritis. It can also be beneficial for those who have failed to heal with traditional treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, or surgery.

How is Physical Therapy Used at IMAC Regeneration Centers?

Our team starts by collaboratively building a personalized physical therapy treatment plan designed to promote mobility and function. With a customized combination of appropriate rest, biomechanical loading, and tissue mobilization, our physical therapists work with each individual patient towards the best possible outcome without the need for pain medication or surgery.

Physical therapy is useful in treating the following conditions:

  • Neck Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Vertigo
  • Sports Injury
  • Herniated Disc

Condition Descriptions

Neck pain can limit your ability to perform even the most regular, daily activities. It can affect your range of motion, and over time, cause pain or numbness in your shoulders, arms, or hands. Neck pain most certainly should not be overlooked for long - and with IMAC, you won’t have to. Our clinics specialize in holistic, non-surgical options aimed to reduce discomfort, improve mobility, and prevent future problems.

Understanding Neck Pain

The cervical spine is comprised of seven vertebrae with intervertebral discs in between. Each vertebra has two joints that connect with the joints of the vertebrae below it. These bones protect your spinal cord and allow your neck to move in many directions.

Neck pain can be caused by poor posture, arthritis, disc problems or even trauma. Just as the causes may vary, so can the location of the pain itself. If the nerve in your neck is pinched, pain could be radiating throughout your neck, shoulder, or even travel down your arm. That’s why it’s crucial for a professional to determine the best treatment options, particularly if the pain hasn’t responded to rest and home treatment, and/or if the pain persists for more than two to three weeks.

If you suffer from knee pain, you certainly are not alone. It is the most commonly-injured joint in the body. Yet, whatever the cause may be, the pain can be debilitating. Movement can be restricted, muscle control becomes depreciated, and the strength in the muscles that support the knee can be reduced. Traditionally, treatments for knee pain include anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections or even surgery. But, there is always another option. Physical therapy for knee pain is a natural treatment option with proven long-term benefits.

The Anatomy of Your Knee

The knee is the largest joint in the body and essentially supports the body itself. Understanding this joint can help you better understand the causes of knee pain.

The knee joint is the junction of the thigh and the leg bones, and the kneecap sits in front. Four major ligaments connect the bones and stabilize the knee joint.

Knee pain can stem from normal wear-and-tear to overuse or even injury. One of the most common knee conditions is osteoarthritis, which is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone which can cause pain and stiffness. Other knee conditions such as chronic tendonitis, as well as cartilage and ligament damage, are also common. The location of the knee pain provides clues as to the cause, as does the timing of the pain, swelling, mobility, noises or locking of the knee.

Appropriate treatment will depend on an accurate diagnosis. If your pain persists beyond two to three weeks of home care, seek medical attention.

If you suffer from back pain, you’re in good company, as more than 85% of Americans have experienced it at one time or another. In fact, it is the second leading cause of doctor visits, second only to the common cold. But, that’s of no comfort, particularly if your back pain is severe, recurring, lasts more than a couple of weeks and/or impacts your ability to function.

Back pain is something you should not, and often can not, ignore. IMAC Regeneration Centers specialize in physical therapy for back pain to help restore your mobility, reduce discomfort, and improve fitness, in order to prevent possible future back problems.

What Causes Back Pain?

Having a basic understanding of the anatomy of your back is crucial to your journey towards being pain-free. The lumbar spine consists of five vertebrae, and between them are intervertebral discs which function as shock absorbers to protect the spinal cord and nerves. Multiple ligaments and muscles attach to the spine which provide stability and mobility.

Back pain can be caused by trauma, however, and is commonly a result of poor posture, frequent bending, or lifting heavy items, which strains the ligaments and muscles around the spine. Once strained, simple activities such as walking, going up the stairs, or even getting in and out of bed can cause extreme back pain.

Your hip joint is one of the largest in your body and connects a large number of muscles, bones, and ligaments. This weight-bearing joint is responsible for nearly every move you make whether it be walking, running, standing, or even simply sitting. It is no surprise that your ability to function can quickly diminish and be dramatically impacted by hip pain. With physical therapy, you are offered a natural treatment approach that would work to improve strength and mobility for long-term results.

The Anatomy of Your Hip
The hip is a ball and socket joint at the juncture of the leg and pelvis. The thigh bone forms the ball, which fits into a cup-shaped socket in the pelvis. Many ligaments connect the ball and the socket to provide stability to the joint. Numerous muscles also attach to the hip to help it move. While the hip is durable, it’s not indestructible. Age, along with normal wear and tear, can cause cartilage to wear down or become damaged. The muscles and tendons in the hip can slowly become overused, causing the bones in the hip to break. Common conditions that cause hip pain include:
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle or tendon strain
  • Labral tear
  • Cancer
  • Osteonecrosis
The location of pain can provide clues to direct you to the root of the problem. Pain in the groin or front of hip may be due to arthritis, whereas pain in the side of the hip is often indicative of a problem with the muscles around the hip. Alternatively, pain in the buttocks or back of hip could actually be coming from your lower back. Regardless, if hip pain continues for more than two to three weeks, medical attention should be sought for accurate diagnosis.

More common than you may think, over 4 million people in the United States seek care for shoulder problems each year, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. What’s worse, is that shoulder problems account for over 1.5 million visits to orthopedic surgeons yearly. But, medication or surgery isn’t the only way to find relief, particularly in the long-term. Physical therapy is a natural treatment option with proven benefits for shoulder pain.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Our shoulders resemble a ball and socket, similar to the hip joint. They are often compared to a golf ball sitting on a tee. The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. But, because of its wide range of motion, it is also relatively unstable. The upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it, resulting in easy injury. In order to retain any stability, the shoulder must be anchored by muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Overall, it is most common for shoulder problems to be a result of aging, which causes the joint to become less resilient, strained, and overused due to repetitive motion. Common shoulder conditions include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Impingement
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Fracture

Shoulder pain can often indicate a deeper underlying injury. If left untreated, shoulder injuries can lead to worsening pain, disability, and decreased quality of life.

Is vertigo turning your world upside down? You might be experiencing an uncomfortable sensation that can make you feel like your world is rotating or rocking, while in all actuality, you are perfectly still. Most of the time, this feeling is accompanied with loss of balance and nausea that can last for days.

Understanding Vertigo

Vertigo is often a sign that you are experiencing an underlying condition in one of two body parts: your inner ear or central nervous system. The organs deep inside of your ear are actually responsible for movement and balance, as well as hearing. Signals are sent to the brain about head and body movements from this area. When a patient is suffering from Vertigo, symptoms can include the feeling of spinning, swaying, nausea, and difficulty standing or walking. Overall, treatment is dependent on the original cause. Medication has been proven to provide only a fraction of relief, but with physical therapy, your senses can be trained to compensate for vertigo.

How We Can Help

With physical therapy, we aim to build a personalized treatment plan designed to promote mobility and overall function. We use special mechanisms to send signals to your brain about your head and body movements. Hands on, manual therapy is used to mobilize the neck along with additional balance exercises to aid in your stability and mobility. Oftentimes, physical therapy is the only treatment needed to get a patient back to living their best life.

Sports and injuries often go hand in hand. Whether you’re a professional or recreational athlete, an injury can derail you quickly. It is often the cause of discomfort, severe pain, or complete immobility. But, the right treatment can keep you from being sidelined indefinitely.

IMAC Regeneration Centers specializes in physical therapy for sports injuries. In fact, sports medicine is a specialty area for our physical therapists. We treat a number of accomplished athletes and understand the importance of a quick recovery after injury. But, we are committed to helping them maintain optimal performance in a natural way.

Common Sports Injuries

Sports injuries can be caused by any number of factors. They include inadequate warm up, lack of conditioning that leads to fatigue, and even overuse or sudden impact. Some of the most common sports injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Swollen muscles
  • Knee Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

The goal of physical therapy for sports injuries is not only to rebuild strength and mobility, but to prevent recurrence or long-term damage. If not taken care of with appropriate treatment, the injury could lead to future issues.

One in eight Americans between 30 and 50 years old will seek treatment for a herniated disc. What’s even more shocking is their go-to method of treatment - surgery - which is not actually guaranteed to give them the results they are looking for. But, that doesn’t mean you have to get used to the pain and accept it as your fate. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy offers a promising and natural treatment for disc herniation.

Understanding Disc Herniation

The 33 vertebrae that make up your spine each have a piece of cartilage in between them called an intervertebral disc. Each one consists of a rubbery, outer portion and a gelatin-like substance inside.

Through sudden trauma, contact sports, or even repetitive lifting, bending or standing, the outer cover of the disc can tear, causing the inner substance to leak and put pressure on the nerve. This is known as disc herniation.

While not all herniated discs are painful, symptoms can include pain that radiates to your buttocks, legs, feet, and even feel like a tingling or numbness throughout your lower extremity. Muscle weakness is often common as well.

Most herniated discs will not heal on their own, and if left untreated, it could lead to degenerative disc disease.

Taking Patient Care Further

At IMAC Regeneration Centers, doctors of different disciplines all collaborate under one roof. It’s what makes our integrated medical clinic not only convenient, but also unique. Our specialized combination of care that utilizes the body’s natural ability to heal injury and reverse disease allows you to get back to the life you deserve quickly and without surgery or dependence on pain medication.