Sports Injury Evaluation & Rehab
The secret to a fast recovery is immediate rehabilitation.
A recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that “starting rehabilitation two days after injury rather than waiting for nine days shortened […] return to sports by three weeks without any significant increase in the risk of reinjury.”
How We are Different
OUR DOCTORS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY ARE SPECIALISTS IN SPORTS REHAB and trained to not only diagnose your injury but get to the bottom of what is causing it. All of our Sports Injury Evaluations are 60 minutes long to ensure precision, accuracy, and quality. A critical component of our evaluations is video movement analysis. This is typically performed during the second visit (as tolerated), and often the big reveal as to WHY your injury is happening.
WE NEVER TELL YOU TO STOP DOING YOUR SPORT. A “just rest it” approach simply doesn’t work. Our highly trained DPTs will give you recommendations on how to keep training while you are rehabilitating and provide a plan to return to your activity. This usually involves a low impact activity, ie water-running, elliptical, or biking, with a specific intensity, duration, and time frame to help you meet your goals. We progress you back to your sport as quickly and as safely as possible.
WE PROVIDE REHAB SPECIFIC TO THE DEMANDS OF YOUR SPORT. Leg lifts and Bird dogs might be a necessary starting point, athletes require specific strength, stability. mobility, and control in unique positions. For example, a runner needs to be able to stabilize an upright trunk position with hip, knee, and second toe in alignment during a single leg stance in .03 seconds or less. All of our sessions are 60 minutes 1:1 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Average results are seen within 2 weeks.
That’s a lot to take in. You might also be wondering…
Our Doctors of Physical Therapy provide a thorough head-to-toe evaluation. This systematic evaluation process allows us to provide an accurate diagnosis on day one for the majority of our clients. We also perform video analysis of sport as tolerated (typically on the second visit) to determine the faulty movement patterns that are often a source of an athlete’s pain. If more objective data needs to be collected, your Doctor of Physical Therapy may recommend imaging or refer out to another specialist if needed. You will further know your diagnosis is accurate as you will typically see results in two weeks.
Bring your insurance card, ID, any imaging results, and prescription if you have one. Wear clothing that stretches and can expose the injured area. Most athletes show up in their workout clothes.
We’re happy to say a prescription is no longer required. Virginia law (as of June 2016) has made it easy for you to book a physical therapy appointment immediately without seeing a physician first. One stipulation is that we will need a prescription after 30 days, but we are able to start you on the road to recovery prior to obtaining one. A prescription is not required for clients who complete rehab within 30 days. *The exception is that all Medicare clients MUST have a prescription before their initial evaluation.
Our medical sports rehab services are covered by most insurance plans as an out-of-network provider. All insurance plans offer different benefits. If you would like to know the covered amount ahead of time, call your “members” number and request benefits for “out of network physical therapy”. Insurance is confusing and we are happy to help if you need assistance. Our 65 year old+ crew are fully covered through our contract with Medicare (provided you have Medicare and have a secondary insurance).
You’re not alone and we applaud your critical consumerism. That’s why we offer 15 minute consults for $50. Our team will be fully honest and transparent in our ability to help. If we assess that sports rehab will be effective, your $50 will be applied to your full medical evaluation.If sports rehab is not the right service for you, we will recommend imaging or a different type of specialty service to get you heading in the right direction.
Absolutely. While we specialize in sports injuries, we are able to treat anything that falls under the scope of musculoskeletal pain. This includes injuries to joints, tendons, muscles, fascia, and ligaments of the spine and all extremities. This is an equal opportunity rehab clinic!