The physical therapists at Advantage Physical Therapy, located in Falls Church, Virginia, provide sports medicine treatments to patients from throughout Northern Virginia and the Washington, DC Metro area.
Sports medicine is the area of medicine that focuses on treating sports-related injuries and improving athletic performance. It focuses on rehabilitating an athlete following an injury to help ensure they can return to their sport or activity as soon as possible. Many sports injuries occur as a result of overuse or repetitive stress that causes excessive strain on muscles, joints, ligaments, and other structures. Since many sports place specific forces and strains on certain parts of the body, treating musculoskeletal injuries in athletes takes special skill to enable the treatment to be customized not only for the injury and the health of the patient but also for the activity itself.
Physical therapy is ideally suited to the treatment of sports injuries because it addresses the entire musculoskeletal system by releasing tension, reducing inflammation, and promoting circulation for better healing. Plus, physical therapy includes a broad array of treatment options so it can be customized for the patient and the activity. Depending on the issue being treated, options can include therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, deep tissue manipulation, cold laser therapy, and other techniques. Before any treatment begins, the physical therapist can perform a hands-on evaluation of injuries and symptoms to ensure the most effective technique or combination of techniques is used. Imaging techniques like X-rays or CT scans may also be ordered as needed to ensure the best approach is implemented for optimal healing and a quick return to physical activity.
Yes, sports medicine techniques and physical therapy are often used to help athletes perform at their peak while avoiding future injuries. Physical therapy provides a holistic treatment that takes the entire patient into account. That means treatment can be custom-tailored for the specific needs and objectives of each patient, including athletes.
At Advantage Physical Therapy, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office and ask for Elyse or Nicole if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.
"They took my insurance and it was easy to make an appointment. You will get better here!"
"I had knee replacement surgery in Oct 2012. The physical therapist got me bending & walking in no time."
"Advantage PT is heads and shoulders above all in terms of quality of treatment. There is kindness in the way that the therapists and staff members treat their patients."