OUR SERVICES

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 SST provides a number of different services under the sports medicine umbrella.  An explanation of

 these sevices is provided below

           Physical Therapy 

 

SST provides out-patient orthopedic physical therapy and rehabiliation programs that specialize in treating the athlete or active individual who wants to return to a high level of function.  In our setting, a physical therapist (PT) is an allied health care profession who treats individuals of all ages who have conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities.

 

The process starts with an initial examination to determine what impairments and limitations are present.  A plan of care is then established to promote improved motion or mobility, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent further disability in the future.  PT's develop either a home exercise program or a gym oriented wellness program to promote a healthier, more active lifestyle.  

 

Treatment interventions may include stretching or therapeutic exercise, manual therapy therapy techniques such as massage, joint mobilization or SASTM, functional training, and the application of various modalities to address pain or inflammation.

 

Physical therapy is typically covered by health insruance when a patient is referred by a physician.  Our programs have a strong emphasis on movement, exercise and functional activities.  A typical session will last from 45 to 60 minutes.

 

           Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization  (SASTM) 

Many clinicans who work at SST have taken continuing education to learn how to perform instrumeted soft tissue mobilization using a variety of tools of various shapes and sizes.

 

SASTM is a type of deep tissue massage that uses instruments to effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions through sound waves produced by the vibration of the instrument against the tissue.  

 

The introduction of controlled microtrauma to affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of a local inflammatory response. Microtrauma initiates reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.  Find out more about David Graston and this treatment approach at  --  www.sastm.com

           Return to Sport Conditioning Programs

 

Often there is a need to "bridge the gap" between the time when formal rehabilitation ends and when an individual is cleared to be able to participate in their desired sport or high level activity.  This is one of the roles that a Return to Sport conditioning program can serve.

 

  • This begins with a general muculoskeletal screening to determine any residual musculoskeletal impairment that may be present from a previous injury or surgery.

 

  • The next step is to establish a functional baseline by having an athlete perform several standardized tests so that deficits can be quantified and a plan can be established to address these during subsequent training sessions.

 

Prior to starting their competitive season it can also be beneficial for an athlete to come in for a 'tune-up' and make sure they are able to compete at an optimum level.  
           Custom Orthotics

 

Many lower extremity biomechanical issues can be addressed by having custom orthotics fabricated to help stabilize the foot and realign the lower extremity kinetic chain.  SST Rehab can provide this service through the use of the FootMaxx Dynamic Scanning System.