Thank you for choosing SportFit Physical Therapy.
On your first visit, you should bring a prescription for physical therapy from your doctor if you have one, the X-rays, MRI or CT scan report if applicable, and your insurance card. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your appointment time to complete the necessary paperwork, or download the required forms and bring these completed forms to your initial visit.
A licensed physical therapist will do a comprehensive evaluation. This is a thorough assessment of overall posture, range of motion, strength, flexibility, and mobility. After the evaluation, your therapist will discuss their findings with you and develop a rehab program to help you return to optimal function. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. We will need to be able to access the injured area for evaluation and treatment procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I use ice and when should I use heat?
Generally, use ice for 48-72 hours following any injury. Ice helps to limit swelling and is a good anesthetic whereas heat is a good analgesic and is used to reduce muscle spasm.
What is the difference between a strain and a sprain?
A strain is an injury involving muscle and a sprain is an injury involving ligament.
What is the difference between a ligament and a tendon?
A ligament connects bone to bone and a tendon connects muscle to bone.
What is bursitis?
A bursa is a fluid filled sac that lies between a tendon and a bone. The bursa protects the tendon from rubbing against the bone. Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa.
What is tendonitis?
Inflammation of the tendon.
How long does it take for a fracture to heal?
Generally 6-8 weeks. Some bones like the shin bone (tibia), take much longer because of its poor blood supply.
How long should I use crutches following an ankle sprain?
Answer: As soon as you can walk with little or no limp, you can stop using the crutches.
What is the RICE formula?
Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. This is the emergency first aid treatment for acute injuries like an ankle sprain.
Should I stretch before or after a workout?
Both. Stretching is a good form of warm-up and is used as a cool down after exercise.
Can I still work out if I’m sick?
If you have any symptoms below the neck you should refrain from working out. For example: body aches, fever, chest congestion. If you only have a stuffy nose or sore throat you can still work-out.