You Don’t Have to Accept Injuries as a Part of Your Game

20 Jul 2018 Uncategorized

As an athlete, you learn about your body and are motivated to give it the best care you can. As a golfer, you can take steps to help you get the most out of your game and prolong your physical ability to play. Awareness of symptoms associated with common injuries can add longevity to your life as a golfer and enable you to make informed decisions for seeking medical attention and physical therapy. Are you aware of the symptoms relating to these common injuries?


Rotator cuff injuries

This injury commonly occurs when overhead motions or overhead lifting are performed repeatedly. A dull ache or pain felt deep in the shoulder is the main symptom associated with a rotator cuff injury.


Golf elbow/Tennis elbow (aka Tendinitis)

When inflammation and irritation in the inner tendon of the elbow occur, it is referred to as golf elbow. Symptoms include pain on the inside of the elbow and sometimes swelling.


Back pain

The rotational motion of the golf swing places a significant amount of stress on the spine and back, causing injury. The main symptom is pain felt in the back and Inflammation and swelling may be present.


Knee pain

This injury often occurs when weak knees are repeatedly used to stabilize the axis of the hips. This motion occurs at the beginning of the golf swing. Pain and stiffness in the knee are the most common symptoms.


If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, see your primary care physician. Your doc may recommend that you start a golf physical therapy program to achieve proper biomechanics and body movement while avoiding injury.

The Responsibilities of a Physical Therapist

10 Jul 2018 Uncategorized

If you’re lucky, you may have never had to visit a physical therapist for treatment. However, accidents do happen, and some people are born with medical conditions that require long-term physical therapy. You expect a certain quality when you visit a physical therapist. You want to work with therapists who know what they’re doing and truly care about you. In this post, we’re going to examine what exactly physical therapists do and what their responsibilities are.

Physical therapists identify and treat medical conditions that prevent patients from moving and functioning to their fullest abilities. These conditions might cause patients pain and stop them from enjoying their lives. The goal of a physical therapist, then, is to help patients work through their afflictions to regain full or partial mobility and ultimately live fuller lives. Physical therapists do this by developing treatment plans, helping patients to exercise the affected areas of their bodies, and showing patients how to continue their exercises at home.

Physical therapists need to understand human anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, and several other medical disciplines. They incorporate their knowledge of these areas, as well as of changing standards in the physical-therapy industry, in treating patients.

The other major part of a physical therapist’s job involves interacting with patients. It is not enough simply to treat a patient’s condition. Physical therapists must also actively encourage their patients to succeed, to fight through their frustrations and overcome their injuries or disabilities. Physical therapists have to want to help.

You will receive this kind of treatment at Rhodes Physical Therapy. Let us help you help yourself. If you need physical therapy specialists in Utah, please call us at (801) 447-9339.

Should You Pursue a Modified Duty Assignment?

If you recently sustained an injury or suffered from serious illness, you may be immobilized or experiencing decreased physical functionality. You not only have to focus on your recovery at this point, but how this new situation could affect your employment. In most cases, some temporary modification of duties can be made for a return to work in a limited capacity.

How to officially request modified duty.

If you feel that you can continue performing certain aspects of your job without negatively affecting your rehabilitation, talk to your physician. Knowing your physical capabilities and limitations is crucial, and you may benefit from a functional capacity evaluation (FCE).

Also known as a physical capacity evaluation (PCE), an FCE involves a battery of objective tests, practices, and observations to evaluate your physical ability to function in different areas. The final report can help demonstrate the aggregate impact of your symptoms on your ability to perform essential work tasks.

Your physician is your advocate.
A medical professional is concerned with your wellness, and must ensure that your day-to-day life does not affect your recovery. Your employer may not require you to submit an official “doctor’s note,” but keeping documentation to protect your rights is smart. Fortunately, businesses are encouraged to have a policy regarding light/limited duty assignments for their employees. Your employer may respond to your diagnosis by modifying essential functions of the job, limiting your working hours, and changing working conditions.

Knowledge is a main piece of the puzzle necessary to complete the road to your physical wellness, healing, and recovery. Rhodes Physical Therapy can help you become empowered today!