No athlete likes to be sidelined with an injury. One of the goals of Sports Medicine is to get an athlete back into action as soon as possible. Return to play refers to the point in recovery from an injury when an athlete is able to go back to playing sports at a pre-injury level. With the right game plan, from early diagnosis and treatment to full functional rehabilitation, procedures at NTXMSK safely accelerate your return to play.
When the body is worked hard, the muscles and connective tissue can develop small impingements, micro-tears, and strains. Skeletal structural misalignments occur. These subtle conditions affect performance and often lead to more serious injury. And, they often are not detectable by imaging procedures.
A physician trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is able to palpitate the tissue, locating conditions that prevent optimal physical function. Treatment of these physical restrictions allows the body to move more freely with greater range of motion in the joints. Optimal function of the body allows an athlete to achieve their highest level of performance.
Osteopathic Medicine focuses on the whole person—the total relationship of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs, and the interrelationship of structure and function. This unique philosophy creates a natural approach to enhancement of athletic performance.
Often, small tears in soft musculoskeletal tissue, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments, go unnoticed. These small tears generally become more serious when left untreated. Fast, effective healing is the primary objective when treating these conditions. Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) accelerate and enhance the healing process without the down time of surgery.
Optimal muscle function and performance
Skeletal muscles are made up of hundreds or even thousands of muscle fibers that are bundled together and wrapped in a connective tissue. Muscles contract when these string-like structures slide over each other. Sometimes the muscle tissue or the fascia surrounding them becomes restricted. Constrictions in musculoskeletal tissue restrict movement, preventing the muscles from working in a full range of motion and at optimal function. When restrictions occur, other structural areas step in to compensate. The musculoskeletal system no longer functions as it is designed, causing secondary conditions. Removal of structural blockages keeps muscles functioning at their peak both now and in the future.
What is fascia and why is it important?
Fascia is a continuous sheath composed of elastin and collagen that extends from head to toe, surrounding every organ, blood vessel, nerve cell, bone, and muscle. This sheath is the basis of a key Osteopathic principle: unity of function. Its purpose is to provide support and reduce friction. Fascia has a large number of nerve endings, which means that it also plays a large role in proprioception and our body’s interpretation of pain.
In health, fluids flow with relative ease from one fascial compartment to the next. When a traumatic injury occurs, the fascia may twist and compress. The exchange of fluid may become compromised, and physiology may be impaired. Degenerative Arthritis is often a result of longstanding traumatic influence and can change the shape of the bones. OMT cannot correct this structural change in the bones, but it can correct the resulting strain in the surrounding soft tissue, restoring some physiologic flexibility to allow the tissues to better negotiate the arthritic changes.
Common sports injuries
Shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries, Ligament damage, Labral tears, Dislocated shoulder
Elbow. Tendinopathy of the elbow, Overuse injuries, Biceps tendinitis, "Tennis Elbow", or lateral epicondylitis, "Golfer's Elbow", or medial epicondylitis
Knee. Meniscus & cartilage tears, Ligament injury, Iliotibial band syndrome
Hip. Groin pulls and strains, Iliotibial band syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Gluteal Tendonopathy, Hamstring Strains
Ankle. Ankle sprain/strain, Achilles tendonitis/-osis, Achilles tendon rupture
Back. Muscle or ligament strain, Bulging or ruptured disks
We Can Help
To learn more about what we can do to help with your elbow condition, call our office at 817.416.0970. We will thoroughly diagnose your condition and present you with treatment options. From there we will guide you along your road to recovery.