Sports and Orthopedic PT Specializations :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Specializations and Programs

Nationwide Children’s Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Program is committed to provide the highest quality of care for your child.  Part of this commitment involves physical therapists specializing in treatment techniques that can be used to tailor programs to meet the needs of your child.  Below are some of the programs our therapists specialize in that are currently available in our department.

Certified Hand Therapy
The Hand Therapy program provides family-centered, comprehensive upper extremity rehabilitation. Its focus is on restoring function to the patient. Individualized evaluations and interventions for children include a wide range of acute injuries, post-surgical diagnoses, and chronic conditions involving the elbow, wrist, and hand. Learn more.

Extensive Home Program Development
Patients will receive an individualized home exercise program structured towards their specific needs.  This can be accomplished in 1-2 visits and will provide higher level patients a program to help prevent injuries from becoming more significant.

Kinesiotaping is a therapeutic taping technique to help facilitate the body’s natural healing process.  It is can be applied hundreds of ways to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused or tired muscles, support muscles, re-educate the neuromuscular system, and promote healing. It can be used as part of a physical therapy program to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions. It is an elastic light weight cotton tape that is 100 percent latex free and water resistant.  This elastic tape does not restrict motion or body mechanics. This tape can be worn for 3-5 days.   Many athletes have found Kinesio tape to be a great addition to their rehabilitation that you may have seen a professional or Olympic athlete wearing Kinesio Tape.

Manual Therapy
Manual Physical Therapy is a treatment provided by the physical therapist designed to increase patient’s motion, decrease pain, and increase the ability to perform exercises.  Manual Therapy is any “hands on” treatment performed by the therapist including joint mobilizations, thrust mobilization, and several types of massage. Certified Manual Physical Therapists have extensive specialized training in safely performing these “hands on” techniques.  Not only are Certified Manual Physical Therapist skilled in performing these “hands on” techniques as comfortable as possible, but they are also trained in selecting appropriate patients who will best benefit from Manual Therapy. The goal of Manual Physical Therapy is to increase pain free motion at a particular joint, or decrease muscle tightness.  New research shows that manual therapy can have effects on the Central Nervous System which decreases pain and increases the ability of muscles to properly contract. Not all patients need Manual Physical Therapy, but certain patients can experience significant improvements from its use.  Manual therapy has been found to be particularly effective in treating neck and back pain when applied to the appropriate patient, but there is research to support its use in all areas of the body.

Muscle Activation Technique
Muscle Activation Techniques is a biomechanical biased evaluation and treatment approach that looks at muscle tightness as a form of protection in the body. Weak or inhibited muscles can create the need for other muscles to tighten up in order to help stabilize the joints. MAT gets to the root of pain or injury by addressing muscle weakness rather than muscle tightness, helping to restore normal body alignment, thereby, decreasing pain and reducing the risk of injury.

Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certified Therapists
We currently have 3 therapists with their Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification. The Orthopedic Specialist Certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in orthopedic practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.  Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice.  Orthopedic Clinical Specialization in physical therapy requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and is unique to the orthopedic area of practice.

Orthotic Fittings

Pilates is a form of exercise which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement. Pilates method works wellPilates for a wide range of people. Modification is the key to Pilates exercise success with a variety of populations. All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level.  Our STOTT certified therapists are skilled at developing programs that will address your individual needs. Pilates exercises are done on either a mat on the floor or with specific exercise equipment such as the Fitness Circle, Arc barrel, Reformer, and Cadillac.  The basic principles are taught and emphasized throughout the program. These basic principles can then be carried over into the athletic demands of your sport..

Watch our pilates video to learn more about the types of exercises your will be doing.

Runner’s Clinic
A patient who is seen for an evaluation in the runner’s clinic will be seen for an extended evaluation (90 minutes).  The therapist will gather information based on your current and past injuries, take measurements regarding your strength and flexibility, and videotape you while running on a treadmill.  The videotape is analyzed using slow motion video analysis software.  The measurements of your strength and flexibility help the therapist to determine the best way to work on improving your running form to help recover from your current injury and prevent future injuries.  This program is best suited for runner’s older than 12 years of age because a mature running gait is typically not seen until this age.

Watch our Runner's Clinic video to learn more about the Slow Motion Video Analysis we perform to help improve your running technique. View our Runner's Clinic brochure for more information.

Selective Functional Movement Screenings
Provides an understanding of the importance of identifying dysfunctional movement patterns from a neuron-developmental and regional interdependence perspective

Vestibular rehabilitation after concussion
Vestibular Rehabilitation is a type of therapy that focuses on improving balance, dizziness, motion sensitivity, headaches, neck pain, and visual problems post-concussion. When evaluated, the physical therapist will look at balance, strength and ROM of the neck, eye movements, and positional testing to assess what is causing the patients symptoms. From there, a plan of care will be developed with treatments individualized to the patient’s needs that help to re-establish the relationship between the inner ear, brain, eyes, and muscular system.  Although each patient’s treatment plan will be different, most patients can expect to be in therapy 1-2 per week for 4-8 weeks. 

Watch our concussion video to learn more about the visual acuity test you will participate in during your initial appointment.

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