physical therapy

A person holding both of their feet, with pain radiating from the bottom of the feet

Foot Mechanics and Structural Symmetry

Foot biomechanics add an interesting dimension to structural symmetry and leg length. People experience leg length changes not because it is a “normal” condition as many are led to believe. Leg length changes may be caused by hip dysplasia or fractures of the femur when the growth plate is open. But most commonly, leg length …

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Person in exercise clothes holding their knee in pain

Will My Knee Arthritis Get Worse Over Time?

Knee osteoarthritis (or knee OA) can be an intimidating topic. You may have heard that knee OA is a “slow progressive” condition, which may leave you with little hope that things could ever get better without receiving a knee replacement surgery. Although this traditional view of knee OA is widespread, the course of this condition …

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Two football teams crouching and facing each other, getting ready to start a new play

When Can I Return to Sports After a Hamstring Strain?

Hamstring strains are an extremely prevalent injury across many sports and commonly result in athletes taking time away from training to recover. Athletes participating in sports involving high-speed sprinting and kicking (such as soccer, football, track, and dance) are especially vulnerable to injury because of the substantial demands these activities place on the hamstring muscles. …

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Physical therapist in Lewis Center conducting a dry needling treatment as part of the patients physical therapy plan

What is Dry Needling?

Integrative Dry Needling is not Acupuncture!  Dry Needling is based on Neuro-Anatomy and Modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems.  It is a highly effective treatment with the goal to bring tender, sensitive tissues, and irritated nerves back to a healthy, homeostatic state.  Acupuncture is based on Ancient Chinese Medicine and focuses on …

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Does My Achilles Tendinopathy Just Need Some Rest?

If you are an athlete with Achilles tendinopathy, you understand first-hand how frustrating and distressing this condition can be to manage. You may be wondering about the best and quickest way to return to your recreational or sporting activities without your ankle pain limiting your performance. On one hand, you might be concerned that you …

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This is an image of someone jogging through a park who has stopped to grasp at pain in their shoulder, something that can at times be treated with Physical Therapy in Lewis Center by Athletic Advantage.

Do I need surgery for my torn rotator cuff?

Surgery or physical therapy? If you have a rotator cuff tear, you have probably asked this question and may have had trouble finding an answer. The good news is you are not alone. Although both of these treatments have been around for decades, healthcare providers still debate about which one results in better outcomes. Much …

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Pain, Tightness, Injury, Poor Posture?

Evaluations at Athletic Advantage investigate the cause of your pain, tightness and complaints, and then determine “why” you have your pain. If we don’t investigate the “why” behind your pain, tightness or injury, any treatment performed will be ineffective in changing those underlying conditions. To demonstrate an exercise without knowing the “why” is like replacing …

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