PT helps tennis player with hip pain return to the court

Tennis player returns to court after receiving PT for hip pain

Frank Crothers, a long-time tennis player, injured his lower back and hip while he was serving on the tennis court. His back pain did not subside and he continued to experience ongoing hip pain as a result. He decided that he needed the help and chose physical therapy at Baudry Therapy Center. Read how Frank’s hard work in physical therapy got him back on the court:

“I needed the help of a good physical therapist in order to return to playing tennis. I play tournaments at City Park, so solving the back problem was important. Physical therapy helped me pinpoint the areas that really needed extra emphasis through the whole chain of movement.  PT helped me feel better overall, stronger and more balanced. I have been playing since graduating from physical therapy and was even able to play a little during therapy. I gradually improved both the hip and the back and am now playing with no pain. Best of all, my game is improving.

I have nothing but good things to say about my experience with Baudry Therapy Center, as I was treated in a friendly and helpful manner. They gave me useful information about my injury and the exercises and stretches I should do to maintain good shape. I am very, very happy with my outcome and have already recommended Baudry to friends.”

About BTC’s Return to Sport Program

BRIO’s Return to Sport Program begins with an evaluation to identify the injuries that cause the pain and dysfunction that keeps them off of the field. To help determine the readiness for return to sport, our physical therapists utilize several reliable tools to measure ability and clearly identify when an athlete is ready to initiate a safe return to sport. If you have an injury and are looking to return to your sport, or if you want to learn more about our Return to Sport program, call BRIO today or submit your question.

Trigger Point Dry Needling – New Orleans

Trigger Point Dry-Needling and Physical Therapy:  A Personal Recovery Story , by Taryn Cohn, MSPT, OCS

I have been a practicing physical therapist for ten years.  I became a certified orthopedic manual therapist through the Ola Grimsby Institute 7 years ago and have taken multiple continuing education courses in manual therapy.  I have found that most all of the knowledge I have gained throughout the years is valuable and can be applied in one way or another based on the individual and the injury.  So when the opportunity came up to take a continuing education course in trigger point dry-needling I jumped at the opportunity.  What started out as educational growth opportunity, ended up having a much larger personal impact.

I would consider myself a frequent, perhaps avid exerciser.  Ever since childhood I have always enjoyed a wide range of physical activity.   It is this passion for movement that initially brought me to physical therapy as a career.  However, almost 2 years ago I became sidelined for 8 months with a lumbar disc herniation.  Through exercise and the hands-on physical therapy intervention of my co-workers I was able to overcome the injury without needing medical or surgical intervention.

It was in the midst of my recovery that I went to Colorado to learn about trigger point dry-needling.  If you are unfamiliar with trigger point dry needling (TDN), or intramuscular therapy, it is a treatment for muscular tightness and spasm, which commonly follows injuries, degenerative processes, stress and muscular overuse.  This treatment technique uses small, thin needles inserted directly into hyperirritable areas of taut skeletal muscle referred to as trigger points.  When the needle hits the correct spot it causes a twitch response in the muscle, resulting in muscle lengthening and relaxation.

A requirement of the course when learning the dry-needling technique is that you practice on fellow course participants.  After my treatment partner completed the trigger-point dry-needling on my low back and hips I experienced some of the most significant relief of painful symptoms I had felt in almost a year.  As with most treatment techniques, I am hesitant to use it with patients unless I have experienced some personal benefits.  After the initial and continued symptom reduction I have received as a result of dry-needling, I would encourage anyone to try it who has been unsuccessful with other treatments.

Since the addition of dry-needling to my existing manual therapy practice, I have seen excellent results in those suffering from low back pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis and neck pain, to name a few.

Call us to see if trigger Point Dry Needling would be helpful to you.