Dry needling alleviates pain for tennis professional

Tennis professional returns to court after dry needling

Joey Kuchler is a tennis professional/coach and an avid tennis player. One day while playing, he landed on a tennis ball and turned his ankle. His pain led him to Baudry Therapy Center for pain relief and return to work/sport with dry needling. Here’s how Joey returned to the court:

“At first, I was a bit nervous about the dry needling, because needles! But the process brought immediate relief to muscles that had been glued stuck. Now they are relaxed. My ankle’s range of motion was limited, causing pain in my work as a tennis teaching pro.

The Baudry team performed ASTYM, dry needling, and manual manipulation of my ankle. Then, they educated me about how the injury was hindering certain muscles and joints. They measured some of my weaknesses resulting from injury, and showed me targeted stretches and exercises to develop better mobility and strength.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned about how muscles and joints should work together. Mine weren’t performing properly due to my injury, but I am confident now to be able to return to tennis safe and pain-free.

I am still doing the work they prescribed as a part of my daily routine to stay healthy. I highly recommend Baudry as a safe, knowledgeable, and fun place to work through your physical therapy.”

Living with pain is not really living

If you are someone you love is experiencing pain, consult a physical therapist today. You only get one life, so make sure you’re living yours to the fullest!  Invest in your #1 asset – your health.  Call Baudry Therapy today if we help you get back to LIFE!

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling  uses a filament needle to achieve a twitch response that releases muscle tension and pain. The needle used in this therapeutic process is so thin that most therapy patients do not even feel it penetrate the skin. The twitch response feels like a muscle cramp that results in deactivating the trigger point, reducing pain and normal length function to the affected muscle.

Baudry therapists use trigger point dry needling techniques to provide relief from muscle tightness, joint mobility, and symptoms of pain and dysfunction.

Soccer player returns to the field after knee injury

Knee injury doesn’t stop soccer player from playing

Rory Maxwell has been playing soccer for over 20 years, most recently in the New Orleans Coed Soccer league at City Park. While playing on artificial turf, he made a cut and immediately felt his knee give out.

“I wasn’t in that much pain and was able to limp off the field, but my knee just didn’t work right,” said Rory. “Over the years playing sports, I’ve seen many ACL tears but those were associated with instant pain. My pain level was low so I was optimistic about my injury. I didn’t want to go under the knife, so I researched other options.”

“While standing in a friend’s wedding with BTC’s Joshua Bryant, DPT, Josh told me about Baudry Therapy Center and assured me that he would get me back to playing sports without surgery. So I decided to give it a shot.”

“Josh taught me the proper running technique and how to change directions. Within 6 weeks, I was able to start jogging and eventually play soccer and kickball again,” said Rory.

RORY’S RESULTS

Physical therapy at BTC pinpointed the areas that Rory needed extra emphasis through the whole chain of movement.

“Josh had me work on plyometrics and took me through return to sport tests, which gave me confidence that my knee was strong enough to take the movements involved with playing sports. I also lost some weight working during my time at BTC, as well as built up leg strength to a higher level than before my injury.

Josh Bryant said, “When I first talked to Rory after his knee injury he was concerned that he needed surgery and would not be able to play soccer again. He was unsure about what direction he should go in and had little knowledge about PT. Following the evaluation, we came up with a plan, defined some goals, and put a timeline on his return to soccer. After this Rory’s attitude changed and he was ready to get to work. After 6 weeks of PT Rory was running again pain free and had full confidence in his knee. Rory recently ran the crescent city classic for the first time and said his legs feel better than ever.”

“The physical therapists at BTC are very friendly and knew exactly what was needed to heal and strengthen my body,” said Rory. They safely pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped progress my recovery.  I enjoyed working, sweating and learning new exercises that I still use today.”

Living with pain is not really living

If you are someone you love is experiencing pain, consult a physical therapist today. You only get one life, so make sure you’re living yours to the fullest!  Invest in your #1 asset – your health.  Call Baudry Therapy today if we help you get back to LIFE!