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Sports Injuries

Our goal at The Compass Rehabilitation Center is to restore your highest level of function and get you back to your sport as soon as possible while preventing re-injury. You will receive one-on-one attention from our physical therapy experts and receive the highest level of attention and care possible. Whatever your sport demands are, you will have a personalized, results-oriented, sport-specific program. Your program may include functional training, plyometric training, agility training and endurance training. We also provide identification of biomechanical errors and muscle imbalances to reduce the risk of injury or re-injury.

Physical therapists treat common sports injuries that may include general overuse, as well as:

Post-Operative Rehabilitation for Shoulder, Knee, Hip, and Ankle

After any surgery, we know the key to getting you back in the game and feeling well is through attentive, effective physical therapy.  Our post-operative rehabilitation will do just that as our main goals are to relieve pain and reduce recovery time. Developing special exercise programs for each individual as soon as possible ensures joint mobility and enhances strengthening while speeding recovery time.

Patella Tendonitis

Commonly referred to as “Jumper’s knee” patella tendonitis is pain in the tendon that attaches the kneecap to the top of the shin bone. This type of injury usually occurs due to repetitive strain or overuse. Patella tendonitis requires significant amounts of rest, rehabilitation and in some cases, surgery.

Symptomsof patella tendonitis include: consistent pain near the base of the knee, aching and stiffness after exercise as well as an enlarging of the tendon.

Treating patella tendonitis will vary from patient to patient, however some things usually done include: Medication, cold therapy, laser treatment, strengthening exercise and aptrotinin injections.

ACL Rehabilitation

ACL rehabilitation is a common practice for physical therapists. ACL tearing, strains and other injuries usually occur from contact sports or those that involve sudden changes in direction.

Depending on the severity of the injury different rehabilitation practices may be done. Usually an MRI will be done to assess the damage done to the ligaments and from there a rehabilitation plan will be developed to strengthen and rebuild tissue.

In some cases surgery may even be required.

Torn Meniscus

A torn meniscus is a tear to the semicircular tissue around the knee that acts as a shock absorber. Torn Menisci usually occur from overuse, degeneration overtime or in those who have a history of trauma to this area.

Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation are all keys to help rehabilitate this area of the knee.

In most cases special exercises are developed to focus on accelerated rehabilitation and increase mobility. However in very severe cases surgery may be required as well to save as much cartilage as possible.


Shin Splints are the name given to any shin pain in the front, lower part of the shin. The most common occurrences of shin splints usually involve pain that radiates from the front inside of the shin bone and have many causes.

One of the most common causes of shin splints is due to an inflammation in the periostium of the tibia. This occurs because of constant traction forces on the periostium from the muscles of the lower leg and it eventually leads to pain and inflammation.  This, however, is not the only way someone can develop shin splints, there are a number of factors in the biomechanics of the athlete as well as general errors in training that may cause shin splints.

There are many different ways that we treat shin splints, these vary based on the severity of the pain, the amount of time it has been a problem and many other factors.

In most cases, general strengthening is performed to reduce the chances of getting shin splints, as well as various stretching exercises, a changing of certain biomechanics and cold therapy.

Hamstring Strain

A hamstring strain is one of the most common sports injuries we see. The most common symptom related to these strains is a sharp pain in the back of the thigh. This usually is most prevalent when the person is sprinting or doing a high kicking motion.

These strains usually occur in one of two ways, either through a sprinting motion or a stretching motion. In sprinting the hamstring muscles are hard a work trying to slow and then speed up the body and upon deceleration most issues occur. In stretching related strains, a problem usually occurs involving the tendon and therefore these can take longer to heal.

Treatment of a hamstring injury should start immediately, some of our treatments performed on hamstring strains include; stretching and strengthening exercises, cold and aquatic therapy as well as massage treatment.

Iliotibial Band Injury

Lliotbial band injuries cause pain on the outsides of the knees which is usually due to excessive force, friction and overuse.

These injuries usually cause gradually increasing pain while running until the person cannot take the pain any longer.

The cause of lliotbial band injuries is usually due to poor foot biomechanics, although there may be other factors causing the pain.

There are various treatment options we provide to deal with lliotbial band injuries, these can include massage and aquatic therapy, ultrasounds, use of TENS machines, as well as other strengthening and conditioning exercises.

Snapping Hip Syndrome

Snapping hip syndrome is most common in dancers and characterized by a snapping noise and / or feeling in the area of the hip joint.

There are many things that we can do to help alleviate the pain cause by someone with snapping hip syndrome; these include massage therapy, stretching exercises and myofascial release techniques.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures occur when there is repetitive force placed on a bone causing it to crack.

Symptoms usually include; pain (especially when weight present), swelling, general pain, and large increases of pain when working out or during activity.

In most cases rehabilitation involves resting the affected bone as much as possible and refraining from the culprit activity.

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Another syndrome often referred to as “runner’s knee” patellofemoral pain syndrome describes generic pain experienced at the front of the knee, usually around the knee cap.

Symptoms usually include tenderness, aching of the joint and swelling. These symptoms are usually worsened when walking or performing activities involving movement.

Generally treatment options for patellofemoral include stretches, rest, and compression, as well as ice, massage and aquatic therapies


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