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Adaptive Driving Rehabilitation

Adaptive Driver Education and Training (ADET) is an evaluation and training program designed for persons with disabilities. The goal of the program is to enable persons with disabilities to learn to drive safely and independently in their own vehicles with the use of adaptive equipment and/or compensatory techniques. The evaluator identifies individuals with physical or cognitive impairments that have the potential to drive safely and then works with them to acquire their permit or license. This includes clinical and on-the-road training with one of our certified driving rehab specialists.

Common Diagnosis Served by this Program
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Amputations
  • Impairments in Visual Processing
  • Spina Bifida
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Cerebral Palsy
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Various Progressive Diseases

My legs have been weak all of my life, but they have gotten to where I felt unsafe driving over the past couple of months. The hand controls that I now use are great and I feel safe driving my grandkids to and from school events! Thank you so much for giving me my independence back.”

Pasty M.

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AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® represents the next stride in physical therapy and athletic training. The AlterG utilizes cutting edge Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology, developed by NASA, to unweight the user and reduce the impact of walking or running. This ultimately enables patients to exercise in comfort and rehabilitate with confidence, while maintaining their natural gait to avoid bad habits that may lead to further injury.

Thanks to the unique unweighting technology, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill provides users with an unsurpassed level of precision and versatility. This degree of control enables users to track progress and pain levels, protect healing injuries without sacrificing strength and cardiovascular training, and enjoy the road to recovery like never before.

The Anti-Gravity Treadmill® gets mobility-impaired patients back on their feet and on the road to achieving a better quality of life. During rehabilitation, the Anti-Gravity Treadmill will help you attain greater mobility by:

  • Providing support and confidence to start walking and take more steps in comfort.
  • Enabling you to walk or even jog further, faster and with more stability than you may have previously thought possible.
  • Preventing falls, which increases comfort and confidence during rehab and beyond.
  • Improving health and wellness and helping you achieve more independence in your day-to-day life.
  • Reducing stress on joints and injured areas of the lower body.
  • Exercising when you otherwise might not be able to because of pain, stress, or instability.
  • Potentially preventing functional decline and enabling greater independence during essential activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, getting up from a chair, and using the bathroom.

The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill helps you achieve greater independence, which results in more quality time with your family and time to enjoy the things you love. The AlterG enables Physical Therapists to give you the care you need to live your life to the fullest.

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Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy can be very beneficial for patients in different stages of life — pediatric to geriatric. If you have any of the following, you could benefit from aquatic therapy: joint pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, total joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery, sport specific injury, and more. This type of therapy is open to everyone – swimmer or non-swimmer. Our highly qualified therapists will be with you through each step of the journey, so you will get the most benefit available.

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Certified Athletic Trainers

For over 20 years, our Sports Plus Certified Athletic Trainers have been the biggest fans of West Tennessee’s young athletes. From sports performance enhancement to sportsmetrics injury prevention, we provide services designed to return athletes to health and improve their game.

What is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)?
Sports Plus Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) are licensed medical professionals whose job is athletic injury prevention, injury treatment, and injury recovery. These professionals can go from dealing with nicks and bruises to responding to concussions, blown knees, heat stroke, and MCL and ACL injuries in the blink of an eye.

What do our Certified Atheltic Trainers do for your athlete?
The role of athletic trainer has drastically changed in recent times with emphasis on preventative injury and sports medicine. The athletic trainers do more than “taping” an ankle before a game or retrieving the water bottles. They teach the athlete how to prevent injuries and to recognize their limits. They dedicate many hours to our students at practice and on the field/courtside. They know each student and their abilities and limitations. The athletic trainer is medically trained to see signs of injury pain and recognize a condition or injury when it happens to one of their athletes. From a minor sprain to concussions, the athletic trainer will assess the condition on the field to determine if the athlete can return to play.


Dry Needling

Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion.

What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a treatment that involves inserting a very small needle into an area of muscle tension/pain or trigger point to help that muscle relax, thereby also reducing pain and improving function.

The term dry needling refers to the fact that there is no solution being injected into the muscle and therefore the needle is “dry.”

What is a Trigger Point?
A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.

What Kind of Needles Are Used?
Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.

Who can benefit from dry needling?
Dry needling can be beneficial in many conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Muscle Tension Pain
  • Joint pain
  • Myofascial pain syndrome/chronic pain conditions

Who should not receive dry needling?
Dry needling is not recommended in the following situations:

  • Active infection
  • Active cancer
  • Systemic inflammatory conditions
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Bleeding disorders or patients taking anti-coagulants
  • Lymphedema
  • Surgery in the past 8 weeks
  • Uncontrolled seizures
  • Allergy to metal
  • Multiple Sclerosis in an active state
  • Fear of needles
  • Unable or unwilling to provide consent to treatment

Dry needling can be included in your physical therapy treatment or done as a private pay service. If you have further questions about dry needling treatment, please contact your nearest Sports Plus or Lift Therapy Clinic location. We look forward to serving you!

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Hand Therapy

Hand Therapy is therapy performed by a licensed therapist on patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities.

  • Injured Tendons or Nerves
  • Wounds
  • Scars
  • Burns
  • Amputation of the Fingers, Hands or Arms
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis

Our therapists provide therapy to help your hands return to normal function after injuries and effects of conditions that have affected them.

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Low Vision

The Low Vision Rehabilitation Program at Work Plus Rehab provides a comprehensive service to assist persons who have low vision.

Low vision is commonly caused by macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma or cataracts. It may present as a loss of visual field, light sensitivity, distorted vision or loss of contrast. Many visually impaired individuals experience difficulty with regular activities of daily living such as cooking, shopping, managing finances and medication, watching television, reading, and driving.

Our occupational therapists will work with you, the primary physician and/or ophthalmologist to conduct an initial evaluation. Based on the results of the evaluation, a treatment plan will be established. The therapist will provide individualized instruction to help you achieve your personal rehabilitation goals.

  • Evaluate what activities are difficult because of decreased visual functioning and explore ways to improve activity performance
  • Education about your eye problem and its affect on function
  • Introduction to glare control, contrast enhancement and lighting to improve ability to see
  • Strategies for writing, watching television, reading, cooking safety and use of optical/non-optical aids
  • Trial use of magnification devices
  • Recommendations for home and community safety/community mobility
  • Information on community resources, support services and driver safety

Our goal is to maximize your independence and safety while performing everyday tasks.

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LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG : Therapy for Parkinson’s disease

Sports Plus Rehab Centers Speech, Physical and Occupational therapists are helping patients with Parkinson’s disease improve function and slow motor deterioration by retraining sensory, motor and cognitive functions through intensive exercise and patient empowerment with the LSVT LOUD® and LVST BIG® treatment protocols.

What are LSVT LOUD® AND LVST BIG®?
The LSVT LOUD® AND LVST BIG® treatment protocols are evidence-based therapy treatment approaches for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. These treatment methods are different from traditional therapy in that they provide the patient with the tools necessary to prevent a decline in function after they stop coming for therapy. These programs serve to improve the patients’ perception of their movements so they don’t fall back into previous patterns of impaired speech and small movements which decrease their functional abilities.

What is LSVT LOUD®?
LSVT LOUD® is an intensive, amplitude-based program for the speech motor system. This method has been shown to improve vocal loudness, speech intelligibility and facial expression.
LSVT LOUD® therapy can only be delivered by a speech-language pathologist certified in the LSVT LOUD® program. Therapy consists of one month of intense treatment including 16 one hour treatment sessions, four times a week for four weeks. The patient also has daily homework of specifically assigned exercises and activities. Therapy includes increasing intensity, increasing breath support, increasing pitch range and improving vocal quality. Additional improvements that have been noted include improvement in swallowing and the masked facial expression which often accompanies Parkinson’s disease.

The LVST BIG® treatment protocol applies the principles and approach of LSVT LOUD® to improve gross and fine motor skills needed for walking, activities of daily living, and balance. Use of the principles taught during this program also helps to improve fine motor impairments that can make it difficult for many people with Parkinson’s disease to care for themselves. LVST BIG® focuses on increasing the size of limb and body movement (“bigness”) in people with Parkinson’s disease, which leads to improvements in the quality and speed of movement, balance, and quality of life. The program utilizes many repetitions of movements that are used in daily living with varying complexity and intensity to improve carryover once patients complete the program.

LVST BIG® therapy can only be delivered by a physical or occupational therapist certified in LVST BIG®. Treatment is administered in 16 sessions over a single month (four individual one hour sessions per week for four weeks). This protocol was developed specifically to address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson’s disease. The protocol is both intensive and complex with many repetitions of core movements that are used in daily living. This type of practice is necessary to optimize learning and carryover of your better movement into everyday life!

LSVT LOUD® and LVST BIG® programs are offered through the PT, OT and Speech services at Sports Plus Dyersburg, Sports Plus Milan, Sports Plus Lexington and Lift Therapy. Call your doctor for a referral if you think you or a family member may benefit from these programs. To learn more, call Sports Plus Rehab Centers at 1-800-427-0957.


Manual Lymph Drainage

Lymphedema is a condition where there is an accumulation of fluid in the interstitial tissues of the body. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a specialized massage technique performed to stimulate the flow of lymph from an affected area. MLD is performed by a certified and licensed therapist.

Lift Therapy offers MLD services to effectively treat patients with lymphedema and other swelling disorders.

Common Diagnoses

  • Primary Lymphedema
  • Secondary Lymphedema
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Post Surgical
  • Post Mastectomy
  • Lymphedema due to treatment of other cancers

Therapy Treatment & Benefits

  • Manual Lymph Drainage
  • Patient and family education on compression bandaging
  • Instruction on proper skin and limb care
  • Custom exercise programs

The main goal of our MLD program is to return the patient to his/her normal lifestyle. There is no cure for lymphedema but we strive to assist and teach patients how to successfully manage their symptoms and prevent future complications. We strive for maximal edema reductions to normal or near-normal limb volume, followed by fitting the patient with appropriate compression garment or device.

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Neurological Rehabilitation

Patients with a neurological disorder may require the services of a combination of physical, occupational and speech therapies in order to improve function and achieve greater independence.

Neurological conditions treated may include:

  • Brain Tumors
  • Guillan Barre Syndrome (GBS)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post Concussive
  • Stroke ( CVA)
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

We will provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary plan to neurological rehabilitation that includes muscle and sensory re-education, coordination activities, range of motion, and speech therapy to those patients who have experienced a neurological disorder such as a stroke or spinal cord injury.

Our Therapists are licensed, highly skilled professionals who offer specialized care to the neurological patient. Each treatment program is individualized to meet the specific needs of the patient.

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Orthotics

A simple insert in your shoe can significantly improve your activity level and reduce pain throughout your body. At one of our Jackson, TN, Sports Plus locations and our Lexington, TN, Sports Plus location our staff can help you learn more about orthotics.

I just wanted to say thank you for doing the orthotic thing for employees. I don’t know exactly who authorized that, but I am so thankful. Mine are life savers. They nearly killed me the first day that I wore them. I have adjusted now and my feet and legs feel so much better. I have been walking routinely at lunch at the hospital. I have been meaning to say thank you long before now. Thank you again for all of your help. This was the best money that I have spent in a long time.

Charlotte

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Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Sports Plus Rehab Centers/Lift Therapy/Work Plus/Sports Plus Aqua Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation in an outpatient setting to ease pain, prevent further damage, and regain movement.

Our licensed staff is experienced in providing skilled outpatient therapy for a wide range of orthopedic conditions, including the following:

  • Post-surgery orthopedics
  • Joint replacement therapy
  • Post-surgery spine conditions
  • Back pain/sacroiliac
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain/injury/sprain/strain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff dysfunction/strain
  • Sports injuries
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis/foot pain
  • Ankle sprain
  • Post-fracture
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Tendonitis/bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injuries

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Pelvic Health

Sports Plus Pelvic Health Program is individually designed to meet the unique needs of each patient. Pelvic pain can have negative influences on a person’s daily life. Physical Therapy can assess and address the musculoskeletal dysfunction that can cause pelvic pain. The program goal is to educate and train patients to manage and, in some cases, eliminate their pelvic pain or other musculoskeletal dysfunction as it relates to their diagnosis.

Our Pelvic Health Physical Therapists have over 40 years of experience and have undergone specialized training to provide pelvic floor rehabilitation. Sports Plus has four convenient locations that provide Pelvic Health Therapy.

Most Common Pelvic Health Diagnoses

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse)
  • Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain/painful urination
  • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Pelvic floor myalgia (muscle pain/muscle spasm)
  • Post-surgical pelvic pain

Benefits

  • Increase in functional activity and returning to normal daily-life activity
  • Decreased pelvic pain and discomfort associated with condition
  • Increase knowledge of causes and instruction in self-management of pain
  • Intercourse without pain

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Saebo

Our occupational therapist at Sports Plus Milan and LIFT Therapy have been trained by Saebo, Inc., to provide their innovative Saebo Arm Training Program. Saebo, Inc., is a company founded by two occupational therapists who developed a new approach to treating patients who have had a stroke or other neurological impairment.

This program is designed for those people who have limited hand and/or arm function following brain injury. The Saebo Arm Training Program is based on research that documents our brain’s ability to “re-program” itself. This approach has been shown to be effective even 20 years after injury!

A customized device that is worn on the hand and/or arm allows one to immediately grasp and then release a ball. Through guidance by the therapist, this grasp and release activity will be modified into an exercise program that is completed at home at least twice a day.

If you have had a stroke or other neurological injury and have lost the use of your arm and/or hand, you might qualify for The Saebo Arm Training Program. Our occupational therapist can screen you to see if you are a candidate for this program. To receive this innovative new treatment, an order for therapy from you healthcare provider is needed. The customized devices are covered by Medicare and some commercial insurance companies.

The Saebo Arm Training Program is not right for everyone, and the amount of recovery gained can’t be guaranteed. However, as someone who has survived a neurological injury, you know that even the smallest gains can make a big difference in your quality of life.

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Vestibular

The Sports Plus Dizziness and Balance Clinic is a clinic that specializes in the treatment of the Vestibular System: dizziness, vertigo or balance dysfunction. The Vestibular System is a very complex system that includes parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury, vestibular disorders can result and are often associated with one or more of these symptoms:

  • Vertigo and dizziness
  • Imbalance
  • Vision disturbances

Sports Plus Physical Therapists are trained in the assessment and treatment of a variety of vestibular disorders. Goals of therapy emphasize returning the vestibular system to a normal functioning state. Patients receive extensive education to aid in self-management.

Inner ear disorders are usually treatable with physical therapy and are often completely correctable.

Treatment may include:

  • Eye and head movements
  • Balance exercises
  • Repositioning procedures

The goal is to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system in coordination with vision and proprioception. This often involves desensitizing the balance system to movements that provoke symptoms.

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Workers Comp Rehabilitation

The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act of 2003 aided those who experience injuries in the workplace. Work Plus Rehab Center staff have 60+ years of clinic experience and will work with your doctor to help you recover.

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