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Demystifying pain and physical therapy treatments with Athletic Advantage Physical Therapy.

Updated: Jun 30


Physical Therapist Kirsten Trapp


Discussing what physical therapy can do for your pain.


We are often taught the saying ‘No pain, no gain’, but truthfully exercise and sports participation should be painless. While some stiffness and soreness can be common, it is time to see a physical therapist when persistent symptoms of pain continue during rest or sleeping, or when the pain is sharp or limiting your activity. Far too often we write things off as ‘strains’, ‘tweaks’, or ‘jams’. This thought process can have bigger effects and can lead to extended periods of pain and additional injury.


Oftentimes a buildup of scar tissue or a joint misalignment, for instance, may lead to pain or spasm in a nearby muscle. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to consult with a physical therapist if you’re struggling with pain, since there may be more to the symptoms than meets the eye.


You probably know what a knot feels like: an area that feels uncomfortable, stiff, dense, and maybe even tender. These trigger points can happen anywhere in the body and are especially common in the shoulders, back, and hips. The connective tissue within these areas exhibit increased tension and stiffness, often as a result of stress, illness, or injury. Muscle fibers may tense up in spasms and there may be a decrease in oxygenated blood or lymphatic flow to the area, as well, all of which can contribute to stiffness and discomfort.


"At your first session, we will begin with a thorough examination including a full review of your past history of injuries and your direct feedback. We will discuss trigger point therapy to “release” the tension and stress in the fascia and other structures within targeted treatment areas, thus restoring normal movement, relieving pain, and reducing your risk of further tissue damage. We will also incorporate exercises and other techniques you will be able to do at home to further your recovery."


“Having a personal commitment to an active lifestyle, I work with patients to achieve effective ways to enhance their quality of life, mobility, functional daily activities, and athletic performance. This commitment guides my patients to full recovery as well as prevent future injuries. I tailor my treatments to the individual needs of each patient, providing each of them with the personal care and unique attention they deserve.”

If you are looking for relief, contact our physical therapy practice today to schedule an appointment.


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