The Physical Therapy Department at CTPO consists of Kevin McHorse, Brian Kratz, Megan Carlegis, Chelsey Walker, and Sarah Luin. Together they are dedicated to keeping therapy sessions fun and interactive, while being effective and based on the latest research.
Our physical Therapy program is designed to help young people return to daily activities and sports quickly and safely, with emphasis on correcting poor mechanics and preventing future injury. Our goal is to teach the young athlete the importance of taking an active role in their recovery and developing long term habits of taking care of their body. We try to minimize office visits and passive modalities while emphasizing home exercise programs that can be easily worked into the patient’s daily schedule.
For active athletes, we also try to communicate with coaches and trainers to help the transition back to sports go smoothly and quickly. For this reason, we develop athlete-specific return to sports programs.
In addition to treating patients in the clinic, Kevin, Megan, Brian, Chelsey, and Sarah participate in community education activities to teach the developing athlete injury-prevention techniques and promote health and fitness. By educating athletes, parents, coaches, and trainers on common injuries and ways to prevent injury occurrence, the athlete spends more time being active and participating in their sport.
We also take special interest in the treatment of adolescent back pain using the McKenzie Method of Diagnosis and Treatment. Like the general sports programs, the McKenzie Method emphasizes self treatment of back pain and prevention of future problems. It is recognized world-wide as one of the most effective treatments for back pain. We have had overwhelming success applying this method of diagnosis and treatment to young people and at the last count, the average number of office visits for back pain was about four per patient.
ACL Prevention Camp
This year we are also partnering with Coach Mo’s Elite Fitness (Northwest Hills) for another ACL Camp running July 5th – August 18th. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:30 – 2:00pm.
Please complete the form below to sign up today!
.Coach Mo’s Elite Fitness ACL Camp Registration Form
Adolescent female athletes are documented to have anywhere from a 4 to 6 times greater risk of injury to the anterior cruciate ligament than male counterparts. Fortunately, research over the past 5-10 years has confirmed that specific evaluation and training programs can help to reduce the rate of injury to equal that of male counterparts. Four the last 4 summers, CTPO has run a hugely successful 6 week ACL injury prevention program for female athletes age 12-18. The program is based on current research and is designed to correct flaws in mechanics and neuromuscular control that females often exhibit. While the program’s main goal is to prevent ACL tears, many participants have seen enhanced sport performance as well, such as increases in vertical and broad jump.
Why do female athletes in cutting sports tear the ACL more than males?
Research in the last 10 years has shown that differences in neuromuscular control, or the way females control the knee when they jump, land, and run, contributes highly to the increased rate of ACL injuries in females. The latest research shows that females playing soccer, basketball, and volleyball are 4 to 6 times more likely to sustain an ACL injury than their male counterparts.
How can I tell if my daughter is at a higher risk of ACL injury?
Having a physician or therapist trained and knowledgeable on the subject assess your daughter’s risk factors is important. By having girls perform a couple of simple tests in the office, the general risk factors for ACL injury can be identified.
How does the ACL injury prevention training program work? When is an appropriate age to start?
Young athletes can be put through specific drills to work on proper form, balance, strength, and flexibility to retrain the body to jump, land, and cut with better form and decreased risk of injury. The training must be methodical and very form focused in order to avoid retraining existing bad habits. Fortunately, a side benefit of the program is improved speed, strength, and agility that will help with sports performance.
Once a young female has started puberty and has the emotional maturity to follow directions and stay focused, they can benefit. Usually age 12 and up is a good guideline.
What long term consequences come from ACL injury?
ACL injury causes 6-12 months of missed sports training, averages $18,000 for surgery and rehab, and leads to an increased incidence of early osteoarthritis of the knee on 20 year follow-up.
What is the cost of the program and how to I sign up?
The CTPO Summer Program includes pre-participation screening evaluation, 18 sessions that run 3 times a week for 6 consecutive weeks, and a small instructor to student ratios. The program costs $300. If you are interested on getting into next year’s camp, please contact Brian Kratz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does participation in an ACL prevention program guarantee injury prevention?
No, the program just decreases the risk of noncontact ACL injuries to equal that rate seen in boys. Studies on similar programs show between 70%-80% decrease incidence of injury in participants. There is no brace or program that can eliminate risk.