Our Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy program is designed to help your child aChieve their full potential and return to daily activities and sports quickly and safely. We hope to inspire our patients to pursue a healthy life, with emphasis on correcting mechanics and preventing future injury.
We teach young athletes the importance of taking an active role in their recovery and developing long term habits of caring for their body. We try to minimize office visits and passive modalities while emphasizing home exercise programs that can be easily worked into your daily schedule. Our focus is providing highly skilled treatment and innovative solutions in an uplifting environment.
COMMON CONDITIONS WE TREAT:
Knee Injuries (including ACL)
Little League Elbow
Postoperative Physical Therapy
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Sprains + Strains
JAXSON BEING AWESOME
"When I tore my ACL I was scared that I wouldn't be able to play baseball again. Dr. Ellington made me really comfortable. He explained surgery in a way that I could understand.
Kevin has helped me a lot. He pushes me to work hard and not be lazy during therapy. He makes workouts fun--that is why I am doing so well with my recovery."
- JAXSON E. (Austin, TX)
When it comes to overcoming an orthopedic challenge or recovering from an injury, children require specialized care. Pediatric orthopedic physical therapy can decrease doctor visits and more importantly, lower the risk of re-injury and future orthopedic problems.
After receiving a comprehensive evaluation by one of our experienced pediatric orthopedic physical therapists, our team will design a custom, robust physical therapy program for your child to be completed both in the office and daily at home. Our doctors of physical therapy are passionate about helping your child work through their orthopedic condition from start to finish.
If your child is unable to play or participate in their normal daily activities because of muscle pain, joint pain or surgery, our expert team of physical therapists are here to help.
In addition to treating patients in the clinic, our pediatric physical therapists 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.
If your sports team or parent organization is interested in having one of our PT's come and speak about youth fitness or injury prevention, contact us and we would be happy to work with you.
We also take a 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 worldwide 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.
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.
ACL INJURY PREVENTION CAMP
Every summer since 2008, 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 sports performance as well, such as increases in the vertical and broad jump.
Unfortunately, our 2020 ACL Injury Prevention Camp has been canceled due to Covid-19.
ACL INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAM
In order to continue to serve our community, CTPO is now offering custom ACL injury prevention programs for athletic departments in Central Texas. f you are interested in bringing the ACL Injury Prevention Program to your school, please contact us here:
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.
Having a physician or a trained and knowledgeable physical therapist 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.
Young athletes are 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 is 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.
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.
The CTPO ACL Prevention Program includes pre-participation screening evaluation, 18 sessions that run 3 times a week for 6 consecutive weeks, and low instructor to student ratios. The program costs $300. If you are interested in getting into our next camp, please contact Brian Kratz at email@example.com. Please note, our 2020 camp has been canceled due to Covid-19.
The goal of the program is to decrease the risk of non-contact ACL injuries to equal that rate seen in boys. Studies in similar programs show between 70%-80% decrease in the incidence of injury in participants. Unfortunately, there is no brace or program that can completely eliminate risk.