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Bucks Physical Therapy :: Customized Programs

Post-Concussion Rehabilitation & ImPACT Testing

Post Concussion Rehab

At Bucks Physical Therapy, our Post-Concussion Programs are unique. Our team of professionals, including Doctors of Physical Therapy and Licensed Athletic Trainers, work closely in conjunction with your physician to customize a comprehensive treatment plan designed specifically for you.

Post Concussion Assessment

Assess the cognitive state of the brain after a suspected concussion. Communicate to physician, athletic trainer and/or I.U.

5 Step Exertional Therapy

A custom designed protocol for each individual.

Vestibular Therapy

Vision and balance therapy to reduce symptoms associated with concussions.

ImPACT Testing

It is crucial to be prepared in the event of a concussion. At Bucks PT, we utilize ImPACT’s Baseline Testing, which provides us with an “image” of the brain in a normal state. Ideally, with the baseline results recorded, we will be prepared to objectively determine the severity of a concussion or suspected head injury and establish an appropriate treatment plan.

Is ImPACT Testing Just For Athletes?

Were you injured at work or in a car accident, and suspect you may have a concussion? Call us to schedule a 20-minute assessment to ensure your safe return to daily living, work and/or sports.

After ImPACT results are tabulated, we work in conjunction with your physician, coach or trainer to establish your individual treatment plan.

What Is A Concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that may result in a bad headache, altered levels of alertness or unconsciousness. It temporarily interferes with the way your brain works and it can affect everything from your memory & judgment to balance & coordination. Concussions most often affect athletes who participate in contact sports, but anyone can be at risk.

Bucks Physical Therapy urges everyone to recognize the importance of concussion knowledge and to visit us for ImPACT testing today!

To learn more about impact testing visit www.impacttest.com
Also, for your reference:
SAFE KIDS Concussion Guide for Parents
SAFE KIDS Concussion Guide for Coaches
SAFE KIDS Concussion Guide for Schools

PEP Program

Bucks Physical Therapy’s Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance program focuses on educating athletes on strategies to avoid injury and includes specific exercises targeting problem areas. We offer the PEP program to implement a strategic training program to decrease the number of ACL injuries.

What Does the ACL Program Consist of?

The program consists of a warm-up, stretching, strengthening, plyometrics, and sport specific agilities to address potential deficits in the strength and coordination of the stabilizing muscles around the joint. Our professionals will emphasize correct posture, straight up and down jumps without excessive side-to-side movement, and reinforce soft landings. This program should be completed 3 times a week.

Why Use Our Program?

The PEP program increases the stability of the knee by increasing strength of both static & dynamic stabilizers. By performing warm-up exercises, stretching and plyometric exercises the knee increases the stability with movement. The goals of the program are:

  • Avoid vulnerable positions
  • Increase flexibility
  • Increase strength
  • Increase proprioception through agility training

PEP Program Elements:

  • Warm-Up: Warming up and cooling down are crucial components of the training program. The purpose of the warm-up is to allow the athlete to prepare for activity.
  • Stretching: Never stretch a “cold muscle”. By stretching after a warm-up, you can improve and maintain your range of motion, reduce stiffness in your joints, reduce post-exercise soreness, reduce the risk of injury and improve overall mobility and performance.
  • Strengthening: This portion of the program focuses on increasing leg strength. This will lead to increased leg strength and a more stable knee joint. Close attention must be paid to the performance of these exercises in order to avoid injury.
  • Plyometrics: These exercises are explosive and help to build power, strength and speed. The most important element when considering performance technique is the landing. It must be soft! These exercises are basic; however, it is crucial to perform them correctly.
  • Agilities: These exercises increase dynamic stability of the ankle/knee/hip complex.

Physical Therapy for the Performing Arts

Performance artists know the only way to strive in their sport is to be exceptional in every step and every performance. Unfortunately, many pay a high price for their success. With injury rate as high as 75%—performers need to be protected. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy are highly skilled and trained to treat any injury that may occur on the stage, mat or beam. And above all with former dancers, gymnasts and cheerleaders on staff—you can have full confidence that you are in the right hands in Bucks Physical Therapy’s Performing Arts Program.

Understanding Experienced Professionals

Bucks PT’s experienced staff understands the highly demanding performing arts world and we know the importance of getting back to your sport as quickly as possible. As a result, we are proud to offer safe and progressive programs that will not only enable you to return, but will help prevent future injuries.

Creative Programs Designed for Performers

Our customized programs will consist of a thorough one-on-one evaluation, hands-on manual treatment and state-of-the-art modalities such as electrical stimulation and ultrasound. Furthermore, with supplemental services such as Aquatic Physical Therapy and advanced taping methods—you can be assured that our Doctors of Physical Therapy will provide you with the most comprehensive treatment.

We Get Results!

Gymnasts, dancers and cheerleaders compete year-round, often with no break. We consider it vital to address all injuries no matter how minor or severe. We will work with your physician, instructors and coaches to advance your injury as quickly & safely as possible. Every injury from Labral and ACL tears to wrist sprains and back problems—our staff is ready evaluate any ache or pain you have to ensure your safe return.

Balance & Falls Prevention Program

Protect Yourself From Dangerous Falls Today

Falls can diminish your ability to lead an active and independent life. Did you know that 1/3 of older adults will fall ONCE a year? Bucks Physical Therapy urges all seniors to recognize the importance of balance and falls prevention. Call to schedule your balance assessment today!

Professional Assessments

Through a brief screening our Doctors of Physical Therapy will assess your fall risk. If your test reveals a balance deficit, our physical therapists will perform an evaluation that includes:

  • Review of your medical history and medications
  • Simple vision test
  • Home safety assessment
  • Measurements of your blood pressure and heart rate
  • Leg strength and balance assessments

After your exam results are tabulated, we will work in conjunction with your physician to design a customized exercise and training program to improve your balance and strength.

Exercise Programs To Fit Your Lifestyle

Current research has found that exercise-based programs in the home are effective in preventing falls. As a result, our therapists will provide you with the tools to exercise within them comfort of your own home.

These at-home programs will include balance training instruction, strength and aerobic exercises, and fear management.

Warning Signs

If you or someone you know has one or more of the following risk factors, please seek the guidance of a physical therapist:

  • History of previous falls
  • Balance problems
  • Leg muscle weakness
  • Vision problems
  • Taking 4 or more medications or psychoactive medications
  • Difficulty walking