What’s the deal with PT?



I’m excited to be joining the team to offer in-house physical therapy at RPE through Rally PT. As a service for all members, I’ll be writing occasional posts about injury prevention, biomechanics tips, and more. For the first edition of the blog, I wanted to give you all a quick intro about the basics of PT and who can benefit (hint: most people, especially athletes!)

1.General Rehabilitation Whether you’ve had a new injury or are dealing with chronic aches and pains, PT could be right for you. A few common CrossFit-related injuries that are commonly treated with PT:

-Shoulder pain (rotator cuff tendinopathy, impingement, and labral tears are common in overhead athletes)

-Knee pain (patellar tendonitis, meniscus injuries, and arthritis)

-Calf, ankle, and foot pain (Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis)

-Wrist pain (tendinopathy, joint pain)

-Low back pain (including disc herniations)

-Hip pain (labral tears, impingement)

2.Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Whether you’ve recently had surgery or are ready to return to CrossFit after a previous surgery, PT can help by:

-Following physician-prescribed protocols for return to sport after surgeries such as: ACL repair, knee arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair, and labral repair

-Modifying and grading return to sport with a safe, individualized program to ensure a smooth transition back to normal activities

3.Biomechanical Evaluation and Injury Prevention

-Even if you aren’t injured, PT can help. PTs are trained in movement analysis and movement dysfunction, and can help you identify muscle imbalances and areas where your form breaks down to prevent injuries before they occur. 

-Wellness physical therapy and injury prevention includes specific, individualized conditioning, strengthening, and stretching programs and biomechanical analysis/evaluation to identify flawed movement patterns and muscle imbalances.

4.Postpartum Strengthening/Stabilization

-PT can help restore core, pelvic, and hip stability and strength after pregnancy and childbirth. Over the course of pregnancy, women naturally undergo hormonal changes that result in decreased core strength and loosening of ligaments around the pelvis. This can lead to back pain, hip pain, and pelvic pain, including urinary incontinence with exercise, during and after pregnancy.

-PT can help restore strength and stability for return to fitness activities, including CrossFit, with reduced pain and improved comfort.

At Rally PT, all sessions are one-on-one and provide individualized, varied care. You’ll never work with a rehabilitation aide or have the same session twice. With patients’ consent, I communicate workout plans and programs to the CrossFit coaches to make sure classes are scaled, appropriate, and beneficial for members recovering from an injury.

Note that a doctor’s referral will be needed for treatment of injuries; no referral is required for injury screens or preventative training. Invoices are provided for patients to submit to insurance providers for out-of-network coverage.

To schedule a free screen, initial evaluation, or injury prevention session, contact me at kate@rallyphysicaltherapy.com. I’m looking forward to working with you!

Kate Blankshain PT, DPT

**Free injury screens will be provided through the end of January from:

6:30 AM-7:30 AM on Tuesdays

5:30 PM-6:30 PM on Wednesdays

Sign-up sheet will be provided to reserve a 15-minute block.