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When is an X-Ray Necessary after an Ankle Sprain?

You just rolled your ankle during practice and it swells immediately, leaving you in pain and wondering, “Do I have a fracture or is this just a sprain?” Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in athletes.  Most times, ankle sprains do not require an x-ray or surgery.  However, sometimes an ankle sprain can be accompanied by a…

How Ethan Made it Back to Baseball- An OPTI Comeback Story

“I really enjoyed working and getting to know Sara.  She helped me learn new ways to throw and how to listen to my body more.”  Ethan McCormick Being sidelined from an injury is so difficult.  Ethan McCormick knows this feeling all too well.  The 9th grader from Bennington High School suffered an injury in the spring of 2017 that kept…

10 Reasons Why Omaha Physical Therapy Institute is DIFFERENT!

Omaha Physical Therapy Institute is DIFFERENT from the status quo…IT’S SIMPLY BETTER.  Why? 1.  We are a family owned, private practice seeing patients of ALL ages working to do the right thing—give people the care that they deserve and for which they are paying. We treat our patients the way that we would want our own family members to be…

Preparing to Play Throughout the Game

There is always talk about warm-up prior to soccer practices and games but there is rarely a focus on re-warming up at half time or if you are coming off the bench to sub into a game.  It is important to re-warm up prior to entering a soccer game as you need to re-wake up the nervous system and prepare…

Taking the Fear out of Movement

Choose Your Words Carefully I had a patient come in recently to their physical therapy session and tell me that another medical professional told her that she had “the worst, most degenerative” lumbar spine he had ever seen after looking at her x-ray.  She was devastated hearing that news.  She was not even having pain in her low back at…

Coming Back Stronger after an ACL Tear!

Laura Ney’s Comeback Story- Coming Back Even Stronger After an ACL Tear! Tearing your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can be devastating and leave you feeling defeated and emotionally destroyed.  For some, it means the end of their athletic career but for patients that come through Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI), an ACL tear is an opportunity for a great comeback…

Why Do Muscles Feel Tight?

It is not uncommon to have patients come through the doors at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) with the complaint of muscle “tightness.”  One of our jobs as physical therapists is to figure out why the patient is having this feeling and to assist them with improving their comfort level with movement through various interventions and education. The following article…

What are Team OPTI’s Strengths?

Omaha Physical Therapy Institute is a special place for rehabilitation and healing.  What makes it special is the unique qualities each member of the staff possesses.  We recently took the Strengthsfinder 2.0 Test to highlight each of our top 5 strengths that we are contributing to the OPTI culture.  Here are the results below: BRENT CORDERY, PT:  Learner, Analytical, Harmony,…

The Power of Touch

The Power of Touch Do you remember when you were younger and you had to get a shot at the doctor’s office?  What did you want to do at that moment?  I remember reaching for my mom or dad’s hand.  Why? Even now, as an adult, when I’m on an airplane and there is turbulence, I typically grab for my husband’s…

Poking Holes In Dry Needling

Does Dry Needling Really Work? You are in pain.  You have been in pain for years.  You have tried everything to help:  medication, injections, chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy.  You have lost your ability to move comfortably and you even find yourself being less social.  You are ready to give up.  Then you hear from a friend that they…