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6 Things to Make your Recovery Easier

Diane Johnson is no stranger to injury.  After going through months of physical therapy for a severe injury she sustained in April 2017, she is finally back to doing the things that she loves and enjoys.  She wanted to share some insight she gained as a patient in physical therapy and we wanted to share that with you as we…

Hamstring Injury Prevention in Soccer Players

In the world of soccer, there are many factors that play into the prevention of injury.  Not only has the research investigated and dissected the importance of a proper warm up, re-warm up, and cool down, but periodization of practices/games/conditioning needs to be acknowledged as well.  Breaking it down even more, what drills a coach performs at practice the day…

“Sticking” to the facts – Dry Needling Not Effective for Knee Pain

With all the hype surrounding the fad of dry needling one would assume it is very effective. However, when you look at the quality, scientific research (and no, we are not talking case studies), the support to use dry needling as an intervention is just not there! The article below is a randomized controlled trial and it shows that people…

Individualizing Treatment for Pain

Individuals seek care at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) in order to overcome pain, injury, and disability.  A lot of people are fearful of movement when they walk through our doors.  Why?  Because they might think that pain associated with movement indicates that they are causing more damage to the tissues in the body.  But is that really the case? …

4 Easy Exercises to Improve Ankle Stability (and Reduce Injury)!

One of the most prevalent injuries seen in sports is an ankle sprain. Whether you play volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball, football, or soccer, it can be a common injury. To demonstrate its frequency, a study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine followed 312 amateur soccer players over a two-year period. During this time 208 ankle injuries were recorded…

Meet Braden Swanson, Physical Therapist at OPTI

“I knew that I wanted to be a physical therapist so I could be a part of a community where I could help people recover from various injuries, diseases, surgeries, and health events in their life.”   Braden Swanson has been a great addition to the team at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI)!  He is one of the five physical…

Keeping it Positive – Diane’s Comeback Story

Diane Johnson is one of the most upbeat, positive people that you will ever meet.  She is so thoughtful and encouraging to others.  Her smile is continuous.  What happens to someone like Diane when they are faced with a severe injury that keeps them from doing the things they love and makes them wonder, “Will I ever be able to…

Dancing Through Rehab – An OPTI Comeback Story

When Abby Moore first came into Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI), she definitely was not dancing.  In fact, she was on crutches and nursing a recently reconstructed anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee.  She knew that her injury was going to take a lot of physical and mental strength to overcome, but she was ready to take on the…

How Team OPTI was formed

The staff at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) has been carefully chosen in order to make sure that as a physical therapy team, we are providing patients with the most effective and efficient care possible in a fun, positive environment.  Here is a little story about how the staff members all met Katie and Brent Cordery, physical therapists and owners…

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…