Physical Therapy Month: Working Wonders in Young Athletes!

A senior track star at Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Raegene competes in the 4×100-meter, 4×200-meter, 4×400-meter and 300-meter hurdles, with the hurdles as her favorite. She trains hard and has aspirations of winning state this year. But all that came to a screeching halt when she started experiencing significant hip, low back and ankle pain.
When she began treatment at TherapyWorks in the spring, her therapists fitted her with orthotics, which helped; but, something was still missing. She continued to experience hip and low back pain that affected her ability to train. Following several brainstorming sessions with her physical therapy team, her therapists discovered Rae had a significant pelvic and sacral dysfunction.
They dedicated several treatment sessions to correct this misalignment and reduce muscle spasms in her low back and hips, and implemented specific strengthening exercises to help maintain the proper alignment. In addition, Kinesio Taping® techniques helped teach Rae how to correctly use muscle groups and decrease compensation.
Rae made steady progress and her pain decreased as the treatments continued. TherapyWorks received an email from Rae informing us that she felt better than she had in a long time and she was able to run for the first time with no pain! She continues to make gains each week and is on track to train for state this coming spring.
We are so excited to watch this tremendous young athlete return to the sport that she loves and be able to live her life pain free! Way to go Raegene!

– Kea Averill, PTA, CFT, YFT