Sports Injuries

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A Message From Dr. Cameron Moore, Owner and Founder of Continuous Motion Physical Therapy

If you’ve recently suffered a sports injury or have been dealing with one for a while, you might be inclined to downplay it as “not a big deal” and continue pushing through.

On the other hand, it’s easy to lose hope and feel stuck, questioning whether you’ll ever be able to regain your previous level of physical activity.

Rest assured, many others have gone through the same situation you’re facing now, so don’t feel discouraged. At our physio clinic in Goodyear, Arizona, we regularly see people with sports and exercise-related injuries throughout the year.

In the past, when someone was sick or injured, doctors would typically advise them to simply “rest” or “stop” engaging in the activity causing harm. However, this approach is flawed and leaves you more susceptible to further injury. The reason behind this is that when we fail to use our muscles, they begin to atrophy and weaken. This explains why numerous individuals with sports injuries often ponder:

"Why Am I Still Dealing With an Injury That's Hampering My Active Lifestyle and Preventing Me from Enjoying My Favorite Sport, Even After Months?"

There is a common misconception that taking a few days of rest after sustaining a sports injury will be sufficient to resume regular activities. However, many individuals find that even after they return to exercise, they encounter ongoing limitations that can be even more severe than before. It feels as though, regardless of the amount of rest taken, the pain resurfaces as soon as they start moving again, and no remedy seems to provide relief.

Can You Relate to This?

We frequently come across this scenario in our sports care physical therapy clinic. It’s all too common for patients to visit a doctor and receive advice like “take a break,” “rest,” “use a support,” or “try these painkillers and see how it goes.” However, when the patient returns after four weeks, they often complain that the injury hasn’t improved, only to be prescribed more rest and stronger medication.

The problem is that complete rest is rarely the optimal solution for sports injuries like hamstring pulls, ankle sprains, or a runner’s knee.

Your confusion and frustration may arise from receiving conflicting information from different sources. Perhaps you’re concerned about your back, but the root of the problem lies in your hip.

Often, the location of pain from a sports injury is not the same as the actual site of the injury. If you rest for too long, other areas of your body can become equally, if not more, problematic.

Many people hesitate to decide on how to address their injury and return to exercise because they’re unsure about what “resting” truly entails. What’s worse, some individuals give up and accept that they’re no longer capable of engaging in physical activity, as if it’s natural or an inevitable outcome.

Do You Relate to These Experiences?

If You’re Currently Feeling Frustrated and Dealing With a Sports Injury, Here Are Seven More Reasons Why It Might Be Persisting Longer Than Expected:

  • You believed the injury would resolve on its own, but it has not.
  • Despite visiting a doctor who prescribed rest, support, and pain medication, none of these measures provided long-lasting relief. As soon as their effects wore off, the pain returned.
  • A close relative or friend mentioned that sports injuries are common as people age, causing you to dismiss your concerns and stop seeking further treatment.
  • You have sought help from physiotherapists or other medical professionals in the past, but their interventions did not bring about significant improvement.
  • You have attempted heat and ice therapy, as well as using sports supports, but these measures have not sufficiently alleviated your pain, making it challenging to resume exercise.
  • Due to the intensity of the pain, you decided to rest, but despite your efforts, the discomfort continues to persist daily.
  • You opted for “sports massages” in the hope of finding relief, but these sessions may have provided temporary sensations of pain or relaxation without contributing to your overall recovery from the injury.

If you have encountered any of these situations, we urge you to arrange a phone consultation with one of our skilled physical therapists. By doing so, you can gain further insight into the available options for your condition. It’s beneficial that you have already attempted some of these approaches because understanding what doesn’t work brings you closer to discovering what does.

To schedule a phone consultation with us and receive expert guidance, please click the button below. This call is free of charge, and there is no obligation to schedule an appointment afterward. Our goal is to assist you in taking the necessary steps toward your recovery.

"What Can I Do to Alleviate the Pain Quickly?"

Here are your four options:

  1. Take the first step and seek professional assistance: Many individuals delay seeking help, hoping that their pain will subside on its own. However, after six months, the situation often remains unchanged or even worsens, causing them to avoid sports and physical activities. It’s crucial to decide to seek assistance to address the issue effectively.
  2. Follow the prescribed exercises from your Physical Therapist: By performing the correct exercises recommended by your Physical Therapist, you can expedite your recovery, reduce pain, and accelerate your return to sports. These exercises also help minimize the chances of re-injury, ensuring a more sustained recovery.
  3. Avoid excessive rest: While adequate sleep is important for recovery, excessive rest won’t hasten the healing process. Many people mistakenly believe that complete inactivity is necessary for recovery. However, prolonged rest restricts blood flow, which is essential for healing an injury. In addition to receiving hands-on therapy, incorporating recovery and strengthening exercises into your routine can promote faster healing and a full return to health.
  4. Engage in hands-on physical therapy: Hands-on physical therapy has proven effective for treating sports-related injuries. At Continuous Motion Physical Therapy, we specialize in addressing sports injuries throughout the year. Our dedicated physical therapy sessions can help you regain the quality of life you deserve by facilitating your return to activities you enjoy, enabling you to perform your work, maintaining your independence, and allowing you to spend meaningful time with your loved ones.

Begin your journey towards an active and pain-free lifestyle with a complimentary, no-obligation session at our clinic in Goodyear, Arizona. Our highly skilled Physical Therapy staff is dedicated to helping you safely and efficiently return to your desired level of activity.

We understand that some individuals may feel anxious or uncertain about Physical Therapy and its potential benefits. That’s why we offer a Free Total Body Diagnostic session with our experts. If you’re feeling apprehensive as well, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. During the session, we will work together to identify the root cause of your problem and determine the most effective course of action.

Please don’t hesitate to schedule your free Total Body Diagnostic session and take the first step towards reclaiming your active lifestyle.

So, the Next Question on Your Mind Is,

“How Can Choosing to See a Physical Therapist at Continuous Motion Physical Therapy Help You Permanently Overcome Your Sports Injury?”

In essence, the dedicated physical therapists at Continuous Motion Physical Therapy are committed to helping you return to your favorite activities free from the persistent pain that has been holding you back.

To learn more about our pricing and availability at our clinic in Goodyear, Arizona, simply click the button below and fill out the short form.

Don’t let solvable issues force you to give up the sport you love.

Sincerely,
Dr. Cameron Moore
Owner of Continuous Motion Physical Therapy

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Dr. Peyton Oules, PT, DPT Cert. DN

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Dr. Peyton Oules, physical therapist, is a Brewster, Washington native who grew up as a small-town athlete. During her high school sports career, she suffered from two ACL injuries which led her to pursue a career in physical therapy. 

She began her studies by earning her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Pre-PT at Eastern Washington University.  During her undergraduate studies, she spent much of her time playing volleyball and coaching at the high school level.  Dr. Oules continued her education to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in Goodyear, Arizona.While in school, Dr. Oules became Certified in both Dry Needling and Myofascial Cupping.

Part of her clinical training included international travel to Sydney, Australia where she expanded her orthopedic skill set and had the opportunity to provide treatment for the athletes from the 2023 World Underwater Hockey Championships.

During her doctorate level studies, Dr. Oules learned the importance in making movement a lifestyle. She has a passion for sharing this knowledge with the community and getting her clients back to the activities they love.

Outside of the clinic Dr. Oules enjoys CrossFit®, hiking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her dog, Rue. Some of her favorite adventures to date include hiking parts of the Grand Canyon and running across the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the Sydney 10k!

Dr. Peyton Oules’ Credentials:
•           Physical Therapist (PT)
•           Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
•           Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)

Dr. Khristian McGinley, PT, DPT Cert. DN

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Dr. Khristian McGinley, physical therapist, grew up here in Phoenix, as a competitive softball player with a longtime passion for health and wellness. After sustaining an elbow injury in high school and attending PT herself, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career helping people recover from injuries and getting back to doing what they love. She eventually received her B.S in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2013, then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2017.

Dr. McGinley began her career with a passion in pediatrics and orthopedics, undergoing coursework to treat diagnoses such as torticollis, developmental delay, and toe walking. She also became certified in Dry Needling in 2017, and since then has been additionally trained in Dry Needling for Pelvic Rehabilitation. After the challenging birth of her first child, she developed a passion for treating the pregnant and postpartum population. She became specialty training in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation in 2021 and since then has focused her practice on helping moms achieve pain free pregnancy, peaceful childbirth, and complete postpartum recovery. She specializes in diagnoses such as urinary incontinence, diastases recti, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. McGinley enjoys hiking, running, camping, weight lifting, and playing slow pitch softball. She loves spending as much time as she can outside with her husband and two children.

Dr. Khristian McGinley’s Credentials:

  • ​Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Specialty-trained in Pelvic Floor Therapy

Dr. Meredith Wall, PT, DPT FAFS, Cert. DN

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Dr. Meredith Wall, physical therapist, grew up as a competitive athlete in basketball, gymnastics, soccer and volleyball. After sustaining an ankle injury and going to rehab as a young athlete, she instantly fell in love with learning about sports injuries and rehabilitation. This led her to major in Exercises Science at Grand Valley State University. After she graduated in 2010, she immediately pursued physical therapy to ultimately achieve her lifelong goals of becoming a physical therapist. She earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in 2013, graduating as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society recognizing individuals with outstanding GPA in a college graduate program.

Dr. Wall continued her educational pathway through the Gray Institute receiving a fellowship in Applied Functional Science (FAFS). A FAFS is only obtained by a select number of practitioners, who deliver optimal care through the diagnosis and treatment of functional human movement. She also became Certified in Dry Needling (Cert. DN) in 2017, is trained in the McKenzie Method to treat spinal pain, and most recently has become specialized in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. This specialty area allows her to treat women across the lifespan dealing with incontinence, diastasis recti, pelvic pain, and pain during or after pregnancy.

Dr. Wall’s special interests include diagnosing and treating active patients across the lifespan to help them return to optimal function. In her spare time, she enjoys Crossfit®, running, coaching youth sports, and traveling with her husband and three sons.

Dr. Meredith Wall’s Credentials:

  • ​Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS)
  • Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Specialty-trained in Pelvic Floor Therapy

Dr. Cameron Moore, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, CSCS, Dip. Osteopractic

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Dr. Cameron Moore, physical therapist and co-owner, has always been very active with sports and activities starting with competitive motocross racing up to a semi-professional level and being a scholarship athlete in track and field competing at the division 1 level in college at Eastern Washington University in the triple jump. Cameron became interested in the profession of physical therapy after having knee surgery in high school and seeing the inter-workings of the profession. He pursued his bachelors degree in Exercise Science before moving to Phoenix to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Franklin Pierce University.

He then began specialization courses for spinal manipulation (Spinal Manipulation Institute) and dry needling (Dry Needling Institute). This lead Cameron in to becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT) through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT) and earned a Diploma of Osteopractic®, a distinction and training that only a small percentage of physical therapist have completed.

Dr. Moore continues to be very involved with motocross riding, Crossfit®, Olympic weight lifting, running and an overall active lifestyle with his Wife (Michelle) and their Vizsla (Parker).

Dr. Cameron Moore’s Credentials

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Certified in Dry Needling (Cert DN)
  • Certified in Spinal Manipulation (Cert SMT)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Diploma in Osteopractic® (Dip Osteopractic)
  • Fellow Of The American Academy Of Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT)
  • American Academy of Manipulative Therapy Fellow (AAMT)
  • Crossfit® Level 1 Certified (CF-L1)
  • Crossfit® Mobility Certified
  • USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach

Dr. Michelle Moore, PT, DPT FAAOMPT, Dip. Osteopractic

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Dr. Michelle Moore, physical therapist and co-owner, grew up as a competitive gymnast and developed a passion for healthy living from a young age. Her collegiate studies in Health Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and athletic background influenced her to combine her passions and pursue a career in physical therapy. She earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2013.

Dr. Moore continued her educational pathway through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy where she earned her Diploma Osteopractic® (Dip. Osteopractic) and became Certified in Dry Needling (Cert. DN), and Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT). From 2016-2017 Dr. Moore completed the rigorous coursework to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT), a distinction held by only a fraction of the profession.

Dr. Moore’s special interests include treating active individuals and returning them to the activities that they love. In her spare time she enjoys Crossfit®, Olympic Weightlifting, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling with her husband, Cameron, and dog, Parker.

Dr. Michelle Moore’s Credentials:

  • ​Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Fellow of American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)
  • Diploma in Osteopractic® (Dip. Osteopractic)
  • Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Certified Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT)
  • Crossfit® Mobility Certified