Featured Therapist- Dana Vansant

February 12, 2014 by  
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PT Expertise for Athens

When choosing a physical therapist or physical therapy group, it is important to find a resource that has experience and advanced training. The people of Athens, Alabama now have that option at Results Physiotherapy.Results Physiotherapy has opened its 5th clinic in the area-it also has clinics in Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and Hampton Cove.

Dana Vansant_03 2Dana Vansant (pictured) is the lead therapist for Results in Athens. Dana holds advanced certifications from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, The National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dana is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and enjoys treating a wide variety of injuries and conditions.

“Before I joined Results I interviewed with other physical therapy companies in the area, and they kept talking about Results Physiotherapy. After this I thought I better find out more about Results. I discovered a company that was passionate about its patients and its commitment to excellence. This is exactly what I have been looking for. I am excited to make a difference for the people of Athens, Alabama.” Dana Vansant_02

Name, Clinic, time Frame with Results: Dana Vansant, PT, Lead Therapist Athens, AL, with Results since May, 2013

Birthplace: Birmingham, AL

University(s) attended: BS Physical Education University of Montevallo, MS Physical Therapy University of Alabama at Birmingham

Family Status: Two adult children, Megan 28, Dane 27. One grandchild, Stella 3.

If I wasn’t a therapist I would be: Some sort of teacher or coach.

Currently reading: The Primal Connection by Mark Sisson

Last Movie Seen: Source Code

Favorite Sports Team: Roll Tide! Atlanta Braves

Favorite Joint to Treat: Knee

Favorite Treatment Technique: Distraction manip at ankle w/dry needling a close second.

Favorite Food to Cook: Scrambled eggs

Best Place Visited: Napa Valley

Favorite Musician or Group: George Thorogood

Biggest Influence on Career: Jim Meadows, Gary Gray, Gray Cook

When I’m not at work I’m: Usually at home

Goal(s) for next 12 months: My goal for the next twelve months is to actually set some goals.

I hurt my flexor hallucis longus tendon two months ago & my stretching excercises hurt. Should I continue?

February 3, 2014 by  
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Question: I badly hurt my Flexor Hallucis longus tendon two months ago, and dorsiflexion still hurts badly. I just started PT, and my foot only comes up 80 degrees on it’s own. Even the mild stretches they assigned me hurt, but not until a few hours after I’ve done them. MRI/Xrays are normal. Should I keep doing them? Why do they hurt so much?

Answer: Thank-you for your question. The muscle strain should have healed by now. It sounds like you have some muscle shortening of the FHL and probably the calf as well. This is probably due to having spent prolonged time in a boot to allow healing? At the moment, if the stretches are hurting afterwards that is possibly a good sign. You may want to discuss with your MD some medication support to help you tolerate treatment. I would also expect your PT regiment to include: massage, trigger point dry needling, sub-talar joint mobilization and possible taping to prevent further stressing of the tendon.

I have severe tennis elbow and I don’t play tennis. Can you help?

January 20, 2014 by  
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Question: I have severe tennis elbow and I don’t play tennis. Can you help? I also have sacroiliitis.  Help, I am in pain constantly.

Answer: Thanks for the question. We treat tennis elbow. You will need a very specific exercise program to help restore your elbow function. You may also benefit from the “hands-on” application of massage, taping, joint mobilization and trigger point dry needling. It is not uncommon to have this condition and not play tennis. Click here for more information on the condition and its treatment.

We also treat sacroilitis.  This condition normally has a significant lumbar component as well. We will want to assess your Lumbar, hip, and sacro-iliac joint function.

Johnson City Results Physiotherapy

January 3, 2014 by  
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701 Med-Tech Pkwy
Ste. 301
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone- 423.232.8302
Fax- 423.794.1485


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Results location in Johnson City,Washington County serves the populations of Elizabethton, Piney Flats, Bluff City, Roan Mountain, Gray/Boones Creek, Mountain City, and Kingsport.  If coming from interstate 26, take exit 19, North State of Franklin Rd.  If coming from Kingsport, go right off the exit ramp.  If coming from Erwin/Elizabethton, turn left off the ramp.  Follow North State of Franklin Rd. approximately 1.5 miles, while following the signs to Franklin Woods Hospital.  Turn left on Med Tech Parkway, and the building is located at the second right turn.  Enter the building through the entrance at the top of the hill/parking lot.  Take the elevator to the 3rd floor, and the clinic will be on your left. East Tennessee Brain and Spine are also tenants in the same building.

Andrew Morgan is Results Lead Therapist at the Johnson City clinic.  Andrew joined Results in 2011 after graduating from West Virginia University with a DPT.  He has 4 years of experience in the Outpatient Physical Therapy setting.  Andrew holds certifications in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, training in McKenzie, trigger point dry needling, and Functional Capacity Evaluations.  He has a personal background in powerlifting, plyometrics, sprinting and strength training.

The Johnson City location specializes in treating post-surgical conditions for back and neck, carpal tunnel, Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, headaches, athletic injuries, shoulder pain, knee pain, and vertigo.

Hampton Cove Results Physiotherapy

November 14, 2013 by  
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324 Sutton Road SE, Suite B
Owens Cross Roads, Alabama 35763
Phone  256-288-0045
Fax 256-288-0046

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The Hampton Cove clinic is Results 5th location in the Huntsville region.  Hampton Cove is a master-planned community located in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama.  Hampton Cove is in Madison County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. This clinic offers convenient access to South Huntsville, Hampton Cove, Bailey Cove, and Owens Crossroads region.  The clinic is located immediately off 431 on Sutton Road, next to the Walmart, in the same shopping center as Mandarin House, Anytime Fitness and Sweet CeCe’s. When driving east or west on Sutton Road, the clinic can be accessed from the main entrance of the Walmart, the side entrance on Taylor Road, or the entrance at Taylor Lane.

Bo Brawner is Results Lead Therapist at the Hampton Cove clinic.  Following his orthopedic internship in our Hixson, TN location, Bo Brawner joined Results to further develop his skills as a manual therapist.  He has taken advantage of the many opportunities that Results offers through The Institute of Advance Musculoskeletal Techniques (www.iamt.org) to fulfill that desire, and he is currently working toward his COMT.  Bo recently completed his training in dry needling and has a wide variety of treatment techniques from his background and education at The University of North Georgia.  He is excited to be a part of the very talented group of therapists bringing world class manual physical therapy to the state of Alabama.

The Hampton Cove clinic specializes in running and sports injuries, along with manual therapy, headaches, neck/ back pains, shoulder pain, hip pain, knee pain, and foot/ankle pain.  The clinic is also an excellent resource for vertigo, dizziness, and balance issues.

I Have Pain on the Outside of My Leg. What’s Happening?

November 4, 2013 by  
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Question: I am a runner with pain/discomfort just in my right leg, from the outside of my knee up to my hip. The majority of the pain is located on my hip. The discomfort is mostly during and immediately after running or doing a lot of walking around.

This pain started seemingly out of the blue about a month and a half ago while I was tapering for a marathon. I was able to run the marathon (1 month ago) successfully, but with a lot of pain and major hip soreness during and afterwords. Since then, my running has been extremely minimal as I’ve been trying to rest my hip, but it doesn’t seem to be improving at all. About every week and a half I go on a “test run” to see how I feel, and the pain usually kicks in after about a mile.

I’m a 23 year old female and I’ve been running consistently for about 5 years. This is my first major running injury. Please help! I miss running!

Answer: Thank you for your question. Sorry you’re not able to run – let’s get you back.

The pain that you are describing sounds consistent with either hip bursitis or Iliotibial Band Syndrome(ITBS). These conditions are different but related. The bursitis is caused by rubbing of the ITB against the hip bone. The ITBS is inflammation of this structure where it attaches to the knee. It may be that you have a little of both. Both these conditions are caused by tension or tightness of the ITB. This often comes on with a loss of gluteal control and/or hip flexor tightness. This muscle pattern is common in runners who literally “run their butts off”. Treatment will involve restoring good muscle control around your hip.

You may also benefit from some “hands-on” treatment, specifically Trigger Point Dry Needling can help significantly with this condition. As you have already cut down your distance with little/no help I would recommend getting into see one of our running specialists asap. If you want to try things yourself you should look at a regiment of glut “control” exercises and hip flexor stretches.

John Nelson, PT

Downtown Nashville Results Physiotherapy

October 30, 2013 by  
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Downtown – Nashville
301 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone 615.921.4066
Fax 615.921.4067


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The Results Physiotherapy Downtown Nashville clinic is a 1/2 block east of Printer’s Alley on the corner of 3rd Avenue North and Church Street in the same building as Third & Church Health Care. This location, located two blocks north of Broadway and one block south of Nashville City Hall, allows convenient access to patients who work and live in the heart of Downtown Nashville.

Jordan Hicks is the lead therapist at the Downtown clinic. He has worked with Results since 2011 after graduating from the University of Evansville, in Indiana. Jordan loves living and working in Nashville, and has a special interest in working with endurance athletes.

Jordan has completed the Results training program in Trigger Point Dry Needling, and is trained in multiple manual therapy approaches as well.

Conditions treated at this location include: Neck Pain, Headaches, Carpal Tunnel, Tennis Elbow, Tendonitis, Back Pain, Hip and Knee Arthritis, and running injuries.

Athens Results Physiotherapy

September 23, 2013 by  
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Athens Results Physiotherapy
22083 US Highway 72, Suite P
Athens, AL  35613
Phone: 256-216-1040
Fax: 256-216-1041


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The Athens clinic is Results’ 4th physical therapy clinic located in Northern Alabama and the greater Huntsville clinic.  The city is the county seat of Limestone County and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area.  This clinic serves the populations of Athens,Elkmont, and Ardmore.This clinic is conveniently located in the Publix Shopping Center at the intersection of Highway 72 and Lindsay Lane South.  It is approximately one mile east of I-65, directly behind Bank Independent.

Dana Vansant is Results Lead Therapist at the Athens clinic.  Dana has 25 years of experience in the outpatient physical therapy setting.  Dana holds advanced certifications from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, The National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  Dana is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and enjoys treating a wide variety of injuries and conditions.

The Athens clinic specializes in “hands-on” treatment for neck pain, back problems, sports injuries, headaches, tennis elbow, hip bursitis and TMJ. Trigger Point Dry Needling is offered for a variety of conditions.

Read more about Dana Vansant in our Therapist in the Spotlight section here.

Runners and Hip Flexor Injuries: What can be done?

September 10, 2013 by  
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Question: I am a runner and I am suffering from an injury to my left hip flexor. I have gone to a massage therapist and they have described the injury as a strain of the left iliacus. At first this injury entirely prevented me from running and for a period, walking normally. I took 4 days off and found that the muscle was capable of running with minimal discomfort. I took it relatively easy that week but then immediately took my mileage up to 60 miles per week. I have found that while this injury isn’t exactly painful it has significantly changed my running form. Stretching exercises that I have found on the internet only seem to stretch the muscle for 3-4 seconds then diminish in intensity. The injury’s status hasn’t really changed in the last two weeks. What should I do to fix the discomfort associated with this injury? Should I go to a PT?

Answer: There are a couple of questions I would have about the problem you have presented.  First, is the initial diagnosis of a Iliacus strain accurate?  Though the Iliacus can at times be involved in running injuries, there are other structures that need to be ruled out as well.  That reason alone is enough to prompt an evaluation by a PT to assist in establishing the right diagnosis.  If the diagnosis proves accurate, you would also need the PT to help understand what the factors are that lead to the hip flexor injury.

Again, if the Iliacus (or other muscular injury) is confirmed, then a potential treatment option would be trigger point dry needling performed by your PT. I am not certain if that is a part of your state’s PT practice act. Dry needling can help address the muscular pain and spasm in the hip musculature, but then that treatment should be supplemented with corrective exercises to address any mechanical problems identified in your evaluation.

Thanks again for your inquiry and let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Regards,

Adam Risinger, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT
Regional Education Coordinator
Results Physiotherapy

ITB Syndrome and Dry Needling: What are my options?

September 3, 2013 by  
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Question: I have been diagnosed with IT Band syndrome. I am currently being treated with focus on strengthening my hips, glutes, etc. However, I am curious about the dry needling technique. I was wondering if I could be treated at your facility for this, and if so, would I have to obligate myself to PT afterwards, or may I still continue my therapy with my current provider.

Answer: We are very experienced with treating ITB syndrome. Every clinic has at least one provider who is trained in dry needling. We only let our more experienced “hands-on” specialists train in dry needling.

We see dry needling being part of physical therapy treatment and not an independent modality. The needling helps either turn off or fasciliate the appropriate muscle groups. This is relevant with ITB issues as this typically results from imbalance in the hip musculature. There are possibly other treatment options that dry needling can also help-especially if there are areas of tightness or restriction-we will want to use dry needling in conjunction with “hands-on” treatment and maximize improvements in mobility.

To get dry needling with us we would want you to transfer your care so we can deliver a complete treatment. After 3-4 visits you can return to your current provider if you are still not happy at this point.

John Nelson, PT

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