Relieve pain and avoid injury with SFMA
By Dr. Michael E. Pomykala, PT, DPT, CSCS
As we move through the December holiday season and into the New Year, we at Scerbo Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation take pride in staying current with the latest clinical advances in our field, to help our patients be as pain-free as possible in the activities of daily living, exercise, sports and recreation.
With this in mind, I want to share with you the advantages of the Select Functional Movement Assessment, or SFMA, in identifying the cause of your pain. As a certified SFMA Level 1 professional, I’ve found this diagnostic tool to be very useful for the rehabilitation of injuries that can continue to get worse and cause severe pain unless the underlying cause of pain is revealed.
What do I mean by the cause of pain? If you have a pain in your knee, there’s something wrong with your knee, right? Often, that’s not the whole picture. The body is an integrated machine, not just a collection of parts. That pain in the knee is real, but it could be caused by a deeper, undiagnosed imbalance in the hips or back. With Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), we can analyze the overall biomechanical functioning of the body in motion and zero-in on what’s actually causing the pain. By developing a rehabilitation strategy that includes correcting a formerly “hidden” cause, pain can often be reduced or eliminated and the problem will be much less likely to persist and get worse.
I find the SFMA to be particularly useful in helping young athletes stay in their game. What’s very exciting about the SFMA is that I can identify potential problems in the way an individual athlete moves even before training starts. An early assessment gives us the opportunity to correct movement disorders that may otherwise result in injury and sideline young athletes from the sports they love. At Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation we work very closely with local North Jersey high schools such as St. Petter High School in Jersey City, Leonia High School, Fort Lee High School, and Tenafly High Schools. Who all have a very competitive Athletics scholarship programs and therefore required their student athletes to be in optimal physical condition.
Dr. Pomykala emphasizes that the Select Functional Movement Assessment provides him with an efficient and systematic tool to reach a comprehensive movement diagnosis to help young athletes, or any patient, go into the New Year with a program to reduce or eliminate pain from existing injuries, and to avoid getting injured in the first place.
Dr. Pomykala is a SFMA Level 1 Certified, The Select Functional Movement Assessment clinical assessment for those who experience pain. He also has a Titleist Performance Institute Certification helping injured golfers make their way back onto the course.
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