Recover, Rebuild & Reclaim

The Institute for Athletic Medicine offers a full range of sports and orthopedic rehabilitation services at more than 30 locations throughout the Twin Cities. We want everyone to reach their full potential, whether its recovering from an accident, controlling diabetes or even managing back pain during pregnancy. Think of us as your personal orthopedic rehabilitation team.
Acupuncture has been used in China for more than 5,000 years to encourage the body to heal itself naturally. An acupuncture practitioner inserts thin needles in very precise acupuncture points that correspond to various organs and systems of the body. Western medicine theorizes that acupuncture stimulates the production of neurochemicals that influence the body's internal regulating system, improving energy and biochemical balance.

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The Institute for Athletic Medicine (IAM) provides certified athletic trainers to Twin Cities metro area high schools and sporting events. Our athletic trainers have expertise and training in injury prevention, treatment and reconditioning.

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Chiropractic is a branch of physical medicine that diagnoses and treats problems of the spine, muscles and nerves. Doctors of Chiropractic are able to manipulate or adjust the spine, pelvis and extremities in order to restore normal motion and function.

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Our hand therapists provide specialized rehabilitation of the upper limb including the hand, wrist and elbow following injury, disease or surgery. Our therapists work closely with you and your doctor to design a program to help you live life as fully as possible.

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Physical therapy is at the core of what our team does each and every day. Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who treat people for muscle, bone and joint conditions that limit their ability to move and perform activities in their daily lives or in sports. Physical therapy is used to help people return to work and play after an injury, surgery, or illness.

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Back and Neck Care

Most back problems result from cumulative stress, muscle weakness, and poor posture and body mechanics. Unless the underlying causes of low back problems are addressed, the risk of re-injury remains high.

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Cycle Fit

While cyclists ride for different reasons — recreation, transportation, competition or fitness — there is one theme common to most: a desire to cycle. At the Institute for Athletic Medicine, we share your passion and have developed CycleFit, an injury treatment and prevention program designed for cyclists of all abilities, from recreational to racer.

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Dance Program

The Institute for Athletic Medicine is dedicated to meeting the distinctive health care needs of artists and performers. The Dance Program offers specialized exercise programs to help treat and prevent injuries. Our therapists work with you and your physician to develop an exercise and treatment program tailored to your needs, to get you back to the dance you love.

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Figure Skating

The Institute for Athletic Medicine is dedicated to meeting the distinctive health care needs of artists, performers and arts educators. The Figure Skating Program at the Institute for Athletic Medicine offers specialized exercise programs to help treat or prevent problems. Our therapists work with you and your physician to develop an exercise and treatment program tailored to your needs, to get you back to the stage.

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Gait Analysis and Training

Our experts will study your method of movement in order to identify abnormalities in the biomechanics of the gait cycle. After assessing the way in which you walk and run, we can develop a training plan to make your movement more efficient and less stressful on your muscles and joints.

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Our team of physical therapists has specialized training to help you understand and take control of your diabetes and related conditions and reduce the impact of these conditions through improved physical activity.

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Golf Program

The Golf Program is a specialized rehabilitation program designed to put injured amateur and competitive golfers back on the course, playing the game that they love. With an understanding of the unique biomechanical requirements and demands of the game, physical therapists from the Institute for Athletic Medicine work with you for quick and effective rehabilitation.

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Gymnastics

The Institute for Athletic Medicine is dedicated to meeting the distinctive health care needs of artists, performers and arts educators. The Gymnastics Program at the Institute for Athletic Medicine offers specialized exercise programs to help treat or prevent problems. Our therapists work with you and your physician to develop an exercise and treatment program tailored to your needs, to get you back to the stage.

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Jaw Disorders TMD

Our physical therapists are trained to treat problems that occur with the joints and muscles of the jaw. They can help to identify the painful structures, address the problem areas, and retrain the muscles to work together. Our trained providers use a combination of treatment techniques to address your pain.

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Kids in Control

It is quite common for children to wet the bed, but less common and more embarrassing for children to wet or soil themselves during the day. Children who experience daytime or nighttime wetting and soiling can suffer low self-esteem, and they may have delayed social development. However, incontinence is a treatable condition, and it doesn’t need to be “waited out” until children outgrow it.

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Men's Health

Many things can affect the overall health of the pelvic floor in men, often resulting in pain and/or dysfunction. Signs and symptoms may include muscular weakness resulting in loss of urine or bowel control, pelvic pain, testicular/scrotal pain, tailbone pain or erectile dysfunction. Pain can even appear in other parts of the body, and this affects how your body reacts. Many do not recognize that the overall health of the pelvic floor can affect all sorts of bodily functions.

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Musicians

The Institute for Athletic Medicine is dedicated to meeting the distinctive health care needs of artists, performers and musicians. The Musicians Program offers specialized exercise programs to help treat and prevent problems. Our therapists work with you and your physician to develop an exercise and treatment program tailored to your needs, to get you back to the stage.

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Next Step

Next Step is a five-week 10-session sports rehabilitation program that bridges the gap between in-clinic sports injury rehabilitation and return to high-intensity sport activities.

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Nordic Ski

As Nordic skiers, our physical therapists understand the unique mechanics and musculoskeletal demands of Nordic skiing when treating the injured skier, in and out of season. We have developed a specialized Nordic Ski Rehabilitation Program that takes into consideration the specific elements and demands of the sport while recovering from acute to chronic injuries.

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Performing Arts Program

The Institute for Athletic Medicine is dedicated to meeting the distinctive health care needs of artists, performers and arts educators. The Performing Arts Program offers specialized exercise programs to help treat and prevent problems. Our therapists work with you and your physician to develop an exercise and treatment program tailored to your needs, to get you back to the stage.

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Pilates

Pilates is a method of body conditioning that uses a unique system of strengthening, stretching and breathing to develop the powerhouse, or “core” of the body: abdominals, low back, gluteals and supporting muscle groups that include inner and outer thighs, pelvic floor and the upper back.

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Running Program

Most runners have a few simple goals: Run better. Run farther. Run faster. Run without pain. At the Institute for Athletic Medicine, our running program experts understand these goals. Whether you’re recovering from an injury or training to prevent one, our running specialists help you stay in top form.

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Throwers Program

The thrower's injury program aims to return injured athletes to their sport at or above their previous level of performance. With an understanding of the unique mechanical requirements of throwing, physical therapists develop an individualized return-to-throwing program to improve strength, mobility and throwing mechanics to prevent further injury. The return to peak performance requires involvement of coaches, athletic trainers and parents.

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Women's Health

Changes in a woman’s body brought about by pregnancy, aging or illness often result in discomfort, loss of mobility and lifestyle changes. Pelvic pain and dysfunction may occur throughout all stages of a woman’s life. The Women’s Health Program at the Institute for Athletic Medicine offers specialized physical therapy and exercise programs to help treat or prevent these problems. Our physical therapists work with you and your physician to develop an exercise and treatment program tailored to your needs, including access to education materials for home use.

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Yoga

To promote healing while recovering from an injury, our Yoga-based rehabilitation program compliments traditional rehabilitation. Our trained therapists take into consideration the person’s diagnosis, their Yoga practice and requirements of Yoga training. A comprehensive assessment is performed to analyze posture, assess breathing and joint mechanics, and identify muscle imbalances. The therapist then designs a customized Yoga based rehabilitation program.

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Active Release Technique ART

As part of your physical therapy treatment, Active Release Techniques® (ART) is a soft-tissue mobilization technique that treats conditions such as headaches, back pains, plantar fasciitis, and knee problems, which are often associated with overused muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.

AlterG

Alter G is a treadmill technology that takes rehabilitation and training to a whole new level. The magic behind the Alter-G's technology is air pressure that has an anti-gravity effect. This reduces the user's body weight, but still allows for full range of motion. Almost anyone can benefit from the effects of exercising at a reduced weight.

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ASTYM

Physical activity and exercise are integrated with instrument assisted manual therapy to facilitate recovery from a variety of injuries.

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Blood Flow Restriction Training

Blood flow restriction (BFR) training utilizes a personalized tourniquet system (PTS) to partially restrict blood flow to the working muscle while fully restricting blood flow back to the heart for a short period of time during low-intensity exercise.

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Dry Needling

Dry needling is a form of manual therapy in which fine needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points, tendons, ligaments, or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in musculoskeletal conditions. It is used to treat dysfunctions in muscle, connective tissue and diminish nociceptive (pain) input. Our specifically trained providers will use dry needling, in conjunction with exercises and other interventions, to get you better, faster, and back to the things you love to do.

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Graston

The Graston Technique is a patented form of manual therapy that uses stainless steel tools to perform muscle mobilizations. It is a kind of soft tissue mobilization used mainly by chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

Hawk Grips

HawkGrips are precision-engineered instruments designed to detect and treat restrictions/scar tissue. These stainless-steel instruments resonate according to tissue irregularities so the clinician can more effectively detect and treat adhesions and scar tissue.

Manual Therapy (mobilization, manipulation, MFR)

Manual therapy has been shown to be an important aspect of your overall plan of care. In comparisons of those individuals who are prescribed exercise alone versus those who also receive manual therapy, the group receiving both often has better outcomes. Our providers pair manual therapy with exercises and patient education to quickly best treat your condition and get you back to the things you love to do.

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McKenzie method of MDT

Mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT) is a philosophy of care which involves active patient involvement and education. It is an evidenced based approach that is trusted and used by practitioners and patients all over the world for neck, back and extremity problems. MDT’s key distinction is the initial assessment component – a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan.

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Postural Restoration

Postural Restoration is a posture based approach used by physical therapists and athletic trainers.

SCOUT

SCOUT is a manual therapy technique used to treat repetitive injuries, provide fascial release, specific muscle release, cross friction technique, trigger point release and edema reduction.