"The latest evidence based research shows that the best outcomes come from integrating manipulation with soft tissue treatment and corrective exercise. That's our approach at Potomac Physical Medicine"
-Dr. Matt Fontaine
Our multidisciplinary approach to treatment focuses on providing individualized treatment to each patient based on their specific needs and goals. Treatments are non-invasive and last between 15-30 minutes. Visits include full integration of Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, joint manipulation, dry needling, functional corrective exercise & rehabilitation, and medical co-management when necessary.
- Injuries We Help With -
- CrossFit Injuries
- Running Injuries
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciiits
- Ankle & Foot Nerve Pain
- Patellar tendonitis
- Patellofemoral Pain
- IT Band Syndrome
- Hip Impingement
- Hip arthritis management
- Shin splints
- Groin injuries/Sports hernia
- Cervical & Lumbar disc herniation
- Cervical/Lumbar Facet Joint
- Arm/leg Numbness/Tingling
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Strength Training Injuries
- Sacroiliac Joint Injury
- Shoulder Pain
- Shoulder Impingement
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Wrist Injuries
- Elbow Pain/tendonitis
- A wide range of techniques -
Active Release Techniques (ART) is one of the fastest growing methods in sports rehab and physical medicine practices today. With the ability to treat injuries quickly and effectively, athletes all over the world have incorporated ART into their training programs.
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Chiropractic joint manipulation or mobilization restores normal motion and alignment to the joints assisting in restoring proper mechanics, thus allowing the body to perform at it’s best through proper alignment. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Graston Technique is a trademarked therapeutic method for diagnosing and treating disorders of the skeletal muscles and related connective tissue. Graston is basically an instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization therapy. It is beneficial in breaking up fascial restrictions, scar tissue adhesions, and detecting areas of chronic inflammation and/or fibrosis.
The Kinesio Taping® is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. This taping method is used to reduce pain, re-educate the neuromuscular system, promote lymphatic flow, enhance performance, and promote injury resolution.
We utilize a Functional Movement Screen™ to assess seven movements of the body. The purpose is to identify muscle imbalances and faulty movement that can lead to pain and injury and decrease performance. With a baseline movement screen, we can better custom build an exercise program that combines functional therapeutic exercise in conjunction with your particular sports or mode of exercise.
Dry needling is the use of acupuncture needles in physical therapy to relive muscular pain and myofascial disorders. Dry needling for the treatment of myofascial (muscular) pain, tendonitis, and trigger points is similar to traditional acupuncture. However, dry needling targets the trigger points, which is the direct and palpable source of patient pain, rather than the traditional "meridians", accessed via acupuncture.
Laser Therapy is clinically proven as an effective treatment for pain and inflammation. Deep tissue conditions are treated especially well using the LightForce™ Therapy Laser’s patented Laser-Massage® treatment head. This patented feature allows the practitioner to deliver energy while manipulating underlying tissue and muscle thus enhancing the effectiveness of the treatment.
- What is ART? -
GET YOUR PAIN LOOKED AT—THE SOONER THE BETTER. PAIN IS OFTEN A LAGGING INDICATOR. ONCE PAIN OCCURS, YOU HAVE INJURY.
The key to dealing with an acute injury is to not let it become a chronic injury. If the pain from a strain doesn’t resolve in 3-5 days, get in to see a professional for evaluation and treatment. Most acute injuries can be successfully managed in 4-8 weeks, depending on prior history of injury and history of sports experience. Many acute injuries occur in the presence of chronic muscle imbalances and on top of old, poorly healed injuries.
CHRONIC PAIN RESPONDS BEST TO A MULTI-PRONGED APPROACH, INTEGRATING MANUAL THERAPY ALONG WITH CORRECTIVE EXERCISE.
Chronic pain is most often due to long standing muscle imbalance and restricted joint movement. These dysfunctions lead to overuse injury and chronic pain. True resolution of these issues respond best with active care followed by a full return to sport and activity. Most patients benefit from monthly tune ups which keep them performing at a high level.
What our Clients say...
Dr Matt and the entire staff and Potomac Physical Medicine are professional, knowledgeable and kind. Great location and immaculate clinic.
Potomac Physical Medicine was instrumental in getting me back to Crossfit as quick as possible. From a full thickness tear in my supraspinatus to getting a PR in the over head strict press, I am back and feel as strong as ever. Thank you Dr. Fontaine!