Back in the Game is Northest Georgia’s Premier Physical Therapy center. Where experience & commitment intersect.
(770) 967-4377
Main Office/Flowery Branch
4754 Martin Road, Suite 200
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
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(470) 294-0052
2300 Liam Ave, Suite 104
Dacula, GA 30019
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If you have experienced sore muscles, tendons and joints, you know that the pain can be debilitating. One of the techniques that we recommend for pain is dry needling, which is also known as trigger point dry needling. This treatment helps to alleviate pain or knots in your muscles. Any time the word “needle” is used, people tense up, but dry needling can be an incredibly effective pain reliever. We wanted to take some time in this blog to explain the technique of dry needling and the benefits that we believe our patients will experience. 

Dry needling can sometimes be confused with acupuncture because both techniques use extremely thin, hollow needles. However, that’s really the only similarity between the two treatments. Acupuncture is to restore the normal flow of chi (life force) in the body based on traditional Chinese medicine. On the other hand, dry needling is a Western medicine practice that is based on anatomy. In dry needling, the thin filiform needles are used by a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable and stimulate the underlying myofascial trigger points, as well in the stimulation of neural, muscular, and connective tissues

Dry needling starts with an orthopedic evaluation done by a PT. Once you are assessed by a physical therapist at Back in the Game PT, they are able to understand your musculature and will then insert the needles into the trigger points of the muscles you and your PT have made a plan to target. Dry needling is part of your overall physical therapy treatment plan. A physician’s PT order is required in the state of Georgia to perform dry needling.  

At Back in the Game PT, we use dry needling to help our patients’ muscles release and to inactivate trigger points in your body, as well as the stimulation of neural, muscular, and connective tissues. Dry needling can be used to alleviate pain, improve your range of motion, and reduce the tension in your muscles. Essentially, these needles create “micro-lesions” in your muscles that break up the knotted tissue and normalizing the inflammatory response in the muscle. This means that your body is able to heal faster, which speeds up your overall recovery by reducing your pain.  

If you think your aches and pains could be relieved by dry needling or are interested in how dry needling could fit in your current Back in the Game physical therapy plan, give us a call at 770-967-4377 (Flowery Branch location) or 470-294-0052 (Dacula location).

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Once you've found a physical therapist, it can be hard to make time to do the work and see the results of your physical therapy. 

Your to-do list is a mile long, laundry is piling up, and there are approximately one hundred emails in your work inbox. Your time is spoken for on so many levels and is a limited commodity. We understand that means appointments, like physical therapy, can often be viewed as a “time suck.” But there are ways to maximize your time during your appointment that will also maximize the benefits you get from physical therapy. Here are three tips on how to get the most out of physical therapy.

  1. Ask questions. The only way for your physical therapy to make a difference in your health is if you are doing it right. This means that it is important to make sure you fully understand the exercises your physical therapist is working with you on. There are no dumb questions, so if you don’t understand something that your physical therapist is asking you to do, it’s important to ask for clarity. 

  2. Be honest. Similarly to asking questions for clarity, it’s important that you are honest with your physical therapist. If you didn’t do your exercises like you were supposed to or experiencing pain that you aren’t sure if it’s a normal ache associated with strengthening, make sure to tell your physical therapist. Your therapist wants to help you, so it’s important to them that your concerns are addressed and that you are comfortable with the exercises they are asking you to do. It’s also important to be honest with your physical therapist if things are too easy or too hard so that you can get the most out of each and every appointment.

  3. Stay consistent. When you’re in a time crunch, it’s easy to let your physical therapy fall to the wayside, but you won’t see results without consistency. Your progress may or may not go as fast as you think it should be, but it’s crucial to stay consistent to ensure your injury or chronic condition is cured or managed. Don’t stop! Keep consistent with your physical therapy and you will reap the benefits of your dedication.

We know that fitting physical therapy into your busy schedule can be hard. But if you are willing to ask questions, be honest with your physical therapist, and stay consistent, you will see the results of physical therapy, whether you are recovering from an injury or working to manage a chronic condition. If you are interested in how physical therapy can help you, contact one of our two convenient locations. 


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4 Tips for Choosing a Physical Therapist


If you are faced with an injury, chronic condition, or another situation we discussed in our previous blog about why you should see a physical therapist, it’s important to remember that you have a choice about the physical therapist with whom you make an appointment. Here are four tips to help you find the best physical therapist for you - spoiler alert: we believe you’ll choose our team at Back in the Game

  1. How responsive are they? One of the things we pride ourselves in is how responsive we are to our patients. It’s important to consider how much time a physical therapist allots for their patients and how quickly they respond to prospective patients. We strive to be attentive to our patients in our office, but also make sure that our communication with interested patients, as well as current patients, is prompt and helpful. Since our mission is to get you Back in the Game as soon as possible, we provide our patients with personalized care that makes us a great physical therapy office, ready to serve and care for you.

  1. What is their educational background and experience? It’s important to remember that physical therapists used to simply have either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, but the field standard has now shifted toward a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). At Back in the Game, our entire team holds Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees. This is a clinical doctoral degree with a thorough curriculum that provides specialized information needed to help patients. Before choosing a physical therapist, it’s important to take a look at their credentials to make sure they have this expertise. 

  1. What’s the office environment like? Visiting a physical therapist can be intimidating to some, or overwhelming to others. But we strive to make it possible for all patients to receive the physical therapy they require with a specifically designed program and an office environment that helps them feel comfortable and ready to work. When you’re choosing a physical therapist, it can be helpful to visit their office and see if the clinic’s environment helps you feel comfortable, has locations that are convenient to you, and motivates you. 

  1. Try it out! The best way to know if a physical therapist is a good fit is to try it out. This is why we offer a free physical therapy consultation to see if we are a good fit for you and to explain how physical therapy can best help you. This free consultation helps you to understand how physical therapy will best fit in your lifestyle and how our expertise can help you become the best you possible.

We know that any time you have to make a decision about your health, it can be scary or intimidating. We hope that these tips help you understand what questions you should consider while you are in the search. Above all, we are proud to offer world-class physical therapy with licensed therapists trained in the newest, evidence-based techniques. Our patients are our number one priority. We strive to make it possible for all patients to receive the physical therapy they require with a program that is specifically designed to meet their needs. If you are ready to be done with the search for a physical therapist and come see what we have to offer at Back in the Game, make an appointment today for your free physical therapy consultation. 

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Access to Physical Therapy

January 7th, 2020

Access to Physical Therapy


In previous months, our blog has discussed what exactly physical therapy is and has dispelled some common myths that surround the practice of physical therapy. This month, we want to dig a little deeper into one of the myths - do I need a referral from a medical doctor to go to the physical therapist?

As mentioned in a recent blog, a physician referral is not necessary for a visit to either of our metro Atlanta locations to be assessed by a physical therapist. In the state of Georgia, you can go directly to a physical therapist for 8 visits or 21 days for a specific condition without a referral. That being said, a referral may be needed if a specific treatment is deemed necessary. We can also refer you to a specialist should our treatment of your injury, illness, or other physical need require supplemental medical attention. 

In addition to our ability to see and treat patients without another physician’s referral, we also offer a free physical therapy consultation. For example, if you wake up with shoulder pain and don’t know what your next steps should be, you can come in and see a physical therapist at one of our two locations in Flowery Branch or Dacula, Ga. Many times when the pain starts, patients don’t know if a physical therapist can help or if something more extensive, such as an x-ray is required. However, just come in and see us first before running to the ER or even your general physician at no charge, and we can see if your injury or pain is appropriate for treatment from a physical therapist. 

To schedule an appointment at our Flowery Branch location, please call us at (770) 967-4377. If our Dacula location is more convenient, you can schedule an appointment by calling (470) 294-0052. We hope you will let our office help assess and treat any pain, injury, or other medical concern you may have.

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Why Physical Therapy, and When Should I See a PT?

Waking up in the morning, thousands of people across metro Atlanta are faced with immediate neck or back pain, joint stiffness, or muscle soreness. As it turns out, many pain sufferers never think of calling a physical therapist for an appointment or consultation. When is the right time to call a physical therapist (PT) versus a chiropractor, orthopedist, or general practitioner?

As a licensed physical therapist practice serving northeast Atlanta in our Flowery Branch and Dacula facilities, Back in the Game Physical Therapy wants to help you understand the immense advantages of seeing a physical therapist first. Here are 5 ways that physical therapy may help you control or prevent pain before other specialists need to get involved.

  1. Avoiding surgery: A lot of people think of physical therapy helping someone recover from surgery, but PT can actually help you avoid surgery. By working with a physical therapist, you can reduce or eliminate the pain that might push you to surgery. Physical therapy is also significantly less expensive than surgery, so your wallet will also be glad you avoided intense surgery by working to heal an injury or eliminate pain using physical therapy. 

  1. Improving balance: One of the biggest concerns as we age is maintaining balance and preventing falls. Physical therapy starts off with a fall risk screening so that we can challenge your balance in a safe and effective way. If you suffer from dizziness or vertigo, physical therapy may help restore your vestibular functioning, which may eliminate these symptoms. 

  1. Preventing injury: Similar to how physical therapy may help someone avoid surgery, PT may also help prevent injuries. Athletes experience different types of injuries, and a licensed physical therapist understands how to reduce the risk for the specific physical activity or sport you participate in. For example, if you are a distance runner, we can help you to prevent stress fractures using appropriate recovery and prevention exercises to keep you safe and healthy.

  1. Managing cardiac and pulmonary diseases: Suffering from heart disease or pulmonary disease is scary. If you have experienced a heart attack or a cardiac procedure, daily functioning may be improved through physical therapy. Pulmonary symptoms may also be reduced by physical therapy; a physical therapist can help you to improve your quality of life through strengthening, conditioning, and implementing breathing exercises.

  2. Reduce or eliminate pain: Obviously, the most common reason that our patients come to see us is to reduce or eliminate pain. Physical therapy exercises and techniques, such as soft tissue mobilization or electrical stimulation, can help to relieve pain, restore muscle strength and flexibility, and improve joint function to reduce your pain. 

Physical therapy can help so many people, but not everyone may understand all the benefits of PT. We hope that by better understanding physical therapy, you will begin to see improvement in your health, your athletic performance, and your overall life. If Back in the Game Physical Therapy in Flowery Branch and Dacula can help you in any of these ways, please schedule a free physical therapy consultation to see if physical therapy is the right option for you!

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