Sports Rehab in Haverford, PA: Maximizing Your Movement

At Primal Physical Therapy, we specialize in comprehensive care for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Our sports rehab in Haverford, PA, involves a combination of evidence-based treatments and cutting-edge technologies to help our clients reach their rehabilitation goals, allowing them to achieve functional, purposeful, and efficient movement patterns.

If you're looking for comprehensive sports rehab care, look no further than Primal Physical Therapy! 

Our conveniently located center in Bryn Mawr, PA, makes it easy for Haverford patients to visit as frequently as necessary. Additionally, our accessibility also allows us to see you as quickly as needed for treatment. Contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule your initial consultation.

The Importance of Sports Rehab in Haverford, PA

Sports rehab is a critical aspect of physical therapy, particularly for athletes and active individuals. A successful recovery requires a team that understands the unique needs of each individual and can find the balance between honoring tissue healing time and pushing toward a safe return to sport.


At Primal Physical Therapy, we take our sports rehab services seriously, with a commitment to returning our clients to their sport safely and quickly. Our approach to sports rehab is designed for accessibility, with our therapists always available to answer questions and provide support.

Our sports rehab methods have been successful in preventing, reducing, and treating common sports-related injuries, such as the following:

  • Strains and sprains
  • ACL and MCL tears
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Runner's knee
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • And more!

Our Approach to Sports Rehabilitation

Tailor-Made Treatment Plans


At Primal PT, we aim to help you recover from injury and return to doing what you love as quickly and safely as possible. That's why we take a competitive approach to sports rehab, treating your success as our own.


Our therapists pay close attention to every detail of your injury and recovery, creating personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs and goals. With a focus on providing the best possible care, you can trust us to help you achieve a successful and efficient recovery.


Specialized Techniques and Exercises


We can create a customized exercise plan that addresses your specific needs as an athlete by using laser therapy and passive modalities, such as the WINBACK TECAR therapy machine. Throughout your treatment, we use manual therapy and hands-on care to ensure optimal results and may also recommend exercises that you can do at your own home for added independence and progress.


Employ Proven Injury Prevention and Self-Care Strategies


Rather than just treating the injury after it occurs, we focus on preventing injuries from happening in the first place. Suppose we're seeing you for the first time after an injury. In that case, we will evaluate your entire body and mechanics to help prevent re-injury or another injury from occurring in the future. 


By evaluating you from head to toe, we can catch movement imbalances that, if left untreated, will put you at risk for more injuries. In addition, we stress the importance of self-care strategies and will be able to give you recommendations on things the following: 


  • Proper stretching and warm-ups
  • Strength training and conditioning programs
  • Hydration
  • Nutrition

Our Sports Rehab Services

Evaluation and Assessment


The first step to recovery involves evaluation and assessment so we can diagnose the source of your pain and determine the best treatment plan. Our experienced therapists use various techniques to identify any underlying issues, including physical exams, functional movement analysis, and a review of medical history and prior injuries on your first visit.


Treatment Modalities


We offer various modalities and resources, including manual therapy and corrective exercises. These modalities reduce pain, improve mobility, and restore normal movement patterns. We also provide therapeutic modalities, such as ultrasound and dry needling, to help reduce inflammation, promote relaxation in the muscles, and improve your overall physical improvement and performance.


Injury-Specific Programs


We've developed injury-specific rehabilitation programs for common sports injuries, such as ACL tears, rotator cuff injuries, and tennis elbow.


Sports Performance Enhancement


Aside from our rehabilitation services, we also offer movement analysis and sports performance enhancement programs, which consist of strength and conditioning programs, as well as plyometrics and core stability exercises to boost your: 


  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Power
  • Endurance
  • Overall performance

Meet Your Physical Therapists


Doctor JJ Thomas is a highly experienced physical therapist with over 20 years in the field. She received her degree from the top-ranked Physical Therapy school, the University of Delaware, in 2000. She obtained her Sports Specialist Certification and Doctorate through Evidence In Motion in 2022. Dr. Thomas stays updated with the latest techniques and strategies in sports rehab, regularly attending conferences and hosting continuing education events at Primal Physical Therapy.

headshot of Dr. JJ Thomas

In addition to her academic achievements, Dr. Thomas is certified in a variety of treatments and procedures, including the following:

  • Functional dry needling
  • Gait analysis
  • Functional range conditioning
  • Postural evaluation
  • Pain neuroscience education
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Mobilization with movement
  • Maitland and Mckenzie's techniques
headshot of Dr. Eric Abramowitz

Eric Abramowitz, DPT, FDNS

Doctor Eric Abramowitz is a highly qualified physical therapist, having received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the top-ranked University of Delaware in 2012. With a passion for athletics and helping others, he specializes in sports medicine, constantly updating his evaluation methods and treatment techniques to provide the most effective protocols.

In addition to his dedication to continuing education, Doctor Abramowitz is also an adjunct faculty member in Widener University's PT Department, giving back to the profession by teaching. He is certified in advanced specialties, such as the following:

  • Functional Dry Needling
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
  • Functional Movement Systems (FMS)
  • Titleist Performance Institute (Medical Level 2)
  • ACE Running Gait Analysis (Level 2)
  • Mulligan Mobilizations
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Techniques

Get Back to Your Sport with Comprehensive Sports Rehab

At Primal Physical Therapy, we strive to give everyone the highest quality sports rehab in Haverford, PA, or any of our locations. We aim to provide our athletes with the most comprehensive care possible so they can return to their sport or activity as quickly as possible.

If you're ready to experience our comprehensive approach to sports rehab, contact us today to schedule your appointment. Let's work together to help you reach your peak performance goals!



Our treatments include:


  • Manual therapy techniques: massage and joint mobilization, muscle strengthening exercises, balance/coordination drills.
  • Therapeutic modalities: Winback TECAR therapy, electric stimulation, stretching exercises, and proper body mechanics for returning to activity safely.

Sports therapy focuses on preventing and rehabilitating injuries related to sports or exercise. It is typically used in a clinical setting to reduce pain or discomfort, improve flexibility, and increase range of motion. 

Physical therapy is a general term used to describe an approach for treating injuries and affected areas, including accidents or surgeries. Generalized physical therapy goals will be more directly related to the specific goals of every patient, which may or may not be sports related. 

Even after you've returned to your sport or activity, you may still have residual pain, weakness, or tightness that could affect your performance. Thus, we offer ongoing care and support to help you maintain your progress and prevent future injuries. This may include regular check-ins with your physical therapist, additional therapy sessions as needed, and a personalized exercise program to help you improve and strengthen your injury-affected area.