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Body Age Assessment

Would you like to increase your level of physical fitness? Making the decision to start a fitness program is the first step in improving your life. But how do you start safely? What are your physical strengths and weaknesses? Let our staff of trained professionals help you.

The Polar BodyAge System is more than a fitness assessment. It’s a whole new way of showing you how healthy you can be. The BodyAge analysis is an exclusive health assessment developed to quickly and simply provide you with a baseline measurement of your overall fitness level.

The BodyAge assessment takes into account a number of health and fitness markers including your strength, flexibility, percentage of body fat, nutrition and cardiovascular fitness to calculate the fitness of your body. With this information, our staff can help you get started on the path to physical fitness.

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Runners Gait Analysis

What does running gait analysis involve?

  • While running on either a treadmill or a track
  • The runner is videotaped from the front, back and side
  • The clinician slows the tape down and explains the analysis of the running stride to the runner
  • Since each runner is different this is most beneficial in explaining why they may be having repeated running related injuries
  • The analysis is completed by an athletic trainer, physician or physical therapist that specializes in gait analysis.

Common injuries related to poor running form:

  • Neck strain/shoulder pain
  • Achilles tendonitis/foot and ankle pain
  • Knee pain/ITB and runner’s knee
  • Lower and mid back pain

Dates/Times: 
All appointments are 15 minutes in duration and start at 6pm with last appointment at 7:30pm and an appointment is required.

  • Wednesday, August 22 - Summa Health Center at Lake Medina
  • Wednesday, September 5 - Summa Wellness Institute, Hudson
  • Wednesday, September 12 - Summa Health Center at Lake Medina
  • Wednesday, September 19 - Tallmadge Rec Center
  • Wednesday, October 3 - Summa Wellness Institute, Hudson
  • Wednesday, October 10 - Summa Health Center at Lake Medina
  • Wednesday, October 24 - Tallmadge Rec Center
  • Wednesday, November 7 - Summa Wellness Institute, Hudson
  • Wednesday, November 14 - Summa Health Center at Lake Medina
  • Wednesday,  December 5 - Summa Wellness Institute, Hudson
  • Wednesday, December 12 - Tallmadge Rec Center

Cost: $40 per analysis

Call (330) 379-9229 for registration or online with payment required prior to the program.

 

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Dance Medicine Presentation

Summa would like to provide this presentation FREE to your coaches and parents. Conducted by Summa Center for Sports Health, Summa Outpatient Rehabilitation and one of our sports medicine physicians.

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Pre-Season Physicals

If your son or daughter needs a pre-participation sports physical to participate in athletics, Summa Center for Sports Health provides these screenings.

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Sports Medicine Presentation

Summa would like to provide this presentation FREE to your coaches and parents. Conducted by Summa Center for Sports Health, Summa Outpatient Rehabilitation and Dr. Nilesh Shah.

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Wrestling Skin Checks

Wresters needing skin checks have a convenient way to obtain them. Our sports medicine physicians offer weekly skin checks to all middle school, high school and college wrestlers.

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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most common method of evaluating soft tissue abnormalities but the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound – another imaging modality – has multiple benefits for patients and healthcare providers alike.

Summa Center for Sports Health is one of the few providers offering musculoskeletal ultrasound in Northeast Ohio.

Primary Uses:

  • Diagnostic studies of the shoulder, ankle and knee
  • Tendon injections
  • Tenotomies
  • Injections of the hip joint, bicep tendon, mid-foot, first metatarsal-phalangeal joint, subtalar joint, carpal tunnel, glenohumeral joint and others
  • Whole blood and platelet-rich plasma injections
  • Identifying non-radiopaque foreign bodies in soft tissues (wood, glass, etc.)

Musculoskeletal ultrasound has been used by the staff at Summa Center for Sports Health since 2009. Nilesh Shah, M.D., medical director, has performed more than 500 ultrasound procedures and real-time diagnostic studies.

To learn more about musculoskeletal ultrasound or to refer a patient, please call Summa Center for Sports Health at (888) 778-6627.

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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a promising new way to treat tendon injuries. It uses the patient’s own blood to deliver a concentrated solution of platelets to the site of an injury to promote rapid healing.

How does it work?

Recent scientific research has given physicians a better understanding of how the healing process works, including the role that platelets play in the healing process.

In the past, the role of platelets in the healing process was thought to be limited to blood clotting. But research has shown that platelets also release proteins that attract healing factors to an injury site to help remove dead tissue, enhance the growth of new tissue and promote healing.

Recent medical literature suggests that PRP therapy can positively affect inflammation, post-operative blood loss, infection, pain medication requirements, bone growth and wound and soft tissue healing.

Injuries to tendons are difficult and slow to heal because, unlike muscle tissue, there is limited blood flow to tendons, which are composed of tough, fibrous tissue. PRP therapy provides a new way to treat tendon injuries, including chronic conditions such as lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), plantar fasciitis, acute muscle and ligament injuries and cartilage degeneration.

Who’s a good candidate for PRP therapy?

Any patient who has suffered a tendon injury that has not responded to other therapies may wish to consider PRP therapy. PRP therapy offers a safe, minimally invasive and low-risk alternative to surgery for hard-to-heal tendon injuries. However, patients with metastatic disease or tumors (cancer), active infections, a low platelet count, are pregnant and/or are breastfeeding should check with their physicians before being treated with PRP therapy.

How much does PRP therapy cost?

Costs will vary depending on medical insurance coverage. It is recommended to verify coverage prior making an appointment or undergoing treatment. On average, a patient needs 1 to 3 treatments scheduled at 6- to 8-week intervals, depending upon the severity of the injury and the ability of the patient’s body to heal.

Who is offering PRP therapy?

Dr. Nilesh Shah, the Sports Health Center’s medical director, is now accepting patient appointments for PRP therapy. He has been performing PRP injections for more than four years. Dr. Shah completed his sports medicine fellowship at The Ohio State University. He is board-certified in family practice and possesses a certificate of added qualifications in sports medicine.

To schedule an appointment, call (330) 379-5051 ext. 4.

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