Eliana Smith is a busy student, athlete, singer, musician and big sister to four brothers. When constant knee pain didn’t respond to ice and rest, the Smith family turned to Akron Children’s Hospital for help. “She started having problems at cross-country practice last summer,” Eliana’s mom, Arwen, recalled. “Her coach at Field High School, Ed […]
On the eve of the first practice of the 2014-15 basketball season, Norton High School’s Jimi Howell ran after a loose ball during open gym, made a cut and went down. The pain behind her right knee was not a good sign. She was happy to later find out her doctor didn’t think she had […]
My name is Leslie, and this is my story. In March of 2015, I was involved in a minor car accident. It left me with a hidden shoulder injury that took away some of my strength, mobility and the ability to complete normal activities on a daily basis. I competed on the girl’s tennis team […]
Cody Holland formed a special bond with his Akron Children’s physical therapist that even transcends deep-rooted football rivalries. Holland worked with Erin Shilling, an Akron Children’s physical therapist in the pediatric-focused sports medicine program at our Beeghly campus, for nearly all of his 70-plus therapy sessions after tearing his ACL, MCL and PCL in a season-ending […]
As 14-year-old Mogadore High School freshman Logan Penix was gearing up to play in a weekend tournament with his travel baseball team last year, he suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in his knee. “Logan is a natural athlete,” said Logan’s dad, Jason. “Sports are his world so this was a devastating injury to […]
A lot of people are talking about a new technique called dry needling that has been shown to be effective on muscle tendon injuries. Though it isn’t acupuncture, physical therapists place acupuncture-like needles in the center of the muscle knot or trigger point to create a small lesion and release the contraction.