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Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Physical therapy and rehabilitation services are offered in partnership with Howard Head Sports Medicine – a division of Vail Health and a leading provider of physical therapy, rehabilitation, and performance programs. Services are available à la carte or in combination with other APN Lodge offerings.
“The Brain and Balance Care team’s mission is to bring quality care to the people that suffer from concussion, dizziness and fall-related impairments in order to return individuals to their active lifestyle in the safest and most effective way possible.“
Howard Head Sports Medicine

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is physical therapy in the water. The aquatic environment allows physical therapy to occur with little to no weight-bearing impact. More advanced activities can be used for treatment in the water than out because of the buoyancy. Physical therapy in the water is beneficial for improvement and rehabilitation of function, flexibility, strength, endurance, and more.

Brain & Balance Care


Physical therapists specializing in concussion management at Howard Head Sports Medicine assess concussion symptoms and related systems in order to create personalized treatment plans for each client. Symptoms can include sensitivity to visual motion, headaches, sleep issues, neck pain, dizziness, and memory issues. ImPACT testing is also administered. The goal is efficient and effective rehabilitation and return to normal activities, work, and sports.

Fall Prevention

The fall prevention program aims to minimize fall risk in adults over 60 and a risk of falling through a multidisciplinary approach. In adults over 65, falls account for the highest percentage of injury. One-on-one physical therapy helps the client bolster strength, balance, and confidence. Work with vestibular therapists targets any underlying dizziness. Staff also educates both the client and their support system on fall prevention tactics.


Howard Head Sports Medicine vestibular therapists specialize in balance impairments and dizziness treatment. Vestibular therapists assess equilibrium through the vestibular system as well as visual/oculomotor and spatial orientation inputs. Therapists custom-curate exercise programs based on the results of each individual’s assessment.
Conditions treated include (but are not limited to):
  • Migraine-associated vertigo
  • Cervicogenic dizziness
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vestibular hypofunction
  • Oculomotor dysfunction

Certified Hand Therapy

Certified Hand Therapists (CHTs) specialize in hand, wrist, and elbow therapy. These specialists hold an occupational therapist or physical therapist certification, at least 4000 hours of direct clinical experience, and a comprehensive specialization exam.

Conditions treated include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • Fractures
  • Tendon injuries
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Crush injuries
  • Repetitive motion disorder
  • Custom splint fabrication

Lymphedema Therapy

Certified lymphedema therapists perform manual lymphatic drainage and compression bandaging to improve lymphatic flow and lessen edema. This gentle massage can help treat lymphedema associated with cancer and/or post-op edema. Therapists also educate on the best compression bandaging and garments for long-term treatment.

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Therapists working in orthopedic rehabilitation use evidence-based practices to rehabilitate the musculoskeletal system following an injury or operation. Howard Head specializes in movement examination, posture work, and gait mechanics for both prevention and rehabilitation.


Pilates is an exercise modality useful for improving mobility, joint stability, posture, and overall body awareness. Pilates focuses on five biomechanical principles, breathing techniques, and moving without tension. It can be a helpful complement to physical therapy and an intermediate between physical therapy exercises and full fitness conditioning.

Sports Rehabilitation

Therapists in sports rehabilitation take specific approaches to rehabilitate, maximize athletic performance possibility, and minimize injury risk. Training and education focus on cardiovascular, power, agility, strength, and sport-specific activities.

Women’s Health Program

Physical therapists offer a program specific to the needs of women, assessing and treating issues like pregnancy pain, overactive bladders, post-partum pain, incontinence, pelvic pain/weakness, prolapse, tailbone pain, and interstitial cystitis.

Dry Needling

Physical therapists conduct dry needling sessions based on scientific research and evidence-based practices. Small needles are temporarily inserted into specific muscle locations to reduce symptoms, accompany therapeutic exercises, and maintain athletic conditioning. Dry needling can also help improve flexibility, alleviate muscle pain, and minimize muscle spasms.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists at Howard Head Sports Medicine aim to better equip every person for functionality in activities of daily life. Outpatient occupational therapists specialize in hand, wrist, and elbow treatment. Inpatient occupational therapists focus on post-op adaptations for daily living by introducing adaptive equipment. Interventions from occupational therapists are designed to enhance functionality and minimize pain.


Post-surgery musculoskeletal therapy is an important piece of some cancer treatment plans. Physical therapy can be useful for decreasing pain, tightness, and soreness. It can also be helpful for rehabilitating function post-surgery.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists utilize many therapeutic modalities to help restore optimal body function, minimize pain, and prevent injury.


“SafeFit® is a musculoskeletal wellness program provided by Howard Head Sports Medicine to local employers, designed to keep their employees active, healthy, and working through early intervention, injury screens, education, treatment, and exercise prescriptions. This voluntary program is 100% free to employees and designed to provide a valuable employee benefit, improve the employee’s physical health, mitigate workers compensation risk, and reduce healthcare costs. SafeFit® care is provided in Vail, Edwards, and Eagle by Howard Head Sports Medicine’s own Physical Therapists.” – Howard Head Sports Medicine

Total Joint Therapy

A multidisciplinary approach is utilized to walk each client from pre-op education to surgery to discharge planning to ongoing maintenance. Expectations are established, surgery is completed, plans are made, and outpatient physical therapy is conducted. All health care professionals involved work to provide the best possible information, planning, and outcome for your health. The team includes nurses, physical therapists, surgeons, occupational therapists, and other associated staff members, all working to restore you to optimal function in your everyday activities.


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