Great Lakes Sports Medicine Institute provides a wide range of rehab options

MARQUETTE — U.P. residents now have a regional sports medicine center for their injury, rehabilitation, and wellness needs – thanks to the Great Lakes Sports Medicine Institute located at 841 W. Washington Street in Marquette.

UP Health System, UP Rehab Services, Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery, Northern Michigan University, and Perform4Life worked together to provide a top-tier healthcare center for those seeking treatment.

“It’s very exciting to be able to work collaboratively with the medical experts in our area,” said Terry Tripp (PT, MPT, AT, ATC, OCS, CERT. MDT), the Director of Outpatient Therapies and Co-Owner of UP Rehab Services. “We have excellent physicians, therapists, athletic trainers, and physiologists that help to make this an elite center for high-quality care. You don’t have to leave the area to receive exceptional care.”

The sports medicine center offers a wide range of treatment options including regional orthopedic and sports medicine services; a 24-hour gym offering medical fitness and wellness services; physical therapy, sports, spine and orthopedic rehab services, aquatic therapy, hand therapy, and athletic training services; and sports science research focusing on non-traditional treatments for cancer survivors. The ability to feature various providers working under the same roof allows the different departments to collaborate and provide the best care for the patient.

The 25,000-square-foot facility has two large gyms on each side of the first floor for rehab treatment. The physical therapists, certified hand therapists, aquatic therapists, and certified athletic trainers treat every musculoskeletal condition from sports rehab and orthopedic injuries; back, neck and spine injuries; concussions; pre and post-surgical rehab clients; and other ailments from hand and upper extremity injuries, to shoulders, total knees; foot and ankle injuries and everything in between.

Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery is also located on the first floor where they offer the region’s most highly skilled surgeons and specialists who offer a comprehensive range of services ranging from state-of-the imaging to non-surgical, specialty procedures to advanced orthopedic surgery.

Northern Michigan University on the same level houses the Health and Human Performance Research Center, where they’ll offer exercise oncology research investigating how exercise can be beneficial to cancer survivors, from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, and post-treatment.

“We are looking forward to the potential collaborations with all those involved as there are many ways that we can all work together,” said Elizabeth Wuorinen (Ph.D.), the Associate Dean for NMU. “The Health and Human Performance Research Center is excited to work on our exercise oncology research investigating how exercise can be beneficial to cancer survivors, from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, and post-treatment.”

The sports medicine institute also features a Hydroworx® Aquatic Therapy pool for patients with shoulder, back, hip, knee, or ankle problems. It’s also useful for older patients who suffer from arthritis, chronic pain, osteoporosis or neurological problems. The pool is equipped with an underwater treadmill and resistance jets for therapy, rehabilitation, sports performance training, swimming or deep tissue massage.

“The pool is very easy to navigate, 94 degrees, so you get the benefits of the warm water, the support of hydrostatic pressure, and the buoyancy and light feeling of being in the water,” stated Tripp.

“With aquatic therapy, patients are able to enter physical therapy sooner during the rehab process; so if a patient comes in with a non-weight bearing joint, or a partial weight-bearing joint, we can get them into aquatic therapy and help the patient get better results in a shorter amount of time. Aquatic therapy is physical therapy in a water environment.”

On the second floor of the sports medicine is Perform4Life, a Medical Fitness and Wellness Center open 24 hours to the general public. The gym features state-of-the-art cardio, strength and TRX equipment. Members go through a body assessment measuring body compression, cardio and strength in order to receive a personalized exercise program tailored to the individual’s needs.

An open house to view the sports medicine institute is set for October 23, 2018, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Members of the community will be able to tour the facility and get an overview of each entity of the building.

For more information on the Great Lakes Sports Medicine Institute, to schedule an appointment or be seen for a free injury screen, visit or call 906-228-2595.

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