Sports medicine available to the campus community

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The Homer Rice Center for Sports Performance offers physical therapy and chiropractic services.

Randy Rhino (left), of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, chiropractor, and Charlie Ridgeway, physical therapist, treat many patients on campus in addition to student-athletes. Photo by Rob Felt.

The Georgia Tech Athletic Association Homer Rice Center for Athletic Performance is dedicated to improving the performance of student-athletes at Tech. But did you know that the facility also offers physical therapy and chiropractic services to all Tech students, employees, and families?

“A lot of patients on campus have started treatment and said, ‘I wish I had known this five years ago,'” said Randy Rhino, chiropractor for Georgia Tech Athletics. Rhino often partners with Charlie Ridgeway, a physiotherapist on staff at the centre.

Since many employees have been working from home more often during the pandemic, Rhino has seen an increase in patients with more aches and pains in their backs, shoulders and necks. Employees who do not have an ergonomically correct workstation at home often resort to a regular chair at the kitchen table. This can lead to forward head tilt syndrome.

“Your neck and shoulder muscles have to compensate to support your head,” Rhino explained. “Students and employees come in with a stiff neck or tightness in the middle of the back after sitting awkwardly and staring at a computer.”

A former Georgia Tech football player, Rhino is physically active and warns of the dangers of sitting still for long periods of time. He gets up from his chair at least once an hour. And he believes there is merit in saying that sitting down is the new smoking.

“I use that phrase all the time in my interviews,” he said. “The medical profession finds that prolonged sitting leads to many health problems other than neck pain. This includes digestive problems and even coronary problems.

Rhino suggests implementing an exercise program to increase flexibility, maintain mobility, and strengthen the spine.

“We have to treat our spine like we treat our teeth,” he said. “You brush your teeth every day. You don’t wait for your appointment and let the hygienist clean your teeth. So should your spine. You need to do daily stretches and exercises to strengthen your spine.

Homer Rice Center chiropractic and physical therapy practices are preferred providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield. A referral is required for physiotherapy and most major insurers are accepted. No referral is necessary for chiropractic services. Patients can pay out of pocket if they wish. To inquire about chiropractic services, call 404.385.0446. For physiotherapy, call 404.385.4115.

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