Prolete is a combination of the words “professional” and “athlete” and refers to the physical therapists’ interest in research and commitment to teaching and their focus on athletic adults and athletes.
Dr. James Silva is the Woodbridge location’s clinical director and is one of the company’s six physical therapists and three assistants split between the two offices. The practice grew during the pandemic, hired new staff and outgrew their space in Milford. At the same time, they were seeing many clients from the Woodbridge area and specifically looked for space in Woodbridge to meet the area’s growing demand for their service.
The office has three private rooms and a large open space with high ceilings and gym equipment. They accept all major insurance and are accepting new patients, including those who self-refer. They treat conditions including orthopedic injuries, sports injuries, movement/mobility dysfunction, orthotic fabrication, arthritis pain, neck and back injuries and neurological conditions. In addition, the staff teach at area physical therapy and medical schools.
In addition to orthopedic and sports medicine conditions, they also have a pelvic health specialist on staff who helps patients suffering from conditions involving the pelvic floor musculature and soft tissues of the pelvis such as incontinence, pelvic pain, pre- and post-partum conditions, sexual dysfunction and pelvic cancers. “Pain and weakness from these issues can be very impactful on people’s lives, and we have therapists specially trained to treat these problems,” said Dr. Silva.
Due to the pandemic, Dr. Silva explained, they are treating many clients dealing with a lifestyle change – people working from home instead of their office desk, or people who used to frequent the gym but are now working out differently or less frequently. “We are seeing less traumatic injuries and more musculoskeletal injuries due to lifestyle changes,” he explained.
“It’s important for us to understand the activities and lifestyle that lead to the non-traumatic injury, like the setup of a home work station,” he said.
Similarly, Prolete’s approach is to look at the patient’s preferred activities and exercises – rehabilitation and recovery should be designed differently for a ballroom dancer than it would be for a cyclist, for example.
Prolete Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is located at 11 Research Drive, suite 3. They can be reached at 203-850-6677 or proletept.com.