By: Rachel Lethorn, MS, PA-C, ATC
Are you performing at your best? Can you remember the last time you experienced pain, muscle aches or soreness? My name is Rachel Lethorn, owner and CEO of Med Sports Vantage a specialty medical practice focusing on pain relief, sports medicine and wellness. As a currently licensed practicing professional in the medical industry it is my mission to help you reach your optimal health and peak performance. I first obtained board certification as a Certified Athletic, and then continued my education to become a licensed and board certified Physician Assistant. Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. (National Athletic Trainers Asssociation, n.d.) Physician Assistants (PAs) are medical professionals who are board certified and state licensed to practice medicine with a collaborating physician offering patient centered healthcare. (American Academy of Physician Assistants, n.d.) As a former competitive NCAA Division I gymnast and current medical practitioner experiencing both ends of the medical and athlete spectrum from the success to the failures surrounding pain and injuries, I wanted to make a difference. I’ve been fortunate to have been mentored by some of the best in the medical field and trained by several Doctor of Osteopathic (DO) physicians. Osteopathic physicians primarily focus on a form of drug-free non-invasive medical treatment that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine, positively affecting the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. (American Asssociation of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, 2017) Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body. Armed with a wealth of medical knowledge I began working with athletes to help relieve their pain through osteopathic manipulations and focusing on overall health with a whole-body approach to health care.
Over time one thing I noticed was no matter how effective my treatment was in the gym, when the athletes were at home not only would their pain resurface but they had a difficult time resolving their own pain effectively by themselves. As a parent, I’ve enjoyed being able to help my own family and children with their aches and pains, and promoting a lifestyle that educates and inspires them to maintain and continue to strive to reach optimal health. I wanted other parents to be able to help their family’s and little ones to reduce injuries and promote good health practices too. My patients, athletes and family have