Shift Performance PT


Expertise in Foot and Ankle Pain Treatment

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville, we specialize in addressing chronic pain, a condition that plagues many former athletes and active individuals. Unlike acute pain, which is usually a response to a specific injury or illness and resolves as the body heals, chronic pain can continue long after the original injury has healed and can be challenging to diagnose and treat. Our clinic focuses on providing lasting relief and improved movement for those suffering from chronic pain, particularly those who have transitioned from an active, athletic lifestyle to one hampered by persistent discomfort.

Understanding Chronic Pain in Athletes and Ex-Athletes

  • Prolonged Discomfort: Chronic pain differs significantly from acute pain in its duration and persistence. This might mean dealing with ongoing pain from old sports injuries or conditions developed over years of physical activity.
  • Difficulties in Diagnosis: Chronic pain can be elusive and challenging to diagnose, especially since it doesn’t always manifest in ways that are detectable through standard medical testing like X-rays.

Common Forms of Chronic Pain

Athletes and active individuals may experience various forms of chronic pain, including Sciatica, Arthritis, Headaches, Pelvic Joint Pain, and more. These conditions can significantly hinder an individual’s mobility and quality of life.

Physical Therapy’s Role in Treating Chronic Pain

  • Tailored Therapeutic Approaches: Our physical therapists evaluate each patient’s specific situation to develop an effective treatment strategy.
  • Diverse Techniques for Pain Relief: Our approach includes manual therapy, where therapists use hands-on techniques to alleviate pain and improve movement.

Innovative Physical Therapy Solutions

  • Customized Exercise Programs: Our therapists design muscle-strengthening exercises and therapeutic methods tailored to each patient’s needs.
  • Advanced Therapies: Depending on individual needs, our treatment plans may include modalities like cupping, acupuncture, and decompression therapy.
  • At-Home Exercises: Patients are encouraged to continue their exercises and stretches at home for long-term pain management and strength improvement.

Why Choose Shift Performance Physical Therapy?

  • Experienced and Specialized Care: Our team comprises highly skilled physical therapists with experience in managing chronic pain.
  • Commitment to Lasting Relief: Our goal is to work towards lasting relief and improved function.
  • State-of-the-Art Facility and Techniques: We pride ourselves on utilizing the latest in physical therapy techniques.

Begin Your Journey to Pain-Free Living

If you’re a former athlete or an active individual struggling with chronic pain, Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville is here to help. Don’t let chronic pain control your life. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and start on the path to a more comfortable, active future.


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Kaitlyn Beyer

Blake is awesome, an effective communicator and was quick to identify my ankle dysfunction with an old sports injury. The home exercise program was easy to follow and updated according to my individual progress. So pumped my ankle is feeling stronger, less painful, and ready to hit the trails! 

Breanna King

Blake was so awesome to work with! I came to Shift Performance because I was putting weight too much onto one leg while squatting due to an old ankle injury from a few years ago. I was worried about a potential knee or hip issue resulting from the compensation. He spent so much time watching and showing me when my form gave out, and gave me weekly exercises to supplement my normal CrossFit workouts to help strengthen my weaker leg. Since then I’ve progressed so much both in squatting and in single leg exercises. He speaks from experience from working out himself, so the direction he gives and workouts he assigns are spot on for what a fellow CrossFitter needs!