Drs. Andre and Anessa Acuña founded Doctor’s Physical Therapy & Sports Institute (DPTSI) to provide athletes with performance-guided training with a focus on injury prevention — something they felt the Rio Grande Valley had been missing. With certifications and fellowship training in sports orthopedic manual therapy, running rehabilitation specialty training, and other advanced specialties, the DPTSI Outpatient Clinic and Sports Institute are the places for patients to rehabilitate and athletes to train, recover, and improve upon their physical abilities through a science-based approach.
Dr. Andre Acuña believes recovery is the single most important part of any training or exercise program. It was his desire to help the community rehabilitate from weaknesses and disabilities that got him into the field of physical therapy.
“Recovery allows time for the human body to heal itself and prepare for the next training load,” he said. “It also allows for improved performance and it decreases the risk of injury.”
He adds factors that influence recovery include sleep, nutrition, hydration, mental fatigue, alcohol intake, and stress levels — all of which are taken into account when developing a plan for treatment of any athlete or gym-goer.
“We never treat a patient or an athlete with a ‘cookie-cutter’ generalized approach,” Dr. Andre Acuña said. “Our athletes work one-to-one with professionally trained coaches and strength and conditioning specialists.”
The outpatient clinic focuses on physical therapy — treating chronic pain and spinal and sports injuries. Meanwhile, the sports institute focuses on conditioning and developing optimal nutrition plans to facilitate one’s fitness goal — and also offers treatments such as cupping.
Part of what helps DPTSI serve patients with such personalized and effective treatments is the use of advanced technology and equipment.
For unloading and joint preservation, DPTSI utilizes anti-gravity and underwater treadmills, which are clinically proven to produce effective results in rehabilitation. For balance, neurocognitive training, and proprioception — perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body — one tool they use is the QuickBoard Visual Trainer.
The board incorporates real-time sensors to offer immediate feedback to the user to improve control of their nerves and muscles. Dr. Andre Acuña said it has been a huge asset to the business.
“The outcomes of performance for all users have rendered very significant and positive results,” he said. “We can test a user on their agility performance and assign individualized specific training programs to improve their outcomes.”
For athletes, it helps to improve their speed, agility and reaction-response times. It is also useful for anyone who has suffered a concussion, balance deficits, as well as those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, strokes, or who have undergone orthopedic surgery.
“Anybody wanting to come use the Quickboard is welcome at our facilities,” Dr. Andre Acuña said. “We can create a profile for each member, perform the agility screen test to evaluate their outcomes, and discuss potential workouts to improve their performance and test results.”
Youth and adult patients with rehabilitative needs, along with athletes in sports ranging from football and soccer to swimming, boxing, and more are DPTSI’s primary clientele. But due to COVID-19 shutdowns and lack of consistent training, Dr. Andre Acuña said even individuals who inconsistently exercise at a gym could benefit from supervised training.
“We often discuss with our patients and athletes about Wolff’s Law,” he said. “It states: ‘Your bones will adapt based on the stress or demands placed on them. When you work your muscles, they put stress on your bones. In response, your bone tissue remodels and becomes stronger.’
“Wolff’s Law can also work on the contrary, meaning if you don’t stress your muscles or bones, then atrophy and weaker bones can become a response to the lack of use.”
Dr. Andre Acuña takes pride in DPTSI and DPTSI Outpatient Clinic being the “one-stop shop for training, nutrition, wellness and recovery.” The sports institute offers “open gym hours” for those who prefer to work out on their own. Small group beginner, intermediate, and skilled workout classes, as well as six- to eight-week one-to-one summer training for specific athletic skills, are also available.
If looking to relax after recovery or training, DPTSI also has a spa branch, offering treatments including body scrubs, hot stone massages, and more.
The training facility is located at 9120 N. 23rd St. in McAllen; the outpatient clinic is located at 5216 S. Jackson Road in Edinburg. For more information on their programs, visit dptsi.org or call them at (956) 205-2704.