Midland Physical Therapy Sports Rehab

Dr. Eric Fridline, PT, DPT of Midland Physical Therapy Sports Rehab

Dr. Eric Fridline, PT, DPT is a graduate of University of Michigan-Flint. He attained his bachelors in health science and went on to pursue his doctorate in physical therapy. Eric has a decade of outpatient orthopedics experience and is bringing it to Midland Physical Therapy Sports Rehab. His areas of interest include general orthopedics, post surgical care, sports medicine, injury prevention, and pain science.

He has received further education and training in functional hip complex and functional shoulder complex through the Gray institute, fascial movement technique certified through RockTape, and is medical level 2 certified through Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). He wishes to continue his education to develop more advanced manual therapy skills and finish medical level 3 through TPI.

Eric has a strong passion working with a variety of patient populations and wants to help achieve your goals. He has worked with a wide range of people from high school athletes, post-operative joint replacements, to professional golfers. He wants to rehab your injuries, assist in movement therapy, and enhance your functional performance for your needs. Decreasing your pain and optimizing your function is his goal and wants to make sure your body is efficient to perform established solid functional movement, prevent injuries, and most importantly maintain your health.

Located inside Midland Chiropractic Sports Rehab. Now offering physical therapy, chiropractic, personal training, nutrition coaching, massage therapy, decompression and K-Laser. Did you know YOU have a choice when it comes to choosing your Physical Therapist? Make sure you get into the best hands in order to get back into the game of life. Call us today to schedule you physical therapy appointment: (989) 341-1070!

Injury Prevention and Management

Here at Midland Sports Rehab, our goal is to keep our patients and clients moving at their very best so they can perform optimally and pain-free, whether that means being able to perform chores around the house, play sports, run, weight lift or perform occupational demands.  Our therapists are certified in functional movement specialties which help them to recognize and correct improper mechanics that may be harming our patients during activities. Our therapists are also physically active individuals who can more easily relate with all types of athletes.  

We currently offer the following injury risk screens and can perform upon your initial evaluation or when appropriate during your treatment:

  • TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Golf Assessment
  • Functional Movement Screen
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment
  • Running Gait Analysis

When an injury does occur, our therapists are here to safely return patients to their normal activities as well as identify and correct any predispositions to injury.  While patients are recovering from injury, physical therapy can provide an optimal healing environment targeting the specific structures that require greater attention, while at the same time addressing the body as a whole and functional unit.  Our therapists prefer their patients to continue their regular activities while in physical therapy if the activities are not worsening their symptoms.

Ultimately we would like our patients to become independent with their prescribed exercises and stretches to help maintain the activities that are relevant to their lives without pain.  

Manual Therapies

Our rehab specialists offer many types of manual therapies to promote an optimal healing environment.  Chronic injuries, or injuries that have been gradually building up over time, often require an aggressive approach to tissue healing while also addressing proper activation and engagement of other structures and possibly overall body mechanic adjustments.  We can provide relief in your discomfort utilizing:

  • Myofascial cupping
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)
  • Joint mobilizations
  • Joint traction or distraction
  • Various massage techniques

Manual therapy is not always a part of our treatment plan as every patient is unique as are the needs of each patient.  


At Midland Sports Rehab we utilize cutting edge technology as a part of our treatment plans to advance and optimize healing.  The following modalities are available for use during physical therapy:

  • K-laser
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Cryotherapy
  • Rocktape (Kinesiology tape)
  • Myofascial cupping
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue massage

Modalities are used to relieve pain, decrease inflammation, increase blood flow to accelerate the healing process and improve tissue healing.

Pre and Post-Operative Care

Preoperative surgery care is an important time preparing for surgery and rehab. Whether you are having a joint replacement or tendon/ligament reconstruction, rehabilitation before surgery can help

  • Restore range of motion
  • Decrease hospital stays and recovery time.
  • Decrease pain
  • Improve strength

Research has proven that working with a physical therapist or athletic trainer before surgery will help regain your daily activity of living quickly compared to no rehabilitation before surgery. It’s encouraged to at least start your preoperative care six before your surgery. If six weeks is not possible, working with a certified personal trainer here at our facility can also be beneficial. The stronger and healthier you are before surgery, you’ll have a better outcome.

Postoperative surgery is a difficult time in an individual’s life but is very important. The benefits of skilled rehabilitation are

  • Enhancing your recovery
  • Regain mobility
  • Recover safely and completely
  • Achieving your goals and what you’d like to return to

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Physical Therapy can help assess and treat musculoskeletal disorders. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) consist of muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. MSDs are common and can vary based on the severity of the case. Early diagnosis and taking care of any MSDs have a better prognosis and can improve long term aliments.

Common symptoms of MSDs include swelling, reoccurring pain, dull aches, and joint stiffness. Some causes of MSDs can include, but not limited to,  job related, improper body mechanics while performing recreational activities, and prolonged postures.

It is important to address pain with proper rehabilitation in order to improve your function of daily living in order to improve your functional mobility. Schedule a visit today with physical therapy to decrease your pain and achieve your goals.

Titleist Performance Institute

Midland Sports Rehab offers Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) golf screens. Eric Fridline, TPI certified physical therapist, provides a 16-point physical screen of your golf swing that will improve your physical fitness that will also improve your golf swing. His goal is to find the most efficient swing for your limitations, improve your golf game, and prevent future injuries.

This program will give you the tools to take your game to the next level. Proper focus on golf swing biomechanics and a workout program to enhance your golf swing. Eric is the highest certified TPI golf fitness medical instructor in the area. Your golf assessment will guide him to give you the proper stretches to improve flexibility, TPI workouts to improve strength,  and stability to improve body limitations that may hinder your swing.

TPI is a PGA and LPGA golf-specific training programs that has developed a physical screen to identify physical limitations that may be contributing to swing flaws, injuries, and higher scores. Our golf fitness program will evaluate upper/lower body flexibility, posture, core stability, balance, and golf specific mobility.

Program highlights include:

  • Brief health screening
  • TPI golf screen
  • Customized home exercise program based on your physical limitations
  • One on one with a licensed physical therapist to maximize benefits from exercise
  • Supplement exercises with manual procedures (if necessary)

Learn more at: www.mytpi.com

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