Lance Cross is a deeply experienced, patient-first physical therapist.
Lance Cross earned his Master of Physical Therapy Degree from Baylor University in 1998 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine from California University of Pennsylvania in 1992. Lance specializes in orthopedic physical therapy with a particular focus on treating patients with chronic pain syndromes and athletes with knee injury.
Lance began his career in the U.S. Army where he developed skill with osteopathic spinal and joint manipulation through working with and studying under notable specialists in the field to include the world-renowned Timothy Flynn. During his time with the Army he served as Chief of Physical Therapy at Fort Drum, NY and Fort Polk, LA. He developed a running injury prevention program that was adopted by the U.S. Military and went on to become a Certified Sports Metrics Trainer with a focus on rehabilitating and preventing knee injury in athletes.
During the latter half of his career Lance studied pain sciences under the instruction of the Neuro Orthopedic Institute of Australia and has developed a reputation as specialist in the treatment of patients with chronic pain. He has guest lectured to various support groups under the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association regarding P.T. care for chronic pain. He has served as a guest lecturer for Emory University’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program and has also lectured to nurse case managers.
Lance served as the lead Physical Therapist in Georgia for National Institute of Health funded clinical trials of a multi-disciplinary approach to treating patients with chronic pain and worked as team leader for patient resources for a national chronic pain program. He is also certified to perform Trigger Point Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars.
Lance believes in developing a deep understanding of his patient as a person in order to more personalize their treatment. He utilizes what he calls an “inside out and outside in approach” with manual soft tissue and joint mobilization/manipulation, dry needling, exercise, and education. This approach allows the patient to become a well-informed team member in their care and builds patient self-efficacy in overcoming pain and dysfunction.
Lance is a life-long athlete who has competed as a sprinter in Collegiate Track & Field and other various team sports. He continues his competitive ways as a cyclocross and mountain bike racer. He is often found enjoying the outdoors in the North GA mountains with his wife and friends and likes to travel to venture into new landscapes for his outdoor recreation.