Dr. Krystal Sterling

Georgia

Physical Therapist | Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • PT - Physical Therapist
  • DPT - Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • CMTPT - Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (dry needling)
  • Registered Yoga Teacher

Krystal Sterling is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) specializing in orthopedic conditions with an integrative sports medicine approach. She works at Activcore in Atlanta, Georgia, located just 2 miles from Emory University.


Krystal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Anderson University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of North Georgia. She has advanced post-graduate training in dry needling as a certified myofascial trigger point therapist and is a registered yoga teacher.

 

Krystal brings more than ten years’ experience in exercise and movement instruction. She grew up playing basketball and competing in track and field at the collegiate level in short- and long-distance hurdles, long jump and triple jump. After graduating, she channeled her love of movement and teaching into group fitness instruction, personal training and coaching. Although becoming a physical therapist was always her destination, she enjoyed sharing her energy with her group exercise classes and clients along the way. 

 

Krystal treats people of all ages and genders, with a special interest in yoga practitioners, athletes with sports related injuries and novice exercisers. Her background and education make her highly qualified to handle post-operative care, complex sports injuries and chronic pain. Her strengths include her adaptability to meet your needs, the execution of  a holistic approach to your recovery, and her years of experience teaching movements that can aid in gaining functional mobility, strength and neuromuscular activation. With her expertise and contagious enthusiasm, Krystal will match your energy and help you reach your goals.

My Blog Posts

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Mask Wearing Can Be a Pain in the Neck: 5 Movements to Alleviate Muscle Tension

After recently spending 3 days caretaking for my at-risk, elderly family members, I was humbled by the physical toll wearing a mask for 12 consecutive hours each day had on my body. As I was helping with household chores such as dishwashing, laundry and mail opening, about every 30 minutes I became aware of growing tension developing in the back of my neck. This was a result from looking down –– and over my mask –– for extended periods of time.

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How Can Nutrition Help My Physical Therapy? Chatting with Nutritionist Christina Ellenberg.

Many physical therapy clients ask their PT about certain diet types or nutritional supplements. Although physical therapists receive some background education about nutrition during their course of study, it is outside of our scope of practice to recommend specific dietary changes or meal plans. As a profession we do strive to be aware of different types of diets, as well as the molecular biology of how food breaks down in our body, which affects our ability to perform physical activity. We are also aware of how nutrition can affect tissue healing which is why we address the topic as an overview for our clients to understand its importance in their recovery.

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4 Breathing Techniques to Relieve Tension

In my previous post, we covered the benefits of learning how to breathe properly, as well as the foundation of our breath outlined by diaphragmatic breathing. Once you have learned the basics of proper breathing, you can move into different breathing techniques to foster a positive healing environment for the body and aid in managing stress. Other prerequisites are to find a comfortable seated posture and a calm, inner focus. My recommendation is to experiment with each and find the technique which resonates with you. 

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Learn How to Breathe: Why Yoga Complements Physical Therapy

As a physical therapist and movement specialist, I treat from a holistic approach focusing beyond physical injury. This means that I consider other variables contributing to pain and healing potential including sleep patterns, nutrition, occupational hazards, and possible stressors. This recognition of the complexity of pain and injury led me to seek additional education by becoming a yoga teacher to serve as a way to teach the connection of the mind and the body. This connection is made stronger by having a strong practice in learning how to breathe.

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My Client Reviews

I have had an amazing experience at Activcore!! Kristian Hatley, my Pilates instructor, and Krystal Sterling, my PT have both been nothing short of amazing! Not only are they both very capable and knowledgeable, but also personable and kind. Thank you thank you!

Clara M.

I have been struggling with scoliosis my whole life. It got to a point where I needed to get help. I was so satisfied with my results going to Activcore. Krystal gave me exercises to do each week, and she also explained the reason behind every movement. She was very knowledgeable. I finally feel relief in my back!

Luca W.

Dr. Krystal Sterling is the best! Ask for her when you have aches pains that you can’t get rid of. She has a fantastic bedside manner and is an expert at pinpointing the source of pain. I am back to exercising every day without pain, thanks again doc!

Nicholas L.

Dr. Crystal has been very helpful explaining what is causing the pain in my neck and shoulder and working to improve functionality in those areas. She is very patient.

Roberta M.

Love this place! I highly recommend seeing Krystal for physical therapy. She’s very thorough and super kind. I’ve never tried Redcord therapy before but she made me feel very comfortable. I can’t wait for my next session.

Melody L.

Dr. Krystal Sterling is a joy to work with. She’s very thorough in explaining and implementing the techniques and treatment in which to help with the therapy and goal of overall health. I’ve definitely made gains since beginning our treatment.

Derek S.

Crystal was great! She was kind and helpful.

Martin A.

I just want Krystal to know that I appreciate her knowledge and skills. This has been a bit of a long road but I am crediting my recent improvement to Krystal’s experience and expertise. I am feeling pleased at the progress we have made.

Paul K.

My therapist Krystal was awesome in taking care of me.

Bertha S.

Krystal was amazing! I enjoyed being there despite the hard work!

Bekkah S.

Krystal was patient in working to understand my issue and teaching me how to make it better. Thank you!

Barbara F.

Krystal was very helpful and knowledgeable, made me very comfortable and I’d recommend her highly.

Caryn N.

Everybody is great, however I had the chance to work Dr. Sterling and she did an awesome job!

Christopher B.

I enjoyed Krystal she’s is very knowledgeable and friendly.

James T.

My experience here is one that I will be forever grateful for. I worked with Krystal and she helped me greatly. I injured my shoulder about 9 years ago and after finally deciding to go to the doctor for it that sent me here. I was told that if physical therapy didn’t work I would have to have surgery. However, over the course of 16 weeks I was able to rebuild a majority of my shoulder and am no longer looking at having surgery. Everyone that works here is super friendly including the scheduling staff. They are all willing to help you with scheduling and any other questions you have. Although my time has ended there, they left me with more knowledge and exercises that will help me maintain and strengthen my muscles!

Allison H.

Dr. Krystal Sterling is a master at her craft. After just a few sessions I am so happy to have the relief I have been looking for!

Nicholas

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