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Sustaining a sports injury can be an absolutely agonizing experience, especially for those who LOVE the sport they participate in.
Our physical therapy team is here to assist you in returning to the game feeling better, healthier, and pain-free while having a decreased risk of re-injury!
The phrase “sports injury” is wide-ranging, in the sense that it can refer to any type of accident involved with participating in an athletic activity. Most people’s minds jump to something severe, such as an ACL injury or a sports player colliding with another player, when considering a sports injury.
While both examples may be true, anything that brings you discomfort while exercising might be considered a sports injury.
So, if you ever strain your back while trekking on a favorite trail, twist your ankle running a 5K, sprained your ankle playing soccer or disc golf, or severely injured your arm by swinging a bat, we are here for you.
It’s critical to seek assistance as soon as possible because one of the most vital aspects of recuperating from a sports injury is treating it right away.
The length of your recovery and treatment plan will be determined by the degree of your injury, your health history, and whether or not the damage requires surgical intervention.
Treatment for a sports injury can take a while, so it’s important to let our team help you every step of the way!
We are ready and willing to provide exceptional treatment for your specific condition. Our physical therapists are professionally trained in the art of rehabilitation, with specializations in multiple fields related to sports injuries.
Whether you are experiencing an acute injury or chronic pain, our team of experts can customize a treatment plan that allows for the quickest recovery possible!
According to a study by the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, the risks and rates of sports injuries continue to rise.
In general, sports injuries can be classified as acute and chronic.
Acute can be considered injuries related to traumatic accidents, such as acute muscle strains. Chronic injuries can be considered ongoing issues that tend to worsen over time, like carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis.
Athletes come to our clinic with a variety of different types of acute injuries.
The most common sports injury type we treat is acute muscle strains, including hamstring strains and back pain.
In addition to muscle strains, we frequently treat ankle sprains, rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, and a variety of fractures with the use of casts or surgical intervention.
While acute injuries are usually treated very quickly, chronic injuries require a much more extensive recovery course.
Chronic injuries are brought on by overuse of the body’s tissues to the point where they can no longer properly heal themselves.
Common types of chronic sports injury include tendonitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and plantar fasciitis.
A chronic sports injury, on the other hand, maybe less painful in the near term but more debilitating over time. These sorts of injuries usually develop gradually due to overuse and eventually cause a person’s ability to participate safely and efficiently in sports to be disrupted.
The most typical types of sports injuries our physical therapist professionals evaluate and treat include:
Excessive or prolonged training, especially when combined with other factors such as an overuse injury or fatigue, may be linked to an increased risk of sports-related injuries. The following are some examples of risk factors that can increase your chance of sustaining an acute and/or chronic sports injury:
There is usually a relationship between these hazard factors. For example, you may not be able to avoid a severe collision, but if you have muscular imbalances, flexibility restrictions, or have overworked your body through excessive exercise, you are more likely to get hurt in this scenario.
Physical therapy (PT) is the most effective way to treat sports injuries or pre-injury pain. From increasing flexibility and range of motion, to strengthen weak muscles, to improve your technique during training or competition, PT can be an integral part of preventing an injury before it happens.
Even if you already have an acute injury, physical therapy can help you recover and heal faster. Specific exercises can improve mobility and stability, increase muscle strength and endurance, and decrease pain by promoting circulation to promote healing without affecting other structures in the area. Physical therapists also know how to treat injuries safely so that your body can handle the motions required for your sport or activity as you recover.
Physical therapy before an injury happens—such as a knee ligament sprain—can help you avoid chronic pain and other injuries. It can also work to increase your range of motion, strengthen muscles around the area to reduce the risk of injury, and teach you how to move safely during exercise or play so that you don’t aggravate any existing pain or instability that may lead to further injury.
The RICE treatment plan (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) might be necessary for pain management, inflammation reduction, and swelling reduction in the early stages of a severe injury.
Physical therapy is frequently administered soon after to further decrease symptoms while also speeding tissue healing and allowing you to return to play with a decreased risk of re-injury working with a physical therapist can also help you avoid surgery or, if surgery is required, can help you maximize your post-operative recovery.
The goal of physical therapy treatment is to restore strength, mobility, and function for the injured area. Our team of experts work with you to determine the best course of treatment depending on your goals. This may include any combination of the following:
Identifying and correcting muscle imbalances, weaknesses, or other movement dysfunction
Your physical therapist will create a treatment strategy based on your present level of rehabilitation, your goals, and your specific pains after a thorough physical examination. We frequently utilize the following treatments:
We are committed to assisting you in recovery from sporting injuries as soon as possible. If you’re searching for a solution, please contact us now to book an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals.
If you’ve had a sports-related injury, make an appointment right now. We’ll set up a consultation for you so that you can begin your road to recovery. We are committed to assisting you in returning to your favorite activity as soon as possible!