Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a serious athlete, sports injuries are a fact of life. A twisted ankle or an aching back can put you on the sidelines. Some minor injuries can usually be treated at home with R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), but for those injuries that are more severe (i.e. ACL tear, Meniscus tear, Sprained ankle, etc.) and call for medical attention, physical therapy is often a critical part of an accurate assessment and diagnosis so you can get the correct treatment and referral to help start the healing process.
Common Sports Injuries
Whether it’s an immediate, dramatic injury on the basketball court, soccer field or one that has accumulated over time, sports activities can do some serious trauma to the muscles, joints and ligaments of the body. The sports-related injuries we frequently treat include:
Repetitive Overuse. Tendinitis, bursitis or arthritis often stem from repetitive trauma over time like swinging a racket, gripping a golf club, or throwing a ball. Vulnerable areas in joints and muscles can become inflamed, including your neck, shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees, and ankles.
Torn tendons and ligaments. Those dramatic jumps, twists, collisions and stretches can result in traumatic injuries of your muscles, tendons and ligaments, leading to micro or macro tears. Consulting an Orthopedic Surgeon and getting correct imaging (i.e. MRI, X-Ray, etc.) is the first step. This will determine if you need conservative care like physical therapy or if surgery is indicated. If surgery is needed, physical therapy is often the Post Operative prescription with a detailed rehabilitation program.
Strained Muscles. Sometimes with repetitive twisting, lifting or throwing, muscles can get strained, sore and painful. With physical therapists being the specialists in musculoskeletal anatomy, a comprehensive examination and plan of care utilizing manual (hands-on) therapy techniques, specific strengthening, movement patterns, stretching and endurance performance training to get you back in the game.
Fractures, Separations and Dislocations. When you have a bone injury during a game, practice or workout, a trip to the emergency room is indicated to get X-rays and and examination and usually results in immobilization the area (sling, brace, cast, etc.) and promote healing. As your bone or joint is recovering while immobilized in a sling or cast, the muscles around it begin to weaken and tighten.
Once your physician refers you to rehabilitation, you can start to move, stretch and strengthen the area with correct guidance of our trained and experienced physical therapists. Activity and sports specific activities are utilized to return the patient to a high level of performance along with a lot of education and a complete home exercise program to continue as a form of self-management.
Post Operative Physical Therapy
Some injuries require surgery or other medical procedures as the first line of defense. In fact, postoperative physical therapy is key for transitioning back to competitive activities.
Similarly, when your injury requires a cast or some form of bracing, our team will help you rebound from the diminished strength and range of movement that happens while the limb is out of commission.
Prevention is the Key
Athletes know that the best way to avoid injury or re-injury is to use proper alignment, build strength and endurance and maintain good flexibility. Working out at the gym is great is a great start, but you may need more personalized guidance in movement patterns and sports specific performance enhancement and our physical therapists will guide you through to avoid future injuries. We’ll also talk you through strategies you can implement when you’re back on the field, as well as work with your coaches to help with a full recovery and return to competitive level.
Get “Back in the Game” ASAP
Don’t wait to begin your sports injury recovery or prevention program. Our dedicated team is trained in the specific art of dealing with sports injuries, and we’ll have you back to fighting form in no time! Call Us Now to schedule an immediate appointment and get back in the game with the sport you love.