What drives you to work hard? Is it the experience of victory? The longing to do better than you ever have in the past? The realization that you’ve accomplished a goal you’ve worked toward for so long?
What Are Sports Injuries?
It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional athlete, a high school ballplayer or a weekend warrior, anyone can make a goal and push themselves to work toward accomplishing it. Your goal may be to run one mile or to beat your personal record in a full marathon. Whatever your goal, you can accomplish it by finding your inner athlete and pushing your body to its max.
Sometimes, this process can lead to injury. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that only professional athletes get sports injuries. Young athletes typically learn early on that injuries can happen to anyone, and even amateur athletes and those who are just starting out with exercise and sports can develop an injury. In fact, those who are new to athletic pursuits are actually at a higher risk of developing an injury, as you have not had as much practice with the tasks and movements that are required of your body during the activity.
The best treatment for a sports injury will depend on several factors, including the severity of the injury, the type of the injury, and any other personal health concerns that may have an impact on your recovery. Working with a physical therapist soon after experiencing an injury can help you to recover faster, helping you to get back to work and play as quickly as possible.
Causes of Sports Injuries
The way that physical therapy can help you after a sports injury depends a lot on the type of sports injury. Common sports injuries helped through physical therapy include:
- Shoulder injury, including hyperextension n and dislocation
- Tennis or golf elbow
- Knee injury, including a torn ligament, strain, sprain, or hyperextension
- Sciatica injury
- Plantar Fasciitis
- ITB tightness
This list includes the most commonly addressed sports injuries, but it is far from comprehensive. Due to the heavy impact the knee experiences in many athletic pursuits, more than half of all sports injuries that are addressed in physical therapy are actually in relation to the knee. Patellofemoral syndrome injury is especially common. This occurs when regular stress causes the kneecap to move against the leg bone, the repeated movement causing damage to the kneecap tissues and resulting in no small degree of pain.
How Physical Therapy Can Help Sports Injuries
Each of these injuries can be serious, and medical attention should always be sought out to determine the severity of the injury as well as the best treatment methods available. In many cases, physical therapy can be used immediately after the initial injury, which can speed recovery and reduce prolong the pain. The specific strategies employed by physical therapy vary as widely as the type of sports injury. For example, some injuries may require targeted stretching exercises and strength building, while others may utilize electric muscle stimulation and thermotherapy in addition to other sports medicine resources. Exercise prescription is a common tool used for sports injuries, as well. With this method, the physical therapist will guide you through a series of helpful exercises that are designed to build strength and functionality and will give you a list of exercises that you can engage in at home while you are building the strength back to be able to engage in your preferred method of activity.
Never assume that you can manage a sports injury on your own. Doing so is only likely to leave you dealing with the pain and discomfort for longer than necessary. For more information about physical therapy to aid with healing from sports injuries, get the treatment at our sports injury clinic, contact us at Mesa, AZ center.
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