Athletes have a reputation for pushing their bodies to the absolute limits of strength, flexibility, and mobility. Musculoskeletal injuries are commonly associated with sports participation. Fortunately, physical therapy (PT) can help both amateur and professional athletes to recover from their injuries and get back to participating in their sport as quickly as possible. PT can also minimize their risk of future injuries, helping them to keep enjoying their sport for years to come.
Physical therapy refers to specialized management and treatment of injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system – the network of bones, muscles, and soft tissues that give our body form, strength, and movement. Physical therapy helps to ensure that the musculoskeletal system is functioning optimally, especially when there is an injury. Physical therapy is referred to as physiotherapy in some parts of the world and it is used to provide specialized rehabilitation with or without surgery. For the most part, it is the most conservative form of pain relief, without the need for using medication or surgery.
Physical therapy can be used to treat a wide range of common sporting injuries, including:
An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures or tears in the knee
Rotator cuff injuries
Pulled muscles (Hamstring/Groin)
Frozen shoulder syndrome
Other chronic pain/fatigue issues such as headaches, nerve pain, and arthritic pain
Physical therapy for sports injury rehabilitation aims to:
Restore full function to your body as quickly as possible
Strengthen weakened muscles groups and stretching them to improve your range of movement
Relieve muscle spasms or stiffness
Break down scar tissue and promote healing
Reduce any pain and inflammation caused by your injury
Maintain your cardiovascular fitness while you are recovering from your injury
Improve your flexibility and coordination
Enable you to recover more quickly so that you can get back to participating in the sport that you enjoy
Provide you with advice on the correct footwear and equipment to use during your sport
Advise you on warm-up/cool-down exercises and the correct techniques for certain movements to prevent future injuries.
For many athletes, pain relief is one of the most important benefits of physical therapy for a sports injury. PT is beneficial for those who want to avoid taking prescription medications that can have addictive properties. It helps athletes get back to work in the quickest amount of time, without adverse side effects. Fortunately, physical therapy helps to promote blood flow, reduce inflammation and trigger the release of natural pain-relieving endorphins which helps to get the pain under control in a natural manner.
If you would like to find out more about physical therapy for sports injury rehabilitation, or to schedule an appointment for an evaluation with our physical therapy team, please contact Apex Wellness and Rehabilitation today.