Sport-related injuries have affected the majority of professional or recreational athletes.
Though some injuries occur from simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, they also occur from poor training, insufficient warm-ups or fatigue.
Physical therapy is an important part of any recovery for athletic injuries. Physical therapy will not only speed up the recovery process, it will allow the body to heal properly from injuries that otherwise may have caused permanent pain and damage.
Physical therapy varies for each individual because no injury is exactly the same, but the therapists will be able to accurately assess the problem and recommend techniques that will most effectively allow for healing and recovery.
It is important for the injured athlete to see the same physical therapist on a regular basis because a re-evaluation process will occur before every treatment to determine the progress. The healing process occurs in phases, which require different techniques and treatments that the physical therapist will recommend.
The three phases of recovery are:
- Acute Phase: which requires the RICE (rest-ice-compression-elevation) technique, which focuses on eliminating inflammation and allowing the injury to heal.
- Subacute Phase: this is also a phase that involves controlled motion, but focuses on increasing flexibility in the injury and restoring the strength.
- Chronic phase: this is the last phase of the rehabilitation process, and is when the athlete begins to exercise as they did before the injury and allow their body to fully heal itself.
There is a stronger likelihood of avoiding sports injuries if you properly warm-up and stretch out the body before any intensive activity. Stretching is often neglected or done incorrectly, it is best to consult with a physical therapist to assess which stretches are best for your circumstance if you are unsure.
Physical therapists continually develop better techniques for rehabilitation because they are constantly learning more about how to prevent and also identify specific injuries.
Schedule an appointment to discuss your specific sports-related injury today with one of our physical therapists.