Anyone – from an elite athlete to a weekend warrior – can experience sports-related injury. Physical therapy can address the dysfunction and guide the athlete on the road to recovery.
Causes of Sports Injuries
A number of factors can lead to the development of sports injuries. Contact sports, in particular, carry a greater risk for injury. However, any athletic activities can lead to injury. Some of the most common causes of sports injuries include:
- Blunt Force Trauma – This often occurs as the result of being tackled or slamming hard into a surface. Blunt trauma can cause concussion, fracture, contusion, or other injury.
- Repetitive Strain Injuries – Repetitive movement or overtraining can lead to soft tissue injury or even stress fractures.
- Sprains – Ankle sprains are common in such sports as basketball and soccer. Ligaments in other parts of the body, such as the knees and elbows, can also be sprained or torn.
Physical therapists can educate athletes in injury prevention and treat sports-related conditions when they occur. Common physical therapy treatments include:
- Manual techniques, such as dry needling, fascial manipulation, joint mobilizations and manipulation
- Prescription of proper exercise program for tissue healing, return to sport and prevention of future reinjury
- Modalities, such as hot/cold therapy, laser, and electrical stimulation when appropriate
- Neuromuscular reeducation
If you have suffered from a recent sports injury or have nagging pain related to an injury that occurred some time ago, make an appointment with a qualified physical therapist. Your physical therapist can devise a treatment plan to help you feel better so that you can back in the game quicker.