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Physiotherapy For Snowboard Injuries

Physiotherapy For Snowboard Injuries

Snowboarding injuries are more common among novice boarders than professionals. Some reasons are improper balance, conditioning and not wearing proper gear. Snowboarding injuries may run the gamut from contusions, concussions, fractures to spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries.

There are a number of factors that can predispose the snow enthusiast to injury and the most common include:

  • The amount of time spent snowboarding without rest
  • Snowboarding above ability level
  • Improper or faulty equipment
  • Dehydration/fatigue
  • Snowboarding off trail or in closed areas
  • Failure to observe posted warning signs of the mount responsibility conduct code

Fortunately, most injuries are minor and can be treated with rest, bracing and anti-inflammatory measures; however, some of the fractures and ligament injuries may require the skill of a surgeon and recovery periods of 3-6 months or more.

The following are methods of physiotherapy you should incorporate, in case you suffer from the following types of snowboarding related injuries.

A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the brain is shaken inside the skull, causing changes in the brain’s chemistry and energy supply. It might happen as a result of a direct blow to the head or an indirect force, such as whiplash. You might or might not lose consciousness.

Physical therapists can evaluate and treat many problems related to concussion. Because no two concussions are the same, the physical therapist’s examination is essential to assess your individual symptoms and limitations. He then designs a treatment program that helps stop dizziness and improve your balance, along with reduce your headaches.

Ankle and foot fractures.
After 6 weeks of immobilization, the ankle can be fully loaded. There is no standardized rehabilitation program after cast removal. Each program is individually designed, as per usual.
Physiotherapists are often involved in the rehabilitation, which starts quickly (1 week) after the period of immobilization. Most people experience pain, swelling, stiffness, muscle atrophy and decreased muscle torque, impaired ankle mobility, impaired balance capacity and increased ankle circumference at the ankle after cast removal.

Passive joint mobilization is commonly used to work on the problems of pain and joint stiffness, in order to allow an earlier return to activities. For this technique, the physiotherapist manually glides the articular surfaces of a joint to produce oscillatory movements. It has been proven that manual therapy, such as joint mobilization, produces analgesic effects. It also increases elasticity of joint structures through interactions at the local, central nervous system and psychological levels.

Sprained Ankle
sprained ankle occurs when your ankle ligaments are overstretched. Ankle sprains vary in their severity, from mild “twisted ankle” or “rolled ankle” sprain through to severe complete ligament ruptures, avulsion fractures or broken bones.

Physiotherapy for sprains involve

  • Injury Protection, Pain Relief & Control Inflammation
  • Regain Full Range of Motion
  • Strengthen your Ankle and Calf Muscles
  • Restore Joint Proprioception & Balance
  • Restore Normal Function
  • Speed & Agility
  • Sport-Specific Skills
  • Graduated Training
  • Return to Competition

If you land up with a snowboarding injuring that is not willing to heal, get in touch with a physiotherapist and solve it.