Sports Injury Rehabilitation
We will explain briefly what usually happens in case of common sports injuries.
Torn ligaments and tendons
One of the most common injuries due to sports is torn muscles and ligaments. Sports physiotherapy is used to treat torn ligaments and tendons and various exercises and stretches are prescribed in order to do so.
- What is done: At times surgery is needed to repair the tear, followed by several months of physical therapy to recondition the damaged tissue.
Tendinitis is a common condition that involves inflammation of the soft tissue around muscles and bones, most often in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, or ankle. The simplest way to treat tendonitis is to first identify the aggravating factor and stop doing it. After that, use ice to reduce the swelling, if any, and be persistent about it. Persistence is the key to driving away these issues that are keeping you from getting back into that workout routine.
Fractures are the breaking of bones due to accidents. From skiing to walking, people have been injured and people have been put into casts. During this time the fracture is immobilized, the muscles weaken.
- What is done: Physical therapy helps return the muscle tissue to a healthy state following an injury. Slowly and steadily, the person is asked to perform various exercises which will gradually help him in getting used to daily activities as he was before.
Dislocations occur due to an external force which pushes the ends of your bones out of the joints. A contact sport is usually to blame for dislocations.
- What is done: At times when a shoulder is dislocated, the decision whether to surgically reduce the shoulder may depend on associated injuries, fractures and damage to the shoulder joint.
Due to repetitive motion, a number of athletes have to deal with arthritis. Similar to other injuries, arthritis can be treated with physical therapy. Occupational therapy can teach you how to reduce strain on your joints during daily activities. Occupational therapists can show you how to modify your home and workplace environments to reduce motions that may aggravate arthritis.
Contact professional physical therapists who can help you hasten the pace of the healing process of your injuries.