Sports injuries are injuries that most commonly occur during sports and exercises. These injuries may result from accidents, poor training practices, and use of improper protective gear, lack of conditioning, and insufficient warm up and stretching. Sports injuries may be either acute (sprains, fractures, tears) or chronic (tendonitis, overuse injury) injuries. Sometimes a sports injury will require surgery to fix the damage that was done. Following surgery or injury you will need sports rehabilitation to return to your sport safely. Sports Rehabilitation will help prevent you from having further injuries as well.
Sport rehabilitation will consist of non-operative treatment or post-operative treatment
- Non-operative treatment – This is treatment for sprains, strains, muscle imbalances, postural correction, and proper stabilizationof joints.
- Your movement patterns will be examined by the therapist and they will determine a proper treatment plan to return to previous level at the sport of your choice
- You will also receive modalities as indicated to decrease pain and swelling
- As your pain decreases and injuries heals you will work back into conditioning and sports specific movements to make sure that you are at full strength when returning to the field or court
- Operative treatment - This will be treatment for tears and fractures
- Your will follow the protocol and timeline that is associate with your surgical procedure. This will be discussed at length at the time of your initial PT eval. This will help keep everyone on the same page throughout the healing process.
- Acute stage will include decreased swelling, improving mobility, letting the surgical site heal, and pain control
- Early healing stage will be working on strengthening, completing daily task without limitations, retraining muscle and movement patterns
- Mid healing stage will include continued strengthening, early return to sport activities, endurance training
- End healing stage will include higher level strengthening, sport specific movements, conditioning, training and planning for return to sport
Each sport is different, and every patient’s needs are different. Your therapist in conjunction with your surgeon will help develop an individualized treatment plan just for you to return to your sport better then you left it.