Dealing With Sports Injuries With Physiotherapy
Updated: Feb 25
Exercise is an important part of life in order to maintain your health. Sports provide people with a fun way to burn calories, and a chance to socialize while engaging in healthy activity. When participating in sport there is always a risk of attaining a new injury, or a flare-up of an old injury or condition. Athletes are at higher risk to injuries due to the excessive wear associated with the demands of competitive sport. An exercise program to maintain strength, flexibility and stability can help athletes recover quickly after an injury, allowing them to return to their specific activities.
However, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to suffer a sports injury, as it can happen to athletes at all levels. Sports injuries are typically seen as injuries to the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, bone, and tissues such as ligaments, tendons and cartilage. These types of injuries usually benefit from some sort of physiotherapy to aid the injury in the healing process.
Rehabilitation is recommended to assist the injured tissues in a controlled and supervised recovery process. Time is the most important thing when it comes to healing an injury; it's best to seek the guidance of an experienced physiotherapist during this time. Their job is to design a safe and effective recovery program specifically for your needs. A physiotherapist identifies the cause of the injury and will create a treatment plan to help heal and prevent future injuries.
The treatment process consists of a therapist providing manual therapy (massage, mobilization etc.), modalities (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, acupuncture etc.) and an exercise program consisting of stretching (to improve mobility) and exercises to improve strength. The goal of physiotherapy is to reduce pain and improve your bodily function as quickly as possible. Rest is also an important part of the recovery process, and a physiotherapist will help you balance rest and exercise to recover as efficiently as possible.
At Back on Track Chiropractic & Wellness clinic, our physiotherapist has extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and works closely with athletes to help assess their needs to meet the functional requirements of their particular sport. In addition to helping you heal; a physiotherapist can also plan a sport-specific injury prevention program. Prevention is the best approach possible to help you stay in the game.
Make sure to take advantage of physiotherapy to help assist in the prevention and recovery of injuries. If you are dealing with a sports injury, contact us today to book your next appointment.