For those of us living active lives, whether that be through routine gym sessions, weekly team sports or running, injuries (especially minor ones) are an inevitability. However, not all sports injuries have to require weeks or even months of downtime to recover and this recovery time can be helped by our Nepean physiotherapists. Here, we explain more.
Whether you are lifting weights, running long distances or playing sports like hockey or soccer, sports injuries are liable to happen to even the most careful person. Depending on the severity of your injury, you can have reduced mobility, pain and significantly impacted performance for anywhere from days to weeks to months or even longer! But this doesn't always have to be the case.
You may have heard of sports physiotherapy as something that highly trained professional athletes rely on to help with their recovery from injuries. While it's true that high-performing professionals use this mode of physical therapy to help them return to their fitness, they aren't the only people that can benefit from physiotherapy for sports injuries.
While some very serious injuries take months to heal, even with the help of physiotherapy, sports injury physiotherapy can significantly help aid and speed your recovery from an injury as well as strengthen your muscles to help ensure that the same issues don't arise again in the future.
Sports Injury Physiotherapy
Sports injury physiotherapy is a kind of treatment offered at physiotherapy centers that, as the name suggests, focuses on treating and rehabilitating either acute or degenerative injuries that patients have sustained through the course of active activities like sports. We also ensure to take your recovery exercises and movements beyond day-to-day ones, into sport-specific ones to minimize future re-injury.
The treatments offered by our Nepean physiotherapists are designed to aid in the recovery from sports injuries, restore mobility, increase strength in the affected parts of the body and encourage good habits to reduce the chances of serious injury to the same area again in the future.
Some of the treatments we offer to rehabilitate sports injuries include:
- Active exercises to restore flexibility, strength, endurance and balance.
- Stabilization with taping or bracing.
- Manual Therapy for joint and tissue restrictions or stiffness.
- Dry Needling or Acupuncture for the management of pain and swelling.
- Ultrasound and other electrotherapy agents for the management of acute injuries through the inflammatory phase of healing.
Using the above treatments in combination with one another and tailored to your specific sports injury, our physical therapists are able to help speed your recovery and rehabilitation back to your normal levels of strength, mobility and activity. However, the most potent tool in the arsenal of our physical therapists to combat sports injuries is preventive physiotherapy treatments.
Preventing Sports Injuries With Physiotherapy
When your body is in good shape and you have an understanding of how you can tailor your exercises to injuries you may be predisposed to or early-stage degenerative injuries, you can help to ensure that if and when you do experience a sports injury, it is minor and easily rehabilitated.
As with many different kinds of healthcare, prevention is actually the best way to ensure that sports injuries like inflammation of muscles or tendons are recoverable as quickly as possible. Not only does prevention stop injuries from happening in the first place (you could even think of this as making your recovery instantaneous!), they set your body up for success in quick and easy recovery from a myriad of sports injuries.
Preventive Physiotherapy in Nepean
As part of the preventive sports injury physiotherapy offered at our Nepean physical therapy center, we will schedule pre- and post-season assessments. These appointments involved our professionals taking a comprehensive look at your muscle balances to ensure that your body is working optimally, year round!
We will speak with you about any previous injuries you might have sustained, any potential issues we have identified in your body at this moment, and concerns you have about your training. We will work with you to create a custom preventive physiotherapy treatment plan, including prescribed exercises, manual therapies and stabilization of weakened parts of your body. This treatment plan will help to reduce your risk of injury and improve your overall performance by enhancing your strength, mobility and more!
Are you looking to find ways to prevent a workout injury, or have recently suffered one?
Our team of physiotherapists is specially trained in sports medicine and can help you to recover.
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