From Setback to Comeback: Comprehensive Insights and Solutions for Sports Injuries
A sports injury can be painful and frustrating, limiting your ability to perform everyday activities or participate in your favorite sports. At Megan Mullin Physical Therapy, we offer individualized care and customized sports injury physical therapy plans to help you recover and get back to your active lifestyle.
Common Sports Injuries
Sports injuries can occur due to a variety of reasons. Sometimes, they are an unavoidable risk of the sport. High-impact and contact sports often involve collisions with other players or objects, which can cause injury.
Other times, sports injuries have preventable causes. These causes include improper training or warm-up routines, overuse of a particular body part or muscle group, poor equipment or playing surfaces, and inadequate protective gear. Some types of physical therapy can help prevent a sports injury rather than just treat it after it happens. For example, athletes may benefit from running gait analysis to improve their performance and lower their risk of injury.
Other factors that may contribute to sports injuries include pre-existing medical conditions, such as arthritis or previous injuries, inadequate rest and recovery time between training or games, and lack of proper nutrition and hydration.
Sports injury physical therapy can help athletes if they experience any pain or discomfort during or after sports activities. We specialize in treating a wide range of sports injuries, including:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- ACL and MCL injuries and other sprains
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Runner’s knee
Sports Injury Physical Therapy: What to Expect
Physical therapy is a non-invasive treatment method that focuses on helping patients recover from sports injuries. Our physical therapists use a combination of exercises, manual therapy, and other modalities to help patients regain strength, flexibility, and range of motion after an injury. In some cases, cupping therapy and holistic treatments like acupuncture may be beneficial to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.
The first step of your treatment will be a detailed evaluation with one of our expert physical therapists at our clinics in San Luis Obispo, CA, or Woodstock, NY. They will perform a detailed assessment to create a personalized treatment plan. In addition to therapy services during your sessions, they may prescribe exercises and therapies you can perform at home. For example, you may need to use ice or heat to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Benefits of Physical Therapy for Sports Injury
Physical therapy is an effective treatment method that offers several benefits for patients recovering from sports injuries. Benefits may include:
- Reduced pain and inflammation
- Improved mobility and range of motion
- Increased strength and endurance
- Faster recovery times
- Reduced risk of re-injury
Proper recovery from sports injuries gets you back on your feet sooner and lowers the risk of long-term damage and future injuries. Our physical therapists can help you get back to the field, court, or track free of pain and in your best shape yet!
Take the Next Step
Interested in PT for sports injuries? At Megan Mullin Physical Therapy, our mission is to help you optimize your health and fitness for strong, pain-free living. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment with a physical therapist in Woodstock, NY, or San Luis Obispo, CA. We also offer virtual appointments for some PT services.