Treatment of Injured Athletes — Sports Injury Physical Therapy
Unfortunately, injuries do occur to the most well-conditioned, professional athletes. Applying the correct sports injury rehabilitation and conditioning therapy depends on the mechanism and severity of the injury and is essential to promoting healthy, therapeutic healing.
Each patient/athlete seeking sports medicine services will have a customized program established to maximize the potential for precise healing and maintaining consistent sports performance levels. People heal at different rates and require different treatments in order to return to their prior levels of functioning.
Sports injury physical therapy options include:
- Modalities: Ice, heat, ultrasound, iontophoresis and electric stimulation to relieve pain and inflammation.
- Manual therapy: Hands-on work by the physical therapist to address muscle and/or myofascial tightness, trigger points, muscle spasms, decreased range of motion in the joints, lack of motion in the vertebrae of the spine, swelling, and/or reduced flexibility to improve overall mobility while decreasing pain.
- Corrective Exercise: Prescribed by the clinician to decrease edema and increase range of motion, flexibility, strength and endurance to prepare athletes for returning to rigorous physical activity.