If you regularly participate in sports, there’s a high chance that you’re going to have one injury or another at some point. This injury might not even be that serious, but no matter what kind it is, you’re going to need some help and healing to get back in shape.
Some of the more common sports injuries, such as strained backs or pulled hamstrings, can get better quicker with the intervention of physiotherapy — also known as physical therapy.
Here are five common sports injuries that respond well to physical therapy and that the professionals at South Orange Rehabilitation and Wellness can help you with.
#1: Ankle Sprain
Ankle sprains are one of the top most common injuries that an athlete can get because they can easily happen in almost every activity you can think of. Even kids playing on the playground can accidentally sprain their ankles.
A sprained ankle happens when you overstretch or slightly tear the ligaments in your ankle. It can feel like your ankle turned too far and might not hurt badly immediately, but later on, the pain can be very intense.
The first step is to see a professional so you get the proper diagnosis. Depending on your injury, the may recommend active stretching. Stretching helps your ligaments loosen and gives you more range of movement. From there, you keep stretching and do exercises with bands or weights to get your ankle back to being a strong, supportive joint.
#2: Groin Pull
A groin strain can happen not just from sports but also from overworking yourself. The common symptoms are discomfort in the upper inner areas of your thighs, usually resulting in limited movement.
Depending on the degree of your groin pull, it can take weeks or months to heal, so it’s important that you get it looked at so you can help yourself heal as soon as possible. Working with a physical therapist can help you identify what type of strain you have, and they can give you some light stretches and exercises to help rebuild strength and flexibility.
#3: Lower Back Pain
Back pain is the bane of many people’s existence, especially those who play sports. You can strain your back doing just about anything, but the chances of hurting your back increase greatly when playing a contact sport.
Physical therapy can be very helpful in figuring out why your back hurts as long as it’s not a break in the bone. Some patients may need help strengthening their back muscles to lend more support, while others may need to learn to stretch all areas of their back for better mobility.
#4: Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is usually caused by repeated stress and strain on the foot and consistent wearing of improper footwear. The common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include aches, pains, and general discomfort in the foot and heel area.
Because your foot is so important in daily activities, working with a physical therapist can help you identify what actions put the most stress on your foot. They can also help you find the right kind of shoe to wear as well as advise you on different stretches to keep your foot muscles relaxed. Strengthening your lower leg muscles can also help give your feet more support.
#5: ACL Tear
Your ACL is the ligament that runs down the middle of your knee and allows your knee to move freely. It is often torn due to hyperextension or twisting of the knee.
Recovering from an ACL tear requires a lot of hard work and dedication. You’ll need stretching exercises, but most importantly, you’ll need exercises to help strengthen the various muscles and ligaments found in and around the knee so you can get back to walking — and then to playing your sport again.
We Are Here to Help
The skilled professionals at South Orange Rehabilitation and Wellness are excited to provide you with expert physiotherapy services that can help you with any sports injury you may have. Our dedicated staff creates personalized approaches to help identify the fastest recovery route for you.
If you’ve experienced a sports injury and are ready to schedule an appointment with our physical therapy professionals, reach out today on our website to book an appointment or ask any health-related question you may have. We’re here to help.