Treating Sports - the Most Common Type of Physiotherapy
Treating and preventing sports injuries is one of the most common types of physiotherapy. At ReGen Physio & Wellness we attend to lots of active people that want to be able to continue their favourite sport.
Sports injuries are very common, among both pro athletes and the hobby players. If you regularly exercise, or plan to regularly exercise, it is a good idea to consult one of our PTs about correct posture, warm-ups and other ways to prevent sports injuries.
Why See a Physiotherapist for Sports Injuries
If you are an active person that likes sports or other workouts, it is a good idea to go see a physiotherapist. Even if you do not have any complaints yet, we can help you keep it that way.
Most sports involve repetitive motions that can place stress and tension on certain muscles and joints. If this is not addressed on time, you may get a sports injury.
Physiotherapy Prevents Sports Injuries
Physiotherapy and massage therapy is great in preventing sports injuries. A PT can inform you on the best warm up exercises to prevent injury and what to do after working out to help your muscles heal faster.
Regular physical therapy improves your flexibility, mobility and muscle strength. All these factors enhance your sports performance but also reduces the risk of injury.
A proper warm up prevents muscle tears and tendinitis, the two most common sports injuries. One of our sports therapist can show you which warm ups are important for your specific sport.
Seeing a physiotherapist after your sports event can help prevent delayed onset muscle soreness and reduce the pain when it does occur. They might give you sports massage or deep tissue massage to relax the muscles and improve blood flow.
Our physiotherapists can also check whether you are holding the proper posture during your sport. The repetitive motion in sports places tension on different muscles and joints – with the proper posture you can minimise this tension.
Physiotherapy to Treat Sports Injuries
Physiotherapy plays an important role in treating sports injuries. A complete treatment plan can involve many different elements.
Examples of Physiotherapy Treatments for Sports Injuries
Cold therapy: reduces inflammation by using ice packs and ice massage.
Heat therapy: increases blood flow to speed up healing and relax muscles.
Sports massage: relaxes muscles, reduces delayed onset muscle soreness and fastens healing so that you can get back to top performance.
Athletic and kinesiotaping: sports tape can provide extra support to joints which helps aggravating old sports injuries.
Shockwave therapy: quickens the recovery process and provides pain relief by applying small electric currents to trigger points.
Joint mobilisation: increases range of motion which eases rehabilitation.
Muscle reconditioning: improves the communication between muscles and the nervous system to get back to pre-injury performance.
Common Sports Injuries Physiotherapy Treats
There are many different kinds of sports injuries, depending on the type of sport that you do. The physiotherapists at Studio One Physiotherapy are familiar with them and can create a personalised treatment plan to get you back to doing the sport you love.
Examples of common sports injuries
Tennis elbow and golfers elbow: inflamed tendons in the forearm. Symptoms include reduced range of motion and pain in the wrist.
Shoulder injury: caused by repetitive motions, especially movements bringing the arm above the head. Symptoms may include reduced range of motion, swelling or inflammation.
Knee injury: also known as patellofemoral syndrome, is when the kneecap gets swollen and painful. This impacts balance but can be resolved with strength training and improving flexibility.
Back pain: this is the most common kind of injury and is not only caused by sports activities. Also known as sciatica, this may need more long term PT for proper healing.
Pulled groin: this is common with sports with a lot of leg movements. This can be resolved with improving flexibility.
Hamstring strain: another very common sports injury easily prevented by proper strength training and warm ups. You can treat a hamstring strain with rest and certain massage therapy.