Sports Rehab Physical Therapy

Sports physical therapy differs from every day injuries as athletes regularly have high demand on their bodies. For professional athletes, it is especially important that they have as little downtime as possible when injured.

Sports therapists have a strong background in orthopedics (therapy involving the musculoskeletal system) and work with athletes of all levels as well as the average active citizen.

Even if you’re a weekend warrior, you can benefit from physical therapy to avoid injury and recover should an accident occur.

Common Sports Injuries

Sports can be a fun pastime, or a high-demand career. While we love to play sports, they can also be dangerous. The same goes for exercise in general—it’s good for you, but all you have to do is move the wrong way and you’re looking at a twisted ankle or worse. Think about joints and areas of your body that work the hardest to keep you moving—that is where you’ll likely experience a sports injury.

  • Shoulder:
    Tears in the rotator cuff are a common shoulder complaint. A stiff joint limiting mobility is called a “frozen” shoulder and is equally problematic.
  • Elbow:
    The elbow experiences the famous injury dubbed “tennis elbow,” involving a pain in the joint that makes it difficult to grip properly. The elbow can also experience fractures and nerve damage. It is important to receive treatment immediately, as elbows are a prime candidate for injury reoccurrence.
  • Wrist:
    Sports using the wrist such as basketball make you susceptible to injury. Sprains, tendonitis and even arthritis and carpal tunnel can occur. It is best to receive regular treatment to catch these before they happen.
  • Hip:
    Your hips can become inflamed and experience muscle strains. This generally happens from overuse since the hip is a part of our core.
  • Knee:
    Knee pain is a common complaint in the sports industry. No matter what you’re doing, you’re using your knees. They are susceptible to many injuries including cartilage and ligament, dislocation and even arthritis. Catch the cause fast so it does not becoming a recurring issue.
  • Ankle:
    Who hasn’t sprained their ankle? Whether you’re running and jumping for a sport, exercise or just to get to the bus, ankles can twist in a second and affect your movement for the rest of the day.
  • Back:
    The most common complaint in the physical therapy world in general, back pain is a large portion of what sports physical therapists treat. Overuse, insufficient stretching and other trauma can not only cause pain, but long-term conditions such as spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis. These are conditions that result in the defect or slippage of the vertebra.
    Back injuries are seen often in sports that hyperextend the spine, such as gymnastics.

We’re all Active

Everyone is active in some way throughout their day. You don’t have to be a pro athlete or even a sports fan to benefit from sports rehab physical therapy.

Even the most sedentary of lifestyles can incur injury. For example, if you work a desk job and have trouble finding the time for exercise, you can experience weight gain and back pain. Through physical therapy, Corona Hills Physical Therapy & Wellness can help you get active in a way that doesn’t result in pain and helps you shed those extra pounds. You’ll have even more energy to put into that promotion earning!

So give us a call we want to see you today!

Car Accident Physical Therapy: What to Expect

Even if you’ve never had the misfortune to experience a car accident, you have heard the term “whiplash”.

This is the most common injury in a motor vehicle accident caused by a severe jerk to the head. In a car accident, your body can move in unnatural and unexpected ways which affect your muscles and nerves. Along with whiplash, strains, sprains and fractures are also common and curable results of auto accidents.

Many clients who are in accidents will not feel severe pain or stiffness until 7-10 days after the accident takes place—but this doesn’t mean that problems don’t exist. If you are in an accident, seek Physical Therapyimmediately even if your injuries are not immediately apparent.

Whiplash

Any time you’ve seen an image or a video of a car accident, you see the driver and passengers being jolted forward—their necks snapping forward and/or backward in a violent motion. This force causes damage to the muscles and ligaments in the neck.

While you might feel the results of whiplash immediately, it is common to only notice it a few days after the accident. Symptoms include:

  • Stiffness and pain in the neck
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness and blurred vision
  • Lower back or shoulder pain
  • Possible numbness in the arm or hand
  • Concentration issues and sleeplessness

A more visible sign of whiplash or general nerve damage is bruising. If you suffer from any one of these issues following a car accident, you should get to a clinic immediately. These injuries can get much worse, and disrupt your day-to-day life, right down to how well you sleep at night.

The Successful Treatment of Whiplash

After your first appointment at Corona Hills Physical Therapy & Wellness, where your therapist makes a diagnosis of what precisely you are suffering from, your treatment will begin with a very basic heat and ice treatment. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and/or muscle relaxants may be prescribed, but medication is never our first answer.

Exercise will be necessary, but you should begin slowly due to the initial pain you will inevitably experience doing so. Movements should be gentle and focused on recovering mobility and range of motion. Strength will be rebuilt through daily repetition of the techniques assigned for you to practice at home.

The key to recovery is patience and repetition. Depending on the severity of your injuries, and the length of time between the accident and your first physical therapy appointment, the process could be lengthier than you would like.

Resting the neck too much after an accident where you experienced whiplash allows the muscles to become weak and stiff, making it more difficult to regain flexibility. Upon completion of your diagnosis, should you have whiplash, it will be graded on a scale to determine the amount of work required.

To increase your chances of a swift recovery, allow your therapist to educate you on the healing process, follow your at-home recovery guide and stay optimistic. Your energy and willingness to get back on track is what will get you through to the other side.

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