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The Importance of Physical Therapy for Sports Injury Treatment and Recovery

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Written by Nancy

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the cases of sports injuries are on the rise. It states that almost 30 million children and young adults took part in sports and this heightened the risk for sports injuries.  

While sports fever and athletic passion may not be the only reasons to cause these casualties, lack of safety precautions certainly is the main one. Even though a major 62% of sports injuries occur on the playing field during an organized sport, chances of risk shoot up when athletes practice at home without safety precautions.

Common Sports Injuries

The National Institutes of Health have reported some of the most common forms of sports injuries. These include sprains, strains, knee injuries, fractures, dislocations, and shin splints.

It’s not only important to address such injuries at your earliest for your wellbeing but also to protect your career from collapsing. Sports injuries have halted the careers of many athletes in the past as they became debilitating chronic conditions that offered no way to resume sports.


Causes of Sports Injuries

Even though some injuries are completely due to fate, others can be avoided if proper caution is taken. Injuries such as inflammation in the upper arm, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, or Tommy John injury for pitchers are often a result of the unsafe play.

Players need to have very precise biomechanics to avoid overburdening one anatomical structure with excessive load. For instance, pitchers often emphasize too much on their elbows and neglect the use of their legs.

Injuries may also occur because of a particular phase of the athlete’s motion which exposes part of the anatomical structure to external forces.

Sports Injuries and Treatment

Physical therapy is a tried and tested method of treating sports injuries. But in order to treat individual cases, it’s extremely important for the practitioners to fully understand the problem. There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for all sports injuries, even of the same kind.

Recovery is dependent on the time and severity of the injury. The healing process includes an acute phase, followed by a sub-acute phase and finally a chronic phase. Each phase requires a different treatment and the practitioner must be trained to identify each phase. For instance, the R.I.C.E principle may work in the acute phase but not in a chronic phase.

If you’re suffering from a sports injury, come to us.

Our experts at our physical therapy clinic in Bethesda, MD are trained at tackling cases of soft tissue injury and joint pains. Call us for more details.

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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