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Sports physical therapy: Why is it a potentially effective treatment option for your sports injury?

Sports Physical Therapy

Sports are something that millions of Americans watch every weekend, but there are many who also like to be on the field themselves. There are plenty of benefits that playing sports can offer. Unfortunately, playing sports can also leave you open to a musculoskeletal injury. One study found that there are 8.6 million sports- and recreation-related injuries annually on average. 

Sports physical therapy, or sports injury PT, is a physical therapy discipline designed to specifically help people address their sports injuries. Here are several reasons why sports physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for your injury: 

  1. It can be customized to many different sports injuries.

Sports physical therapy is highly adaptable, which allows it to be effective for a wide range of sports injuries. Your physical therapist can do a physical and movement evaluation to determine what type of injury you have. They can also start forming a treatment plan for sports injuries like: 

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. 
  • Concussions. 
  • Strained muscles or tendons.
  • Fractures.
  • Repetitive strain injuries. 
  1. Sports injury PT is customized to each patient.

You might think that every person who has the same sports injury can be treated with the exact same physical therapy plan. But that’s not true. That’s why your physical therapist will customize your treatment plan to fit your injury, your symptoms and their severity, and your recovery goals. They can also help you get an idea of how long it may take to recover from issues like hamstring injuries and others. 

  1. It can bring multiple treatment techniques to bear on your injury.

Do you eat exactly the same food item every time you’re hungry? You probably don’t. Physical therapy is similar in that physical therapists may use multiple techniques to address the same injury symptom. Let’s take pain for example. 

Your clinician may use a manual therapy technique like soft tissue mobilization to treat your pain in your session. They may then ask you to do specific therapeutic exercises to ease your pain while you’re at home. In your next session, they may address your pain using an entirely different technique, such as aquatic therapy. By hitting your symptoms from multiple angles, physical therapy can help you recover from your injury faster. 

Get superior sports physical therapy from the Peak Performance team

Keen to give sports physical therapy a try for your sports injury? You’ll find our Peak Performance Sports & Physical Therapy team raring to help you. We can start by taking you through a brief but thorough free screening. Then, our physical therapists can build you a sports injury treatment plan that’s specifically calibrated to meet your unique recovery needs. 

Contact us today for more information about how we can help you address a sports injury or to schedule your initial appointment with us.