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Treating Sports Injuries With Physical Therapy

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If you’re one of the many people who enjoy participating in sports for entertainment and fitness, you probably know about the risk of injury that comes with sports. Athletes take precautions to avoid injuries, but sometimes they just happen. When they do, athletes should contact a physical therapist for treatment.

At Peak Performance Physical Therapy, we know that injured athletes are itching to get back on the field. Our physical therapists strive to provide quality treatment services that help athletes recover quickly to their fullest so they can continue doing what they love.

What’s more is that physical therapy is for athletes of all levels. You don’t have to be a professional to benefit from physical therapy.

How does physical therapy help treat sports injuries?

Most athletic injuries involve some form of damage to the musculoskeletal system, which includes your bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. This is the system that physical therapists specialize in treating.

Many physical therapy treatments focus on rebuilding the strength and flexibility of your muscles and ligaments so your body can support itself while it heals. This also helps restore your range of motion and reduce the severity of your pain.

Physical therapy can also help with:

  • Restoring range of motion — Physical therapy exercises and techniques can help you regain mobility that’s lost due to your injury. This will help you maintain some level of activity during recovery and will help you perform after recovery.
  • Restoring balance — your physical therapist will work with you to restore your balance that is lost due to the limitations of your injury. This will help you avoid falling during your recovery.
  • Preventing surgery — Surgery is an invasive procedure that requires a longer period for recovery. Physical therapy can help you heal without having to rely on surgery.

If you do have to have surgery, physical therapy can assist in your recovery from that.

  • Reducing pain medication — Some injuries require pain medication to help deal with pain. These often come with undesirable side-effects. Physical therapy helps you heal and manage your pain so that you don’t have to stay on pain medication.

Are you an athlete who’s been injured and is ready to recover? Would you like to speak with a physical therapist about developing a personalized treatment plan that will help you get back to doing the activities you love? Contact us today to schedule an appointment at Peak Performance Physical Therapy.