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 individual.

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. 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 and well as glenoid labrum tears. Shoulder injuries can limit mobility, power and sport performance.
  • Elbow:
    The elbow experiences the famous injuries dubbed "tennis and golfers elbow," involving a pain and irritation of the wrist and hand muscles making 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 repetitively can increase your likelihood of injury. Sprains, tendonitis and even arthritis and carpal tunnel are common wrist injuries.
  • 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 problems including cartilage and ligament injuries, dislocation and even arthritis. Your therapist can help you identify the cause fast so it does not becoming a recurring or serious 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 is back pain. It 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 involve defects to, 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. Elko Spine Physical Therapy can help you get active in a way that doesn't result in pain and helps you shed those extra pounds. We are here to help you become more active and healthy.

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