Physical Therapy for a Sports Injury: What to Expect

Whether you’ve suffered a sports injury after a bad landing, or overstressed your body in the pursuit of peak athletic performance, physical therapy (PT) can restore your musculoskeletal health.

The team of physicians and licensed physical therapists at South Texas Spinal Clinic are your guides to physical therapy regimens that work. With our care, you can be back on the field, the track, or the court as soon as possible, stronger and more flexible than ever. Here’s what you can expect when you engage in physical therapy (PT) with our experienced team.

Physical therapy and sports injuries

Football, gymnastics, and ice hockey are the most common culprits for sports injuries, but any time you’re pushing your body, injuries are possible. After a sports injury, it’s important to heal right if you want to maintain your competitive edge. Improperly healed injuries can increase your risk of re-injury or lead to more problems later on.

Among common sports injuries are knee and ankle injuries, shin splints, sprains and strains, fractures and dislocations, and pulled or swollen muscles. Depending on the type and severity of your sports injury, your condition may be classified as macro-traumatic, having to do with a major trauma, or micro-traumatic, relating to repetitive use and stress.

Physical therapy can help with a wide variety of sports injuries from slight to severe. Through PT, you can restore the strength and integrity of your musculoskeletal system after an injury, and may not need to resort to drugs or surgeries for treatment.

The PT process

Your provider at South Texas Spinal Clinic works with you to put together an individualized treatment plan for your physical therapy as soon as possible after your injury. We use thorough examinations and diagnostic imaging to fully understand your injury before planning your PT, and take your athletic goals into account, as well.

In the acute phase of your recovery, right after your injury, rest is important for healing. When you’re ready to return to function, that’s where physical therapy comes in. Your PT plan works to relax your muscles, relieve pain and inflammation, and increase healing blood flow to the injured area. Our ultimate goal with physical therapy is to restore your performance to as good or better as it was before your injury.

Your personalized rehabilitation plan might include manual therapies like myofascial release, therapeutic massage, and spine and joint mobilization. Structured exercises play a large role in many PT plans, sometimes with the support of cutting-edge technologies and modalities like electrical stimulation or ultrasound therapy.

Expert support through your journey

Physical therapy and recovery from a sports injury are demanding, and you need strong support to complete the process with optimal results. Your provider at South Texas Spinal Clinic lets you know when to push through pain, and when to let your healing body rest. 

Once you’ve completed all of your scheduled PT sessions, you continue your therapy at home to maintain strength and range of movement.

For expert physical therapy support you can trust, get in touch with the team at South Texas Spinal Clinic today. We’ve helped many new and existing patients from around the South Texas and San Antonio area come back stronger than ever from a sports injury. Schedule your appointment by calling now, or book with the online tool.

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