Sports Related Injuries and Rehabilitation

Whether you are a weekend warrior or a serious athlete, sports injuries are a fact of life. A twisted ankle or an aching back can put you on the sidelines. Minor injuries can usually be treated at home with R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), but for those injuries that are more severe (i.e. ACL tear, Meniscus tear, sprained ankle, etc.) and call for medical attention, Physical Therapy is often a critical part of an accurate assessment and diagnosis/


Common Sports Injuries

Whether it’s an immediate and dramatic injury, or one that has accumulated over time, sports activities can do serious trauma to the muscles, joints and ligaments of the body. The sports-related injuries we frequently treat include:

Repetitive Overuse. Tendinitis, bursitis or arthritis often stem from repetitive trauma over time like swinging a racket, gripping a golf club, or throwing a ball. Vulnerable areas in joints and muscles can become inflamed, including your neck, shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees, and ankles.

Torn Tendons and Ligaments. Those dramatic jumps, twists, collisions and stretches can result in traumatic injuries of your muscles, tendons and ligaments, leading to micro or macro tears. Consulting an Orthopedic Surgeon and getting correct imaging (i.e. MRI, X-Ray, etc.) is the first step. This will determine if you need conservative care like Physical Therapy or if surgery is warranted.  If surgery is needed, Physical Therapy is often the Post Operative prescription with a detailed rehabilitation program.

Strained Muscles. Sometimes with repetitive twisting, lifting or throwing, muscles can get strained, sore and painful. With our Physical Therapists being the specialists in musculoskeletal anatomy, a comprehensive examination and plan of care utilizing manual (hands-on) therapy techniques, specific strengthening, movement patterns, stretching and endurance performance training to get you back in the game.

Fractures, Separations and Dislocations. When you have a bone injury during a game, practice or workout, a trip to the emergency room to get X-rays and an examination usually results in an immobilization of the area (sling, brace, cast, etc)..  As your bone or joint recovers in a sling or cast, the muscles around it begin to weaken and tighten.

Once your physician refers you to rehabilitation, you can start to move, stretch and strengthen the area with correct guidance from our Physical Therapists. Activity and sports specific activities are utilized to return the patient to a high level of performance along with a lot of education and a complete home exercise program to continue as a form of self-management.


Post Operative Physical Therapy

Some injuries require surgery or other medical procedures as the first line of defense. In fact, postoperative Physical Therapy is key for transitioning back to competitive activities.

Similarly, when your injury requires a cast or some form of bracing, our team will help you rebound from the diminished strength and range of movement that happens while the limb is out of commission.


Prevention is Key

Athletes know that the best way to avoid injury or re-injury is to use proper alignment, build strength and endurance and maintain good flexibility. Working out at the gym is a great start, but you may need a more personalized guidance in movement patterns and sports specific performance enhancements. Our Physical Therapists will guide you and talk you through strategies that you can implement when you’re back on the field. They will also work with your coaches to help you fully recover and return to a competitive level.


Get Back in the Game

Don’t wait to begin your sports injury recovery or prevention program. Our dedicated team is trained in the specific art of dealing with sports injuries, and we’ll have you back to fighting form in no time!

Call us today at our Greenfield or New Berlin locations to schedule an immediate appointment and get back in the game to the sport you love.