Participating in sports is fun and a great way to stay healthy, but certainly is not without risks. There’s always a chance that you may incur an injury. If you’ve incurred a sports injury, turn for help from a physical therapist to get on the road to recovery. Here’s a list of some common sports injuries.
Injury to the Shoulder
Any sport that requires overhead movement like basketball, tennis, and swimming can cause a shoulder injury. The injury may be a strain, sprain or dislocation. Many sports overuse the shoulder, and it’s often overuse that causes a shoulder injury. As a matter of fact, shoulder injuries are the culprits that cause 20 percent of all sports injuries.
Tennis or Golf Elbow
Also known as epicondylitis, tennis or golf elbow is due to repetitive use of the elbow. The repeated use of the elbow causes tiny tears in the elbow’s ligaments. Pain is often felt in both the outside and inside of the elbow. It’s a common condition for those who are 30+.
A strain can occur to a tendon or muscle when an athlete over-uses or overstretches the muscle. There are three muscles that make up the hamstring. Often, there is pain and some bruising with a hamstring strain. This type of injury, and it can take a long time to heal a hamstring strain.
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the human body. Pressure on the sciatic nerve can cause extreme lower-back pain that radiates down to the toes. Back spasms often accompany pressure on the sciatic nerve.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) attaches the leg bone to the knee. A hard impact to the knee or a sudden change of direction can cause a tear or strain of the ACL. “This is seen commonly in football, soccer, and martial arts.
Physical Therapy and Sports Injuries
Physical therapy is crucial to sports injury recovery. Depending on the type of sports injury, a physical therapist will devise a treatment plan that is specific to the injury. It may include manual therapy, exercise prescription, electric muscle stimulation, and thermotherapy.
With physical therapy, you’ll be able to get back into the game. Give us a call today to learn how we can help you recover from a sports injury. Our Physical therapists at Performance Rehab treat sports injuries with the best relevant physical therapy treatments and rehab services. For more information contact us at Nashua, NH.