Whether you’re a professional athlete, you like to kick a ball around with your mates on the weekends, or you just like to exercise and you may have overdone it, sports physiotherapy is specialized to deal with injuries and issues that are related to sports.
Predominantly associated with athletes who put a lot of demand on their bodies, sports injuries are often the result of too much stress on the muscles, joints, tendons or bones. When you push yourself to excel, you’re pushing your entire body and often this can have detrimental results.
There are two main types of sports related injury – acute, chronic / overuse. Both of these can affect men and women, and they can be created in all levels of sports (professional or amateur).
Acute injury is something that is sudden and generally the result of a trauma, such as running into someone on the field, falling from a mountain bike, or similar. It might cause a bone in your leg or arm to crack, or it could lead muscles or ligaments to tear.
Chronic / overuse injury develop slowly and generally last a long time. These types of injuries are generally mild in comparison with acute injuries and are a result of repetitive stress to particular part of the body, for example things like bone or ligament damage and “shin splints”.
If you suffer from acute or chronic injury, it is important that you get the right physio to help, both in terms of therapy and therapist. Sports physios are generally trained as such, and specialize in the prevention, evaluation and management of sports related injury. You’ll find that your sports physio becomes one of your closest confidants as you move through the healing process, with them by your side every grueling step of the way.
One of the best things about sports physios is that they are also available to help you PREVENT any injury when you first start a new sport. They are trained to analyze your fitness, your abilities and your goals in order to help you become the best you can be at your chosen sport or fitness arena. They have great knowledge of sports and exercise so they can provide you with quality advice on the particular hazards you might face, the environments or the equipment used. That way they can work out a plan for you in preparation for competing so your risk of injury is limited.
If you have injured yourself, there are a few steps your physio might take to ensure you are getting the right physical therapy treatment. Firstly, they will evaluate your injury, assessing and diagnosing any neuromuscular injuries and evaluating your capacity for post-injury treatment.
Treatment of any issues is based on your strength, flexibility and endurance. The goal is to get you back to your sport as soon as possible, through both allowing the injury to heal and controlling any inflammation that occurs from the outset. A trained physio will provide you with a long-term rehabilitation program if required, along with any psychological counseling needed. Your sports physical therapist will also discuss your situations with other health professionals if need be (such as your doctor) to ensure you are fully protected from any further injury.
Sports physical therapists do far more than just help you recover once you have an injury. If you’re planning on a change of sports, you’re preparing for a big sporting event such as a triathlon and you’re not sure what your capabilities are, or you have a medical issue that you believe could impact you in the long term (such as heart disease) and want advice to be sure you are physically and mentally prepared for your sport of choice – find a sports physio you can trust. A good physio will have up-to-date knowledge on the industry and all governing bodies to ensure you are not only getting quality information, but also information that is legally correct.
Basically the sooner you get to a physio for prevention, diagnosis and treatment, the better; so contact us to find out more about our highly trained sports physical therapists in Jersey City and get sporting!