Athletic and sports injuries plague weekend warriors and exercise enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.
Physical therapy for sports injuries is an important part of treatment and rehab for a variety of injuries and chronic conditions. Sprains and strains, upper and lower extremity injuries and plantar fasciitis can all benefit from physical therapy. The goal of therapeutic treatment for sports injuries is to eliminate pain, increase strength and restore normal range of motion and joint function.
Mountain View Physical Therapy, located in Midvale, Utah, provides therapeutic treatment for a wide variety of athletic and sports injuries.
Sprains & Strains
Athletes of all ages and skill levels experience sprains and strains that require treatment and rehabilitation.
These injuries typically occur suddenly, as the result of a singular incident such as a fall or a hard hit. Sprains are injuries to ligaments, whereas strains refer to injury in the muscles and tendons. Sprains are graded on the degree of severity, from 1 (mild) to 3 (serious). Strains also range from mild stretching in a muscle or tendon to a severe tear in the tissue.
Although more severe damage may require treatment from an orthopedic doctor or sports medicine specialist, rehab therapy is typically the recommended approach for treating this type of athletic injury.
Lower Extremity & Knee Injury
The lower extremities are also frequent sites of athletic injuries. The knees are especially prone; however, the hips, shins, ankles and feet are equally vulnerable.
Physical therapy for knee injuries and other lower extremity problems focuses on relieving tight muscles, improving strength and range of motion, and overcoming mechanical dysfunctions and weakness.
Common lower extremity problems include ligament tears (ACL/MCL), Achilles tendon ruptures, IT band syndrome, jumper’s knee, shin splints, hip bursitis and patellar tendinitis.
Shoulder & Elbow Injury
Sports injuries in the shoulders and elbows can sideline any athlete and prevent them from engaging in their normal day-to-day activities.
Common upper-extremity sports injuries include shoulder dislocation, tennis or golfer’s elbow, skier’s thumb, shoulder or elbow bursitis and frozen shoulder.
Physical therapy for shoulder and other upper extremity problems helps strengthen muscles and correct biomechanical dysfunction, reducing the likelihood of recurring injury.
Plantar Fasciitis & Running Injuries
Sports medicine doctors know that runners experience injuries at a higher rate than many other athletes. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common injuries. Fortunately, physical therapy is a highly effective way to get you back on your feet.
Heel and foot pain can also result from over-pronation or fallen arches. Bone spurs, bunions, hammer toes and ankle problems are also common in runners.
Physical therapy can help with rehabilitation from running injures, but even more important, it can help prevent future damage by addressing areas of muscle weakness and biomechanical problems.
Mountain View Physical Therapy serves clients in Midvale, Utah, and throughout the Salt Lake City area. Contact us today to learn more about our physical therapy for athletic and sports injuries.