Using Physical Therapy as a Sports Injury Treatment

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One of the main appeals about sports is the ability to challenge yourself physically in a competitive manner. However, when you’ve been injured, it can be difficult or impossible to compete. When this happens, you need to see a physical therapist for treatment so you can get back on the field as quickly as possible.

Sports injuries can occur due to a traumatic injury from an impact or stress from repeated use. At Whatcom Physical Therapy, our physical therapists have years of training and experience in rehabilitating sports injuries. We’ve been serving athletes in the northwestern Washington area since 1997.

Does physical therapy help you recover faster?

When you’ve been injured, it’s always a good idea to visit your primary care provider for a diagnosis and treatment recommendation. However, many physicians recommend patients visit a physical therapist for sports injury treatment. Plus, you can visit a physical therapist any time you want, you don’t need to wait for a physician’s permission.

The reason why athletes of all levels choose physical therapy for sports injury treatment is because physical therapists are experts in rehabilitating the human musculoskeletal system, which constitutes the muscles and joints and bones that athletes use.

Common injuries that physical therapists help athletes recover from include:

  • Torn ligaments
  • Strained muscles
  • Sprained ankles
  • Concussions
  • Shin splints
  • Tennis elbow and more

What does a typical physical therapy session for athletes look like?

Each physical therapy treatment is unique to the individual depending on the nature of the injury and other factors like overall health, age and medical history. In other words, two athletes with the same injury may receive different personalized treatments due to who they are as individuals.

No matter who you are, though, the general goal of physical therapy is to assist in the recovery of strength and flexibility to muscles and ligaments in the injured area. A typical sports injury treatment may include the following:

  • Stretching
  • Exercising
  • Massaging
  • Cold and hot treatment
  • Manual therapy
  • SCENAR
  • BEMER and more

Are you an athlete suffering from a sports-related injury who’s ready to get back to the action? Talk with a physical therapist at Whatcom Physical Therapy about your treatment options. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.