Suffering from a sports-related injury can be incredibly frustrating. Depending on the specific nature of the injury, not only are you dealing with pain, limited mobility and other symptoms, but you also have to manage the frustration of missing out on your favorite sport or activity.
This can be especially dangerous because for many athletes there can be a temptation to work through the pain or rush through the recovery and rehabilitation process. All too often, this mentality can lead to a worsening of the injury or even the development of new ones.
For the best chance of long-term health and injury prevention, it is highly recommended to partner with a professional sports therapy expert, such as a physical therapist. At Armor Physical Therapy in Plainwell, Michigan, our clinical team has years of experience helping athletes of all backgrounds and ability levels regain their functionality and get back to the active lifestyle they love. Take a moment to learn more about how we treat sports injuries and feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions.
Sports therapy basics
To some extent, our bodies are designed to heal themselves from most injuries, but the demands of high-impact sports can lead to patients needing help from an expert. Many sports-related injuries occur on heavy load-bearing joints, such as the shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. Spine conditions can also be prevalent in athletes as well.
The risk you run by trying to self-diagnose and treat a sports injury yourself is that a strained muscle or sprained ligament in the shoulder or knee has the potential to develop into a tear if you continue to play on it. A professional sports therapist can help by:
- Performing a full evaluation of your injury and movements
- Recommending improvements to your posture and body mechanics
- Providing instruction and guidance on stretching, strengthening and stability exercises to help the body heal and prevent reinjury
- Educating on proper warmup and cooldown for your sport and how to apply an ice pack or heating pad
Every athlete and injury is different, which is why it’s critical to seek the guidance of an expert who can provide personalized care for your unique situation.
Armor Physical Therapy in Plainwell can help you get back in the game
Armor Physical Therapy has therapists with a broad range of backgrounds and many who are athletes themselves. What they all have in common is a dedication to providing care that helps people reach their therapeutic goals and get back to the people and activities they love.
Contact a member of our friendly team today to make your initial appointment.