Sports injuries are one of the few downsides of being physically active, but you should be able to resume participation with the right treatment. If you're affected by a sports injury, Cleopatra Espinosa, MS, DPT, Soujaniya Konada, DPT, and the skilled team at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, in Purchase, New York, can assist. They are experts in helping athletes recover from injuries and reconstructive surgeries and regain peak performance. To benefit from the team's skill, call their office, or book an appointment online today.
Sports injuries happen when you participate in sports or during training and exercise. They cause damage to the bones, muscles, connective tissues, and cartilage that make up your musculoskeletal system.
Many sports injuries are acute, meaning they occur suddenly, like a sprained ankle or dislocated shoulder. However, you can also develop sports injuries from overuse or repetitive strain, where inflammation from numerous tiny injuries builds up over time.
Sports injuries most likely to affect athletes include:
Calf, thigh, hamstring, back, and triceps muscles are especially prone to strains and tears.
Many athletes strain the Achilles tendon that attaches the heel bone to your calf muscle. Rotator cuff tears in the shoulder typically damage both tendons and muscles.
Ligaments attach bones to other bones. Common sports injuries involving ligaments include ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), and MCL (medial collateral ligament) sprains in the knee.
Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons that often develops over time. Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) are common examples of tendonitis.
The meniscus in your knee and the labrum in your shoulder are the cartilages most likely to tear.
Fractures and dislocations can also affect athletes and typically require urgent medical care.
Physical therapy is vital to recovery from sports injuries. Your physical therapist at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation prepares a treatment plan for you that aims to return you to your sport with minimal or no performance loss.
If you've had to undergo surgery for an injury like a fracture, rotator cuff repair, or ligament reconstruction, your physical therapist can help you recover and return to fitness more quickly.
Treatments you may undergo as part of your rehabilitation program include:
Your therapist at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation also tailors your treatment to ensure you regain your balance, coordination, strength, and skill.
Incurring a sports injury is frustrating, but with expert care from the specialist team at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation you can look forward to a successful return to the sports field. Call the office to schedule a consultation or book online today.