related to sporting events and competitions are very common. These
can include injuries to the hands, arms, elbows, shoulders, back,
hips, knees, and ankles. Virtually, any joint can be stressed during
athletic competition, and even individual sport such as running or
swimming have their fair share of stress injuries.
the not too distant past, it was very common for injuries related to
sports to be treated very lightly by athletes, coaches, and program
directors. Today, however, more emphasis is placed on not just the
short term recovery, but on the long term health and well-being of
the use of physical
therapy in Hershey
after sports related injuries, athletes of any level –from weekend
warriors to professionals– can help injuries to heal, strengthen,
and become more resistant to repeated injuries in the future.
therapists are able to provide immediate feedback to athletes about
their level of recovery. Often, this is important, as most athletes
at any level would rather compete than not compete given the option.
one-on-one support provided through a physical therapist not only
addresses the physical issues of the sports injury recovery, but it
also helps to educate the individual. Through understanding the
importance of allowing the body to heal and strengthen, the athlete
is less likely to return to the activity before healing is complete.
He or she may also be able to develop more effective movements to
limit the likelihood of repeated similar injuries.
the one-on-one education and support the physical therapist provides,
there are additional benefits to this type of program during sports
Reduced recovery time through selected strengthening and range of
Decreased risk or spasms, pain, and muscle stiffness during the
Decreased risk of muscle atrophy, which can occur when muscles are
not exercised on a regular basis.
Increased circulation to the injured part of the body. This will
provide additional blood flow and lymphatic drainage to stimulate and
speed up healing.
Strengthening of all the muscles in the joint or affected area, which
may have contributed to the injury.
using physical therapy as part of the recovery process after a sports
injury, all the benefits of the treatment can be maximized. Athletes
completing the full therapy regime are less likely to have a
re-injury and are more likely to learn better movement to prevent
injuries in the future.
a full range of physical therapy for all sports injuries, Hershey
Orthopedic & Spine Rehabilitation provides top recovery treatment
plans. To see more, go to www.hersheyrehab.com.