Sports Injury Therapy Near Me helps heal skeletal, muscle, and ligament injuries. It can even prevent these injuries from occurring in the first place.
Whether lifting heavy weights at the gym, running in ill-fitting shoes, or rolling your ankle on the soccer field, anyone can develop a sports injury. It is important to find the right sports physical therapist to treat your condition.
Sprains & Strains
Sprains and strains are common injuries that can stop you in your tracks whether working out at the gym or performing daily tasks. Though they seem similar, sprains and strains are actually different types of soft tissue injuries. Sprains are injuries to ligaments (the strong fibrous bands that connect bones to each other), while strains are injury to muscles or tendons.
Sprain injuries are classified as a grade I (mild) or a grade II (moderate) or a grade III (severe). Mild sprains usually involve stretching and some tearing of the ligament, while severe sprains often result in complete tearing of the ligament.
Both sprains and strains may be treated at home by following the RICE protocol — rest, ice, compression and elevation. For more serious injuries, your doctor or physiotherapist may recommend crutches or a splint for support and/or surgery to repair the damaged ligament or tendon. A course of physical therapy and rehabilitation exercise will also help speed up your recovery.
Arthritis & Tendonitis
Tendonitis is an injury to a tendon (a thick cord that attaches muscle to bone). Symptoms include pain when you move the affected area. Your physical therapist may prescribe stretching and strengthening exercises, including eccentric loading (contraction of a muscle while it’s lengthening), to reduce inflammation and improve strength. If the condition is chronic or doesn’t respond to treatment, corticosteroid injections can decrease pain and inflammation. If the condition is severe, surgery (such as percutaneous tenotomy or open tendon repair) may be needed.
Arthritis is an inflammation of a joint. It can occur in any joint, but tendinitis occurs most often around shoulders, wrists, knees and heels. The symptoms of arthritis and tendinitis are similar, so your doctor may need to do a few tests to determine which condition is causing your pain. These might include a joint aspiration to get a sample of fluid in the joint, an X-ray to check for calcium deposits, and ultrasound or an MRI scan to see swelling of the tendon sheath.
If you have a bone injury, your doctor will likely send you to physical therapy after your surgery. Whether it is a fracture or a break, physical therapy helps you rebound from the loss of strength and range of motion while the bone heals.
Your physical therapist will recommend a specific treatment plan for your injury based on the results of your initial evaluation. This may include manual therapy, stretches to improve balance and mobility, and strengthening exercises to strengthen the affected area and surrounding muscles.
Our physical therapists are movement experts and can help you reach your recovery goals. They have extensive training in spine and sport physical therapy, taking the whole body into consideration when creating a treatment plan. This ensures that your injuries are fully addressed so you can return to your normal lifestyle and athletic pursuits. Regardless of whether you are an amateur or professional athlete, we can get you back in the game quickly and confidently.
Spine & Sport Physical Therapy
Spine & Sport Physical Therapy is a physical therapist owned outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation clinic designed to allow for quality interaction between the patient and the therapist. Founded in 2003, we specialize in orthopedics, joint replacement rehabilitation, and sports physical therapy with a commitment to provide exceptional care and service.
Deb joined the team in 2013. She graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. She has experience treating all ages of patients, from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has attended continuing education courses in the areas of evaluative and therapeutic techniques for the spine, and manual treatment, including Graston Technique.
Courtney grew up in Connecticut and competed on the women’s ice hockey and soccer teams at Norwich University. She earned her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Sports Medicine. She went on to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Northeastern University. She has been trained in LSVT BIG therapy, an evidence-based targeted treatment program for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, and is certified in the Graston Technique.