SPORTS INJURY PHYSIOTHERAPY DOWNTOWN EDMONTON
Do you want to get back to doing the sport you love? We can use physical therapy to help you achieve this!
Most people who engage in sporting activities have a knack for pouring their heart and mind into what they do. Not until an injury happens.
Then they are tossed aside just like that!
If this is you right now, worry no more because physical therapy can get you out of your injury days to better days in sport.
To this effect, Instep Physical Therapy in Edmonton has professional physiotherapists that would lead you through an entire rehabilitation process and create a treatment plan that would help you get back on your feet in no time. Contact us now if you stay in Edmonton or its surroundings to book an appointment.
What exactly is a sports injury?
Sports injuries are injuries that tend to happen during sporting activities or exercises. They are easily triggered by lack of conditioning, overtraining, improper form of sporting technique, and failing to warm up for sports activities.
Sports injuries can sometimes range from mild to severe conditions, depending on what caused the injury.
What causes sports injuries?
A lot of factors cause sports injuries. The most common factors include an unsafe exercising environment, structural abnormalities, and weakness in ligaments, muscles, and tendons.
Other causes of sports injuries include:
- The difference in skeletal structure
Not everyone has the same bone architecture. This means that we have weak points in the arrangements of our bones and muscles, thereby leaving us susceptible to injuries. These skeletal differences include uneven leg length, flat feet, bowleg, cavus foot, lumbar lordosis, patella Alta.
This means doing too much work out simultaneously with no rest in between. Normally, it takes 48 hours for a muscle to recover from a previous workout.
However, if you continue to work out with so much intensity, overlooking whatever pain you might encounter during the process, then you are likely to sustain an injury. Symptoms patients are like to experience include excessive fatigue, inability to concentrate, and trouble sleeping.
This involves repetitive strain on a certain group of joints, muscles, and even soft tissues. These muscles tend to deteriorate over time and cause injury. Injuries caused by overuse are patellar tendonitis, golfers knee, throwers shoulder. When a patient is experiencing these early symptoms include gradual pain and swelling.
- Improper warm-up
A warmup is one of the most important things to do in any type of sports activity. This is because it is necessary to increase the circulation of blood to the muscle.
You are put at risk when you fail to do a proper warm-up as your muscles and joints are not prepared for exercise. A 15 to 20 minutes warmup is recommended for any sportsman.
This is so hard to avoid, especially in contact sports like football.
This is a head-on collision ( a hard contact with another person or object with so much force). This can cause twisting, which can damage connective tissues or joint dislocation. Injuries common to impact are bruises, fractures, muscle pain, head injuries, e.t.c.
To reduce impact, athletes should ensure they wear protective headgears and pads.
- Poor technique
Exercises and sports constantly performed in a poor way could be an invitation for injury.
The symptoms caused by poor technique would eventually Increase and become worse. To prevent situations like this, you should try to hire a professional coach or trainer who would show you the right way to do things.
Our professional physiotherapist at Instep Physical Therapy downtown Edmonton can help you fix the problem of a poor technique by teaching you the proper way to carry out this technique.
What are the common sports injury?
While engaging in a sporting activity, you might encounter different injuries ranging from mild to severe. Below is a list of common injuries to expect in sport.
Strain is one of the most common sports injuries that could be gotten from almost all sport-related activities. This is because we make use of many tendons and muscles whenever we play or exercise.
These body parts tend to stretch farther than they should thereby, leaving them damaged, which in turn causes pain. Muscle strains include strain quads and hamstrings.
Most strain is mild and can heal naturally. It can be prevented by stretching and doing warmups before any intense activity.
Sprains affect the ligaments. Since the ligaments are the tissues connecting two bones, they tend to pull or tear when turned in the wrong way. The various types of sprain include the hip, elbow, knee, and wrist sprain. The most common one is the knee sprain.
Unfortunately, sprains take a longer time to heal than strains.
Impact mostly leads to fracture of the arm and leg. Fractures can be very painful as they take weeks of rehabilitation to heal. However, it may require surgery most times. The occurrence of fracture can be prevented by wearing protective pads and a helmet.
This mostly occurs when there is an impact on the head. The sudden impact may cause damage to the tissues holding the skull in place.
Concussion could be mild or severe. Always seek the help of a specialist when there is an impact on the head.
Our approach in treating sports injuries.
There are a lot of ways in which sports injuries can be treated. When you arrive for your first appointment, we will conduct a board assessment to identify what condition you are suffering from. You will be asked for some information relating to your health.
After your physiotherapist has identified your problem, a personalized treatment plan will be designed to address your problem. This treatment plan will include therapeutic programs to help achieve your goals. This includes;
- Price therapy
Injuries such as sprains and strains can be treated at home using the price therapy for a maximum of three days.
PRICE is an abbreviation for protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
The injured body part should be protected from further injury by using support.
Avoid doing strenuous activities like exercises. Also, if you find it hard to put weight on your knee or ankle, you should try using crutches or walking sticks.
For 15-20 minutes every day, apply an ice pack to the injured area. Ensure to do this every two to three hours per day. Make sure that the ice doesn’t have direct contact with your skin to prevent ice burn.
Make use of an elastic compression bandage to cover the affected area during the day. This is to limit swelling.
Keep the affected body part high above the level of your heart.
Immobilization helps reduce movement. This is to prevent further damage, pain, and muscle swelling to the affected part.
- Exercises and massage therapy
Physiotherapy involves the use of exercise and massage therapy to improve movement and strength around the surrounding muscle without using surgery or drugs.
At Instep Physical Therapy at Edmonton, we provide the best physiotherapy sessions to our patients. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our physiotherapists. They will examine your condition before developing a treatment plan that will be adopted to address your problem and help you achieve your goal in no time.
When do you need to visit a physiotherapist following your sports injury?
Most sports injuries are minor and can heal with little effort. Unfortunately, most injuries fail to heal and might require you to visit a doctor.
Such injuries might show the following characteristic:
- Bruises or bleeding in the injured part.
- Deformity such as leg bending in the wrong direction.
- Massive swelling that takes time to reduce
- Extreme pain that interferes with movement.
Self techniques you can adopt to prevent reoccurrence of sports injuries
Certain precaution measures can be carried out to ensure that sports injuries are prevented. These precautions include:
- Be in the right physical condition to play a sport
When you engage in any sporting activity, you should ensure that you adequately train for the short. You shouldn’t expect the sport to keep you in shape. You can prevent sports injuries by following a regular exercise routine to condition your body for the sport.
- Use appropriate protective headgears.
Rest should never be underrated because it plays a very important role in keeping you in shape for your next strenuous activity.
As a sportsman, you should get used to using protective pads, helmets, hand gloves. This will go a long way in helping you prevent sports injuries.
- Ensure you rest regularly.
All this said, you need a physiotherapist to guide you through your sports processes, as this will go a long way in helping your sports career.
- Make sure you warm up before playing
Warm muscles barely sustain injuries. This means that warmup is very crucial to prevent sports injuries.
Always make sure you warm up for about 20 minutes for any sports activity. This will help to prepare your body for physical activities.
Are you looking for a physiotherapist?
Instep Physical Therapy gives you the best physiotherapy regimen to make make your sporting career worth it. If you recently sustained a sports injury, we urge you to contact us to book an appointment immediately. Whether you live in Edmonton or surrounding communities, we can help you eradicate your pain as well as ensure you get to live a pain-free life and return back to the sport you love as soon as possible.