How Physical Therapy Can Help Shorten Your Sports Recovery Period
As an athlete, experiencing a sports-related injury can feel like the end of the world. You’re worried about when you can get back to the game and if your performance will be at the same level. This is where physical therapy can be of some help.
Physical therapy plays a significant role in helping athletes recover from an injury while shortening the sports recovery period. As a result, many athletes find that they return to their sport stronger and better understand their bodies.
Here are three ways that physical therapy can help shorten your sports recovery period.
Provides Pain Relief
Immediately after an injury occurs, one of the main goals of an athlete is to reduce pain. Experiencing pain and discomfort after an injury likely impacts their ability to move freely and limits muscle function. Physical therapy techniques such as taping, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound can help to reduce pain and shorten the sports recovery time.
Athletes are constantly moving, so experiencing a decrease in their mobility can be frustrating. If you’re finding it hard to walk or stand, physical therapy can help you regain your mobility. Strength exercises coupled with stretching assist in teaching the body to move again. In addition, your physical therapist may fit you with a cane or crutches to help promote movement and mobility over time.
Avoid Unnecessary Surgery
For some athletes, surgery means that their sports recovery period has just gotten more time tacked on. While physical therapy may prevent surgery, this isn’t always the case. If you must have surgery performed to recover from an injury, pre-surgery physical therapy can help to shorten your sports recovery time. You’ll also notice that your recovery period won’t be as tricky because you strengthened your body before the surgery. Similarly, post-surgery physical therapy will be crucial to recovery.
AllCure Can Help with Sports Recovery
If you’ve recently suffered a sports injury, AllCure is here to help with the sports recovery process. We understand how important it is for an athlete to get back on the field as soon as possible. We can work together to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs to help you start playing the sport you love once again. If you want to know more, submit an online contact form to schedule a free consultation.