Physical therapy is a form of treatment that uses physical or mechanical as opposed to surgical and chemical methods for correcting an injury. Most sports injuries can be corrected through physical therapy alone or in combination with surgery.
There are a number of sports injuries that can benefit from physical therapy in Mandeville. One of them is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, which is a knee injury. Sports activities that put a lot of pressure on the knees, like kickboxing, running hockey, skiing, basketball and football, come with higher risks of developing a knee injury in players. ACL is very common among people who are inclined towards these sports.
• Physical Therapy Exercises For ACL
Some cases of ACL are so severe that surgery may be necessary. Just the same, physical therapy is almost always recommended, before and/or after surgery. There are three main types of therapy exercises that are recommended for the treatment of ACL, the most common of which are the heel slides.Doing the heel slides basically involves lying down, the affected knee bended and foot on the floor, then slowly pulling the foot towards the buttocks, and finally sliding the foot back out. This exercise bends and stretches the knee that may hurt, but it is effective. It is generally recommended as a preparation for surgery, but sometimes it can also heal the injury and surgery may no longer be required.
• Physical Therapy Exercises For Injuries
It is also effective for treating elbow injuries like tennis elbow. Tennis elbow can occur in sports activities that entail mainly forceful movements of the wrists and elbows, such as tennis and badminton. The physical therapy for tennis elbow generally consists of a program of exercises and ultrasound procedures that apply heat on the affected muscles to relieve pain.
Another form used for as treatment for many types of sports injuries is massage. Massage helps eradicate the tension in muscles, tendons and connective tissues. It is also used to compress or soften nodes that form in overused muscle tissues. The type of physical therapy used will usually depend on the cause of the injury, whether it is caused by trauma like colliding with a co-player in sports like football or basketball, or by sheer physical overwork, or by a wrong movement of a body part.
Physical therapy has been found very effective and often necessary for sports-related injuries. It has become part of the regular sports management programs of some sports teams and sports facilities. Without physical therapy, some sports injuries can even continue to cause pain and limit the movements of athletes and players their entire life.