Elevate Your Game and Boost Recovery With Sports Injury Physical Therapy in Laurel
It doesn't matter what sport you play or what your skill level is. A sports injury can occur when you least expect it, and if left untreated it may lead to long-term consequences that affect you on and off the field. That's why our experienced team at Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy encourage athletes of all ages to seek professional help for sidelining sports injuries.
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If you're dealing with an acute or chronic sports injury, know that you're not alone.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, around 8.6 million Americans were injured in sports- and recreation-related events each year between 2011 and 2014. As we keep learning about the importance of physical activity, healthcare providers and public health experts project that the number of people sustaining sports-related injuries will continue to be significant.
Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy is a premium practice offering personalized, compassionate care for athletes of all ages and ability levels. Take a look at how our team is making a difference for local athletes and learn about a few of the most common sports injuries we diagnose and treat.
Tennis Elbow Treatment
Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, happens when the forearm muscles and tendons which attach to the outer part of the elbow become irritated and inflamed due to repetitive force. This can lead to symptoms such as pain and swelling at the elbow and a weak grip.
Golfer's elbow, also called medial epicondylitis, is a similar injury that affects tissues on the inner side of the elbow.
Did you know? Tennis elbow can happen in sports other than tennis, including racquetball, field hockey, rock climbing, and weightlifting. Tennis elbow treatment with a physical therapist may involve initial interventions to reduce pain and swelling followed by services to improve strength and range of motion of the arm.
Groin Pull and Hamstring Pull Treatment
A groin pull (also called groin strain) is a tear in the muscles that run along the inner side of your thigh. These muscles pull the leg toward your midline (adduct). A hamstring pull (also called pulled hamstring or hamstring strain) is a tear in the muscles that run along the back of your thigh. Your hamstrings help flex (bend) your knee and extend your hip (bring your leg back).
Hamstring pulls and groin pulls often occur during movements that involve sudden jumping, kicking, or changing speed and direction. You might hear or feel a "pop" sensation followed by burning or sharp pain in the muscle.... Bruising and tenderness can develop, and it might be difficult to do things like getting in and out of a car.
Groin and hamstring injury treatment with a physical therapist can help you find relief from your pain and speed up the tissue healing process.
Knee Injury Treatment
The knee is one of the most frequently injured areas of the body, especially during sports and leisure activities. Our physical therapist staff diagnoses and treats knee-related injuries including knee ligament sprains, meniscus tears, bursitis, quadriceps or patella tendon strains, and patellofemoral pain syndrome/runner's knee.
A knee injury often feels tender with certain movements or tender to touch. There may be swelling, bruising, clicking, or popping, and it can be difficult to bear weight on the affected leg. In many cases, severe knee ligament or meniscus tears require surgery.... In these cases, physical therapy treatment is essential during the post-surgical period to guide recovery and regain strength.
Did you know that having strong hip muscles is important for stabilizing your knee joint and maximizing your knee health? This is a great example of why it's so important for every patient to be treated from a holistic, "whole person" perspective. Our physical therapist staff doesn't just focus on your injured body part—we help you discover all the underlying factors that contributed to your injury, so you can heal faster and more completely.
Ankle Sprain Treatment
An ankle sprain happens when the ankle joint and surrounding ligaments are stressed in an awkward twisting motion. We see this a lot with pivoting and jumping movements, but it can also occur when you step or trip on an uneven surface.
Ankle sprains are usually "graded" depending on their severity and can require different interventions depending on whether it is mild (grade I), moderate (grade II), or a severe (grade III, which is classified as a complete tear of the affected ligament). Usually, the RICE protocol followed by specific stretches, exercises, and modalities to promote tissue healing are necessary for ankle sprain treatment. Splints or casts might also be required.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Sports Injury Treatment
In general, a sports injury happens when a tissue or muscle is exposed to a force it's not strong enough to withstand. This can happen due to a sudden accident, such as a slip, fall, or awkward movement, or it may occur due to repetitive stress over time. Factors that may increase the risk of sports injury include poor body mechanics, inadequate sleep and nutrition, over-training/inadequate recovery, inflexibility or postural imbalances, stress, ill-fitting equipment, and running surface.
Sports that are frequently associated with sports injury including basketball, racquetball, water polo, soccer, football, running, baseball and softball, and cheerleading and gymnastics. However, you should know that just about any physical activity comes with at least some risk of injury—even "low impact" sports like cycling and swimming.
The most common types of sports injuries include muscle strains, ligament sprains (especially at the ankle or knee), runner's knee, tendonitis, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow or golfer's elbow, concussion, and sciatica.
Our Laurel physical therapist team can diagnose sports injury by reviewing your medical history and performing a variety of tests and measures on a private, one-on-one physical exam. We may also refer to imaging studies and additional documents from other healthcare providers to confirm a diagnosis.
RICE stands for "rest, ice, elevation, and compression." This is an initial at-home protocol you can use in the early stages of certain acute injuries to control pain, swelling, and inflammation. It's commonly used after sports injuries such as ankle sprains.
You should see a physical therapist for sports injury treatment if pain and other symptoms haven't gone away after about two weeks, or if your symptoms are impairing your ability to perform activities of daily life. You might also consider seeing a physical therapist if your injury is recurring. In many cases, other healthcare providers, including primary care physicians and orthopedic surgeons, will refer you to a physical therapist, as well.
When you see a physical therapist for sports injury treatment, you should expect individualized care that addresses not only your symptoms but the underlying factors that led to your injury in the first place. Physical therapists use a variety of evidence-based techniques and services that are tailored to meet your specific stage of recovery (acute, subacute, or chronic) and address your unique fitness and recovery goals. Common interventions offered by a physical therapist include therapeutic exercises, aquatic therapy, manual therapy including joint mobilization and soft tissue massage, kinesio taping, dry needling, and cupping.
Working with a physical therapist can help you avoid new or recurring sports injuries. As clinical experts in human movement, physical therapists identify and address hidden areas of inflexibility, weakness, or inefficient movement patterns that may increase your risk of injury. Once you're out of the initial healing phase, your physical therapist can prescribe therapeutic exercises that help you improve your strength, endurance, balance, coordination, and overall movement quality. Physical therapists can even teach you about groundbreaking new theories in pain science, so you can avoid long-term chronic pain issues that affect you on and off the field.
Looking for Sports Injury Treatment in Laurel, MD?
Don't sacrifice your athletic career and stay stuck on the sidelines by ignoring a nagging ache or pain. If live near Laurel, MD and are dealing with a sports injury, contact our Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy today at 301-889-9882.