Sports Injuries


Common Sports Injuries

With all the complex, high-energy motions required in sorts, we see many patients with pain resulting from sports injuries. If you have an injury from a sport or related activity, please contact us to set up your pain evaluation. Some of the most common include:

 

Tears - Tendon and ligament tears (such as an ACL tear) are injuries that are common among soccer players, football players, basketball players, skiers, gymnasts, and other athletes.  Surgery is sometimes required depending on how severe the tear, but we will always work with your surgeon to decide if you require surgery or can manage your recovery without surgery. If you choose to not have surgery, we will work with you to restore your muscle strength, endurance, and coordination so that you can return to your regular activities.

 

Strained Muscles - When muscles are strained or torn, muscle fibers and other cells are disrupted and bleeding occurs, which causes bruising. Within a few hours of the injury, swelling can occur, causing the injured area to expand and feel tight and stiff. We will evaluate your pain and the situation that caused it, diagnose your injury, and help design a treatment plan to bring you back to full health.

 

Fractures and Dislocations - These severe types of injuries usually require immediate attention. However, it is very important to make sure the injuries heal and you return to your full range of motion. Our physical therapy team can design a plan that helps you return to your full potential, whether it be from broken bones or dislocations.

 

Concussions - These are brain injuries that occur when the brain is shaken inside the skull, causing changes in the brain’s chemistry and energy supply. A concussion might happen as a result of a
direct blow to the head or an indirect force, such as whiplash. You might or might not lose consciousness. If you think you might have a concussion, seek medical care immediately. Avoid any additional trauma to your head—don’t engage in any activity that carries a risk of head injury. Limit activities of all kinds, including school and work. 

Because no concussions are the same, we will perform an examination to assess your individual symptoms and limitations, and then design an individualized treatment program. If you have dizziness or difficulty with your balance following a concussion, vestibular physical therapy may help. We can provide specific exercises and training to reduce or stop dizziness and improve balance and stability. Your examination will include checking you for neck problems. Neck injuries can cause headaches and contribute to some forms of dizziness. We also can assess your back for possible injuries to your spine.