If you have a passion for sports, then it is quite obvious that your weekends and maybe sometimes your weekdays are booked for your matches. Being a sports player is fun but at the same time, it is a demanding activity for your body and always put your body at a high risk of getting injured. If the injury is severe, then you may have to take a break and stay away from your passion. In case if it is a major injury, then you have to be on a break for a long duration. Resting for a long duration can affect your training, skills, and mental health. Physiotherapy plays a crucial role to get back the physical as well as mental strength which is required to be the star of your game.
There are many injuries that one can experience while playing and the most common among them are knee injuries, joint dislocations, sprains, muscle strain, fractures, shin splints, strained hamstrings, and many more. According to the severity, the treatment is advised by the doctor, but in most of the cases, physiotherapy plays a great in overall recovery from these common injuries. Physiotherapy also helps the athlete to improve the range of motion and performance after the injury.
Sports physiotherapy: way to prevent or heal injuries
A sports physiotherapist has in-depth knowledge about the sports in which the injured person engaged in. He implements his knowledge about sports to treat the injuries or to provide preventive measures to the athlete. Whether you are a professional sportsperson or play sports on weekends, sports physiotherapists can help you in both cases. Moreover, sports physiotherapist can help with many other things as well. Like he can help you to enhance your physical flexibility and perform better in your match.
How sports physiotherapy can help an athlete?
- Prevent sports-related injury and hence reduce the risk of getting hurt or taking a break due to any sports injury.
- Improvise movements and restrictions in mobility with the help of personalized exercises
- Condition and improve the health of the musculoskeletal system
- Boost your athletic performance.
Ways in physiotherapy can help with recovery after a sports injury
The Physiotherapy technique which is suggested to heal the injury completely depends on the severity of the injury and its type. So depending on such factors, your sports physiotherapist may suggest one of the following sports rehabilitation technique:
1. Strengthening muscles for sports rehabilitation
Due to injury, our muscles tend to become weaker. So herein, your sports physiotherapist may suggest techniques to strengthen the body and return as a stronger player in the game. For this purpose, he may suggest a personalized combination of exercises, therapies, and muscle-strengthening activities that can work on the weakened section of the body. These exercises can be static as well as dynamic. Static exercises involve activities like holding a position while squatting or performing push-ups. These activities exert muscles at an intense level without moving the joints of the body. Dynamic activities keep your joints and muscles moving and include exercises like walking, running, liftings some weights, etc.
2. Performing Range of Motion exercises to reduce stiffness
Such exercises are suggested to reduce the stiffness of the joints and muscles. These exercises target a specific part of the body that is injured and needs attention. According to the intensity of the injury, the sports physiotherapist may suggest the right combination of ROM exercises and also provide guidance on the topic- “if you should go for active ROM or passive ROM exercises”. Active ROM is a term used when the patient performs the exercises on his own without taking help from the physiotherapist. Whereas, if the physiotherapist performs the exercise without any movement from the patient’s side, then this is known as passive ROM exercise.
3. Using an Ice pack to prevent excessive swelling
This may be the foremost step that your physiotherapist may take. He may apply an ice pack on the injured area as it is helpful to reduce the swelling to some extent and prevent excessive swelling. Moreover, this can be a healing technique for acute injury.
4. Using hot pack to get relief from pain
In the case of chronic injury or if the injury hasn’t healed in the past three months, your physiotherapist may start the treatment by applying a hot pack on the injured area to reduce the stiffness and pain of the injury.
5. Laser therapy to reduce pain & inflammation
Sometimes, there may be the case that your physiotherapist may recommend low-level laser therapy that can help to provide relief in reducing muscle pain and inflammation by using the power of light. But the recommendation of this technique depends on the severity of the injury.
These are not the only techniques that are followed by a sports physiotherapist to heal the injury. But there are many more and the medical expert advises the most effective to heal the problem after a complete analysis of the severity and other related health condition.
At Impact Doctor’s Hub, an experienced team of orthopedic doctors and physiotherapists are available to help in treating sports injury and getting back to the pavilion with improved performance to become the ace of the game again. If you are looking for a reliable physiotherapist & sports injury specialist in Gurgaon, then you can book our appointment with us. We try our best to heal your injuries.