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Do You Need Physical Rehabilitation Therapy After Sports Injuries?

For active people, weekend warriors, and competitive athletes, sports injuries, at some point, are almost inevitable. These injuries can be sudden like bruising from impact, sprains, tears, fractures, and dislocations. They can also develop slowly over time from repetitive use like tennis elbow, knee pain, shin splints, and bursitis. The wide range of possible sports injuries means that symptoms vary but typical complaints include pain, stiffness, inflammation and swelling, tenderness, weakness, compromised range of motion, and loss of mobility. In all cases, symptoms will inhibit your ability to play the games and participate in the activities that you love. Some minor injuries can be easily treated at home with a reasonably short recovery period, but if your symptoms are persistent, recurring, or severe, a more targeted approach to healing and recovery may be necessary.

Is Physical Rehabilitation Therapy The Answer?

Physical rehabilitation is not one specific treatment, but rather the practice of leveraging many treatment modalities, tools, and technologies to address injury and restore function and movement for optimal health and performance. Practitioners of physical rehabilitation, physiotherapists, are experts in assessing and treating musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiothoracic conditions. 

The Benefits Of Physical Rehabilitation After Sports Injuries

Sports injuries can be classified as acute or chronic. Acute injuries happen suddenly and often result in an immediate loss of function. Chronic injuries develop from prolonged, repetitive motions that cause cumulative trauma to the body. When an injury is acute, we are likely to seek immediate care. Treatment recommendations by your primary care physician may include rehabilitation therapy. When we are experiencing pain from a chronic injury, the tendency can be to attempt to treat it ourselves with ice, heat, and rest. But untreated sports injuries can lead to long-term degenerative conditions like arthritis that can impair mobility later in life. Both acute and chronic sports injuries can benefit from physical rehabilitation therapy. The benefits of physiotherapy include:

Pain Management
Physical rehabilitation can provide immediate relief of pain with techniques such as massage therapy and cold laser therapy, making recovery easier.

Improved Movement And Mobility
Using techniques like kinesio taping and nerve flossing, your physiotherapist can facilitate movement, range of motion, and mobility.

Speed Up Recovery
Untreated injuries can take a long time to heal. Using state-of-the-art technologies that activate the body’s natural healing processes such as shockwave therapy and acuscope & myopulse treatment your physical rehabilitation specialist can help promote healing and shorten recovery times.

Improve Performance
Biomechanical analysis can allow your physiotherapist to evaluate the way your body moves to perform certain tasks and treat you to remove restrictions that are limiting your effectiveness and leading to injury.

Prevent Future Injury
A crucial component of recovery and the prevention of further or future sports injuries is a focus on a personalized program of stretching and strengthening to improve endurance, flexibility, and resilience with exercise therapy. As part of your physical rehabilitation team, your chiropractor can restore alignment to improve your form with chiropractic care, and your nutrition counsellor can help you develop an eating strategy that will promote healing and optimize performance. 

A Team Approach To Physical Rehabilitation And Overall Wellness 

The team at Shephard Health is committed to providing a comprehensive and holistic treatment strategy to facilitate fast and lasting healing and recovery after sports injury. Our wellness providers value a collaborative approach so that we can tailor treatment to meet each client's needs and goals for recovery. We leverage a variety of treatment modalities and technologies to provide our clients with effective and cutting-edge solutions for physical rehabilitation after sports injuries.

To explore your options for affordable, effective, and safe ways to activate your body’s own healing powers and facilitate quick recovery after a sports injury book your complimentary consultation with Dr. Shephard and the team at Shephard Health now.

Dr. Shephard is one of Calgary’s Top 3 Rated Chiropractors. He and the team at Shephard Health use a variety of treatment modalities to relieve pain, restore movement and mobility, and achieve overall health and wellness at our NW Calgary clinic in Kensington. The Shephard Health team has over 20 years of experience in services ranging from Chiropractic Care and Spinal Decompression Therapy to Active Release Technique (ART®) and the treatment of a wide range of sports injuries. We offer a no-obligation, complimentary consultation to assure you that we are the right team to help you achieve your goals for complete wellness and pain-free living. Call us at 1-403-543-7499 or fill out the form to book your appointment.

FAQ

Q: What should I expect at my first appointment?
A: All initial appointments begin with an assessment of your condition. This involves a review of your medical history as well as a neuromusculoskeletal physical examination. By discussing with you your medical history (along with the examination), we can verify your symptoms and better evaluate your condition to develop an effective treatment plan. Depending on the results of your assessment and your goals for recovery, we can often begin treatment right away.

Q: What do you hope to learn during my assessment?
A: The goals of the assessment are to:

  • Find the source of your pain/complaint and determine the structures that are contributory
  • Produce a working diagnosis which will guide your plan of care
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan based on the findings of the assessment and tailor it to your individual goals and expectations

Q: Is rehabilitation therapy covered by insurance?
A: Physical rehabilitation after sports injury is covered, at least in part, by many private health insurance providers. We recommend contacting your insurance company for specific details on your policy. Our team is happy to help you with insurance forms or answer any questions you have regarding covered services.

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