The downside of being an active sports player is the risk of injuries. If the injury is severe, it can put you off the field and set you back by a few months or even years. As a result, it may affect your conditioning and training and also prove to be detrimental to your mental health. Hence, to be able to recover effectively and regain the bodily & mental strength required to ace your game, physiotherapy can play a vital role.
Most common forms of injuries among athletes:
Tennis elbow, knee injuries, sprains, muscle strain, dislocations, strained hamstring, and shin splints are the most common injuries a sports person would face. And physiotherapy, being a safe therapeutic treatment, is the best healer in treating these injuries. It helps athletes effectively treat their injuries and achieve optimal performance.
What is sports physiotherapy?
Unlike other physiotherapists, sports physiotherapists have specific sport related knowledge, applying which they aid in treating the injuries and providing safety measures to athletes. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, sports physiotherapists can help you recover quicker and better! What’s more? More often than not, physiotherapists are also sport psychologists who can assist you by sharing their valuable knowledge – helping you boost your performance and increase your flexibility.
Other benefits of sports physiotherapy:
- Helps reduce susceptibility to future sport-related injuries
- Improves mobility restrictions with personalised exercises
- Improves overall muscle and ligament health
- Helps peak athletic performance
5 ways physiotherapy techniques can help you get back in the game faster!
Depending on your particular injury, physiotherapists may involve the following techniques in your rehabilitation:
- Range of Motion (ROM) Exercises – Physiotherapists often use range of motion (ROM) exercises to reduce stiffness of joints and muscles. Range of Motion exercises are carried on a particular part of the body which is injured. Depending upon the severity of the injury, your doctor would suggest if you should perform passive ROM exercises or active ROM exercises. When patients perform the exercise without any help from their physiotherapists, it is termed as Active ROM, and when physiotherapists perform the exercise with zero movement from patient’s side, it is termed as Passive ROM.
- Strengthening – Injuries make the muscles weak. Physiotherapists, using a combination of exercises and therapies and muscle strengthening exercises like static & dynamic activities, help improve the weakened muscles.Static exercises exert muscles at high intensity without movement of the joints, such as holding a squat position or holding a push-up position. While dynamic activities keep your muscles moving while walking, running or lifting light weights.
- Low Level Laser – An alternative to medications and surgery, low level laser therapy uses the healing power of light to reduce inflammation and muscle pain. This technique is used by the physiotherapists in case of musculoskeletal sports injuries.
- Ice pack application – Applying ice to an acute injury is the first healing step your physiotherapist might take. It plays a vital role in preventing excessive swelling in the injured area.
- Hot pack application – For a chronic injury, or an injury lasting 3 months or more, physiotherapists use hot pack to provide relief from pain and stiffness.
Please note that physiotherapists don’t solely rely on these techniques, as they follow an array of methods to combat pain in a safe and highly-effective environment!
Get relief from pain at home!
One of the major advantages of home-based physiotherapy is that the patient is not required to step out of their comfort zone and commute long distances. They can recover faster and easier within the privacy of their home, thereby saving them time and energy. Also, apart from being highly convenient, home physiotherapy is also quite an affordable option if chosen smartly.
At HealthCare at home, licensed and trained physiotherapists provide the best possible treatment with individualized plans catering to the needs of the patient. You can get more details on home physiotherapy by calling on our toll-free number 1800-102-4224.
If you want a FREE telephonic consultation from our expert team of physiotherapists, contact our Physiotherapy Helpline on 0120-6783277.