However, winter is also a time when a lot of sports related injuries are on the rise, along with regular winter aches and pains. The cold in the air aggravates the pain and discomfort, and many people complain of added issues. It is here that physiotherapy can come to your rescue.
3 Common Sports Injuries You Can Treat With Physiotherapy
- The physiotherapist will first check the area where the fracture has taken place. For the initial stage, your physiotherapist will ask you to keep movement restricted in the area and not do any form of exercise whatsoever.
- Depending on the type and location of the fracture, the therapist will put it in a cast or brace, which could stay in place for about 4 to 6 weeks. Once the cast or brace is removed, your therapist will work on an exercise plan that will help to bring back strength and bulk to your muscles.
- The treatment will also help you prevent further fractures in the same area. Other physiotherapy options could also include massage, as well as heat and electrotherapy.
2. Knee Injury, Or Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACL)
- As the name suggests, this is a type of injury that happens in the knee area, as a result of direct impact with a hard surface. It is mostly common in sports such as football, tennis, gymnastics, touch, netball, and such.
- Physiotherapy is one of the best ways to avoid any reconstructive surgery. Your therapist will carry out a detailed rehabilitation plan, which will help in overall strengthening of the leg as well as help you get back your balance.
- For the first part of the treatment, your therapist will help you ease and minimize pain as well as inflammation. Once the pain is under control, the therapist will help to improve the range of motion in your joints as well as strengthen your knee and hamstrings. All these techniques will help to reduce your chances of a repeat injury.
3. Shoulder Dislocation
- A dislocated shoulder is a common sports injury that happens in contact sports, but it is also more common during the winters, when there is direct contact with a hardened surface after a fall. It is most common in football, tennis and cricket.
- For the first few weeks, your therapist will place your shoulder in a sling to avoid any exertion to the muscles and joints. Also, your therapist will use ice therapy to reduce the inflammation and pain. Various techniques such as ice therapy, electrotherapy and soft tissue massage can offer you relief from the pain.
- Once your shoulder is back in place and the initial healing period is over, the therapist will plan an exercise routine that will make your rehabilitation process work faster. Gradually, your therapist will start working on easing muscle tension, improving muscle length as well as improving tissue mobility. All these treatment methods will help to prevent any further injury at the same spot.
You can book an appointment with our physiotherapist today to know more about various rehabilitation therapy treatments.