Sports Medicine Physical Therapy
Because athletes maintain a level of physical activity above most people, they also have special therapy needs! Sports medicine is a broad term that involves any component of treating a sports injury, encompassing evaluation, treatment, surgery, and physical therapy. Any medical professional that treats athletes is involved with sports medicine.
Injury vs. Soreness with Athletics
Physical activity always involves two components: learning new movement patterns and performing repetitive activities. Either of these elements involves naturally-occurring soreness. Injuries are a step above soreness, involving soreness or pain that doesn’t go away or improve.
The most important difference between soreness and an injury is you cannot work through an injury – your body requires you to stop and evaluate. Soreness that is not properly addressed may turn into an injury.
How Can Sports Medicine Help?
This specific kind of physical therapy treats athletes individually, analyzing gait, muscle movement, and injuries (previous or current) to develop a specialized plan for recovery or strengthening. New Heights Physical Therapy provides total care, looking at the entire body–from how you use muscle groups to why you use those groups. We help with recovery and physical improvement on a large scale. We don’t just treat the injury: we look for underlying causes, potential future problems, and solutions for athletes to move forward.
Common Sports Injuries:
- Ankle sprain
- Knee injuries:
- ACL tear
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- Elbow injuries:
- Tennis elbow
- Golf elbow
- Hamstring strain
- Shin splints
- Groin strain
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How We Treat – Sports Medicine
While injuries can occur at any time, due to accident or overuse, the therapists at New Heights Physical Therapy will work with you to determine why an injury occurred, or why it may continue to occur. By studying your muscle movements and leading you through exercises, we can determine the harmful patterns that are creating muscle strain or tears. We can then introduce new patterns and ways of moving to help your body function more effectively.
If you have a current injury, it’s important to evaluate the root of the issue, so we can move forward together. We’ll also work with you on strengthening exercises, to avoid future injuries!
Sports Medicine Physical Therapy and Recovery
Whether you’ve recently injured yourself, or you’re looking to improve your body’s function and movement patterns, the physical therapists at New Heights are here for you! We know how important it is for your body to move and feel the best that it can, and we would love to help you recover, build strength, and improve performance! If you’re looking for sports medicine physical therapy, give us a call to schedule an appointment!
Sports Medicine in Portland OR and Vancouver WA
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