What do recreational exercisers, weekend warriors and competitive athletes all have in common? They all participate in some degree of movement activity that carries a certain risk of injury; there is an estimated 8.6 million sports related injuries every single year. Sports and orthopedic injuries have caused many people to be out of work, activity and/or sports for months and, in some more serious cases, even years at a time. People commonly assume that physical therapy is reserved only for elite athletes or elderly individuals recovering from a joint replacement. However, the truth is, physical therapy is prescribed to people with orthopedic injuries of all ages and activity levels due to its proven benefits. Through movement and exercise, physical therapy can be a safe alternative to opioids and other pain medications that may only mask the pain. It has also been shown to be a more cost effective and safe alternative to invasive surgeries for conditions such as minor ligament and muscle tears, dislocations, osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions of the joints and spine.
Sports and orthopedic conditions may be due to an acute injury, a traumatic event or as a result of over using a joint or body part. Injuries can happen to people of all ages, sizes, genders and activity levels. Some of the more commonly treated conditions include:
Have you ever heard sayings such as “no pain, no gain” or “just push through the pain”? These may be attempts to motivate an individual to work harder or push past fatigue during a workout or competition, but when it comes to a potential injury, it can be a different story. If you are truly experiencing discomfort related to an injury, or even if you are unsure, don’t ignore it, schedule an appointment with a physical therapist. Here at Optimal Movement, we specialize in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with orthopedic and sports injuries. Think of your physical therapist as a movement expert who can help treat your injury, prevent future injuries, improve your athletic or recreational performance, and improve your overall quality of life by improving the way you move. To achieve the highest possible outcomes your therapist will employ any of a myriad of techniques listed below (not all inclusive):
Trigger point release, myofascial release, joint mobilization and manipulation, joint mobilization with movement, soft tissue mobilization, nerve mobilization and manual traction.
Muscle energy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, Kinesio taping, postural taping.
Instruction and exercise for functional movements and completion of daily tasks.
Strength and endurance training, stretching, active range of motion (AROM), active assisted range of motion (A-AROM), passive range of motion (PROM).
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