You don’t have to be a pro in order to be considered an athlete. Some athletes train to compete while others train simply to progress in a sport and become stronger. Whatever your case may be, Vineyard Complementary Medicine can help you in the unfortunate event that you sustain a sports injury. The term “sports injury” is all-encompassing, including any type of injury that occurs while performing an athletic activity. It can happen just the same by lifting heavy weights at the gym or running in ill-fitted shoes as it can by swinging a bat too aggressively or rolling your ankle on the soccer field.
One of the most important aspects to rehabilitating a sports injury is treating it as soon as possible.
There are a number of different injuries that can occur while performing athletic activity; however, the most common forms of sports injury include strain or “pulled muscle, sprain, shin splints, and knee injuries. Your knee is the most complex joint in your body and is, therefore, one of the most commonly injured body parts. Knee injuries may include dull aches from your hip to your knee, repetitive use injuries making it difficult to move the knee, or more severe injuries such as an ACL tear.
Your treatment plan will typically include manual therapy to increase your range of motion and reduce scar tissue, stretches to improve balance and mobility, and strengthening exercises to enhance the injured area, as well as its surrounding areas. These are all done to help you recover after your sports injury and to prevent further injury from occurring in the future. Our licensed professionals are highly trained movement specialists. Through physical evaluations, they can examine the moving body in order to prescribe the best treatment plan for your specific needs. Once your diagnosis has been determined, our physical therapists will create a specialized treatment plan for you, considering the nature of your injury, your fitness level, and your lifestyle.
Contact Vineyard Complementary Medicine today at our Edgartown, MA office to find out how our physical therapists can help you recover from your sports injury as quickly as possible!