Like any type of injury rehabilitation, sports injury rehab at City Chiropractic and Wellness involves a combination of physical therapy, manual therapy (such as massage or chiropractic care), lifestyle considerations, education, and advice. This combined approach, which is known as physiotherapy, is designed to promote safe, efficient, and effective active physical recovery from sports-related injuries.
The long-term goal of an effective sports injury rehab program is to help athletes reach a level of mobility and functionality that allows them to return to their sport and continue to excel. Dr. Heller takes a whole-person approach to sports injury treatment and recovery, striving to help his patients reach their full potential as naturally and as quickly as possible, without relying on pain medications or resorting to surgery.
Some of the most common sports-related injuries include:
Physiotherapy introduces movement as soon as possible in the recovery process because early movement is key to quick and effective injury rehabilitation. That’s because inflammation that’s left to linger can inhibit muscular firing patterns, creating imbalances and instability around the injury. Movement decreases inflammation and restores range of motion, which helps retrain muscular firing patterns and, ultimately, restore muscular strength. This process, particularly when it’s used in combination with manual therapies, is crucial for full recovery and preventing future injuries.
Sports injury rehab exercises aren’t usually overly complicated or time-consuming. Instead, the key to success is performing simple, targeted exercises designed to reestablish strength and function after an injury, followed up by functional or sport-specific exercises designed to get you back on course and prevent further injury.
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