Introduction to Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is a treatment modality highly successful at restoring the strength and motion after an injury, surgery or complications caused by certain illnesses. Physical therapist is specially trained to work with such patients and apart from exercises he/she recommends the best suitable out of the variety of techniques as well as specialized equipment to address the problems that simply cannot be dealt with using conservative or surgical approaches.
By identifying deficiencies in the biomechanics of the body physical therapists are able to created an individual plan of rehabilitation and this way provide the patient with maximum results. Apart from being able to use the injured parts of the body with similar or the same strength patients additionally benefit in a form of pain relief. This treatment is efficient in reduction of pain by teaching patients how to use the injured parts properly and gently.
Physical Therapy for Sport Injuries
Athletes are the specific group highly susceptible to numerous injuries due to repetitive and excessive use of muscles and musculoskeletal system in general. They can benefit from physical therapy since this treatment modality can provide with quick recovery and help the injured person to return to sport. Some of the most common sports injuries include rotator cuff tendonitis, shoulder injuries, jumping/landing injuries, injuries caused by running etc.
In case of sports injuries physical therapy may include a set of exercises, hot packs, cold packs, electrical stimulation or ultrasound. The goal of the treatment is to restore all the damaged functions and to strengthen all the muscles in the affected area. Furthermore, it is also efficient in restoring the full extent of mobility that was present before the injury occurred. The program of physical therapy depends on several factors such as the type of the injury, the extent of the injury and several more. So each and every program is individual.
Athletes are usually eager to continue with practice, but before they become ready to return to their activities they must strictly follow the prescribed regime. In case the person has undergone surgery he/she will start with physical therapy once the doctor decides the body is ready to rehabilitate.
There is a variety of exercises highly efficient in regaining strength and movement and they can be simply divided into stretching exercises and strengthening exercises. The exact type of exercise varies on the injured part of the body. It is essential never to exceed recommendations since, if one is exercising vigorously and more than recommended, there is a chance of further damage to the injured area. So by consulting a well-experienced physical therapist and with suitable plan of rehabilitation an athlete can soon recover properly and get back to his/her daily sports activities.