Sports rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary approach to treating injuries so the athlete can regain normal pain-free mobility. The primary goal is to return to pre-injury activities, whether the athlete is a professional, amateur or casual player.
Sports rehabilitation begins with a pain management treatment program given by your physical therapist. Some modalities utilized for pain relief include: ice or heat application, ultrasound and electrical stimulation. Ultrasound is an effective tool to increase circulation to the affected or injured area which assists in speeding up the healing process. It also reduces the swelling that causes pain. Electrical stimulation, commonly known as TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, utilizes electric waves that penetrate into the muscle and aid in the relief of pain.
Sports rehabilitation begins with the treatment of the acute injury following the athlete through every step of recovery from pain relief, to optimizing muscle length, to returning to pre-injury performance, to injury prevention. Sports rehabilitation is a comprehensive rehab program that focuses on every facet of pain-free, effective, sports-specific motion.
The most common injuries treated by the sports rehabilitation team are sprains and strains. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments caused by over stretching or tearing. A strain, on the other hand, is an injury or tear to the muscle itself. Other conditions that can be treated through a sports rehabilitation program are fractures, arthritis issues, joint replacements and generalized pain issues.
A big component of sports rehabilitation involves a stretching and exercise routine. Stretching assists the muscles shortened by injury or pain to regain its normal length to optimize pain-free motion. Exercise routines encompass things such as strength, endurance, flexibility and balance to improve performance. The final progression of the exercise routine is the utilization of functional exercises to help return the athlete to their former performance level. Functional exercises are often sport-specific.
Karen Barlow Lisk, PT, Physical Therapist at the Atlantic Club Manasquan says, “Exercise and sports participation are so important to maintaining good overall health. Just take a moment to make sure you are ready to engage in an activity before jumping in.”
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We provide many treatments, including, but not limited to:
• Tight and pulled hamstrings
• Pulled groin muscles
• Achilles tendon injuries
• Shin splints
• Heel spurs
• Tennis elbow
• Chronic lower back pain
• Sprains and strains
• Joint replacements
• Effects of fractures and dislocation
• Numbness and sensation changes
• Gait dysfunctions
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