Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a serious athlete, sports injuries are a fact of life. A painful shoulder, elbow or wrist can sometimes be treated at home. But for those more serious/nagging injuries it’s best to have them looked at right away. The sooner you take action the easier it is to help you heal.

Common Sports Injuries

Whether it’s an immediate, dramatic break or damage that accumulates over time, sports can do some serious damage. The workout-related problems I frequently treat include:

Repetitive stress conditions. Arthritis and tendonitis often stem from sports moves like swinging a racket or throwing a ball. Joints and muscles can become inflamed in vulnerable areas, including shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands.

Torn tendons and ligaments. Those dramatic jumps, twists and stretches can result in equally dramatic “snapped” tissues, especially in the shoulders, wrist and hands. Surgery followed by therapy is often the prescription..

Fractures and breaks. When you have a bone injury during a game or workout, a trip to the emergency room usually results in a cast to promote healing. But as your bone is recovering, the muscles around it are weakening. Occupational Therapy helps to strengthen the affected area following a fracture.

Sports Rehab Therapy

Some sports injuries require surgery or other medical procedures as the first line of defense. In fact, postoperative therapy is key for transitioning back to normalcy. Similarly, when your injury requires a cast or some form of bracing, therapy will help you rebound from the diminished strength and range of movement that happens while the limb is out of commission.

Sports Injury Prevention

Athletes know that the best way to avoid injury or re-injury is to build up strength and flexibility. Working out at the gym is great, but a therapist will guide you through specific sports rehab moves that help you avoid future injuries based on your sport and your specific build.