Sports medicine is typically associated with injuries sustained while participating in athletic activities. It addresses problems that affect sports performance. Sports injuries generally involve sprains and strains of ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the upper and lower extremities. Common upper extremity conditions treated by sports medicine are rotator cuff tendonitis, tears, and sprains, shoulder blade or scapular dysfunction/weakness, elbow tendonitis, tennis elbow, golfers elbow and sprains of the elbow.
Lower extremity issues include hip bursitis, ilial tibial band syndrome, ligament sprains of the knee such as MCL, ACL, PCL; patella-femoral dysfunctions, knee tendonitis, ankle sprains and achilles tendonitis.
Treatments typically focus on reducing the swelling and inflammation of muscles, protecting the muscles from further damage, and retraining the muscles to support the damaged area. We help progressively strengthen the joints and muscles so that you are able to return back to activity or athletic competition. The goal of sports medicine treatment is to restore athletic performance by improving speed, agility, balance, coordination, and explosiveness. We get you back on the field at a high level as soon as possible.
There are a variety of different types of technology available to help accelerate the healing process. The combination of technology with orthopedic manual therapy is how we get results faster than other traditional physical therapy approaches.
Although football and basketball athletes immediately come to mind and are frequently seen, many other types of athletes also benefit tremendously. Less common athletes with sports medicine concerns are: golfers, soccer players, tennis players, bikers and performing artists (music and dance). Whether it is gardening, running or golf, we can help you get to the top of your game!
At Physical Therapy Specialists we offer programs to people of all ages and fitness levels. From pre-participation screening to individualized one-on-one training or rehabilitation, we can meet the needs of any individual or group trying to improve their fitness level or athletic performance.