Return to Your Sport Quickly with Injury Rehabilitation

Return to Your Sport Quickly with Injury Rehabilitation

Whatever age you are, or level of physical ability you may have, physiotherapy can help you in enhancing the healing process of a sports injury. With our sports injury rehabilitation programs, you will be able to get back to doing the activities you love in no time. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to get off the sideline and return to your sport, give our office a call NRG Athletes Physiotherapy to schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained physiotherapists.

3 ways sports injury rehabilitation treatments will benefit you:

1. Physiotherapy provides relief without the use of harmful drugs or invasive surgeries.

Your physiotherapist will create a treatment plan for you, based on your individual needs. Physiotherapy is a natural and holistic approach to healing, including services such as:

  • Manual therapy. This may include massage or joint mobilizations.
  • Modalities. This may include specialized treatments that your physiotherapist has been certified to perform, such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation.
  • Therapeutic exercises.

Physiotherapy has been proven to be successful in treating both acute and chronic injuries, such as ligament sprains, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendinitis, and more. Your physiotherapist will teach you about what your body is experiencing and the recovery process it will go through. You and your physiotherapist will work together to help you reach your physical goals, allowing you to be engaged and active in your rehabilitation.

2. Your treatment plan will be unique to you and your needs.

Physiotherapists understand that no two athletes are the same – so no two treatment plans should be the same, either. Everyone experiences pain and injury differently, and everyone’s body recovers in different ways. After a thorough physical evaluation, your physiotherapist will create a treatment plan based on your type of injury, stage of recovery, personal goals, and any underlying conditions.

Your treatment plan will follow detailed steps all leading to your end goal: return to sport. For example, in the beginning stages of your recovery, your treatments will be focused on pain relief, inflammation reduction, and tissue healing. Once the pain is alleviated and the swelling is no longer present, you’ll move on to the next part of your treatment plan, focusing on restoring your strength, balance, endurance, and range of motion, in addition to activating your central nervous system.

If you were referred by a doctor or surgeon, your physiotherapist will also take into account any special instructions you may have been given regarding physical activity. Your physiotherapist will work closely with anyone else involved in the medical treatment and rehabilitation of your sports injury.

3. Physiotherapy will help treat your current injury and prevent future ones from happening.

Our physiotherapists are experienced and compassionate about helping others. They have a vast depth of insight on rehabilitation treatments, including prevention of future injuries. A physiotherapist is an expert in movement, with the ability to identify factors contributing to your injury that you may not have even considered. This may include limitations on your range of motion, motor control impairment, or weakness of the core. When these factors are addressed, your risk of injury significantly decreases.

Physiotherapy offers so much more than current symptom relief – it offers sports injury prevention and natural performance enhancement. If you are an athlete suffering from a sports-related injury, don’t waste any more time on the sidelines. Take your recovery to the next level with NRG Athletes Physiotherapy. Confirm your appointment today and get started on the right track toward returning to the sport you love!

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What is Pre-hab and How Can it Help Me Recover Faster?

It’s no secret that having physiotherapy after an injury or surgery helps you recover faster. But what if there was a way to prevent an injury in the first place? Or what if there was a way to speed recovery from surgery long before you went under the knife? Pre-hab or preventative rehabilitation helps patients heal faster after surgery, speeds recovery and, in many cases, prevents injury in the first place. Call NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness today for a consultation with our physiotherapist. They can determine if pre-hab is right for you.

What Is Pre-hab?

The term pre-hab is short for preventative rehabilitation. A physiotherapist typically uses pre-hab in two ways. First, they can teach targeted exercises and stretches to patients who are at risk for serious injuries. Second, pre-hab is a form of physiotherapy used prior to surgery to speed healing and recovery.

Pre-hab for Injury Prevention

Pre-hab is one of the best ways to prevent injuries in patients at risk for developing significant movement problems. Those with physically demanding jobs may find that the exercises, stretches and pain relieving techniques taught at physiotherapy help them perform in their jobs. This is especially true in jobs where there are high incidences of certain injuries. This type of physiotherapy typically targets areas where injury is most likely to happen. For instance, those in the military are more prone to develop foot, knee, hip, and back problems due to the rigors of training and combat. Pre-hab can mitigate many of these injuries by teaching correct lifting techniques, proper posture and effective core strengthening exercises that keep service members strong and healthy. The same can be said for construction workers, firefighters, factory workers, or other employees in highly physical occupations.

Even pro and amateur athletes are finding that working with a physiotherapist is paying off, long before an injury happens. Focusing on the areas that are stressed by everyday movement and poor habits, a physiotherapist looks at your most injury-prone areas and helps you correct any problems before you get hurt. Chances are you are hunched over your computer most of the day. Working with a physiotherapist can help strengthen your core and correct your posture, keeping you strong and healthy. Since an object in motion tends to stay in motion, physiotherapy is also an ideal way to begin an exercise regimen. Focused on strength, mobility and balance, pre-hab can keep you injury free for life as you begin the process of getting in shape.

Pre-hab for Better Surgical Recovery

When it comes to going under the knife, many people fear what will come after the stitches have been sewn. This is especially true for anyone who has a total joint replacement. Faced with the risk of time in a rehabilitation hospital, many people delay joint replacement surgery out of fear of a long, difficult recovery. But doing physiotherapy before surgery can reduce the odds of needing inpatient rehabilitation by 73 percent. Patients who are stronger before surgery also meet physical milestones sooner than those who do not. Within 24 hours of surgery, someone who has had a total knee replacement is expected to walk 500 to 1000 feet with the assistance of a walker. Those who work with a physiotherapist before surgery are more likely to meet this demand. These patients are stronger and have better blood flow. Physiotherapy also teaches them many of the movements, stretches, pain relieving techniques, and strengthening exercises they will need in their recovery.

If you are considering surgery or if you need to fine-tune your everyday life, physiotherapy is the ideal place to start. Contact NRG Athletes Physiotherapy Winnipeg, CA for a consultation.

4 Common Running Injuries and How to Treat Them

Running is a great way to improve your health and stay in shape. Unfortunately, there are several types of sports injuries associated with running. The following are 4 common running injuries and the best ways to treat them.

  1. Shin Splints

Nearly every runner has experienced inflammation and pain in the tendons and muscles of the lower leg. Web MD states that shin splints are more likely to occur after you change your workout routine. Reducing your running, using over-the-counter pain relievers, and icing are all recommended treatments for shin splints.

  1. Runner’s Knee

Officially named patellofemoral pain syndrome, this condition generally refers to the breakdown of cartilage under the kneecap. According to Runner’s World approximately 40 percent of injuries sustained by runners are in the knee. While runner’s knee will often improve on its own, sometimes physical therapy is needed to improve the condition.

  1. Achilles Tendonitis

This is an injury that occurs in the heal and often results in pain and swelling. Running in old or poor quality shoes can cause this condition. Icing, elevating the foot to reduce swelling, and wearing shoe inserts are treatment options used to improve Achilles tendonitis. It’s also important to remember that strong calves will help to prevent relapses.

  1. Plantar Fasciitis

Of all the various sports injuries, this is one that not only affects runners but can happen to almost anyone who walks a lot or stands on their feet for extensive periods of time. With this injury you can feel pain throughout the arch or the heal. This injury can often be treated with rest and a better pair of shoes. Shoe inserts may also help.

Good shoes, proper running form, and adding strength training is often the key to preventing many types of running injuries. Once injuries have occurred you may benefit from adding physiotherapy to your routine. According to a Wellness article in U.S. News, physical therapy may be a better option for treating running related injuries than seeing a chiropractor or opting for surgery.

Sources

  1. http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/running-injuries-causes-prevention-treatment#1
  2. http://www.runnersworld.com/health/the-big-7-body-breakdowns
  3. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/10/07/physical-therapy-for-running-injuries

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