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Sports Injuries – The Role Of The Physical Therapist

Friday , 20, May 2022 Comments Off on Sports Injuries – The Role Of The Physical Therapist

As the baby boomer generation gets older, so does their interest in lifestyle and health changes. This includes participation in fitness and sports. This increased activity has led to an epidemic number of sports injuries and orthopedic-related injuries. Since then, physical therapy has been increasingly involved in the systematic treatment of sports injuries and associated musculoskeletal issues through the development of physical therapy procedures that are based on research documentation.

Physical therapists have the clinical skills and education to treat patients with a variety of health problems and co-morbidities. They can treat patients of any age with chronic conditions, or those with complex co-morbidities. In addition, physical therapists receive training in the domains of neurologic, integumentary, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and musculoskeletal conditions. These courses can be taken at the universities' faculties of medicine. Athletics injuries physical therapists conduct a thorough assessment. This will determine the cause of the injury and the tissues affected. 

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The athlete's history and complaints will guide the physical examination. The physical therapist will evaluate posture, movement patterns, swelling, deformity, and asymmetry. The ability to palpate with great skill will help identify crepitus and areas of heat, tenderness, or deformity. 

To establish baseline measurements, assess progress and establish a diagnosis for athletes, physical therapists use quantifiable methods. These tests are used to identify the tissues that have been injured, determine the pathology, and help with exercise selection. When deciding on tests for patients who have suffered a sports injury, therapists will consider severity, irritability, and acuity.

These are some of the physiotherapeutic methods that can be used to treat injuries sustained in sports:

  • Manual manipulation or mobilization of joints
  • Passive stretching
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation techniques
  • Electrotherapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Laser
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Bracing, splinting
  • Spinal traction/decompression