"How Injured Athletes and Active Adults Can Get Fit (...And Stay Fit), From Nagging Sports Injuries That Keep You From Enjoying Sports And Being Active"
If you have recently suffered from a Sports Injury, or have been suffering with an injury for several weeks or months - it can be very easy to think of it as something that "will eventually go away" and "put up with it" and continue the best you can.
Or, you might be ready to give up, with the mindset you'll never be able to get back to playing your sport or staying active like you used to...
If this is happening to you, you are not alone, we work with people going through the SAME thing all the time. The majority of our clients are suffering from injuries they sustained while playing sports or during exercise. I assure you we have seen just about every type of injury there is - and know how to help people recover and get back to the sport or activity they have been missing out on. The best time to start treatment for an injury is the NEXT DAY...
And this is completely opposite from the way most people are told to treat sports injuries by other healthcare professionals, and why so many people suffering with an injury ask themselves:
"It's Been Months...Why am I STILL Suffering From an Injury That is Stopping Me From Being Active and Playing Sports?"...
The majority of people think when they a Sports Injury, it will go away with a few days of rest. That one morning, when they wake up, it will be gone like "magic" and they will be able to return to their sport or exercise again. But then when they try to get back to exercise they are still restricted and sometimes it is worse than when the injury first happened. Often there is little to no pain at rest, but it keeps coming back when you try start getting active again no matter how much time you rest it.
Does That Sound Like You?
Another common story our physical therapists hear ALL THE TIME is when patients go to their doctor and they are told to rest, wear a brace and "try this pain medicine or muscle relaxer" and "see how it goes".
This is typically bad advice and 4 weeks later, the patient will go back to the doctor because their injury has not gotten any better. Even worse, they will often be given an even stronger pain medicine, and told to keep resting. This is ridiculous and explains exactly why the majority of active people suffering from an injury will never be free from limitations and pain during sport activity or exercise.
When it comes to sports injuries like hamstring tears, ankle sprains, runner's knee, etc., complete rest is almost always the worst advice.
You might be confused and frustrated because you have been told many different things, by various people. You may think you have a back problem, when it is likely your hip is where the problem came from?
Injuries from sports and exercise are often confusing, the majority of the time the area you feel pain is not actually where the problem started. Resting for too long can lead to other parts of your body becoming just as problematic...if not more!
The misunderstanding over "resting" will usually lead to continued procrastination in making a decision about what to do to "fix" their injury and get back to exercise. Even worse, most people end up accepting their days of being active are over, as if it's a normal thing.
Do You Feel That Way Too?
If You Are Currently Living with A Sports Injury, Here Are 7 More Reasons Why It Could Be Lasting Longer Than It Should:
You assumed it would probably go away on it's own - but it hasn't
You went to your doctor and were told to take pain meds and rest - but as soon as you stopped taking the meds, the pain came back or got worse
A friend or family member told you everyone is more likely to get injured as they get older and you just accept it
You've had treatments from other healthcare professionals, maybe a physical therapist or a chiropractor, and nothing they said or did helped
You tried things like ice, heat, sport braces and they have not helped your pain or provided enough relief to return to sports or exercise
You thought resting it longer was a good idea, but it just made it more stiff and tight
You had a few sports massages, with the hope it would fix your pain, but it did not fix anything long-term
If any of this has happened to you - we would love to help you. We invite you to book a call with one of our physical therapists at our Mooresville, NC Physical Therapy Clinic to find out what can be done to help you. The fact that you have tried almost everything is actually a really good thing. This means you already know what does not work and you are closer to finding something that will!
Click the link below to request a call with one of our skilled Physical Therapists. We can give you solid advise over the phone. The phone call is complimentary and you are not obligated to book an appointment with us. Our goal is to assist you in making the right decision and what you can do next to help get back to playing your favorite sport or exercising without pain.
"What Can I Do To Get Back To Playing My Sport or Exercising Fast?"...
Well, here's 4 things you can do:
Firstly, you need to make a decision to get help. Many people put off getting help for so long, thinking the pain might "just go away in time", but 6 months later they are still putting up with it, and nothing has changed...or it has gotten worse and they are still sitting out from sports or exercising completely.
Second, do the RIGHT exercises - one the most beneficial things to help you recover safely and FAST from injuries is to do the right combination of exercises - the right exercises given to you by a Physical Therapist will help in reducing pain, and allow you to move more freely again fast - and make sure the problems do not come back anytime soon.
Avoid long periods of rest - rest is important in the recovery process, but too much rest will not help you recover fast. Many people are under the impression that during recovery from an injury they should "totally" rest from exercise. But this is not the case and actually, injury recovery needs blood flow which complete rest prevents. It is really helpful to be given appropriate recovery and strengthening exercises to make sure you heal the injury and get back fast. This, along with hands-on treatments, will get you back to being active as quickly as possible.
Get real, Hands-On Physical Therapy - Physical Therapy is proven to help people recover from Sports Injuries. In fact, at Sterner Physical Therapy, we help people year round to recover from sports injuries. If your injury is affecting you ability to play your sport and to stay active, if it threatens your independence or makes it really hard to spend quality of time with your friends and family - Physical Therapy can help get you back to living the life you deserve as fast as possible.
If you would like to know more about how our Physical Therapy team at Sterner Physical Therapy can help you get back to being active as fast and safely as possible, we would like to offer you a completely free, no-obligation appointment at our clinic:
Note: This Free Discovery Visit is what we offer to people who are nervous or skeptical about Physical Therapy - not sure about its benefit or if it is the right approach for them. If this sounds like you, please start with a free discovery visit so we can work with you to find out what is wrong and what we can do for you - with no financial risk on your part.
"How Can Seeing a Physical Therapist at Sterner Physical Therapy Help You Get Rid of Your Sports Injury - For Good?"
Here are a few things our Physical Therapy Team can do for you:
We can take away the pain and stiffness fast - often within a few sessions
We can help you figure what is going on, and find the root cause of your injury - usually within 20 minutes.
Pain can significant reduce your energy and prevent you from playing your sport or favorite activity - we can help you get back to enjoying life with more energy, and safely return to what you love doing.
We will make certain that your problems are corrected and healed - and will provide you with the best set of exercises for a fast recovery
We can help you eliminate the need to take pain medicine that is detrimental to your long-term health
We can help you avoid risky spinal surgery - and painful injections
We can help keep from making multiple trips to your doctor just to receive more harmful pills
We can help you return the joy of quality time with friends and family that your injury has taken away
We can help you get back to walking, running and moving freely, without concerns the pain is going to continue getting worse and stopping you from enjoying activity.
The Physical Therapy Team at Sterner Physical Therapy will help you get back to a life free from daily and frustrating injuries and return to the sports and exercise you love.
If you want to find out more about what it costs - and the availability we have at our Physical Therapy clinic in Mooresville, NC, click the button below and fill out the short form.