Stages of Sports Injury Rehabilitation

November 1st, 2018 | in Physiotherapy White Rock

Especially for athletes, dealing with an injury can be incredibly frustrating. Often times, we are chomping at the bit to get back to our beloved sport. However impatient we may be when healing an injury, it is incredibly important to ensure an injury is properly healed before putting it through the regular strain of our sport again. Your health care, including your physiotherapist, can help you to get back to the sport you love as quickly as your injury will allow.

No matter what the nature of your injury is, the same general steps should be followed within your health care plan. These steps will be sure that your injury is given time and treatment to heal properly, before it is put back through the stress of your sport again.

A general guideline should be followed for any injury. It is as follows:

  • Begin your rehabilitation as early as possible. Delaying therapy will only make the process more difficult and take longer. For most injuries, therapy should be started within 24-48 hours.
  • Seek evaluation from a physiotherapist as soon as possible – preferably within a few days of the injury. A physiotherapist will give a full evaluation of your injury, and will prepare a treatment regimen for you.
  • Be active in your treatment plan. To ensure that the plan suits your lifestyle and the sport you are trying to return to, actively discuss the treatment plan with your physiotherapist.
  • Exercise progressively in stages. Your physiotherapist will have recommendations for how long each stage of therapy should be, and how much you should progress between each stage of the process.
  • Ask for rehabilitation that is specific to your sport. Every sport has unique qualities that means that your therapy should not be the same as someone who competes in a different sport.
  • Be evaluated frequently throughout your therapy. This will allow your therapist to consistently change and update your rehabilitation process as you progress.

By working closing with your physiotherapist, and following the recommended steps for therapy, you should be able to get back to your favorite sport as soon as your injury allows. To ensure you will be able to stay active in your chosen sport for years to come, it is important to not jump ahead of the process. Working with your medical team closely will have you back to yourself again in the quickest time possible.

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