What's New in Sports Injury Physiotherapy?
All sports, regardless of level, carry certain risk factors for injury. Sports injuries can sideline an athlete for weeks, or even years. Thankfully, sports injury therapy continues to make strides, and sports physiotherapy is able to help athlete to rebound quicker, and come back strong and healthy.
A physiotherapist will work with the injured athlete to help rebuild strength, flexibility and movement at the site of injury. Sports physiotherapy can also help with pain management, and hopefully prevent an injury from reccuring.
One recent change in sports injury physiotherapy is the inclusion of a “P” to the acronym “R.I.C.E.”. This acronym has been around for years, and stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. The idea behind this principle is to allow healing to occur and to control inflammation. The recently added “P” stands for protection, and involves protecting or preventing the area from experiencing further injury. A physiotherapist can provide suggestions on how to protect the area, that may involve a support.
Another recent advancement in sports injury physiotherapy is the understanding of the severity of concussions. A concussion is a brain injury, often resulting from a head hitting or being struck by another object. These injuries can be difficult to manage, but new understandings have allowed for the development of home exercise programs, and at home behaviour instructions that can lead to a reduction in symptoms, and safe recovery.
As with any profession, physiotherapy is constantly evolving and making new advancements. Sports physiotherapy continues to be an athletes number one ally in preventing, diagnosing and treating sports injuries.