Sports injury rehab is best begun as soon after the initial inflammatory stage as possible. Due to the pain and discomfort that results from an injury, it’s easy to fall into poor habits that could compromise your healing and recovery. For example, if you hurt one leg, favoring the other can lead to other injuries or even a permanent limp.
Your sports injury doctor usually advises beginning your rehab within 72 hours of the injury or surgery. Physical therapy can address many symptoms and medical conditions, including:
- Swollen muscles
- Stretched or strained tendons or ligaments
- Knee injuries, physical therapy exercises for knee pain are recommended
- Ruptured tendons
Your specific goals depend on your activity level or chosen sport before the injury or illness happened. Your recovery also depends on the damage done to your joint or tissue. Most injury rehab and sports physical therapy programs seek to progressively increase the physical load as you work to restore your muscle strength. This gives you the proper base for all your activities.
Next, through various exercises that involve the compromised and surrounding tissues, your sports physical therapist seeks to restore muscle endurance. Endurance and power, especially of your core muscles, speed you through the healing process toward a full recovery.
Meanwhile, you also work to improve your flexibility. Top-rated sports physical therapist Anna Fyodorova, MS, PT, DPT, MBA is advising to do it in tandem with muscle strengthening to maximize your recovery and prevent future injury.