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Sports Injury Clinic Salt Lake City, UT

Sports Injuries

There’s always a certain amount of risk for sports-related injuries when playing sports. Contact or collision sports have higher injury rates, such as soccer, baseball, basketball, and football. Twice as many males suffer sports-related injuries compared to females due to the types of sports they play. Whether you’re a seasoned and trained athlete or a weekend warrior, there’s always a chance of incurring a sports injury.

Common Sports Injuries

Ankle sprains/strains

Ankle sprains and strains are one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries. These types of injuries can occur on both sides of the ankle joint. Typically, sudden stretching or sudden twisting causes an ankle sprain or strain. There may be pain, swelling or even a tear. Usually, an x-ray is done to rule out a fracture. Treatment for an ankle sprain or strain generally includes applying ice, getting rest and limiting the amount of weight-bearing on the ankle. Anti-inflammatory meds can reduce both pain and swelling. If it’s severe, physical therapy may be part of the rehabilitation process.

Patellofemoral Syndrome

Sports injuries involving the lower body are often knee injuries. Patellofemoral syndrome is often caused by a slip or fall onto the knees. It can also be caused by an overuse or maltracking of the patella. There are pain, swelling and an imbalance of the knee muscle in its groove. Strengthening exercises and stretching can help the muscles correct themselves. In addition to strengthening exercises, a physical therapist may use bracing techniques or knee taping for this injury.

ACL Tear

The ACL is a major ligament in the knee. ACL strain or tear can be caused when playing sports due to a sudden change in directions or coming to a sudden stop. There are swelling and instability in movement with an ACL tear. Aggressive physical therapy can assist with recovery.

Hip Flexor Strain

The hip flexor muscles are located in the upper, front thigh. Sprinting, running inclines and sudden movement can cause a hip flexor strain. There may be bruising in the thigh area along with inflammation and pain. Stretching and range of motion exercises with a physical therapist assist with recovery.

Shin Splints

With shin splints, there’s typically pain in the lower leg bone- the tibia. It’s common with runners. Rest and ice can ease the pain, and a good pair of shoes with arch support can help.

Sciatic Pain

Sciatica is back pain that extends to the back of the leg. It’s often seen in cyclists and athletes who perform a lot of trunk rotation in swing sports like tennis and golf. The back pain may be caused by a pinched nerve or bulging disc. A physical therapist can help alleviate sciatica symptoms.

Shoulder Injury

Shoulder injuries in sports range from dislocations and misalignments to strains and sprains of shoulder muscles and ligaments. The shoulder is an extremely mobile joint and therefore, is more prone to injuries during sports activities.

Tennis or Golf Elbow
This condition is known as an overuse sports injury. Repetitive actions inflame the forearm and wrist. Icing and rest generally help, but stretching techniques and strengthening exercises with a physical therapist help even more.

Groin Pull

Also known as a groin strain, the groin muscles can get strained with quick side-to-side movements when engaging in sports. Stretching and range of motion exercises can help with recovery.

Hamstring Strain

The hamstring muscle is located in the back of the thigh. Lack of stretching can cause this muscle to be pulled. If this condition persists more than two weeks, a physical therapist can help with appropriate treatment to promote healing of the pulled muscle.

Have you incurred a sports injury? Turn to our physical therapists for recovery. Our physical therapists are dedicated to sports medicine and focus rehabilitation based on the performance needs of athletes. They will do a complete evaluation and design a treatment plan targeted to your injury. Get back in the game with the help of our physical therapists. Contact Us today at Salt Lake City, Utah Center and schedule a one-on-one consultation.