It is important to seek attention from a Physical Therapist immediately following an injury so that you may understand the severity of your injury and make the best decisions on return to sport. For example, recovery time from an ankle sprain can range from 1-8 weeks depending on the amount of damage and level of treatment received. If an athlete returns to sport too early, they risk the chance of receiving a repeat injury. A physical therapist will help guide the athlete through the rehabilitation process to full recovery.
Physical Therapists are trained to evaluate and diagnose injury, determine and apply appropriate treatment, and help with injury prevention after recovery. A Physical Therapist is also highly skilled at assessing impairments in athletes, ranging from weakness to stiffness and poor mechanics that impact return to sport. Your Physical Therapist can also determine if your injury requires the attention of a Physician and direct you accordingly.
Each patient’s treatment begins with a focused evaluation, including health history and physical examination. Specific treatment goals are established to align with patient expectations and time lines. Patients are encouraged to take an active role in their recovery. Hands on manual therapy, modalities, functional exercises, and home programs are designed to enhance recovery. Patient education and participation is essential to achieve goals as quickly and safely as possible. Open communication is essential for optimal success. Throughout treatment, patients gain valuable knowledge and tools that help them return to function, prevent future injury, resume an active lifestyle, and maintain wellness. When considering whether to seek medical care, remember that state law allows you to seek medical treatment for your musculoskeletal issues directly from a Physical Therapist of your choosing, without a Physician referral. This places Physical Therapists as a first-line provider for your musculoskeletal health and for sports-related injuries.