Do you or someone in your household regularly participate in the exercise, sports, or some other kind of physical activity? Have you sustained a sports injury as a result of your commitment to a healthy lifestyle? Is acute pain keeping you from competing, or is chronic pain affecting your performance? Our physical therapy team is here to help you get back in the game feeling stronger, healthier, and pain-free, with a reduced risk of re-injury later in the season!
What are Common Types of Sports Injury?
According to a study shared by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the rates of sports injury in track and field sport can be high as 9 out of 1,000 athletes. Other injuries, including contact sports, maybe even higher.
In general, sports injuries can be broken down into two main categories: acute and chronic. Acute sports injuries are caused by sudden, traumatic moments which impose a high degree of stress and damage on connective tissues, such as falls, ill-advised moves, or brutal impacts.
Conversely, a chronic sports injury may be less agonizing in the short term but more debilitating in the long term. These types of injuries typically come on more gradually due to overuse and eventually disrupt a person’s ability to safely and optimally participate in sport.
A few of the most common types of sports injury our physical therapist staff evaluates and treats include:
- Muscle strains and partial or full-thickness tears (e.g., rotator cuff strain or “pulled” hamstring)
- Tendon strain or inflammation, aka tendonitis (common in the biceps, quadriceps, hamstrings patellar, and Achilles tendons)
- Ligament sprains (e.g., ACL, PCL, and MCL in the knee)
- Medial and lateral epicondylitis (aka golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow)
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome (aka runner’s knee or jumper’s knee)
- Disc herniation, bulge, or degenerative disc disease
- Nerve compression, e.g., sciatica (often caused by an injured disc or misaligned spinal joint)
- Spondylolisthesis (forward slipping of one vertebra relative to the one below it due to a fracture in the bone)
What are the Common Causes and Risk Factors of Sports Injury?
You may be more likely to sustain an acute and/or chronic sports injury due to a variety of risk factors, including:
- Acute sports trauma (as mentioned, e.g., falls, collisions, etc.)
- Improper warm ups and cool downs
- Poor nutrition
- Poor technique and sports-specific movement mechanics
- Over-training and inadequate rest and recovery
- Poor sleep
- Imbalances in strength and flexibility
- Ill-fitting footwear and equipment
Running and playing surfaces and the way you engage them (e.g., always running in one direction on a track; banked, slippery, or uneven surfaces, etc.)
There is generally an interplay between these risk factors. For instance, you may not be able to avoid a hard collision, but if you have muscular imbalances, flexibility limitations, or have overtaxed your body through excessive training, you may be more at risk for an injury in this situation.
How can Physical Therapy Heal and Prevent Sports Injury?
For acute injuries, the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) may be required to manage pain, inflammation, and swelling at first. But physical therapy is often indicated soon after to further reduce symptoms, accelerate tissue healing, and help you get back to play with a reduced risk of re-injury or chronic dysfunction. Working with a physical therapist can also help you avoid surgery or, if surgery is required, can help you maximize your post-operative recovery.
After a thorough physical examination, your physical therapist will devise an appropriate treatment plan depending on your current stage of rehab, your goals, and your specific impairments. Some interventions we commonly prescribe include:
- Range of motion exercises to reduce improve mobility and joint alignment
- Massage therapy to break up adhesions and accelerate healing by stimulating circulation
- Non-invasive modalities, including cold laser therapy and ultrasound, to ease the pain, reduce muscle spasms, and accelerate tissue healing
- Strengthening and balancing exercises to optimize physical performance and address underlying imbalances
If you feel you may have a sports related injury, feel free to set up a detailed evaluation with one of our trained therapists.
Love love love this place! Jessi is the therapist that I see and she is super sweet and very professional. Jessi explains what she is doing and how it will help. Darcy at the front desk is always cheerful and very helpful with scheduling and billing. If you are looking for a physical therapy office you should definitely call dynamic physical therapy and bracing!Wendi Soulia5/03/2019
The whole team here are so exceptional that words can barely describe. I have a condition that is rarely studied by doctors called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I have seeked treatment by Chiropractors, Acupuncturist, etc, etc. The Strain Counter Strain treatments are beyond amazing in relieving my pain! I don’t want to miss the opportunity to tell everyone that they have some of the most modern and technological exercise equipment ever seen! And holy moly they have bracing for everything. I got a SI joint brace...yeah I said SI joint brace...who has ever heard of one of those? Anyhoo go see them if you have any type of pain from athletic muscle strains to chronic pain from EDS, MS, ALS, etc. I swear their practice can give you some relief. Andrea has magic in her hands!!brian simmons5/28/2019
What a positive experience. I was blown away, with how willing to help me they were. I have an old brace, and wanted to tune it up. everyone in town, could care less, but they not only took it on, but made me feel respected. My new brace this year will come from them, no matter what.Chris White6/28/2014
Always courteous and friendly people. The staff has worked with me on various injuries - knee, hip, foot and low back. Because of their partnership, I remain very active and am getting stronger every day. A healing atmosphere with a fun vibe.nicolette brant5/28/2019
I found DB through Amazon.Top notch provider, in the true sense of the word.I ordered a hinged elbow brace and, being at the verge of two sizes, needed extra assistance for sizing.Doug called the manufacturer and got the exact answer.When the manuf sent the brace without hinges stops, Doug mailed them to me himself.Could not have asked for anything more.I live in PA, and the transactions across the country felt seamless, bcz their service was that exceptional.They're Santa's shop for braces!Lake in Ocean6/28/2015
The office staff are very welcoming and the 2 therapists I've seen are excellent. I really like the strain/counter strain modality they use. I've experience a lot of physical therapy and my results are much better with this technique. They also make use of the BEMER technology for increased circulation/blood flow to support treatment results.Elizabeth Pike5/28/2019