Injuries are an inevitable result of sports participation, and rehabilitation plays an important role in getting athletes back in shape. It is a safe, therapeutic and structured program that helps athletes to effectively treat pain and achieve optimal performance. Depending on the type of injury sustained, a sports injury rehabilitation program can include pain relief techniques, functional skills and targeted exercises for strengthening the muscles and improving mobility restrictions.
How does sports injury rehabilitation work?
Rehabilitation is critical for helping athletes in the safe and speedy recovery from injuries. After getting an accurate diagnosis done, the initial stage of the treatment focuses on promoting healing by reducing swelling and pain. This is then followed by a progressive reconditioning treatment. Exercises are typically recommended to target specific goals such as flexibility, mobility and joint positioning training. As progress is made, the athlete works with their trainer to rebuild strength.
Rehabilitation improves recovery in the following ways:
- Breaks down scar tissue and promotes the healing of tissues
- Stretches muscles and ligaments to increase range of movement
- Relieves muscle spasm and stiffness
- Increases lubrication of injured and affected joints
- Gets rid of chemicals in the injured area
- Strengthens weakened muscles to regain full function
- Improves flexibility and coordination
Types of sports injuries
Different sports injuries have different symptoms and complications. Some of the most common types of injuries include:
- Sprains – Ligaments are crisscross bands of tissue that connect bones to other bones. The overstretching or tearing of ligaments can cause sprains. The ankle is the most common area for a sprain.
- Strains – A strain is a soft tissue injury that occurs to a muscle, tendon or both due to the overstretching or tearing of tendons or muscles.
- Knee injuries – Knee injuries are often caused by the bending or twisting force applied to the knee, generally during sports or accidents.
- Swollen muscles – Swelling is typically a result of a buildup of fluid or inflammation. It can occur internally or affect the muscles and the outer skin. Swollen muscles cause pain and noticeable loss of strength, keeping an athlete from performing.
- Fractures – During sports, a bone fracture may occur when the force exerted against a bone is stronger than what the bone can structurally withstand, causing it to break or crack.
- Dislocations – Sports injuries may cause a bone to slip out of a joint. Dislocations can lead to weakness and swelling.
- Rotator cuff injury – Four pieces of muscle work together to form the rotator cuff. Rotator cuff injuries cause pain in the shoulder and upper arm, and the pain worsens with the increased movement of these body parts.
Sports Injury Rehabilitation at FCBS Dubai
FCBS Dubai is committed to providing state-of-the-art clinical care for sports injuries. We are focused on maximizing recovery by offering sports injury rehabilitation programs customized to your individual goals and monitoring your progress throughout. If you have sustained an injury and would like to schedule a full assessment with our physiotherapist, call +971 4 325 5481 book an appointment with us today.