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Musculoskeletal Injuries and Sports Physiotherapy Rehabilitation

Updated on July 24, 2019
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Even pro athletes get injured every now and then, as no one is immune to injury. Competitive athletes, in particular, are vulnerable to serious and potentially career-ending injuries, as the continual wear and tear, and ferocity of the competition makes them particularly vulnerable to blunt force trauma and the like.

However, if you are suffering from a recent musculoskeletal injury that was caused by vigorous physical activity then following the correct exercise regimen can accelerate your recovery process; by augmenting or ameliorating your musculoskeletal stability, flexibility, and core strength as well.

For instance, sports physiotherapy rehabilitation can help patients who have recently suffered from shin splints, strains, knee injuries, or sprains. Here, we will discuss musculoskeletal injuries and how sports physiotherapy rehabilitation can help people recover faster.

Why You Should Choose a Sports Physiotherapist

When someone suffers from a sports-based injury the musculoskeletal system is usually involved. The musculoskeletal system comprises the cartilage, tissues, muscles, and bones in the body. However, no two injuries are exactly the same, nor will they impact the victim in the same way. In other words, people recover at different rates, and the purpose of sports physiotherapy rehabilitation is to aid the injured tissue in the musculoskeletal system recover in a fashion that is not only supervised by a medical professional but also properly controlled.

Furthermore, as every patient is different, your physiotherapist will create a customized recovery program that is effective, safe and is designed to work according to your unique abilities and capacities/limits. Physiotherapists are also experts in not only determining the root cause of the injury but also in devising a strategic plan that will prevent injuries from recurring in the future. As such, physiotherapy can also be seen as a preventive form of holistic medicine.

How Sports Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Works

Physiotherapists have undergone extensive training in order to fully understand how the musculoskeletal system works in both amateur and professional athletes. Hence, they often work very closely with athletes to analyze the functional needs of a given sport, as well as a range of motion and muscle imbalance.

For instance, if you play basketball, then your sports physiotherapist may prescribe an intensive strength and speed regimen, such as a polymeric training regimen. However, if you prefer to play baseball, and enjoy being a pitcher, then they will likely prescribe a different program, such as one that emphasizes shoulder stabilization instead of explosive strength. That is, a physiotherapists’ role in sports rehabilitation is to identify and evaluate the patient’s injury in order to create an injury prevention system that is specifically tailored for amateur or professional sports.

For instance, in order to treat your injury, your physiotherapist may recommend a workout plan that involves certain exercises that will augment your strength levels as well as stretching and certain poses that may ameliorate your mobility or range of motion.

The end result is that you will not only experience superlative functionality in the shortest amount of time possible but also feel less pain so that you can experience relief as soon as humanly possible. In addition, your physiotherapist will also prescribe a rest regimen as well, as your body will need to rest in order to recover optimally. The goal, then, is to finely tune your rehab program so that rest and exercise are in perfect harmony so that you can accelerate your recovery process.

What Conditions Can Sports Rehab Treat Effectively?

Sports physiotherapy rehabilitation can be used to treat patients who have recently undergone surgery to treat their sports injury. It can also be used to treat strains, sprains, shoulder dislocation, hand injuries, tendonitis, and ankle or foot dysfunction. Moreover, sports rehab has also been proven to help treat acute sports injuries as well as ligament, tendon, and muscle repairs.

In sum, if you are currently suffering from bursitis, tendonitis, strains, sprains, ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, meniscus tears, chronic or acute musculoskeletal injuries, or postoperative injuries, then you can benefit greatly from a customized sports physio rehab program.

For instance, your physiotherapist may use muscle conditioning, functional activities, various modalities, proprioceptive training, Kinesio-taping or athletic taping, bracing, protective pads, manual therapy, and/or activity or sport-specific training and exercises to help you recover quicker, reduce pain, and prevent future injuries from occurring.

Do Not Wait Until the Last Minute to Get Help

The last thing any athlete, or anyone for that matter, wants is to get injured. However, if you have suffered an injury then not getting the proper rehab treatment will only cause the injury to become worse. Also, physiotherapy can not only help patients get relief in terms of their pain but also help prevent injuries from recurring in the future.

What’s more, while some time and patience are required in order to work with a sports physiotherapist, almost all patients will benefit from their treatment modalities, as they are designed to not only prevent injuries but also accelerate recovery times as well as enhance performance. The end result is that you will return to the sport that you love in optimal shape and with a far lower risk of being injured again.

Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Techniques


Physiotherapy depends on a wide and varied range of rehabilitation techniques designed to assist in recovering, as well as to improve mobility and prevent issues. Treatment can include:

  • The latest in rehab robotics as well as other technological advances

  • Gamified rehab incorporating audio-visual stimulation

  • Applications and wearables that help track progress, activity levels and vital signs

  • Light therapy such as LLT, LED and ultrasound

  • Water-based therapy to make activity and exercise more accessible during rehabilitation

There are many types of physiotherapy clinics available which makes it important to look for a clinic that will suit your needs. Doing your research will help you find the clinic that is close to home, offers convenient hours and provides treatment from licensed, certified professionals. These are all important elements of care, as flexible hours will help you keep to your treatment schedule. Licenced, experienced physiotherapists are certified to provide proper treatment using safe techniques. You will also want a clinic with private treatment rooms where you can discuss your treatment and have your appointments in privacy. Your clinic should also practice ethical billing to ensure your treatment plan and schedule is designed to meet the specific needs of your condition.


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