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Sport Injury

The 5 Stages of Sports Injury Rehabilitation

Sports injuries can be devastating. Not only do they take away our ability to participate in the sport we love, but they can also significantly impact our daily lives. In most cases, these are repetitive motion injuries and require rehabilitation to regain strength and function.

The road to rehabilitation can be long and arduous when you suffer a sports injury. Depending on the severity of your injury, it may take weeks or even months to make a full recovery. This blog post will discuss the five stages of sports injury rehabilitation and how our Delaware, OH, chiropractor at Relief Care Chiropractic can help you recover. Yet, if you live in Lewis Center, OH, don't feel left out because we have a clinic there too!

An athlete holding his knee

Rest and Protect the Injury

The first step in injury rehabilitation is to rest and protect the injured area. This rest means avoiding any activities that may aggravate the injury. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need to use crutches, a sling, or a splint to immobilize the injured area. Next, ice the injury for 20 minutes daily. This repetition is essential to reduce inflammation. Resting and protecting your injury will allow your body to begin healing and help prevent further damage.

Joint Mobility and Range of Motion

The next stage in rehabilitation is improving the injured area's mobility. Depending on the severity of the injury, you’ll start with simple exercises completed with little to no resistance. These exercises will gradually become more difficult as you progress through your rehabilitation. The goal is to improve the range of motion in the affected area so you can return to your previous activity level.

Working with a chiropractor is often recommended during this stage, as they can help you gradually progress through the exercises, ensuring you don't push too hard and cause further damage.

Recovery of Muscle Strength

The third stage focuses on rebuilding the muscle strength around the injured area. This step is essential as it will help protect the area from future repetitive motion injuries. Muscle weakness is often a factor in re-injury as well as joint instability. Exercises during this stage will gradually increase in intensity and focus on concentric (muscle shortening) and eccentric (muscle lengthening) movements.

Coordination and Balance Rehabilitation

The fourth injury rehabilitation stage is often overlooked but just as important as the others. This stage focuses on regaining the coordination and balance lost due to the injury. In addition, remaining control over the injured area is vital to avoid future injuries. Exercises during this stage will involve both gross and fine motor skills.

Improvement of Sport-Specific Technical Movements

The final stage of rehabilitation is focused on recovering the specific technical movements required for your sport. These actions may involve practicing shooting a basketball, hitting a tennis ball, or completing a golf swing. The goal is to ensure you can perform the movements without pain and with the correct technique. This stage often takes the longest to complete, requiring coordination and control.

Schedule an Appointment with Us for Sports Injury Chiropractic Care

Once you have completed all five stages of sports injury rehabilitation, you'll return to your sport without the risk of re-injury. It’s essential to take the time to complete each step correctly so that you can avoid further injuries in the future. If you have any concerns, speak to our chiropractor at Relief Care Chiropractic. Call us at (740) 417-4567 to book an appointment or visit our Delaware and Lewis Center, OH offices.

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