ProCare Physical Therapy Services for Sports Injuries

Living in an active state like Colorado, many people are involved in organized sports or "weekend warriors". Exercising has many benefits to your overall health but injuries can occur due to accidents, poor training, improper equipment, poor posture, and/or muscle imbalances. The therapists at ProCare Physical Therapy are skilled in addressing your needs from sports injuries. Physical therapists are also skilled in injury prevention. Your PT can significantly help with recovery and prevention of injuries. Some of the most common sports injuries are:

- Muscle Strains (aka pulled muscle)
- Joint/Ligament Sprains
- Tendinopathies (Tendonitis/Tendonosis)
- Bursitis
- Bone Fractures
- Joint Dislocations
- Neck & Lower Back Pain
- Arthritis

Shoulder Impingement/Subacromial Pain Syndrome:
If the shoulder joint is continually stressed with the arm in an overhead position, as it is in softball, tennis, volleyball, swimming and weight training, the small rotator cuff muscles begin to stretch out. This allows the head of the joint to become loose within the shoulder socket. If the head of the shoulder is loose, when the arm is extended backwards over the shoulder the head will slide forward, catching the tendon of short head of the biceps between the ball and the socket. The same thing happens when the arm is raised to the side above parallel to the ground. The head will drop in the socket and the tendon of the long head of the biceps or the supraspinatus becomes impinged. The proper manual therapy and exercises from your PT can eliminate the painful symptoms from this condition.

Torn Rotator Cuff:
The rotator cuff is a term used to describe the tendons and muscles that support, stabilize and allow the arm to move up and down, as well as rotate. The four muscles include the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor. Injuries and inflammation to these muscles can cause pain and decreased range of motion. A torn rotator cuff muscle can severely limit movement and strength in the shoulder joint. The correct Physical Therapy treatments can relieve even a full-thickness rotator cuff tear.

Plantar Fasciitis (Arch Pain):
The elastic covering on the sole of the foot--the plantar fascia--runs the length of the foot and holds up the arch. When this shock-absorbing pad becomes inflamed, this is called plantar fasciitis, causing a dull ache along the length of the arch, especially at the heel. This condition can be intermittent or chronic. Manual therapy, Dry Needling, and the proper exercises can alleviate these symptoms to allow full return to activities.

Tennis/Golfer's Elbow:
Tennis elbow is really an inflammation of the muscles of the forearm and the tendon that connects the muscles to the bones in the elbow. These muscles bend the wrist backward and cause the wrist to turn the palm face up. When the muscles and tendon become inflamed from overuse, the pain is felt on the outside of the elbow (lateral epicondylitis). Golfer's Elbow, on the other hand, usually affects the inside of the elbow (medial epicondylitis), due to inflammation of the tendon that connects the forearm flexing muscles to the elbow. Your ProCare PT can provide you with the treatment to be rid of these annoying to very painful conditions.

Knee Injuries:
Your knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move. When any of these structures is hurt or diseased, you have knee problems. Injuries to ligaments also cause knee problems. A common injury is to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). You usually injure your ACL by a sudden twisting, cutting, or landing motion. ACL and other knee injuries are common sports injuries.

We develop a specific plan to get you ready to play your sport of choice and get you "back in the game" after an injury.

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