Sports are a great way to increase your activity level and have fun at the same time. However, they also increase your risk of several types of injuries. An experienced physical therapist can help you deal with many types of injuries that may happen while playing sports. For instance, there are two common sports injuries that are often treated with physical therapy.
1. Groin pull
A groin pull is one type of common sports injury a physical therapist can help treat. A groin pull occurs when the adductor muscles on the inside of your thigh are strained or torn. These muscles help to pull your legs together as they contract, and they also help provide stability to your hip joint during athletic movements.
One reason that groin pulls are so common while playing sports is that sports require sudden changes of direction. Unfortunately, these movements also increase your risk of a groin pull. Also, kicking movements may result in this type of injury, and this places athletes like soccer players and football kickers at risk of a groin issue.
2. Hamstring strain
The hamstring is actually a group of three muscles that run down the back of your thigh. For people who play sports like soccer, football and basketball, a hamstring strain is a common type of sports injury.
Hamstring strains are typically caused by sudden starts or stops made while a player is running. One symptom you’ll notice if you injure your hamstring is a sudden pain in the back of your thigh. In addition, you may also feel a popping sensation in the same area. Swelling of the thigh may also occur within hours of your injury. A hamstring strain can make it difficult or even impossible to put weight on the injured leg.
Find physical therapy for common sports injuries at Continuum Wellness
At Continuum Wellness, our team has helped many Apache Junction, Arizona, residents treat their sports injuries. In fact, many sports injuries respond well to the personalized physical therapy plans we build, and our plans are designed to reduce pain and shorten recovery times. The physical therapy plan we build for you may include therapy methods such as:
If you’ve recently injured yourself playing sports, take the next step to find relief from your pain. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.