Injury can strike whether you're shooting some hoops down at the local playground or you're slamming baskets in front of thousands of spectators. Basketball injuries can be nagging long term, so getting the right physical therapy and treatment and advice following injury is essential. Physical therapy after injury cannot only help with the healing process, it can also prevent re-injury.
Many basketball injuries are acquired over time through overuse of joints. One such injury, patellar tendinopathy, is even known as Jumper's Knee. This is an affliction of the tendon below the kneecap. Another such injury is Achilles tendinopathy, which causes pain in the Achilles tendon near the heel. Some players damage the rotator cuff tendons in their shoulders from repeated use of the joint.
Some basketball injuries can be more traumatic in nature. They can occur from sudden damage to an area of the body. Sprains, when ligaments are stretched or torn, are one of the most common of these types of injuries. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) is often the first step in recovery. Rehabilitating the strength and flexibility of the area can be restored through physical therapy after injury.
Jammed fingers are also a common injury suffered during basketball. The extent of the injury and severity of symptoms such as swelling, pain or lack of strength and movement of the hand should dictate whether you seek medical attention. In severe cases the bones of the hands and fingers may be fractured.
Tearing of the meniscus, or cartilage in the knee, is a common injury associated with basketball. Physical therapy rehabilitation is instrumental in reducing inflammation and regaining strength following menisci damage, and in severe cases surgery is necessary followed by physical therapy.
There are four major ligaments in the knee, but two of them are most commonly damaged: The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament and the MCL, or medial collateral ligament. Both of these ligaments connect the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone) and are crucial in stabilizing the knee joint. Physical therapy rehabilitation involves reducing symptoms of pain and swelling as well as restoring strength, flexibility and stability to the knee. Grade 3 ligament tears often need surgical repair followed by physical therapy.
If you are suffering from any type of sports injury, it is always a wise move to have it checked. Ignoring the signs of injury can lead to further aggravation and even greater damage. Come and see us at Axis Physical Therapy for an evaluation of your injury and a plan to get you back on the court.
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