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Sports Injuries

A Message From Dr. Kaitlin Bailey, PT, DPT, FMS, Cert.DN, Owner, And Founder Of Bailey Physical Therapy and Wellness

If you’ve just suffered a sports injury or have been suffering from one for a while, it’s tempting to dismiss it as “nothing serious” and simply “put up with it” carrying on as best you can.

Or it’s easy to become disheartened and “stuck,” wondering if you’ll ever be able to return to sports or stay as active as you once did…

If you are experiencing this, remember that you are not alone; we see it all the time. We encounter patients in our Wilmington, North Carolina, physio clinics who have been injured while participating in sports or exercising, regardless of the season.

Doctors and medical professionals traditionally tell patients to “rest” or stop doing something. In our opinion, this causes greater injury while raising your chances of future injuries. This is because when we relax, our muscles atrophy and weaken! It explains why so many people who have suffered from a sports injury are wondering:

"It's Been Months - Why Am I Still Suffering From An Injury That Prevents Me From Being Active And Playing My Favorite Sport?"

Most people feel that after a few days of relaxation, they can return to their sport or activity. When they return to exercise, though, they are still restricted – sometimes even more so than before. When you relax, you may feel little or no pain; nevertheless, the agony returns as soon as you resume your activities, and no rest seems to help.

Does That Describe You?

Another scenario we encounter frequently in our Physical Therapy Clinic is when clients go to the doctor and are told to take a break, rest, wear support, and “try these painkillers” to “see how it goes.” Then, four weeks later, they return to the same Doctor since the injury hasn’t healed, only to be offered MORE rest and ANOTHER prescription for even stronger drugs.

The problem is that complete rest is rarely recommended for sports injuries, including hamstring strains, ankle sprains, and a runner’s knee.

You’re probably puzzled and frustrated since you’ve been told different things by different people. You may believe you have a back condition, but it is a hip problem.

Sports injuries can be confounding because the source of the pain is frequently not the place that needs to be mended or worked on, and if you rest for too long, other parts of the body become just as, if not more, problematic!

This ambiguity about “resting” frequently leads to procrastination and postponement of deciding what to do to help heal their ailment and return to exercise. Worse, many people simply accept that “their days of being active are over,” as if this is normal or “has” to be the case.

Is That How You Feel, Too?

If You're Currently Frustrated And Suffering From A Sports Injury, Here Are Seven More Reasons Why It May Be Lasting Longer Than It Should:

  1. You thought it would go away on its own, but it didn’t.
  2. You went to the doctor, who told you to relax, wear a brace, and take pain medications – but the medicines didn’t help, and as soon as they kicked in, you were back in misery.
  3. You simply accepted it because a family member or acquaintance told you that as people age, they become more prone to sports injuries.
  4. You have sought treatment from other Healthcare Professionals or a Physio before, but nothing they said or did seemed to help.
  5. You’ve tried heating pads, ice, and sports braces, but they haven’t relieved your pain or allowed you to return to activity with ease.
  6. Because you were in a lot of pain, you thought relaxing would be a good idea, but it still irritates you on a daily basis.
  7. You chose to have a couple of “sports massages” in the hopes that they would relieve your discomfort, but all they did was make you feel a little ‘painful’ or ‘relaxing,’ and they did nothing to improve your injury in the long run.

If any of these things have happened to you, we’d love to help by inviting you to schedule a call with one of our physical therapists to find out what we can do to help. It’s a GOOD THING that you’ve tried any or all of these things since knowing what doesn’t work takes you closer to discovering what does!

If you want to get some serious guidance over the phone, book a call with us by clicking the link below. The phone call is free, and there is no commitment to schedule appointments with us following the conversation. We aim to help you make the best decision about what to do next.

"What Can I Do to Get Rid of My Pain Quickly?"

So, here are four options for you:
  1. The first step is to decide whether or not to get help; many people put off seeking help for far too long, hoping that the suffering will simply fade away with time. They’re still putting up with it six months later, and nothing has changed. Or it worsens, and they stop participating in sports or exercising entirely.
  2. Next, do the RIGHT exercises – one of the best ways to help you recover quickly and safely from an injury is to do the right series of progressed exercises – the right exercises given to you by a Physical Therapist will help reduce pain, allow you to move freely, and return to sports quickly – and ensure that the problems do not reoccur anytime soon.
  3. Avoid “too much rest” – While relaxation is necessary for recovery, taking too much rest will not help you recover faster. Many people feel that complete abstinence from activity is required for rehabilitation. However, blood flow is essential for an injury to heal, which rest prohibits. It would be incredibly advantageous if you were given suitable rehabilitation and strengthening exercises, as well as hands-on treatment, to assist you in returning to an active and healthy lifestyle as soon as possible.
  4. Get real, “hands-on” Physical Therapy – Physical Therapy has been proven to benefit those who have experienced sporting injuries. Bailey Physical Therapy and Wellness helps people heal from sports injuries all year. If your injury prevents you from participating in sports and staying active, interferes with your job, or threatens your independence and prevents you from spending quality time with family and friends, Physical Therapy can help you get back to living the life you deserve as soon as possible.

Suppose you’d like to learn more about how the Physical Therapy team at Bailey Physical Therapy and Wellness clinics in Wilmington, North Carolina, can help you get back to doing what you love as quickly and safely as possible. In that case, we welcome you to begin with a free, no-obligation, risk-free session at one of our clinics.

Note: We give this free Total Body Diagnostic session to anyone unsure about the benefits of Physical Therapy or if it suits them. If this describes you, please start with a free Total Body Diagnostic session so we can work with you to determine what’s wrong and what can be done – with no financial risk.

The Following Is A Question...

"How Can Choosing Bailey Physical Therapy And Wellness Help You Get Rid Of Your Sports Injury Forever?"

Essentially, the Bailey Physical Therapy and Wellness team can help you return to a life free of daily irritating and unpleasant sports injuries, as well as to the exercise you enjoy.

Please click the button below and fill out the short form to find out how much it costs and what appointments are available at our Wilmington, North Carolina clinic:

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