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Sports Injuries Specialist

Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS

Physical Therapy located in Puyallup, WA

Whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, sports injuries can be debilitating. If you’ve suffered a sports injury, you want to make sure that your body heals correctly so that you can get back on the field and play at your peak again. The team at Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS provides exceptional rehabilitation services for sports injuries at their state-of-the-art clinic in Puyallup, Washington. Call the office or book a visit online and get started towards your recovery today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What is a sports injury?

A sports injury is any physical damage that occurs while participating in an athletic or fitness-related activity. You can suffer from a sports injury while playing contact football as easily as you can while stretching in preparation to go on a run.

Some people mistakenly assume that only professional athletes need to be concerned about treating sports injuries, which isn’t true. Even something as simple as going for walks on the weekends can lead to injuries. Your body greatly benefits from professionally rehabilitating your sports injury. 

What are some common sports injuries?

Sports injuries can include:

  • Swollen muscles
  • Knee injuries
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Rotator cuff injuries

The most common sports injuries, however, are strains and sprains. Sprains affect your ligaments (the bands of tissue that connect bones in your joints), while strains affect your muscles or tendons (which are the thick cords of tissue that connect your muscles to your bones).

Sprains and strains happen when your ligaments, muscles, or tendons stretch beyond their normal capacity.

Who is more likely to have a sports injury?

Some of the factors that make you more likely to experience a sports injury include:

  • Playing contact sports
  • Not properly warming up before you exercise
  • Participating in sports when you’re not regularly active
  • Being overweight

Anyone who engages in a sport or fitness-related activity, however, is at risk for suffering a sports injury.

How do you rehabilitate my sports injury?

If you’ve suffered from a sports injury, Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS can guide your rehabilitation process to ensure that you heal as effectively as possible. The physical therapists specialize in a manual manipulation technique called Counterstrain.

Counterstrain provides relief and improved functioning by identifying and resolving tender points in your bodily tissues. Tender points are areas of your body that are caught in a state of spasm, usually as a result of trying to protect your body from harm, like when you have an injury or an infection. 

These tightened tissues might remain in their protected state even after the threat of harm has subsided, which can cause you pain, discomfort, and impaired functioning. With Counterstrain, your physical therapist uses their hands and precise manipulation techniques to gently massage and encourage your tender points to relax and decompress. This relief deactivates pain receptors that are deep in your tissue, effective alleviating your pain, and increases blood flow and mobility to your affected area.

Call or book a visit online with the experts at Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS and find relief from your sports injury today.