Say the words “physical therapy” and most people automatically associate it with professional or career athletes. However, physical therapy isn’t just for sports-related injuries. Anyone at any time can get an injury; even just everyday life can cause pain that should not go untreated. Here are some of the most common injuries and conditions that physical therapy can treat:
1. Sprains Are Common, Especially In Sports.
Sports injuries are one of the most common reasons people seek physical therapy. In fact, one of the most widely seen injuries, especially sports-related, are sprains to ligaments. Sprains – a sudden over-stretching of ligaments – can happen during practice, a misstep on a training run, or just walking to the car. They are most common in the ankle, but falls can also cause sprains in the wrist and shoulder areas.
2. Muscle Strains Can Lead To Overuse Injuries.
Strains – also called “pulled muscles” – are one of the number types of overuse injuries. Overusing a muscle can cause stress on the tendon, which can worsen over time. Muscle strains can happen to anyone, not just those living an active lifestyle. Even an accidental fall can cause a strain in the muscle that, if left untreated, can lead to a worse injury.
3. Any “-Itis” Is From Overuse Or Misuse.
Tendinitis. Bursitis. Plantar fasciitis. These conditions are strains on the tissue that cause it to become swollen, irritated, and inflamed. Tendinitis and plantar fasciitis are common in the ankle and foot area, especially for runners – not to mention anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet. Bursitis is common in the hips and knee with any high-impact movement. These conditions always worsen if neglected, but with some rest and a strong conditioning program, you won’t be off your feet for very long.
4. Constantly Losing Your Balance?
Believe it or not, but muscle instability can be an actual condition in need of physical therapy. If this condition is in the ankle, it might be difficult to retain balance as the ankle continuously rolls to the side. Instability occurs most often in the ankle and foot. However, it can also be a problem associated with the head and neck, shoulder, and lower back. Chronic pain or movement trouble in those areas may be an indication of chronic instability.
5. Fractures – They’re Not Just Sports-Related.
Although fractures, such as stress fractures, are often associated with sports and physical activity, motor vehicle accidents, falls, overuse, and even osteoporosis can cause this condition. Stress fractures often occur in the ankle and foot and are typical overuse injuries, especially in athletes. However, other fractures can occur in the back and are caused by a traumatic event. No matter how the fracture occurs or how serious, physical therapy can help you recover and even prevent future injuries.
Recover With A Strong Physical Therapy Program.
Physical therapy can help you recover from any injury or condition. From reducing and even eliminating pain to avoiding surgery, a good physical therapy program will provide multiple benefits. Furthermore, a program that is individualized to fit your needs will help you not only recover but avoid injuries in the future or manage chronic conditions. OSR Physical Therapy offers a wide-range of programs that focus on each individual’s pain and injury. If you’re in pain, contact one of our three locations to schedule a free consultation today.