Laser Spine Institute’s guide to sports injury rehabilitation

Sports injury rehabilitation is the recovery process used to help patients regain strength and return to a normal active lifestyle after a sports-related injury. These injuries can range from the trauma of a broken bone suffered on the football field to a relatively minor strained muscle sustained on the local golf course. Regardless of the specific condition, rehabilitation is an essential component of overcoming the injury and regaining full function in the affected part of the body. For some individuals, this can be as complicated as learning to walk again, while for others rehabilitation is as simple as deep tissue massage.

Sports injury rehabilitation is diverse in its application because it can be used both to prevent surgery and to facilitate the recovery from a surgery. In the case of neck or back pain, a licensed physical therapist is often able to relax, stretch and strengthen supporting muscles, which relieves pain in the short term and can help prevent re-injury. Meanwhile, rehabilitation is also an essential component of postoperative recovery, whether the patient had a minor outpatient procedure or a major procedure like traditional open spine surgery. Read on to learn more about the therapy available to help people recover from sports injuries and get off the sidelines.

Types of therapy for sports injuries

Some of the most common forms of sports injury rehabilitation include:

  • Pool therapy. The natural thickness of water adds an element of resistance to normal workouts. The aerobic activity promotes blood flow and makes exercise more comfortable and effective.
  • Massage therapy. Deep tissue massage is an effective way to relax tense neck and back muscles that often cause pain.
  • Heat/cold therapy. Heat packs promote healing, and ice packs reduce swelling.

The only way to know what kind of physical therapy is right for you is to visit your doctor for a complete medical review. Sports injury rehabilitation may be just what you need to overcome your injury, or it might be an integral part of your healing process after surgical treatment.

Surgical treatments for sports injuries

If conservative therapy for your sports injury does not alleviate your symptoms, then contact Laser Spine Institute to learn whether our minimally invasive spine surgery can provide you with lasting relief. The procedures at Laser Spine Institute offer a shorter recovery as well as a safer and effective alternative to traditional neck or back procedures.^

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed in state-of-the-art facilities that are built around patient-centered care. Through a no-cost MRI review,* we can evaluate your condition to see if you are a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.