Physical Therapists Offer New Hope to Athletic Patients

Physical Therapists Offer New Hope to Athletic Patients Blog

Is it Possible to Achieve Better Results?

Yes, obtaining improved results in sports physiotherapy is a real possibility. When patients receive treatments offered by a physical therapist, they typically could have received better results. Therapists should provide better instructions regarding different kinds of therapies. Sadly, the majority of physiotherapists are too busy to spend enough time with their patients.

Consequently, these physiotherapists have serious limitations in their abilities to help patients improve. It is hoped that athletes can get the most efficient treatments in all types of atmospheres. For this reason, it is important to Use Pareto’s Law. Professional athletes and semi-professional athletes both have access to receiving daily treatments performed by therapists.

Macromanagement Treatments

Experienced physical therapists macromanage their patients with the utmost efficiency. The reason that these professionals excel in the employed methods is because they are educated about contemporary treatments.

Therapists who want to ensure that their athletes receive optimum treatments need to instruct patients in accountability during their daily lives. It is essential that physiotherapists take enough time to provide patients with instructions such as:

  • How Much Time to Spend Exercising
  • Exercises to Avoid
  • Development of Good Habits

In addition to practicing the highest methods of manual treatments available, therapists need to make sure they warn patients about potentially damaging activities. Physiotherapists should provide written directions about what patients need to do before they attend future therapy sessions.

Although micromanagement and macromanagement treatments are both recommended, a combination of these two methods improves the patient’s chances of recuperating more quickly.

Nevertheless, numerous physical therapists limit patient visits to once per week. When a patient only sees the therapist one day during each week, he or she needs to take advantage of using micro management and macro management treatments for treating sports injuries.

Micromanagement Therapy for the Athlete

Physical therapists have excellent skills when it comes to micro-managing injuries. The reason that physiotherapists have superior abilities is because they have time to study various complaints from patients. For example, in treating a minor lateral ankle sprain, a sports physiotherapist would probably follow the Police approach as mentioned in Bleakley et al., as follows:

  1.  Protection by Using Ankle Braces and Taping
  2.  Optimal Loading of Tissues by Prescribing Recommended Exercises
  3.  Utilizing Simple Methods Including Ice Packs Combined with Compression and Elevation
  4.  Reduction of Pain Using Therapeutic Methods to the Ankle by the Therapist

Even though this list does not include all options, a patient who receives all of these treatments would undergo an extremely arduous therapy session.

All these listed treatments are under the micromanagement category and are targeted precisely at specific athletic injuries. A therapist who wants to ensure that the patient experiences maximum therapeutic techniques needs to follow macro-management techniques.

Final Considerations

Learning more about the macro management techniques being used by physical therapists would offer tremendous inspiration. Physiotherapists should post their experiences on social media websites so that others may benefit from their expertise.

Physiotherapists should advertise their sports physiotherapy clinics. Physical therapists who want to gain new patients need to look into all opportunities.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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