Physical Therapy: Critical for Recovery, Sports Injuries

Physical Therapy: Critical for Recovery, Sports Injuries

Practitioners in the field of physical therapy understand how essential this discipline is for the successful rehabilitation of sports injuries. However, communicating this knowledge to external sources requires a specific type of communication. This involves testing and documentation in a clinical environment.

For example, a study published by South University highlighted several specific areas where physical therapy played a crucial role in the recovery process from sports injuries. This study is one of the many resources available to help physical therapists to communicate the value of their profession to outside groups.

Common Sports Injuries

Within this particular field of study, university research plays a key role in creating the environment for academic research, which can be used to confirm specific concepts. For example, South University asserted that sports injuries are prevalent in many organized sporting events and competitive sports. They also noted that injuries can take place during training or other fitness routines.

This information is not revelatory, but it is backed by evidence-based research studies performed by clinical coordinators and other professionals. This information can now be cited to provide the basis for a scientific approach towards a comprehensive treatment plan.

The clinical coordinator in this particular study went into details about the nature of these injuries. This includes the conditions that contribute to the likelihood of an injury. For example, the South University posting cited this research to assert that bad training habits can contribute to the severity of many sports injuries. This research was heavily cited by the author who works within the physical therapy training program for assistants. Additional postings also referred to the fact that many different factors can contribute to the presence of a sports injury. For example, overuse alone may not cause a sports injury, but it may contribute to an injury that is caused by a combination of fatigue, dehydration and inappropriate training exercises.

Physical Therapy and Recovery

Once an area is weakened by a sports injury, the physical therapist plays a crucial role in the rehabilitation of the surrounding tissues. These therapeutic protocols can help to mobilize nearby joints and restore the full range of motion over time. Pain management is also essential for the recovery process. After a sports injury, patients may experience unremitting pain. Learning techniques for pain management is essential for envisioning the final goal of recovery. Physical therapists have accumulated many hours of training. This can mitigate the discomfort by working with an experienced professional.

Sports physical therapy also covers aspects of rehabilitation that might be overlooked by other therapeutic professionals. For example, rebuilding the muscular strength around the injury requires a solid understanding of how reciprocal inhibition can affect both sides of the arm or leg. Physical therapists conduct a comprehensive analysis of the holding patterns, weakness and tenderness to determine how to approach the treatment plan. This role is crucial to the proper recovery from sports injuries. Athletes rely on the skills of physical therapist to assist them in regaining the strength, staminal and flexibility necessary to remain competitive.


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)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


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

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