Therapy after Athletic Procedure

Athletic procedures have different guidelines depending on several factors, including the extent of the injury itself. Maybe you sprained your ankle and it hasn`t been the same since, or recently tore your ACL on the squash court. Regardless of the type injury you had, an athletic procedure was recommended. Having completed the procedure you`re ready to move on, ready to hit the track as if you were 18 all over again.

At this point, however, caution is important. You`ll get there, but first you’ll need to commence a physical therapy routine prescribed and overseen by the appropriate medical professionals. Depending on the type of procedure you are recovering from, physical therapy rehabilitation can last from several weeks to several months. Your body has adapted to your injury. Over time these adaptations become second nature to your body and it takes time, practice and injury specific exercises to retrain your body to operate the way it was designed, without pain.

Generally, post-procedure physical therapy begins with rest, allowing your body the opportunity to recover from the immediate effects of the procedure. Your medical team will be able to guide you as to the time period and whether ice and elevation are necessary. Hip, knee and ankle procedures usually mean you will spend some time on crutches in order to keep weight off the affected area. Depending on the procedure, a brace may also be required.

Following the initial recovery phase you will enter into a more active stage of therapy. Your doctor will evaluate range of motion if necessary. Exercises will be prescribed which are designed to increase your range of motion. At this point strength training can commence as well. Depending on the amount of time you lived with your injury, and your post-procedure rest period, your muscles in the affected area may have been on an extended vacation. Thera-Band and balance exercises are often used to develop strength in muscles that are not used to working. Patience is key during this phase of your recovery. A careful and conscientious exercise schedule must be followed, as per your doctor`s orders. These exercises may seem tedious, fortunately many can be done at home and only require a few minutes several times per day.

Therapy will start to move in the direction of a gradual return to normal athletic activities. Light work on the treadmill, and time in the pool are both common treatment options. You will continue to see your Therapist on a regular basis in order to continue progress and evaluate improvement. As strength and range of motion return to normal, so will your ability to engage in the types of activities you enjoy. Your medical team will decide when you are ready to return to demanding physical activity.

Remember that your athletic procedure is not an instant solution. Exercise and patience are required to regain the strength and motion you enjoyed before your injury. An ongoing partnership with your doctor and physical therapist will be necessary to realize the full benefits of your procedure.

AAA Medical Solutions in San Antonio, Texas is the area’s premier post athletic procedure treatment center. We pride ourselves on our patient first philosophy and comprehensive care options. We look forward to working with athletes to provide the best therapy options available ensuring a safe and speedy recovery.