About Sports Rehabilitation
Restoring the musculoskeletal system of an athlete to full flexibility and strength requires a different approach to rehabilitation than the general population.
Our Physical Therapists are former and current athletes, being involved in dance, martial arts, cycling, running, swimming, soccer, and more. We understand the physical demands that athletes undergo.
The Physical Therapy team at Park Sports apply their professional expertise and evidence-based knowledge to return injured athletes to their optimal performance.
At Park Sports Physical Therapy, our therapists work collaboratively with athletes to help them recover quickly to regain mobility, balance, and strength to ensure high performance after treatment.
If surgery is required for your sports injury, our sports rehabilitation experts can help you prepare for surgery to ensure the best results after the procedure.
Postoperative rehabilitation requires special physical therapy protocols in order to:
- Reduce pain
- Reestablish normal range of motion
- Progressively increase strength and endurance
- Prevent muscle atrophy
Some of the more common surgical procedures we treat are:
- ACL Reconstruction
- Shoulder Rotator Cuff
- Achilles Tendon Repair
- Lateral Ankle Ligaments Repair
- Ankle Arthroscopy
- UCL Reconstruction
- Hip Arthroscopy
- Knee Arthroscopy
- Knee Dislocation Reconstruction
- Total Knee Replacement
Common Conditions and Injuries Treated
Your ankle is made up of many ligaments that help connect and stabilize the joint. Sprains occur when ligaments are overstretched and/or torn. Sprains come in different forms of severity and can happen to anyone at any age. Athletes, especially those who run, skate, ski, or require quick pivots and changes in direction on their feet are more prone to receive this injury.
Symptoms of a sprained ankle can include swelling, bruising, sensitivity to touch, and/or instability or inability to put weight on the ankle. With more severe cases, such as a complete tearing of the ligament, patients describe a “popping” sound when the sprain occurs. These kinds of injuries require immediate care.
It is strongly recommended that you see a physical therapist if you sprained your ankle since lack of treatment can weaken the ankle and make it susceptible to future injuries.
The goal of rehabilitation is to strengthen the ankle’s muscles and ligaments. Our therapists create custom treatment plans to ensure that restore range of motion, prevent stiffness, and increase the flexibility of the ankle.
Groin strains are a kind of injury that can range from mild to severe affecting any of the adductor muscles in the inner thigh, usually in the form of a tear or rupture. Sports involving running with quick changes of direction, kicking against a resistance (like a ball or martial arts), or overstretching the adductor muscles (like a deep lunge or high kick). The symptoms can vary from a sharp pain to bruising and swelling in the inner thigh.
Treatment can include stretching, strengthening, performing progressive functional and sports specific movements and exercises to help restore the muscle back to full function.
Hamstring strains occur when the muscle is overstretched or receives a sudden force, such as poorly landing on the ground from a high jump. This injury is most common in dancers and athletes that require sprinting such as soccer, basketball, track, and football.
There are a number of reasons an athlete can experience a strain. Some of them include tightness in the muscles due to lack of stretching, muscle imbalances – usually occurring when certain muscles are stronger than the opposite muscle group, or generally having weak muscles.
Symptoms include swelling after a few hours of injury, bruising, and weakness of the hamstring that can last a few weeks.
Depending on the severity of the strain, our therapists may prescribe a knee splint to immobilize the leg to let it heal. In most cases, a standard treatment program would be designed to increase flexibility and strengthen the muscle. Our physical therapists work closely with athletes to ensure they recover with a full range of motion after treatment.
Our physical therapists are also skilled in postoperative rehabilitation should the patient undergo surgery for more severe hamstring strains.
Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
A common injury to runners, shin splints is described as a pain that comes on gradually on the inside of the lower leg around the shin bone. People usually feel soreness the day after a long run, long walk, hike, sprinting, or jumping for a long period of time. Irritation occurs when the muscles of the lower leg pull on the sheath covering the shin bone. Pain will vary depending on the intensity or length of training.
Runners who experience shin splints frequently should see a physical therapist for an assessment of their gait while they run or walk. With a few a adjustments and exercises to improve their running form, they will be better equipped to prevent shin splints from happening.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Sprain / Tear
This is a very common sports injury that can occur from changing direction rapidly, stopping suddenly, slowing down while running, landing from a jump incorrectly, or direct contact or collision. Your knee is a joint that connects the thigh bone, kneecap, and shin bone together by 4 ligaments, one of them being the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). An ACL tear or sprain can cause pain and swelling in the knee and can affect your balance due to the inability to put weight on the injured knee.
Your doctor may order x-rays or an MRI to properly diagnose an ACL injury. Our physical therapists are sports specialists.
Meet the Sports Rehabilitation Team
Park Sports Physical Therapy142 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215(718) 398-8800
Park Sports Physical Therapy670 6th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215(718) 369-2560
Park Sports Physical Therapy973 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238(718) 622-0224