Healing Basketball Injuries Through Physical Therapy

Whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, injuries can happen when you’re playing your sport of choice. Basketball is a fast-paced game full of jumping, cutting, and quick starts and stops that can sometimes lead to injuries. While it may be tempting to try to get back out on the court as soon as possible, it’s a better idea in the long run to make sure you are fully healed first. Physical therapy can help you heal your basketball injuries, and may also reduce the chances of future injuries or re-injuring yourself. Keep reading to learn more about healing basketball injuries through physical therapy.

Common Injuries

Basketball involves your entire body, so it’s fairly common to experience injuries everywhere from your feet to your knees to your hands. Sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries in basketball, and can result from the ankles rolling during a cut, or an improper landing after jumping to grab a rebound. Stop and go cutting can put stress on the knees, resulting in injuries ranging from a torn meniscus to a torn medial cruciate ligament or anterior cruciate ligament. In some cases, these injuries can be treated with ice, support, rest, and physical therapy, while in other cases surgery may be required.

Healing

One of the most important reasons that you should not rush your return to the basketball court after an injury is the risk of re-injury. If you do not give your body enough time to heal, the area of injury will be weak and susceptible to getting hurt again. By going to physical therapy for a basketball injury, you will not only be treated to speed the healing process, but you’ll also learn how to exercise the affected area to strengthen it. When you return after physical therapy, you’ll be healed and you’ll know how to take care of your injured joint to prevent re-injury.

Visit Baxter & Walsh Physical Therapy at one of our two New York locations when you have a sports injury that’s keeping you down. Contact us in Bay Shore at (631) 206-2989 or in Wantagh at (516) 826-0116 to let us help you get back in the game.