Helping you return to the activities you love
Participating in athletics or recreational activities is an exceptional way to exercise, spend time with friends and have fun - and for some people, it’s their livelihood. However, an injury can quickly sideline your participation. Our sports physical therapy experts at Dignity Health Physical Therapy are committed to helping identify your injury or source of pain and developing a personalized treatment plan to get you back to your activities as soon as possible.
What you can expect
Your initial appointment is an evaluation. During this time, your physical therapist will listen and learn how your injury occurred and discuss your recent health history and normal activity level. Your physical therapist will then assess your injury to determine which joints, tendons, bones or muscles are affected.
During this visit, our goal is to establish a trusting relationship, understand your injury and create a recovery roadmap that gets you back to your activities pain free. Your treatment plan will be developed based on specific clinical protocols from your physical therapist and your overall goals.
If you haven’t visited a doctor prior to seeing us, we will perform screening tests to help evaluate injuries to your joints, muscles or ligaments. Once we make a diagnosis, we want you to begin treatment as soon as possible to help you return to your activities.
Your therapist may recommend one or more of the following treatment methods, along with specific manual therapy techniques, to alleviate your pain and enhance your recovery:
- Home exercise program: a tailored exercise routine targeting your specific injury along with instructions on how to properly perform each exercise
- Electrical stimulation: a technique that uses electrical impulses to create muscle contractions that promote healing
- Heat and/or cold treatment: the use of ice or heat (or both) to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain
You can expect physical therapy two to three times per week for over 30 days. Visits may vary depending on your situation and the state of your injury. For example, recovering after a torn ACL or reconstructive shoulder surgery takes considerably longer than recovering from an ankle or wrist sprain.