It can be pretty confusing when you are seeking solutions for an injury and your medical professional tells you that you need to see a physical therapist. Aren’t they all created equal when it comes to creating a plan for your rehabilitation? The answer is . . . not exactly.
While it’s fairly common to find a physical therapy centre where you can achieve your goals for getting back to your daily routine, if you’ve sustained an injury as an athlete, you may need something a little bit different in order to stay the course and get back to the sports you love. So, what exactly is the difference between physical therapy and sport rehabilitation? Here’s the short answer:
- Physical Therapy – Physical therapy is designed to help you get back to your normal routine activities. If you slip and fall on the ice or trip down some stairs, your physical therapist may have activities for you to regain your balance and strength by simulating these activities.
- Sport Rehabilitation – When you’ve sustained an injury playing sports, seeing a sports therapist who can help you return to your athletic activities may make a difference in your recovery. While you may see a physical therapist to start, a sports rehabilitation specialist will simulate different activities that help you regain your stamina and help your return to your previous athletic performance once more.
Not every physical therapy office has a sports rehabilitation therapist, so it’s important to ask your medical professional for recommendations depending on their suggested course of treatment. At Heal Sports Medicine, we specialize in the treatment of a variety of sports-related injuries, and we’ll be happy to help you return to your daily routine and your favourite activities.
Contact us today if you need to schedule an appointment or have questions about sport rehabilitation.