Basketball Series part 1: Injury and Direct Access

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Basketball Series part 1: Injury and Direct Access

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The most common injuries in basketball are sprains of the ankle and knee.  Anyone who has played the sport for any period of time has undoubtedly experienced at least one of these.  There are a few things that you can do immediately after one of these injuries that will significantly reduce your rehab time.  In the medical field, we like to use the mnemonic RICE:

  • Rest - take a few days off.
  • Ice - 20 minutes at a time, but not directly on the skin.  Placing the ice in a thin covering such as a pillowcase helps avoid burning your skin with the ice!
  • Compression - something light like an ACE wrap.  
  • Elevation - keep you ankle elevated above your heart to help reduce swelling.  
 

For persistent or more serious sprains, physical therapy is often very helpful.  Some important treatment techniques used by our physical therapists at BRPT Lake include:

  • Astym - to encourage tissue healing.
  • Joint Mobilizations/Manipulations - to decrease pain and restore joint mobility. (Shown in video above.) The Talo-Crural Long Axis Distraction Manipulation is a technique that we often use on our basketball players following an ankle sprain.  This helps to decrease pain, reduce muscular guarding, and improve joint mobility.  
  • Hivamat - to reduce swelling.
  • Cryotherapy - to decrease both swelling and pain.  
  • Dry Needling - to alleviate muscular guarding/pain.
  • And many more!

Remember, if you or someone you know suffers an injury such as a sprain, you can now come directly to physical therapy. Sprains and strains respond much more quickly to treatment when they’re in the acute phase (the first month) than they do once the condition has become chronic (anything over 30 days).  Basically the more quickly we can get you started following an injury, the more quickly you can get back to playing!   No need for a referral!  Direct Access to PT helps, because it allows our therapists to get to work on you more quickly and decrease your overall injury time.  Our therapists will also utilize their clinical expertise (we have more certified clinical specialists than any other company in the state) as well as the latest examination techniques to assess you for further injuries such as fractures.