How Physical Therapy Can Help Relieve Pain from Common Summer Injuries

Sprains, strains, back or shoulder pain and even knee injuries can afflict those taking advantage of sports activities during the balmy days of summer. It may be easy to ignore or “work around” an injury, but that decision may extend your discomfort into the fall and winter months.

“People often think if they just rest the area, it will automatically recover and feel better,” said Scott Marshall, PT, Rehabilitation Services with Passavant Area Hospital (PAH). “Sometimes that is the case, but if pain continues or causes other aggravations to movement and daily functions, it’s time to seek medical advice and potentially physical therapy.”

Physical therapy can help increase strength, improve range of motion and reduce pain. Other benefits can include proper alignment, improved function and a return to normal activities. A physical therapist will work with the patient on specific exercises and give directions on how to perform those exercises at home. A physical therapist will also help patients with:

  • Stretching: maintain flexibility and range of motion.
  • Strengthen: reduce strain on joints by strengthening surrounding muscles.
  • Movement patterns: assess how your body is compensating for injury and adjust.

If you find yourself sidelined from a favorite summer activity due to injury, talk with your primary care provider about a referral to a physical therapist.

For more information, contact our team in Rehabilitation Services at PAH at 217-245-9541, extension 3397.

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