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Sports Injury Treatment for common symptoms and causes of sports injuries is essential.  Common sports injuries include strains, sprains, swollen muscles, fractures, rotator cuff injuries, and dislocations.

Some injuries are acute, meaning they result from sudden accidents that may trigger severe symptoms. Others are chronic, overuse conditions that may trigger subtler symptoms over time.

Depending on their nature, sports injuries may produce varying symptoms and complications. Fortunately, most injuries can be corrected with sports injury therapy and athletes can return to a satisfying level of performance after proper treatment.

Types of Sports Injuries

Some of the more common include:

  • Torn ligaments and tendons

  • Swollen muscles

  • Rotator cuff injury

  • Nose fractures

  • Muscle sprains and strains

  • Knee joint injuries

  • Hamstring strain

  • Groin strain

  • Fractures

  • Dislocated joints

  • Dental damage

  • Cuts and abrasions

  • Concussion

  • Achilles tendon rupture

Causes of Sports Injury

Some sports injuries result from accidents. Others may be attributed to:

  • Poor training practices

  • Overuse

  • Lack of conditioning

  • Insufficient warm-up and stretching

  • Improper equipment

  • Impact


Don’t let a tight hamstring, stiff shoulder, aching back or burning sensation running down your leg turn into a bigger problem than it is OR keep holding you back from getting back to the ring, the rink, the field, court or green. Get relief today and avoid the 55%+ failure rate of drugs and surgeries to fix your pain. You deserve the facts!

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Symptoms of Sports Injury

While many sports injuries cause immediate pain or discomfort, others, like overuse injuries, might develop over time and result in long-term damage.
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Acute Sports Injury Symptoms
  • Tenderness in the hand, arm, or wrist

  • Swelling

  • Sudden, severe pain

  • Not being able to put weight on a leg, knee, ankle, or foot

  • Inability to move joints normally

  • Extreme weakness in the leg or arm

  • A joint or bone that is visibly out of place

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Chronic Sports Injury Symptoms
  • Swelling

  • Pain when you play or exercise

  • A dull ache when you rest

Diagnosing Sports Injuries

If you think you have a sports injury, your physician may require a physical examination and ask questions about your exercise habits and any previous injuries. Imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI scans may also be necessary to rule out fractures and bone changes.

Traditional Treatments (that Can Actually Harm You)

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  • Medication - Doctors often recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen to minimize swelling and relieve pain from sports injuries.

  • Steroid injections - If medications alongside ice and rest don’t reduce pain, doctors might prescribe steroid injections to the affected area.

  • Surgery – Dislocated bones and rotator cuff injuries often require surgery, especially if surrounding blood vessels, nerves or ligaments have been damaged.

While doctors have good intentions, they are really just treating your pain symptoms with these treatments, even surgery.  These treatments have risks like accidental overdose or infections, just to name two. And they delay the actual treatment that will help you long-term. These treatments are not addressing the ROOT CAUSE of the pain, which is most often a musculoskeletal problem. Poor motion in one or more areas of your body can cause the problem that is causing your pain. Only good physical therapy can address the root causes and relieve pain for good.

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Traditional treatments have been found to only work 45% of the time. Prescription drugs and surgery may also come with a risk of serious complications.

Our Superior Method offers a safer, more effective, and virtually pain-free path to healing. By identifying and managing the underlying cause of pain, our procedures aim to provide lasting relief no matter what sports injury you have.

  • Full-body Movement Assessment

    The most important element of healing is identifying the cause. The cause is a movement disorder somewhere else in the body that is creating more stress in the injured area than the tissue can handle. A full body movement assessment is the most important aspect in finding the true cause. This involves assessing how mobile and stable the areas above and below the injured tissues are.  Once the dysfunctional areas are identified the physical therapist can then prescribe home treatments to fix the problem areas. 

  • Hands-on Therapy with Movement

    In order to improve motion in the dysfunctional areas that are causing the increased stress on the painful injured tissues the most effect way to make a change in the body is to have a physical therapist use their hands to facilitate the proper motion while you are moving at the same time. This helps improve the path the body takes in order to reduce stress and tenson on the injured area.  

  • Prescriptive Home Exercise Program

    The Superior Method aims to educate patients on how the body moves to safely ease pain and restore function.

    With our smartphone app called Movement RX, we empower patients with the knowledge and tools needed to attain long-term physical freedom. All of the instructions provided by your physician will also be video-recorded and sent directly to your email or mobile device.

  • Applied Functional Science

    This principles-based method is designed to improve how the mind, body, and spirit work together to facilitate complete healing. All Superior Physical Therapy providers are Fellows of Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute. This organization is led by the reputable physical therapist, Dr. Gary Gray.

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  • Deep Muscle Stimulation

    Mechanical vibrations that penetrate deep into the muscle tissue enable tissue regeneration and improve the lactic cycle, which is one of the most common causes of pain. The procedure also helps boost circulation and lymphatic flow to alleviate pain.

  • Dry Needling

    A fast, safe, and virtually pain-free method to reduce pain and address musculoskeletal presentations. In dry needling, trigger points or local contractures are stimulated by monofilament needles.

  • McKenzie Therapy

    The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is a distinguished and internationally researched method of diagnosis and treatment for spinal and extremity musculoskeletal conditions. Created by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie, this system has been used globally for over 60 years.

    MDT-certified clinicians assess and treat all types of musculoskeletal disorders including complications in the spine, muscles, tendons, and extremity joints.

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Book Your No Risk Sports Recovery Consultation Today

Don’t let a simple injury become a debilitating one, get treatment that will help you get back to the rink, the ring, the court or the pool today! Book your complementary path forward consultation with pain and movement specialist, Dr. Andrew Gorecki.

On this call you will be asked some basic questions as well as provided more information about how to treat your pain. Don’t delay, pick up the phone and call 231.944.6541 or request a consultation today before spots fill up.

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