If you’re a hardcore or even casual athlete, you know that sports injuries can happen at any time when you are competing, training, or simply exercising to stay in game day shape. However, your body isn’t the only thing that’s being negatively affected by the injury. Believe it or not, injuries also have a direct impact on how athletes feel from a mental standpoint. It certainly depends on the particular athlete and the extent of the injury, but emotions can hit you the hardest. In essence, you may start to feel bad because you’re sidelined from an activity that you love. For many athletes, their sport is a big part of their identity.
If that’s the case, you can easily lose a sense of yourself if you can no longer play or are out for an extended period of time. Sports are a source of friendships for many athletes. Not playing or participating can make many athletes feel left out and lonely. The vast majority of athletes are under the false impression that physical therapy only relates to relieving the pain, healing the injury, and improving upon the patient’s movement so they can get off of the sidelines and back into the game. Yet, they are wrong. Physical therapy also helps fix the mental and emotional consequences of the injury.
In essence, the recovery process may very well include feelings of anger, frustration and sadness. The athlete may even have an intense lack of motivation when it comes to their recovery process. In general, anyone who’s suffering from an injury will have his or her ups and downs. However, your overall mental health during the process will have either a positive or negative impact on your recovery. A significant part of the recovery process during physical therapy is finding things that will bring back the positivity to the patient’s life.
Any physical therapist worth their weight in salt has a full understanding that the mental and physical aspects go hand in hand with each other. That means your physical therapy team will be able to address at least some of the emotional responses that you have during your physical recovery from a sports related injury.
If you’re suffering from a sports injury, please contact our office today to set up an appointment on a day and time that’s convenient for you.
There are many things that make Quiet Corner Physical Therapy different. First and foremost, our dedicated staff is completely devoted to making your physical therapy experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. We pride ourselves on providing each and every one of our patients with industry leading individualized care and treatment plans. The number one concern of our compassionate staff is your well being. Quiet Corner has the unique ability to utilize the most effective treatment techniques and services including cupping, paraffin, dry needling, mobility tools, E-stim, TENS, taping, traction, and joint/soft tissue mobilization just to name a few.
Our entire team truly cares about educating our patients because we know how much of an important role it plays in your overall healing process. We’re also proud of the fact that we use the latest technology to show you exactly where the problem is occurring. It also goes a long way in helping us to improve your current situation.