Sports Injuries

Brady Hoffmann DPT, ATC
Owner and Founder of UpSlope PT

If you’ve recently acquired a Sports Injury, or if you’ve been battling with an ailment for a long time, it might be difficult to accept that it is anything more than minor.

However, it’s important not to give up hope. What you do have control over is yourself: your attitude, approach, and outlook. You can also take steps today to reclaim what you’ve lost or get back on track with your goals. It’s also probable that some of the changes in your life are making it difficult for you to maintain a healthy work-life balance! But don’t become discouraged; instead – embrace change as an opportunity for growth and inspiration.

You’re not the only one if you can relate to what I’m about to say. In our physio clinic at UpSlope, we see people living with an exercise-related injury all year long.

In the past, medical professionals would advise patients to “rest” or stop participating in activities that caused pain. we believe this is absurd and can actually do more harm than good by increasing your susceptibility to future injuries. Resting causes our muscles to weaken and atrophy over time! That’s why so many people who experience sports injuries often wonder:

“It’s Been Months Now - So Why am I STILL Suffering With an Injury That’s Stopping Me From Being Active and Playing My Favorite Sport?”

Most people believe that when they have a sports injury, it will heal in a few days and that they will be able to get back to their activity or exercise quickly. But then, when they return to their sport, they find themselves restricted once again—sometimes more so than before. When you rest, there usually isn’t much pain; however, as soon as you start up again, it returns and no matter how much rest you give it – it doesn’t seem to get any better.

Does That Sound Like You?

A common issue we see at our Physical Therapy Clinic is when people visit the Doctor, and are told to rest, wear a support and try painkillers. If after 4 weeks the injury hasn’t healed then they go back, only to be given morerest and stronger medication.

The problem is that when it comes to sports injuries, such as hamstrings strains and ankle sprains, complete rest seldom works. As a result, you could be perplexed and frustrated because you’ve been given contradictory advice by many people. Maybe you believe you have a back discomfort but the true source of your pain is your hip?

While it is rare to have a full-body injury, many sports injuries can be perplexing since the source of pain isn’t always the site that requires rehabilitation. If you rest for too long, other elements of your body become just as challenging!

Many individuals are unsure about exactly what “resting” entails, resulting in them to continue to put off making a decision regarding their injury and returning to exercise. Even worse, many people simply accept the notion that they will no longer be active – as if it’s normal or ‘has’ to be that way.

Is That How You Feel Too?

If You’re Currently Frustrated And Living With A Sports Injury, Here’s 7 More Reasons Why It Could Be Lasting Longer Than It Should:

1. You thought it would go away on it’s own – but it didn’t

2. You went to the Doctor who told you to rest, wear a support, and take painkillers – but the pills did nothing to help, and as soon as they wore off, you were left in agonizing pain again

3. A family member, or friend, told you that everyone is more prone to sports Injuries as they get older, so you just accepted it

4. You sought help from other Healthcare Professionals or a Physio in the past, but nothing they said or did seemed to help

5. You’ve tried using things like heating pads, ice, and sport supports but they’ve done nothing to help make the pain better or return to exercise with ease

6. You thought it would be a good idea to rest because you were in a lot of pain, but it still irritates you daily

7. You decided to get a few “sports massages” hoping that would fix the pain, but all they did was feel a bit ‘painful’ or maybe ‘relaxing’, and didn’t do anything to fix your injury long term

If any of these has happened to you, we’d be delighted to connect you with one of our physical therapists for a chat about what may be done to assist you. The fact that you’ve tried anything or everything listed is a blessing in disguise because it allows you to focus on what does work!

If you would like to speak with us over the phone and receive some advice, click the link below. The call is complementary and our only goal is to help you make an informed decision about your next steps–without any pressure to book appointments with us afterward.

Well, here’s 4 things you can do:

1. First off, you need to make a decision about getting help – Many people think that their pain will eventually go away on its own. However, often half a year later they are still in the same amount of pain, if not more. This results in them having to miss out on playing sports or working out entirely.

2. Next, do the RIGHT exercises – Recovering from an injury can be a long and difficult process, but doing the right exercises can help you recover quickly and safely. Exercises prescribed by a physical therapist will reduce pain, increase mobility, and allow you to return to your normal activities more quickly. Furthermore, these exercises can help prevent future injuries.

3. Avoid “too much rest” – Rest is critical to the recovery process, yet too much rest will accomplish nothing to help you recover more quickly. Many individuals believe that complete rest from exercise is necessary for a recovery. Blood flow is required for an injury to heal, which rest prevents. It would be much easier if you were given appropriate rehabilitation and strengthening exercises to repair your injury, as well as hands-on treatment, to get you back on your feet and in good health as soon as possible.

4. Get real, “hands-on” Physical Therapy – Physical therapy has been demonstrated to assist individuals with sports injuries. In fact, at UpSlope Physical Therapy & Performance, we help people recover from sports injuries all year round. If your problem is keeping you from playing sports or remaining active, affecting your job, or jeopardizing your independence while restricting your ability to spend quality time with family and friends – Physical Therapy may assist you in getting back to living the life you desire as soon as possible.

If you’d want to know how the Physical Therapy team at UpSlope Physical Therapy & Performance can help you get back to being active as soon and safely as possible, please contact one of our clinics for a completely free, no-obligation, risk-free appointment.

Note: This Free Total Body Diagnostic session is something that we offer to people who are very nervous or skeptical about Physical Therapy – unsure of its benefits or if it is right for them. If that sounds like you, then please start with a Free Total Body Diagnostic session so that we can work with you to find out what is wrong and what can be done – without any financial risk on your part.

So The Next Question Is...

"How Can Choosing To See A Physical Therapist at UpSlope Physical Therapy & Performance Help You Get Rid Of Your Sports Injury For Good?"

To summarize, the UpSlope Physical Therapy & Performance’s Physical Therapy staff may help you get back to life without daily painful and inconvenient sports injuries so you can enjoy doing what you love.

If you want to know what it costs – and what availability we have then please just click the button below and complete the short form:

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Kara Hofmeister
Kara Hofmeister
If you are looking for a highly skilled physical therapist, Frankie is exceptional! I went from limited movement, pain with a buldging disc at L4-5 to fully functional and pain free in 10 sessions. Highly worth it, I can’t recommend Frankie and UpSlope Physical Therapy enough!
Bruce Lundak
Bruce Lundak
I had been having shoulder pain for a year or more--pain with activity, and awakening in the night with a deep ache. Pain was definitely limiting my resistance training, such as push ups, bench press, over shoulder presses. I worked for 6 sessions with Dr. Frankie at UpSlope. She showed me stretches and exercises, and did some deep tissue treatments. We worked on mobility, stability and strength. She set up a program for me to do on my own after making sure I was doing things correctly. I am now PAIN FREE, and back to all the movements and exercises I want to do. No more waking up in pain. I would recommend UpSlope and Dr. Frankie to anyone with shoulder pain!
Brad Schlagenhauf
Brad Schlagenhauf
Dr. Frankie is fantastic. She developed a complete program over the course of a few months to rehab my injured shoulder which was dramatically impacting my everyday life and my favorite sport, climbing. She worked with me to alleviate pain, increase my range of motion, and build strength + give me the tools to avoid issues moving forward--couldn't be happier with the results.
Dana Snell
Dana Snell
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Mary Rondeau
Dr. Frankie is great! She is knowledgeable and very kind. I learned a lot about the origin of my knee and she gave me effective strategies to overcome my injury and continue to train. Thank you!
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Alex Friedman
I choose Upslope over other places from their google reviews, they did NOT disappoint. Pricing was fair, communication, follow up and professionalism was excellent. I had Frankie help me start to rehab a shoulder injury over the course of 8 weeks and I'm finally on the path to repairing that issue, still a long way to go, but she really helped me get back into the swing of the progress to heal it up so I can get back to working out and daily activities.
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Anna Histed
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Tyler Wallace
Went to Brady for some shoulder PT, he was awesome constantly looking for new ways to more specifically target my problems while educating on how to fix my movement patterns so I could avoid it in the future.
Steve Gruttemeyer
Steve Gruttemeyer
I went to Dr. Brady with a neck, shoulder and elbow injury from golfing. He answered all my questions and got me out pain. My neck and shoulder mobility is restored and im back to golfing. Dr Brady is friendly, competent and I highly recommend his services.