When normal activity is compromised by an injury, our orthopedic and sports medicine specialists and physical and occupational therapists work to restore the patient’s normal movement and active lifestyle as closely as possible, as quickly as feasible. Our highly trained staff helps our orthopedic and sports medicine patients get back to living life at their own pace.
At Olathe Health System, our physical and occupational therapists work closely with our orthopedic and sports medicine doctors to get patients back to life without pain and ready to go back to their sports.
Rehabilitation therapy is about restoring normal movement patterns. The therapist makes sure the strength is returned, flexibility or range of motion is sufficient, and that the patient can still perform the complex movement patterns of the sport.
This is such an important part of recovery because if the patient does not get the normal movement back, they will have problems down the line, even if the joint is replaced. The therapist will do a full musculoskeletal evaluation to test the patient’s strength, coordination and flexibility. He or she will also assess the patient’s movement patterns. The therapist will determine how to get the patient back to normal, and create an individualized treatment plan for each patient based on their needs and goals. Olathe Health System has board certified clinical specialists in sports physical therapy.
For more information about our physical and occupational rehabilitation programs, visit www.olathehealth.org/rehab
Tips to Prevent Sports Injuries
- Progressively train your body for the demands of any sport slowly and systematically. Jumping into any sport you have not conditioned your body for will increase your risk for injury.
- Modest warm up and cool down are important to prevent muscle injury. Stretching before and after activity is important too. This is of more importance if you are sprinting in your sport as quadriceps and hamstrings are then more prone to injury.
- ALWAYS wear appropriate protective equipment for a given sport. It is also important to use the equipment how it is designed to be used, especially when involving contact sports.
- Lower extremity (ankle, knee, hip) injuries are often linked to weak and under-trained gluteal and core muscle groups. Strength and conditioning programs should include these groups.