6 Most Common Sports Injuries That Physical Therapists Treat


Sports and physical activity can benefit your health. The benefits of exercise offer stress relief, improving one’s mood, and can provide a better night’s sleep. However, with sport activities comes the risk of an injury. Here are some common sports injuries we see at IRG Physical & Hand Therapy:

Torn Ligaments & Tendons: Some of the most painful injuries stem from tearing muscles in the groin, hip, knee and shoulder. At times surgery is needed to repair the tear, followed by several months of physical therapy to recondition the damaged tissue.

Tendinitis: Tendinitis is a common condition that involves inflammation of the soft tissue around muscles and bones, most often in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, or ankle.

Fractures: From skiing to walking, people have been injured and put into a cast. During this time the fracture is immobilized, the muscles weaken. Physical therapy helps return the muscle tissue to a healthy state following an injury.

Arthritis: A number of athletes deal with arthritis as a result of repetitive motion, such as swinging a racket or throwing a ball. Similar to other injuries such as tears or sprains, arthritis can be treated with physical therapy.

Dislocations: Dislocations are joint injuries that force the ends of your bones out of position. The cause is often a fall or a blow, most often from a contact sport.

Low Back Pain: Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. If you have back pain that lasts longer than six weeks, you should consider stopping by one of our clinics for a free injury screen.

“A lot of the injuries tend to meld into one because one issue can beget another. Often times deficits at one muscle or muscle group can result in tendinopathies that are uncomfortable, but bearable so the athlete works through it until a more severe injury occurs such as a sprain, tear, or even a traumatic issue like a dislocation. A good example of this is in younger female athletes they tend to develop hip weakness from developing a wider pelvis and increasing the angle of the femur inward. Due to that femoral angle and weakness the medial and anterior knee experiences greater pressure and pain, which results in patellofemoral syndrome or medial knee pain from meniscus strain. If left untreated, during their sport the athlete may go to move and the pressure exceeds the tissues ability to sustain the pressure and an ACL, meniscus, or MCL tear can occur.”  – Lauren Van Dyken, PT, DPT

Physical therapists see many types of sports injuries in the clinic. You owe it to yourself to make your health a priority. Ask an IRG PT in your community how to promote a safe return to your activity.

Lauren Van Dyken, PT, DPT