SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS MEDICINE FOR SPORTS PERFORMANCE

SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS MEDICINE FOR SPORTS PERFORMANCE

July 28, 2023

Sports medicine physical therapy, or orthopedic and sports physical therapy, involves training to strengthen the parts of your body that are most susceptible to injuries. You can use this training to increase your peak performance, as injury prevention, or after an injury occurs to return to the sports you love.

WHAT CAUSES SPORTS INJURIES?

Sports injuries occur even in the fittest professional athletes. Repetitive stress and lack of cross-training give rise to injuries that greatly reduce performance. Traumatic injuries threaten the longevity and peak someone is able to achieve in the sports they love. This can lead to other barriers to recovery, such as anxiety, a decrease in confidence, and altered body mechanics. Sports Medicine can help athletes recover from all of the above. Physical Therapy takes Sports Medicine that much further by helping athletes to prevent injuries that cause these declines in performance.

WHAT HELPS SPEED UP YOUR RECOVERY?

Having a doctor of physical therapy advocate for you definitely speeds up your recovery, and not all clinics are willing to advocate for you. In another clinic I previously worked for, Mrs. Smith (name changed for privacy) tore her ACL and had knee surgery. Before her surgery Mrs. Smith was active, playing and coaching basketball. Her insurance required that she have her sessions authorized before receiving service, which immediately created barriers for her recovery.

Mrs. Smith had to wait for 2 weeks after her initial evaluation before she could receive any follow up care. Receiving physical therapy right on time after surgery is absolutely crucial for recovery. So, she started behind. When she did finally receive authorization, she was only given five sessions over two weeks.

This recovery process takes months and sometimes years to regain full function, and her insurance company waited two weeks to tell her she could go for two weeks, unless her physical therapist applied to extend her care. This process of submitting authorization delayed her care on multiple occasions, and ultimately the insurance company cut her therapy short because they had determined that she had recovered “enough.”

Mrs. Smith was able to put weight through her knee, but was not even close to her goal of coaching and playing basketball again. Her care was cut short, which drastically increased the risk of reinjuring her knee and causing further damage. At Bateman Therapy Services, we have a working relationship with insurances to ensure we advocate for your recovery, we don’t just accept when insurance companies put your health on the back burner.

HOW IS ORTHOPEDIC AND SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY AT BATEMAN THERAPY SERVICES DIFFERENT?

Each athlete will have a tailored, sport-specific physical therapy program. We make sure to address all key characteristics to optimize performance for each sport.
We don’t need to receive approval before we start care; your health is of the utmost importance and so is starting you on the path to recovery. Orthopedic and sports physical therapy involves training to improve muscle groups surrounding the trauma site to protect it, but many insurance companies don’t cover this care.

SPORTS INJURY PREVENTION

Sports medicine physical therapy or orthopedic and sports physical therapy can actually prevent a sports injury. Unfortunately, many insurances don’t reimburse for injury prevention, it’s really an unfortunate system that isn’t focused on your health, because terrible injuries can take a few weeks to a few months to prevent, but in some cases over a year to recover from. If you are strong enough in the right muscles to protect vulnerable joints, an injury is much less likely to occur. Talk to your physical therapist about the muscles you should strengthen to protect the vulnerable joints for the sport you play and how to avoid overuse injuries.

CONCLUSION

At Bateman Therapy Services, we have a working relationship with insurance companies and we are in a position to protect your best interest. Our goal is to help you become more confident in how you move through life and/or progress you to our Wellness Program to maintain your gains. The reality of a mobile clinic that works with insurances to determine the best route for your care is that you will be working with someone who values your time and health as much as you do; you don’t have to rely on the mercy of an insurance company looking to make a pay day from your misery. Your care needs here are based on your goals, so you can focus on healing.

Bateman Therapy Services removes the barriers imposed by insurance companies so that you can fully and successfully recover. Call today to schedule an appointment and start your path to living the life you want to lead.

ABOUT BATEMAN THERAPY SERVICES

Bateman Therapy Services is a family-owned professional physical therapy practice that focuses on providing you the best physical therapy you can order to your door so you can skip the physical therapy clinic. Mobile physical therapy allows us to easily provide physical therapy to Livermore, Pleasanton, Danville, San Ramon and the surrounding area.

Many people treat physical therapy the same as any other pain management, like massage, chiropractic care, and acupuncture. However, physical therapy is different because the goal is to prevent your pain before it happens. Physical therapy keeps you living the life you want to live, and helps train you for the life you want to lead. Massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care, and even some other physical therapy practices only treat the symptoms of a condition. You end up coming back for months without feeling better, but when you pair massage, acupuncture and/or chiropractic care with physical therapy you can use them to enhance your road to recovery.

We specialize in all conditions of movement, including but not limited to: sports medicine, lower back pain, stretches for sciatica, hip labral tear, shoulder labrum, arthritis, outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy, and more. We can also can help you find a car accident attorney to help you claim a settlement for a car accident. For the best physical therapy near you, click the button below to contact Bateman Therapy Services.

If you’re an athlete looking to increase your performance or recover from an injury, click the button below to schedule an appointment with our licensed doctor of physical therapy.

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