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A Message From Dr. James Babana, PT, DPT, Owner & Founder of Push Through Performance

If you’ve recently suffered a sports injury or have been dealing with one for some time, you might find it tempting to dismiss it as minor and try to carry on as best as possible. On the other hand, it’s also common to feel discouraged and stuck, wondering if you’ll ever be able to return to your favorite sports or activities as before.
If you’re experiencing these feelings, know that you’re not alone – we encounter individuals going through this situation frequently. Our physio clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, see people living with sports and exercise-related injuries throughout the year.
Typically, doctors and medical professionals may advise patients to rest or altogether avoid the activity that caused the injury. However, we believe this approach is counterproductive and can lead to more harm and an increased risk of future injuries. When we rest, our muscles can atrophy and weaken, which explains why so many people with sports injuries are left questioning:

"Why Does My Sports Injury Persist Despite Months of Rest, Preventing Me from Being Active and Engaging in My Favorite Sport?"

When faced with a sports injury, many believe a few days of rest will suffice, allowing them to quickly return to their regular exercise routine. However, when they resume physical activity, they find themselves still restricted, and sometimes the condition worsens compared to when it first appeared. Rest may provide temporary relief, but as soon as they resume exercise, the pain resurfaces, and no amount of rest seems to lead to improvement.
Does This Situation Resonate With You?
In our Physical Therapy Clinic, we frequently encounter another common scenario. People visit the doctor seeking help for their injuries, and the doctor advises them to take a break, rest, wear support, and take painkillers to see if the condition improves. Yet, after four weeks of following this advice, the injury remains unchanged, leading them back to the doctor for more rest and another prescription, often for stronger medication.
The truth is, when it comes to sports injuries like hamstrings, ankle sprains, and a runner’s knee, complete rest is rarely the best solution.
Perhaps you are confused and frustrated because different people have given you conflicting advice. Maybe you suspect a back problem, but the root issue lies in your hip. Sports injuries can be perplexing since the source of pain is often not the area that requires attention and rehabilitation. Prolonged rest can even lead to other body parts becoming problematic, exacerbating the situation.
This uncertainty around the concept of “resting” often causes individuals to procrastinate, hesitating to make a decision about how to address their injury and return to their exercise routine. Regrettably, many people resign themselves to believing that their active days are over, accepting it as normal or an unavoidable fate.
Do You Relate To Any Of These Frustrations While Living With A Sports Injury?

If You're Currently Struggling With A Sports Injury, Here Are Seven Reasons Why It Might Be Lasting Longer Than It Should:

  1. You hoped it would resolve on its own, but the injury persists.
  2. Despite the doctor’s advice to rest, wear supports, and take painkillers, the relief is temporary, and the pain returns once the medication wears off.
  3. You’ve accepted that sports injuries are inevitable with age, so you resigned yourself to the pain.
  4. In the past, seeking help from other healthcare professionals or a physio yielded no significant improvement.
  5. You attempted various remedies like heating pads, ice, and sports supports, but they provided little relief, and the pain hindered your return to exercise.
  6. Resting seemed reasonable to alleviate the pain, but it still bothers you daily.
  7. Attempting “sports massages” in the hope of a lasting fix only resulted in short-term pain or momentary relaxation, failing to address the injury in the long run.
If any of these scenarios resonate with you, we’d be delighted to assist you by inviting you to schedule a call with one of our physical therapists. Together, we can explore what can be done to alleviate your condition. The fact that you’ve already tried various approaches is a positive sign, bringing you closer to finding the best solution.
Click the link below to book a call with us if you want sound advice over the phone. The call is complimentary, and there’s no obligation to schedule any appointments with us afterward. Our primary goal is to help you make an informed decision about your next steps.

"How Can You Alleviate Sports Injuries?"

Sure, here are four essential steps you can take to alleviate sports injuries:
  1. Make a Prompt Decision: Don’t delay seeking help for your injury. Many people put off getting assistance, hoping the pain will resolve independently. However, waiting too long often leads to persistent or worsening conditions and the inability to participate in sports or exercise.
  1. Perform the Right Exercises: Engaging in the appropriate series of progressive exercises is crucial for a speedy and safe recovery. A skilled Physical Therapist can guide you with tailored exercises that reduce pain, promote free movement, and ensure a swift return to sports while preventing future issues.
  1. Avoid Excessive Rest: Although rest is essential for recovery, excessive rest can impede healing. Proper recovery and strengthening exercises and hands-on treatment aid in the healing process by encouraging blood flow and swift rehabilitation.
  1. Seek Expert Physical Therapy: Professional Physical Therapy has a proven track record in assisting individuals with sports injuries. At Push Through Performance clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, we specialize in helping people recover from sports injuries throughout the year. Whether your injury affects your sports activities, daily job, independence, or quality time with loved ones, Physical Therapy can help you regain an active and fulfilling life.
If you’re curious about how the Physical Therapy team at Push Through Performance can assist you in a quick and safe return to an active lifestyle, we welcome you to start with a free, no-obligation, risk-free appointment at one of our clinics.

Note: We understand that some individuals may feel nervous or skeptical about Physical Therapy, uncertain about its benefits or suitability for their needs. If this resonates with you, we encourage you to begin with our Free Total Body Diagnostic session. This session allows us to collaborate with you, identifying the issues and potential solutions without any financial risk on your part.

Discover The Difference Push Through Performance Can Make In Overcoming Your Sports Injury For Good.

We aim to empower you to move freely without fear of worsening pain, enabling you to relish life again. Our dedicated Physical Therapy team in Scottsdale, Arizona, is ready to help you break free from daily sports injuries and resume your active lifestyle.
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