Sports therapy (or sports rehabilitation) can be an efficient, safe, cost-effective, and fast way to treat a sports-related injury. If you are an athlete suffering from an injury or issue, you’re likely eager to get back out there and get back on top of your game. Whether you have an injury like a sprain, a collision or trauma, or simply strain from giving your all to your sport, sports rehabilitation can get you back in the game. Sports physical therapists are highly educated and experienced specifically in treating sports injuries. And at Peake Physical Therapy, we know how important it is for you as an athlete to get back to your favorite activity.
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What is sports therapy?
Sports physical therapy consists of a personalized treatment plan designed to get you back in the game. You will work one-on-one with your sports physical therapist to treat your injury or condition and will strengthen muscles to prevent future injuries. Your treatment plan will cater to your overall health, injury, and the sport of your choice.
Your sports physical therapist will use a variety of techniques to get you back in the game. These include:
- Manual therapy
- Tailored stretches
- Tailored exercises
- Muscle rebuilding
- Strengthening techniques
- Massage and deep tissue massage
- Hot and cold therapy
- Technology like electromagnetic therapy
One of the biggest benefits of sports therapy is that your plan of care is designed just for you, your specific injury, and the sports of your choice.
What sports injuries can be treated with sports rehab?
Physiotherapy can work nearly any type of sports injury.. While all physical therapists go through extensive graduate-level education to address issues throughout the entire human body, many physical therapists take on additional training to focus specifically on sports injuries. Some of the most common sports injuries that can benefit from sports rehabilitation therapy include:
- Sprained ankle or wrist
- Spinal injuries
- Neck injuries
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Torn muscles of ligaments
- Shine splints
- Tennis elbow
- Knee injuries
These are just a few sports injuries that sports physical therapy can help. From tight muscles to full-on bone breaks, sports physical therapy is a great choice to keep you at your best level as an athlete.
How can sports rehabilitation help after surgery?
Sports physical therapy is highly recommended after surgery. And for one simple reason: it works! Athletes know that the road to recovery after a sports-related injury is never fast or easy. But they also know that sports PT can make the journey to a full recovery go faster and easier.
Sports therapy will make you stronger and more mobile after undergoing surgery. From increasing your mobility and functionality to reducing pain, rehab can help you get back on top of your game as an athlete.
How much does sports therapy cost?
Depending on how extensive your injury is, sports rehabilitation therapy usually costs between $75 to $150 per session if you are paying out of pocket. Fortunately, if you have insurance you will usually pay between $20 and $55 dollars if you’ve already paid your deductible. The national average cost of a sports therapy session is $75 if you’re paying out of pocket. The minimum cost of a session is $20 and the maximum cost of a session is $350. Additionally, the cost of sports PT in a hospital is usually more expensive than outpatient sports rehabilitation.
Does insurance pay for sports therapy?
Like standard physical therapy, rehabilitation for a sports injury is usually covered by your insurance. Your insurance company will generally cover you in one of two ways:
- Your insurance company pays a percentage of each visit. For example, you may only have to pay 10 to 20 percent of the cost of each visit.
- Your insurance company covers the cost of rehab for a certain amount of sessions. Once you have exceeded that amount you will pay out of pocket or will need to return to your healthcare provider to show that continued sports therapy is necessary for your medical health.