How sports medicine can restore function after an injury
Rehabilitation services get you on the road to recovery
Suffering from a sports-related injury can be challenging in many ways. You may not know where to start, but you know you want to get back to your activity, as quickly as possible. Whether you’re a varsity athlete or participate on a recreational level, being active is an important part of your life. Below are different types of rehabilitation and sports medicine services that may be able to help you or your athlete get on the road to recovery.
Following your injury or surgery, physical therapy will maximize your recovery time and ensure a successful healing process. Physical Therapists work with patients to establish goals, and restore mobility, strength and balance. Treatments include many different methods, but most commonly include stretches and exercises to help strengthen muscles and return you to a desired activity. Physical Therapists will also educate you about your injury diagnosis, or surgery to help you fully understand your situation and potential outcomes.
Sports medicine patients often will start by seeing an Athletic Trainer to assess the severity of an injury or pain. Athletic Trainers are certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and are licensed professionals in New York. At Adirondack Health, community members can start with a short, free screening by an Athletic Trainer, who will then offer advice on the options available to the patient or, which may include a referral to a physician or medical provider for further assessment and detailed diagnosis. Common referrals also may include: physical therapy, occupational therapy or a medical specialist for a more thorough assessment.
Occupational therapy is similar to physical therapy. Occupational therapy helps patients to regain independence by working on daily tasks and activities. Different daily tasks may include: buttoning a shirt, eating with utensils and even driving a car. This type of therapy is often utilized while a patient is recovering from injury, but it is also helpful for patients who are suffering from brain injury, stroke, arthritis and upper extremity conditions, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tendonitis and fractures.
In-patient rehabilitation services help patients during the very important first days of recovery while in the hospital by assisting patients in improving function in their daily lives. It is most common after total joint replacement surgery, including a hip or knee replacement, or surgery to repair a broken bone. In-patient rehabilitation helps patients regain mobility as their surgery site is healing and teaches them skills to continue caring for themselves at home.
Motion analysis lab
The motion analysis lab can be used for sports medicine patients at varying stages of their recovery. Through the use of advanced video analysis software, Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists evaluate movement and functional deficiencies. The motion analysis lab is helpful to athletes who have suffered any injury, and feel their performance is not to the level they would like it to be. Adirondack Health provides all of these rehabilitation and sports medicine services and more. Schedule an appointment for a free community screening assessment today.
Adirondack Medical Center
2233 State Route 86
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Phone: (518) 897-2697
29 Church St.
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: (518) 523-8580
Tupper Lake Rehabilitation
55 Church St.
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Phone: (518) 359-2479