With March Madness in full swing, we’ve got basketball on the mind – as many people do at this time every year. While many people are focused on their brackets, we physical therapists tend to focus more on the potential injuries that basketball players can sustain. In this physical therapy patient education article, we are going to discuss a few of the more common injuries sustained on the basketball court, and how physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for these injuries.
Common Basketball Injuries
Basketball isn’t a full contact sport like football or hockey, but that doesn’t mean that basketball players are immune from injury. Here are a few of the most common injuries that players can sustain on the court:
- Ankle Injuries (sprains, strains, fractures)
- Knee Injuries (ACL, MCL, Meniscus tears)
- Shoulder Injuries (Rotator Cuff tears)
- Hand & Wrist Injuries (sprains, dislocations, fractures)
These injuries can impact players of all levels and ages – from NBA all-stars, to NCAA players, to elementary school children playing at recess. No matter what your age, if you sustain an injury on the basketball court, physical therapy can help you recover from your injury, reduce pain, and improve your range-of-motion. Many professional basketball players have designated physical therapists on hand to address any injuries they sustain. Most non-professional ball players can’t afford such a luxury, but can still benefit greatly from a physical therapy consultation after an injury.
Minnesota Physical Therapy for Basketball Injuries
OrthoRehab Specialists has been providing physical therapy and rehabilitation services to patients throughout Minnesota for the past twenty-five years. Our physical therapists provide direct access to PT care in Minnesota. That means you get to make an appointment whether or not you have a prior prescription from another physician. We are also highly trusted among our peers – with over 600 providers who regularly refer their patients to us for continued care. If you have been injured on the basketball court, contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our Twin Cities physical therapists. Our primary rehabilitation clinics are located in Edina and Minneapolis.
PT of Costa Rican National Soccer Team for 2007 World Cup in Victoria, CAN. Clinical Instructor for University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy Affiliations