We are deep in the throes of winter here in Minnesota, but Minnesotans have never let a little cold keep them from playing sports outside. Broomball is a popular winter sport in the state. If you’ve never played it before, it’s like ice hockey, but without skates and using a ball instead of a puck. Unlike hockey, most broomball players don’t wear a lot of protective gear, which can lead to some serious injuries. In this article, we are going to talk about a handful of the most common injuries a person can sustain while playing broomball, and how physical therapy can help treat each of these injuries.
Running around and trying to stop and start on ice is challenging. These maneuvers put a heavy tax on your feet and ankles and can lead to ankle sprains and various fractures. Depending on the extent of the injury, treatment may include physical therapy, casting, or surgery (in the most extreme cases).
Leg & Knee Injuries
Lower body injuries are the most common among broomball players. Leg fractures, and ACL/MCL injuries are not at all uncommon among broomball players. Physical therapy can be a great help in reducing pain from such injuries and returning range-of-motion to the patient.
Back & Spine Injuries
Slipping on the ice and landing on your back can lead to herniated spinal discs, pinched nerves, and back muscle strains. Spinal injuries need to be addressed as soon as possible to avoid any potential permanent nerve damage.
Twin Cities Physical Therapy
At OrthoRehab Specialists, our team of experienced Minneapolis physical therapists has been treating patients with sports-related injuries for over twenty-five years. We offer direct access to physical rehabilitation care (so you don’t have to get a prescription before making an appointment). In addition, we have trusted relationships with over 600 local doctors and providers who regularly send their patients to our clinic for continued care. Give us a call today at our Twin Cities physical therapy clinics located in Edina and Minneapolis, and set up your appointment with one of our skilled Minnesota physical therapists.