Though many people aren’t even aware of E-sports (video game competitions), they have gained in popularity over the past several years. Just like any competitors, E-sports players can sustain injuries that can impair their ability to compete. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to talk about E-sports injuries and how physical therapy can help.
Types of E-Sports Injuries
When most people think of E-sports they don’t picture players getting injured – they are sitting down in front of screens after all. But the fact is, E-sports players can sustain injuries. Sitting for long periods of time and using controllers, and keyboards for hours at a time day after day can take a toll on the body. Here are some of the more common E-sports injuries that players can sustain:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Finger sprains
Physical Therapy as Treatment
Physical therapy is an excellent treatment option for these types of E-sports injuries. Because physical therapy is non-invasive, it’s a great strategy to try first (prior to investigating injections, medication, or surgery). A physical therapist can work with you to address the extent of your injury and develop a treatment strategy that works for you. Depending on your situation, treatment may include various stretches and exercises, as well as other modalities. A physical therapist can also help optimize the ergonomics of your gaming setup to help prevent future injuries.
Get the Rehabilitation Care you Need
Physical therapy can get you moving again after an accident or surgical procedure. At OrthoRehab Specialists, our Minnesota physical therapists have nearly three decades of experience helping patients through tough recoveries. Reach out to us today to set up an appointment with one of our physical therapy experts. Our primary clinics are located in Edina and downtown Minneapolis, but we provide care for patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding area! We offer direct access to physical therapy so you can make an appointment with us even without a prescription or referral.
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