Minnesota is known as The State of Hockey. Whether it’s watching the Wild, or playing in a pond hockey league, Minnesotans all over the state love hockey. However, hockey is an intense physical sport that often leads to injuries. Heck, when most people think of a hockey player, they picture a person with a bruises face and missing teeth. These injuries can impact professional and amateur players alike. So let’s talk about some of the most common injuries and conditions that impact hockey players, and how physical therapy can help.
Perhaps the most common hockey injuries in Minnesota are shoulder injuries. Broken collarbones, rotator cuff tears, and shoulder separations often result from contact with other players, the boards, and the ice. Depending on the severity of the injury, the player may need surgery. Whatever the case, physical therapy can help increase range-of-motion in the shoulder area after such an injury.
Hockey players use their elbows a lot. It’s the primary point of contact when checking. Swinging the hockey stick also heavily involves the elbow. This frequency of use can lead to overuse injuries like bursitis.
MCL and ACL tears are also quite common among hockey players, who use these ligaments to push off and stop when skating. Physical therapy is a proven treatment method for dealing with these injuries.
Physical Therapy for Hockey Players in Minnesota
OrthoRehab Specialists provides physical therapy care for hockey players throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Our physical therapists have more than twenty five years of experience treating patients with all manner of sports injuries and conditions. We partner with patients to provide individualize treatment strategies that fit each patient’s unique needs. As a direct access provider, you don’t need a prescription to make an appointment with one of our MN physical therapists at our Edina or Minneapolis clinics. If you have been injured on the ice, give us a call or fill out an appointment form to set up your appointment with one of our Minneapolis rehabilitation specialists.