Back Pain and Sports Therapy
The best treatment for back pain caused by sports related injury is prevention. Prevention is easier than you think. Usually good technique for any sport will minimize your potential for injury or back pain. Talk to your trainer, coach, or instructor if what you are doing feels awkward. If your tennis game, cycling routine, or lap swimming feels “off,” you would benefit from slowing down, getting good advice, and ensuring your movement pattern feels smooth and symmetrical. Any feelings of awkwardness are usually an early warning sign that something you are doing is placing an asymmetric load on your joints and muscle tissues. The awkward asymmetry will cause muscles to overwork. In tennis, your back may be hurting due to an inconsistent ball toss on serving. Back pain during swimming can sometimes relate to diminished shoulder mobility and the accentuated need to arch through the spine in order to achieve the front crawl motion. Cycling with the pedals malaligned can cause back pain from excessive hip flexion. Talk to your coach about preventing injury through relieving any awkward component of your sport.
Physical therapy can teach you back strengthening exercises that will keep your muscles nimble, strong, and agile to coordinate actions for all your sports. Strong back muscles, together with a strong “core” are almost a full guarantee that back pain can be prevented. Core strength will improve your performance in the pool, on the tennis court, cycling, or in the gym. Contact us at Cresswell Physical Therapy and we can assist back injury prevention in order to ensure your ongoing and long-term enjoyment of sports and exercise. Most medical insurance is accepted. Call for an appointment at 244-7686.