Return To Play
When an injury has caused you to miss out on the sport you love the most, it is important that when you do return you’re in the best shape possible. For the team at Loudoun Physical Therapy in Virginia, your safety and health upon playing your sport again are a priority. If you would like to participate in a return-to-play program, call or book your appointment online today at one of our locations in Leesburg or Lansdowne. We also service the nearby cities of Ashburn, Sterling, Purcellville, Lovettsville, Reston, and Dulles.
Return-To-Play Programs Q & A
What is a return-to-play program?
When an injury, either musculoskeletal or concussive, has prevented you from playing your sport of choice, a return-to-play program is a customized treatment plan that ensures you’re in the safest and healthiest shape as possible when you get back to it.
Typically, the return-to-play program occurs after you’ve completed physical therapy for the initial injury. It takes treatment a step further to include:
- Sport-specific strengthening
- Testing for sports functionality
- Sports psychology
- Behavioral therapy
- Testing for cognition after a concussion
- Injury prevention counseling
Using a multifaceted team approach, the priority is getting you back to the sport you love, regardless of what may be hindering it.
What types of sports injuries can a return-to-play program heal?
There are a number of injuries that may benefit from this type of treatment plan. Your physical therapy team knows that injuries can come in all sizes and shapes, and anything that keeps you from your sport can be difficult.
Injuries that may benefit from a return-to-play program are:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
- Elbow injury
- Shoulder injury
- Torn Achilles heel
In each case, full recovery is necessary before returning to your sport, otherwise, a recurrent or more serious injury may occur. A professional, accurate post-injury evaluation and individualized treatment plan are necessary for a safe return to play.
How does a return-to-play program work?
First, the team of the physical therapist at Loudoun Physical Therapy performs an extensive assessment of your functional, behavioral, and psychological needs. This allows for a highly individualized treatment plan to be created.
After each step of your customized treatment plan, the duration and intensity of the sport-specific exercises (physical and otherwise) will increase. This is necessary to achieve total functionality.
The team at Loudoun Physical Therapy excels in treating athletes and prides itself on getting them back to their pre-injury health, doing whatever is needed to achieve that goal.
If you’re interested in your own customized return-to-play program, call or book your appointment online today.