Do You Feel Held Back by a Sports Injury?
“Resolving Disappointing Sports Injuries That Hinder Enjoyment of Physical Activity - From Injured Runners, Golfers, Cyclists, and Other Athletes.”
“Do not sacrifice your preferred lifestyle for issues that have simple solutions. Therefore, we have created something tailored specifically for you.”
A Message From Garrett C. Stroup, DPT, AIB-VRC, Owner and Founder of Oregon Mobile Physical Therapy
When dealing with a sports injury, whether it’s a recent one or has been bothering you for a while, it’s common to brush it off as “nothing serious” and tough it out as best as you can.
Alternatively, it’s easy to feel disheartened and stuck, wondering if you’ll ever be able to get back to the sports or activities you used to enjoy…
If you find yourself in this situation, remember that you’re not alone; we come across patients at Oregon Mobile Physical Therapy who have sustained injuries from sports or physical activity, regardless of the time of year.
Typically, doctors and medical professionals might advise patients to take it easy or stop the activity altogether. We believe this is unreasonable and can cause more harm, increasing the risk of future injuries. This is because when we rest, our muscles can weaken and atrophy, which explains why so many people with sports injuries wonder:
“Why Am I Still Experiencing Pain and Unable to Participate in My Favorite Sport Despite It Being Several Months Since My Injury?”
Many people assume that taking a few days off to recover from a sports injury will allow them to return to their activity without any issues. However, when they resume their exercise or sport, they find that they are still limited or even more restricted than before. While resting, they may not feel any pain, but the moment they start to move again, the discomfort returns and no amount of rest appears to alleviate it.
Is That How You Would Describe Yourself?
At Oregon Mobile Physical Therapy, we often encounter clients who have visited a doctor for a sports injury and have been advised to take a break, rest, use support, and “try some painkillers” to “see how it goes.” When they return four weeks later, still experiencing the injury, they are instructed to rest even more and given a prescription for stronger medication.
The problem with sports injuries like hamstring strains, ankle sprains, and a runner’s knee is that complete rest is often not the best course of action.
This can lead to confusion and frustration when you receive conflicting advice from different people. You may believe you have a back issue, but it could be a hip problem.
Sports injuries can be perplexing because the pain often originates from a different area than the one that needs attention. Resting for too long can also make other parts of the body equally or even more challenging!
The uncertainty surrounding the concept of “resting” can cause people to delay taking action to heal their injury and return to physical activity. Moreover, many people simply accept that “their active days are over,” as if it’s a normal or inevitable outcome.
Do You Feel the Same Way?
Below Are 7 More Reasons Why Your Sports Injury May Be Persisting for Longer Than It Should:
- You assumed that the injury would heal on its own, but it persisted.
- You visited a doctor who recommended rest, bracing, and pain relief medication, but these methods provided little relief, and the pain returned as soon as the medication wore off.
- You accepted the injury as a normal consequence of aging, as suggested by a friend or family member.
- You previously sought treatment from healthcare professionals or a physiotherapist, but their interventions did not appear to improve the situation.
- You attempted various remedies, such as heating pads, ice, and sports supports, but none of them alleviated the pain or helped you return to your sport or activity.
- You chose to rest because of the pain, but it still bothers you daily.
- You tried getting sports massages in the hope that they would help relieve the discomfort, but they only provided temporary relief and did not improve the underlying injury in the long term.
We would be happy to support you in this situation by recommending that you schedule a call with one of our physical therapists to explore possible solutions. Having tried some or all of these methods is a positive thing because it brings you closer to finding out what works!
If you are looking for expert advice over the phone, please use the link below to book a free call with us. There is no obligation to continue treatment with us after the call. We aim to help you make an informed decision about your next steps.
Here Are 4 Actionable Steps You Can Take:
- It’s important to decide between seeking assistance – delaying seeking help may prolong the injury or worsen the condition. Many people mistakenly believe that the pain will eventually disappear with time, but this often leads to months of suffering and missed opportunities to participate in physical activities.
- Perform the correct exercises – a Physical Therapist can prescribe a series of progressed exercises that are tailored to your specific injury. These exercises will help reduce pain, increase mobility, and hasten your return to sports. They can also prevent the injury from recurring in the future.
- Avoid excessive rest – while rest is essential for the healing process, too much rest can delay recovery. Blood flow is necessary for injuries to heal, and rest can inhibit this process. Suitable rehabilitation and strengthening exercises, as well as hands-on treatment, are often needed to facilitate a full recovery.
- Receive hands-on Physical Therapy – Physical Therapy has proven to be an effective treatment for sports injuries. At Oregon Mobile Physical Therapy, we specialize in helping people recover from sports injuries all year round. If your injury is affecting your physical activities, work, independence, or social life, Physical Therapy can assist you in regaining the quality of life you deserve as soon as possible.
If you’re interested in discovering how Oregon Mobile Physical Therapy can assist you in returning to physical activity quickly and safely, we encourage you to begin with a completely free, no-obligation, and risk-free phone consultation. To begin, click on the “request appointment” below.
The Next Question Is…
"How can selecting Physical Therapists from Oregon Mobile Physical Therapy aid in permanently eliminating your sports injury?"
The physical therapists at Oregon Mobile Physical Therapy can help you regain your active lifestyle without the burden of painful and stressful sports injuries. To find out more about our Mobile Physical Therapy, including cost and availability, simply click the button below and complete the brief form.
What People Say About
Oregon Mobile Physical Therapy
I injured my knee and reached out hoping I could get on track towards recovery right away. I got a reply immediately and was set up with an appointment. During the appointments, Dr Stroup was very professional, knowledgeable, and invested in my personal case and injury history. Having the appointments at home was extremely convenient as we have a busy life with our kids and work schedules.- Derek S.
My husband was in an automobile accident that has left him a quadriplegic. Arriving back home in Roseburg after 3 months in the hospital and inpatient rehab, we were greatly concerned about how we were going to continue the physical therapy he would need. Garrett has been an answer to prayer! We have been impressed with his knowledge of the issues that come with spinal cord injuries and also his willingness to work around our schedule and develop a plan that is specific to my husband’s needs and goals. He is very professional, safety conscious and kind. We highly recommend him!- Kristin Y.
We have been using Oregon Mobile Therapy since January as my husband recently had 2 knee replacements. Garrett has been invaluable in my husband’s recovery and rehabilitation. Garrett provides a level of service and caring that exceeds standard care. He has genuinely cared that we have the best outcome. Garrett is always prompt for our scheduled appointments and is always professional. We highly recommend Oregon Mobile Therapy. Truly a 5 star business.- Melody H.
Garrett has been very knowledgeable in helping with the popping in my jaw. I did not realize you could have physical therapy exercises for TMJ issues. He is also helping me with tennis elbow. He comes to my home and I find it beneficial that I don't need to wait in a waiting area or wonder how to do the exercises when I get home. He shows me how to best do the exercises using what I have in my home, (chairs, table, weights etc). He is knowledgeable yet able to explain in a "down to earth" away what is causing the pain and how I need to do the exercises. He also follows up with a personalized online program that explains my specific exercises which ensures that I am successful in completing them. Thanks Garrett!- Shelly P.
I find Oregon Mobile Physical Therapy to be unique and effective. They get results. Dr. Stroup offers personalized Physical Therapy. He evaluates your situation then designs a program to address the issues that reduce your ability to perform daily living tasks. He is always mindful of your limitations, abilities and goals with a positive approach and is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Oregon Mobile Physical Therapy and Dr. Stroup.- Marie D.
I recently completed several Physical Therapy sessions with Garrett Stroup of Oregon Mobile Physical Therapy due to my difficulty walking and pain throughout my leg. Initially it was difficult for me to re-learn to use the appropriate muscles and to stop using weaker ones to compensate. My leg is now pain-free and my gait is much improved, and, more importantly, I am much safer when walking. I no longer must use assorted ice packs every evening and surprisingly my restless leg syndrome symptoms have almost disappeared. I benefited so much from my therapy sessions and I would not hesitate to to recommend Garrett to anyone looking for a good physical therapist.- Barbara T.
I was diagnosed with vertigo when I was admitted to the hospital. After seeing my primary physician he recommended physical therapy and referred me to a facility in Roseburg. Before I made the appointment I was informed there was a physical therapist that would make house calls. I asked my primary doctor to please give him my name. Garrett Stroup called me the same day and made an appointment for the next day. He was at my home prompt the next morning. Was very informative regarding what he could do for me. After two sessions with him I am no longer having the dizziness that comes with vertigo. I highly recommend Dr. Garrett Stroup if you want to have therapy.- BCorrine M.
Garrett is an exceptional therapist that has a good grasp on how to not only relieve pain but to also return you to function. As a colleague I have found him to be an amazing therapist and recommend him wholeheartedly. He will get you to where you want to be so you can get back to living they way you want to live.- Stephen O.