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Common Basketball Injuries and their Treatment

Basketball is a fast paced, physical game that puts our bodies under a lot of stress.  Due to the degree of sharp cuts, stop and go play, physicality, and other players on the court our bodies are susceptible to a lot of potential injuries.  Some common basketball injuries include ankle sprains, patellar tendonitis aka jumper's knee, and tears to the ligaments of the knee.  In this article we will focus on the treatment of ankle sprains and jumper's knee.

To begin the treatment of an ankle sprain or jumper's knee, the first step is to follow the age old adage of PRICE: protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation to begin to reduce pain and inflammation.  The next step is to come visit us at Chesapeake Physical and Aquatic therapy where we will perform a comprehensive evaluation that will be used to create a personalized treatment plan that will be used to get you back on the court stronger than ever.  

On the visits following the initial evaluation we will use various soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques to decrease pain and ensure that range of motion is not lost.  Along with the use of mobilization techniques, specific exercises will be prescribed to strengthen the sprained ankle and the jumper's knee.  Exercises like heel raises and single leg stance will help the ankle react to the different ways our balance is challenged.  For the jumper's knee, exercises like the hamstring curls, squats, and single leg squats will strengthen the muscles around the knee.  Also various equipment will be utilized to further strengthen the ankle and/or knee such as various foams, bosu ball, theraband, and exercise machinery such as the leg press and calf raises will be utilized to ensure that the surrounding muscles are strong enough to handle a game of basketball.  

As the end of a patient's time in physical therapy approaches, more activity specific exercises will be done.  In the case of a basketball player, activities like lateral shuffles, jump shots, and layups will ensure that their newly strengthened ankle or knee can handle the various degree of sharp cuts, turns, and jumps that come with each basketball game.  

If you have sprained an ankle, have knee pain, or any injury because of basketball, come visit us at Chesapeake Physical and Aquatic Therapy where our skilled therapists will work with you so you can return to the game stronger than ever!

By Jared Goldstein

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