Sports Rehabilitation

Osteopathy. Therapist applying strong pressure onto lower back muscles

Sports rehabilitation is the restoration of the optimal form and function of the human body for the sport you play. Sports rehabilitation programs at Alternative Health Center are designed to minimize downtime while maximizing fitness, performance and functional capacity. Although many people believe that sports rehab is only for professional athletes, it is intended to help anyone who has an injury caused by the stress of physical and athletic activity. Our Woodlands sports rehabilitation program utilizes elements of physical medicine, dry needling, therapy, massage, and other wellness techniques to promote healing and get you back in the game. 

Did You Know?

When broken down into its Latin roots, the word “rehabilitation” literally translates into “make fit again”. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Can I benefit from sports rehabilitation?

You may benefit from sports rehabilitation if you have sustained an injury during a regularly performed physical activity. Sports rehabilitation works well to treat the following conditions: 

  • Sprains (overstretching of a ligament)
  • Strains (overstretching of a muscle)
  • Fractures
  • Joint replacements
  • Chronic pain from old injuries
  • Mobility issues due to arthritis

What can I expect when receiving treatment from the Alternative Health Center of The Woodlands sports rehabilitation program?

Treatment programs for sports rehabilitation vary patient by patient and are dependent on a variety of factors. The overall goal is to restore equal or improved functional capacity in the affected structure, as well as to provide patients with a comprehensive health care experience. This goal is generally reached by using physical therapy, massage, healing techniques, and nutrition.  

Physical medicine can be used to stretch, exercise, and strengthen the muscles and other structures. Massage is also used to improve flexibility and circulation, as well as to break down scar tissue and muscle tension. Healing techniques, such as Cold Laser Therapy, may also be used to promote faster healing. Finally, your doctor may recommend a modified diet, as well as possible nutritional supplements to aid the body in the healing process. 

Dr. Clouthier is uniquely able to effectively manage treatment in a sports rehabilitation environment because of his extensive competitive sports background.  He was a collegiate volleyball player and is a 7-time Ironman finisher. He has participated in numerous marathons, half-marathons, and half Ironman races. He has treated Olympic and professional athletes in multiple sports and is comfortable working with all levels of competitors.

How long does sports rehabilitation take?

The length of your rehabilitation treatment will depend upon the type of injury, your compliance to treatment instructions, and how your body responds to treatment. Some injuries can be treated within a matter of months, while others may take almost a year or even longer to fully heal. When receiving sports rehabilitation, it is extremely important to not rush things and to follow all guidelines provided by your doctor. This will allow you to heal faster.

During or after treatment, your doctor will also discuss ways to avoid potential future injuries. Things such as posture, technique, stretching, or muscle strengthening may be discussed to help you minimize the risk of re-injury. 

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