Swimming is an incredibly popular sport that can span decades, even a lifetime, of participation! Though recreational versus competitive swimmers may experience a different intensity, this sport requires strength, endurance and repetitive motions that can lead to swimming injuries at any level. With so much focus on the arms, the shoulder is a common source of pain and discomfort for swimming athletes. Swimmers shoulder, rotator cuff tendonitis, bicep tendonitis, and shoulder impingement are quite common. Depending on the stroke being performed, knee pain and back pain are more common than most realize. It’s not uncommon for simmers to be treated for MCL sprains and low back pain. Don’t try to swim through the pain and risk missing time in the water! Contact us Feldman Physical Therapy and Performance for a full evaluation by our Doctors of Physical Therapy. We will assess strength and mobility, determine if additional tests are needed and get a jump start on the best plan to begin recovery.
Some swimming-related injuries may only require ice and rest, others will require rehabilitation. Though we hope to avoid surgery with Physical Therapy, it may be required with severe injuries. Physical Therapy is integral for both rehab and prehab. There is no set timeline for recovery but, working with a Physical Therapist can certainly help speed it up. At Feldman Physical Therapy and Performance, you will experience one on one treatment with a Doctor of Physical Therapy to create a personalized plan that gets you meeting and even exceeding your goals with fewer visits. The immediate goals are to reduce pain and swelling. As rehabilitation progresses, you can expect swimming physical therapy exercises to improve range of motion, strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility.