Did you recently suffer a sports related injury and have to have surgery performed? While this can be a emotionally draining predicament to be in, its not the end of the world. With today's technological advances and treatment breakthroughs, many athletes make full recoveries at faster than ever rates. Some return to their sport in a matter of weeks. Whatever your situation, you must follow a specific plan in order for your injury to completely heal and for you to make a 100% full recovery. Read on for valuable tips that will have you back on the playing field in no time.

First, you should start working on your flexibility and start the process of breaking down the scar tissue that was formed from your surgery. Scar tissue is the body's way of healing itself. Its important to start the process of breaking this scar tissue down to prevent you later from losing range of motion in the injury are. You can facilitate the process of breaking down the scar tissue by stretching the muscles surrounding the knee and working on your range of motion for the muscles sorrounding the injury site. The scar tissue can also be broken down through massaging the actually scar tissue in a circular motion with your hands.

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You should engage in a rigorous rehab program to gain back all of the strength, and functional movement that you lost in the injury area following surgery. You should focus on strengthening all of the muscles sorrounding the injury. These muscles were  weakened from your surgery and need to be strengthened again. For example, if you had knee surgery, then you need to focus on strengthening your hamstring and quadricep muscles as these are the main muscles that hold the knee in place and help stabilize it. You also need to concentrate on regaining any balance and motor skills in the injury area that could have been lost due to surgery.

Incorporate Ultrasound Treatments during the rehabilitation process if possible. This helps get oxygen rich blood get to the injured area and it helps speed up the healing process.

Ice your injured area with an ice pack or wrap 3-5 times a day for 20-30 minutes. This will help keep the swelling down and speed up recovery. Ice also helps reduce the pain and stiffness that may accompany having surgery.

Finally you should start jogging when time permits and also start working on sports related movements related to your sport. This should only come after you have been evaluated by a sports therapist or your doctor. Don't attempt to push yourself to fast or you risk re-injuring yourself.

In addition, its also important to remember these tips below:

  • Always work with your doctor to ensure a speedy recovery
  • Challenge yourself mentally and physically when rehabbing your injury
  • Never work beyond pain when rehabilitating a injury

Work hard through the rehabilitating process and you will be back on the playing field in no time. Good Luck!