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Sports Injuries

A Message From Dr. Julie Brooks Sterling, PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS, Owner and Physical Therapist at Sterling Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy

It is easy to dismiss a sports injury and try to push through the pain, but it is critical to seek medical attention.

Or it’s easy to become discouraged and feel “trapped,” wondering if you’ll ever be able to participate in sports or stay active as you used to…

If you’re going through this, you’re not alone; we go through it all the time. Whether it’s summer or winter, we see patients at Sterling’s physiotherapy center.

When doctors and medical professionals tell people to “rest” after an injury, we think it’s ridiculous. We believe that this is causing more harm and increasing your chances of future injuries. This is because rest causes our muscles to weaken and atrophy! That is why so many people suffering from sports injuries wonder:

“It’s Been Months - Why Am I Still Suffering From an Injury That Prevents Me From Being Active and Playing My Favorite Sport?”

Many people mistakenly believe that a few days of rest will heal their sports injury and allow them to resume their regular exercise routine. However, when they try to resume exercising, they frequently find themselves in even more pain than before. When the individual rests, there is usually little to no pain; however, when they resume exercising, the pain returns and does not seem to improve no matter how long they rest.

Do You Sound Like That?

In our clinic, we frequently see patients who go to the doctor and are told to rest and “try these pain relievers” to “see how it works.” Then, four weeks later, because the injury hasn’t improved, they return to the same doctor and are given MORE rest and ANOTHER prescription for even stronger pills.

Rest isn’t always the best medicine when it comes to sports injuries. So, if you’ve ever been frustrated after speaking with multiple people and receiving contradictory information, know that you’re not alone. Because they can have similar symptoms, it’s easy to confuse a back injury with a hip problem.

Sports injuries are frequently misdiagnosed because the pain is coming from somewhere other than the area that needs to be fixed. Resting for an extended period can cause other parts of the body to become weak and vulnerable to injury.

Unfortunately, this uncertainty surrounding “resting” often spurs more procrastination and avoidance of decisions that could help heal an injury and return to regular exercise. Worse, many people simply accept that they no longer act as if it is normal or unavoidable.

Is That How You Feel as Well?

If You’re Currently Frustrated and Living With a Sports Injury, Here Are Seven Additional Reasons Why It May Be Lasting Longer Than It Should:

1. You expected it to go away on its own, but it didn’t.

2. You went to the doctor, who advised you to rest, wear a brace, and take pain relievers – but the pills did nothing to help, and as soon as they wore off, you were back in agony.

3. You just accepted it because a family member or friend told you that everyone gets more prone to sports injuries as they get older.

4. You had previously sought assistance from other Healthcare Professionals or a Physio, but nothing they said or did seem to help.

5. You’ve tried heating pads, ice, and sports supports, but they’ve done nothing to alleviate your pain or allow you to return to exercise with ease.

6. You thought resting would be a good idea because you were in a lot of pain, but it still irritates you daily.

7. You decided to get a few “sports massages” in the hopes that they would relieve your pain, but all they did was make you feel a little ‘painful or relaxing,’ and did nothing to help your injury in the long run.

If you’ve been involved in any of these mishaps, we’d like to invite you to schedule a call with one of our physical therapists to learn what we can do to help you. You’re already one step closer to finding the solution because you’ve tried any or all of these things!

If you want to get some solid advice over the phone, click the link below to book a call with us. The phone call is free, and there is no obligation to book appointments with us after the call. Our goal is to assist you in making the best decision about what to do next.

So, here are four things you can do:

1. First and foremost, you must decide whether or not to seek assistance – Many people put off dealing with their problems for so long, believing that the pain will eventually “go away with time.” They’re still dealing with it six months later, and nothing has changed. Alternatively, it could get worse and they’ll stop participating in sports or activities entirely.

2. Next, do the RIGHT exercises – The physical therapist will explain the exercises in detail and show you how to do them correctly. One of the best things you can do to speed up your recovery and avoid injuries is to perform the appropriate series of advanced exercises – the right exercises provided by a PT help relieve pain while quickly allowing you to move freely again.

3. Avoid “too much rest” – While rest is necessary for recovery, too much rest will not help you recover faster. Many people believe that total inactivity is required for recovery. Rest prevents blood circulation, which is required for an injury to heal. Your body requires appropriate rehabilitation and strengthening exercises, as well as hands-on therapy, to get you back into action and healthy as soon as possible.

4. Physical Therapy that is “hands-on” Sports injury patients has been shown to benefit from therapeutic massage. In reality, Sterling Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy helps people recover from sports injuries all year long. If your condition prevents you from participating in sports or being active, if it interferes with your job or limits your freedom by limiting the amount of time you can spend with family and friends, Physical Therapy may be able to help you return to normal life as soon as possible.

If you’d like to learn more about how the Physical Therapy team at Sterling Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy clinic can help you get back to doing what you love as soon as possible and safely, we invite you to start with a completely free, no-obligation, risk-free appointment at one of our clinics.

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"How Can Choosing Sterling Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy As Your Physical Therapist Help You Get Rid Of Your Sports Injury Forever?"

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What Other People Just Like You Are Saying About Sterling Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy in Suwanee, GA

72+ 5-Star Reviews!

- Tom K.


Dr. Julie Sterling is amazing. I went to her after two surgeons advised nothing could be done to improve my arm strength. By the end of my first appointment my constant pain had noticibly improved and after one month I am able to do things I had not been able to do for years. She is very knowledgeable and you get a full hour of hands-on treatment. Highly recommended!!

- Amanda J.

Dr. Julie Brooks is an amazing Physical Therapist, and I would give her more stars if I could! Julie’s goal for her patients is to educate them about their injuries and how to restore them to a pain-free lifestyle. While working one-one with Julie, I received personalized therapy along with exercises that eventually progressed into a workout routine that I can use on my own. I was referred to Julie by my orthopedist five years ago after elbow surgery and have continued to reach out to her for new injuries and aches & pains. Julie is a game changer!

- Mike K.

We can’t say enough about Julie, she is an extremely knowledgeable, personable and a well organized therapist. Our daughter is a year round athlete whose back injury sidelined her for the fall. Julie not only wants you to understand the injury she teaches about prevention, proper body mechanics while paying close attention to form during all her one on one therapy sessions. Her customized plans were efficient, thought out and on always on target for our recovery goals. Best therapist out there!