The Best Ways To Speed Up Your Recovery From Sports Injury

When it comes to a sports injury, the most important thing is taking care of your body. You may be feeling down or frustrated with what happened, but you have to get back on your feet and move on.  Some people might think that going straight from being active to being inactive can help heal faster, but in reality, it just slows down the healing process. If you want to recover quickly from an injury then there are ways that can help speed up this process for you!


When treating an acute soft tissue injury, the acronym RICE is important. The goal of early treatment is to reduce swelling and pain while beginning the healing process as soon as possible.

In order to bring down inflammation and start a quick recovery from sports or other accident that has caused damage, it’s crucial for people using this method to use ice alongside compression with a bandage in addition to elevating any injured area above their hearts so edema can be decreased because gravity may cause problems later on during rehab if not taken care of immediately after the injury happens.


When you get an injury, stop doing what you’re doing right away and rest as much as possible for the first two days. For the next 24 to 48 hours, don’t put any weight on it either. Resting will also help avoid bruising!


The first few days after getting injured, you should apply an ice pack to the area for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours. Place a towel between your skin and the ice so it doesn’t get too cold or burn your skin! If that’s not available, try using frozen vegetables like peas or corn instead of an actual bag of water; these won’t be as effective but will still do some good at numbing pain and reducing swelling.


To avoid swelling, wrap the afflicted region with an elastic medical bandage. Wrap it snugly but not tightly because that can cause your skin to turn blue or feel cold, numb, and tingly which means you are constricting blood flow. If this happens loosen up a bit!


When you are in pain, elevate the afflicted body part above your heart level. This will reduce swelling and throbbing while increasing comfort levels. You can achieve this with a cushion or another support when possible to keep the wounded region elevated for as long as it alleviates discomfort

Immobilize The Injured Part Of The Body

If an injured body part is frequently utilized after an accident, it will have a difficult time healing. Pain is a good sign of a continuing injury, and it should not be disregarded, even if it means taking a break from everyday activities or sports.

To facilitate full healing, it is generally essential to immobilize the damaged region using a splint or brace and rest it entirely. Continuing to utilize the damaged body part may exacerbate an acute injury, making it more likely to reoccur and more difficult to cure.

Physical Therapy

The first step after the acute inflammation has gone down is to regain a complete range of motion. To do this, follow an exercise program under the supervision of either a professional or physical therapist who will make sure that you are meeting milestones along the way and not returning too soon when joint mobility is still restricted—this could lead to additional injury.

Eat Healthily

In order to stay healthy and fuel your body for recovery, you must eat a well-balanced diet. It’s also essential since it lets you recover from exercise more fully, so skipping this step in the healing process might have negative consequences for your performance and overall health. 

Tiredness might grow along with decreasing performance levels, limiting progress during training sessions, and increasing physical pain; all of these dangers can hinder us from attaining our full potential, which can swiftly spiral downward if we don’t maintain healthy eating habits.

You now have all the information you need to speed up your recovery from a sports injury. Call us for a free consultation and we’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns that come up as well as provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your condition, treatment plan, and prognosis. The best way is not always the easiest but it’s often worth it!

Are You Looking for Relief for Your Sports Injury?

Pace Physical Therapy in San Jose, California specializes in non-surgical relief and recovery therapies for Sports Injuries.  Our physical therapists in San Jose, CA are movement professionals who can help you heal easily and accomplish your physical goals. To get back into the game as soon as possible after an injury, they will recommend a personalized treatment plan for you based on medical examination results (such as X-rays), diagnostic tests (MRI or ultrasound), the severity of the injury, the extent of health issues/concerns to consider when developing this plan, lifestyle considerations that may impact recovery progress. To help you heal faster, at Pace Physical Therapy San Jose, CA appointments are available to aid in the recovery of your sports injury. Our staff is experienced and professional with years of training on how best to treat various types of injuries among athletes so that they’re able to return back into their sport as soon as possible. We strive every day to provide excellent service for all our patients because we understand it can be frustrating not being able to do what you love most due to an injury keeping us off the field or court! Contact us today to schedule your appointment!