Recovering from CrossFit Injuries︱IMPACT Physical Therapy

CrossFit has proven to be a popular exercise method, but less popular is the pain associated with recovering from CrossFit injuries. The sport encourages athletes to push their bodies to the limit which can result in pulled muscles, sprains, and other discomfort. Physical therapy is an excellent solution for CrossFit back injury recovery, as well as for pain in the wrist, shoulders, knees, and more. 

How to Treat CrossFit Injuries 

Most athletes will find themselves experiencing pain or injury from their sport at some point, and CrossFit is no different. This total body exercise encourages individuals to push themselves hard, which can result in significant pain. The combination of strength training and cardio can be hard on the body, making the following injuries common:

  • Wrist pain
  • Lower back strain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder injury
  • Hernia 

Depending on the severity of your injury, there are several paths to CrossFit back injury recovery, including: 

  • Heat and ice: warming or cooling muscles can help reduce swelling and stimulate blood flow. 
  • Rest: taking time away from CrossFit will give your aching body a much needed respite. 
  • Medication: over the counter remedies can help soothe muscle aches and pains. 
  • Physical therapy: learning stretches and exercises that help your body heal builds strength and allows for more proactive recovery. 
  • Surgery: in extreme cases, surgery may be necessary to alleviate pain and repair injuries. 

Returning to CrossFit Post Injury

Every injured athlete is always anxious to get back to the activity they love, but it’s important to give your body the time it needs to heal. Jumping back into CrossFit too soon after an injury can aggravate the affected area, sending you back to square one. When muscle groups aren’t given the proper care they need to heal, the tissue develops a layer of micro tears that weaken the overall potential of what your body can do. You should be fully healed before resuming strenuous exercise. 

Work with your physical therapist to determine when it’s time to return after your CrossFit back injury recovery. Even after you’ve healed, be sure to:

  • Take it slow: while you may be tempted to pick up right where you left off, it’s best to ease back into your exercise routine. 
  • Listen to your body: if certain movements or activities don’t feel right, take a break and reassess. 
  • Work with your coach: talk to your CrossFit instructor to find activity modifications that will support your injury. 

Work Through Your CrossFit Back Injury Recovery with IMPACT Physical Therapy 

If you’ve experienced CrossFit injuries, physical therapy is one of the most productive ways to address pain and get you back to what you love. Request an appointment with IMPACT Physical Therapy to get started!