Roughly 8.6 million people reported a sports injury in 2014, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. At Rehab Associates, we have been treating patients for sports injuries for decades. We know how important it is to get the care you need, so you can get back to playing field.
Post-Intensive Care Syndrome
Post-intensive care syndrome, or PICS, is a condition that describes the physical, mental health, and/or cognitive problems that may develop after someone has spent time in a hospital’s intensive care unit. These problems may include difficulty with familiar tasks, such as walking, climbing stairs, getting dressed, or preparing a meal. PICS can sometimes make it difficult to return to everyday responsibilities, such as driving or working. These problems can persist for weeks, months, and sometimes years. Physical therapists help people with PICS improve their strength, stamina, and balance, and help them restore their ability to perform daily activities.
Being in an ICU is a difficult experience that may take a toll on your body and mind. If you have spent time in a hospital ICU, you may experience problems with your physical abilities, your mental health, and/or your ability to think (cognition). When a person has some or all of these problems after an ICU stay, they are experiencing post-intensive care syndrome, or PICS.
Physical problems related to PICS can include:
- Muscle weakness.
- Breathing problems.
- Trouble walking.
- Struggling to care for yourself, drive, or work.
Mental health problems can include:
- Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
- Trouble sleeping.
Cognitive problems can include:
- Difficulty remembering things.
- Trouble concentrating or thinking clearly.
- Difficulty completing tasks.
People have a higher risk for developing PICS if they:
- Have spent more than two days in the ICU.
- Needed a mechanical ventilator to help them breathe.
- Experienced delirium.
The severity and symptoms of PICS can vary widely. Most people who have been in an ICU will have problems with movement, thinking, and/or mental health. These problems can be mild to serious and may last from a few weeks or months to even years. PICS symptoms can be frustrating, both for the person experiencing them, and for their families.
The family also may experience anxiety, depression, or stress while caring for a person with PICS. If a member of the family experiences these symptoms, it is known as PICS-Family.
Other Types of Sports Injuries
There are several different types of injuries that can occur in sports. The most common types of sports injuries include:
- Shin splints. The medical term for shin splints is “medial tibial stress syndrome,” referring to pain that is felt in the shin bones. This pain is typically caused by stress placed on the shinbone and the connective tissues surrounding it. Shin splints are painful and often debilitating; however, they can be avoided by wearing proper footwear, warming up before exercise, and strengthening your core and leg muscles.
- Strain or “pulled muscle.” A strain also referred to as a “pulled muscle,” occurs when a tendon connecting your muscle to bone is stretched beyond its limits. Once the tendon is overstretched, it is more likely that it will be strained once again.
- Sprain. A sprain is similar to a strain, but they are not quite the same. A sprain occurs when a ligament connecting one bone to another is stretched beyond its limits. Much like a strain, once a sprain occurs and a ligament is overstretched, it is more likely that it’ll occur again.
- Knee injuries. Your knee is the most complex joint in your body and is, therefore, one of the most commonly injured body parts. Knee injuries may include dull aches that run from your hip to your knee, repetitive use injuries making it difficult to move the knee, or more severe injuries such as an ACL tear.
There are many other types of sports injuries. Here at Rehab Associates, we have the skills to get you back on the playing field as quickly as possible!