As many rock climbers know, despite the common misconception that rock climbing is strictly an upper body workout, it actually works a lot more muscles than only those in the arms and chest. Due to this fact, there’s a much greater chance for rock climbers to sustain injuries during a climb. While many of these injuries are localized to a specific area of the body, they can worsen over time and hinder the climber’s athletic performance and overall health.
If you’re a rock climber who wants to increase your endurance and reduce—or completely eliminate—your pain levels, get in touch with the expert manual physical therapists at OMT Specialists in the Maryland, DC, and Northern VA area. Our founder and owner, Dr. J. Logan Cooper, is an experienced rock climber himself, so you know you’ll be in good hands working with our professional team.
If you’re a rock climber in need of a physical therapy plan that can reduce your pain and increase your performance, contact OMT Specialists by calling (240) 454-3806 or contacting us online today!
Common Injuries Sustained by Rock Climbers
As mentioned above, rock climbing can lead to a wide variety of injuries, whether minor or major. Keep these common injuries in mind and take note of what you’re feeling before, during, and after a climb:
- Shoulders – If you sustain a rotator cuff injury during a climb, such as a strain or tear, your ability to lift your arms above shoulder height will be severely limited. If you choose to ignore these aches and pains, they will worsen over time and could eventually prevent you from being able to climb.
- Elbows – Since the tendons connected to the elbow are involved in finger flexing and gripping, rock climbers can often experience golfer’s elbow (on the medial side) or tennis elbow (on the lateral side). Due to the motions required to bend and straighten the elbow while climbing, the elbow muscles and tendons can weaken over time.
- Wrists – Overuse of the wrist can affect tissues and cause associated pain, characterized by a persistent dull ache or sharp pain on the pinky side of the wrist.
- Hands – Ligament sprains in the hand can cause pain and swelling. Inflammation can also lead to tendinitis, which requires extensive healing time before climbing again.
- Knees – Falls and lack of hip flexibility put excessive force on the knees can lead to anything from bursitis to a dislocated patella, particularly when bouldering.
- Ankles – Considering the amount of falls that rock climbers face, it is no surprise that ankles are especially sensitive to injury, including strains and fractures. Proper falling technique, training, and spotting are important for preventing these injuries.
If you have experienced any of these injuries related to rock climbing, schedule a consultation with an orthopedic manual therapist now to pursue the course of action that’s right for you. Call (240) 454-3806 or contact us online now to get started on your physical therapy treatment plan!
Schedule Physical Therapy for Rock Climbers in MD, DC & Northern VA
At OMT Specialists, we believe that manual physical therapy is an avenue to healing. With our hands-on, one-on-one approach to physical therapy, we guarantee that you will achieve a level of comfort that you may have never experienced in your life. Due to the fact that we believe that our patients are a whole person—not just a diagnosis or a body part to fix—we offer customized, personalized treatment plans to help you along your journey to recovery.
Our physical therapists work based off of the notion that all of the parts of the body are connected; healing isn’t about targeting one body part, but rather making sure all of the parts are working together as seamlessly as possible. This holistic approach to physical therapy enables you to create a plan that’s tailor-made for your needs and goals. Not only will we help you eliminate your pain from rock climbing, but we will also make sure your whole body is in the healthiest shape it can be for future adventures.
To discover how it feels to have relief from your aches and pains associated with rock climbing, contact us online or call (240) 454-3806 to schedule an appointment with a manual physical therapist at OMT Specialists today!