Sports Physiotherapy for Common Darts Injuries in Perth


Darts is an increasingly popular sport in which people throw small metal-shafted objects at a dartboard fixed to a wall. Darts is generally contested between two players. The dartboard is divided into 20 numbered sections. There are a number of games that can be played on a dartboard, but the most popular being the game in which a player throws three darts per visit to the dartboard with the goal of reducing a fixed score to zero.

Common Darts Injuries

Darts is a physically demanding sport that requires participants to be fully fit. It makes a tiring sport because one is on his or her feet all the time. A player usually puts in hours of practice to hit the board with perfection, which may be a contributing factor in many injuries. Tossing a dart at a wooden board a few feet away with the goal of reducing a fixed score (commonly 501 or 301 to 0) puts enormous stress on the upper limb, which in turn can lead to the shoulder and the elbow injuries. Rotator cuff tears are quite common among professional darts players because of the overuse of the rotator cuff muscles around the shoulder joint. Trauma due to throwing darts towards a target also causes damage to the ligaments in the wrist.

Diagnosis

If you suffer from a darts-related injury, you should immediately contact your nearest physiotherapy clinic to get the right diagnosis and start the treatment. Your treatment by a physical therapy expert will depend on the nature and severity of your injury. He or she will design a personalized comprehensive treatment plan that will help rehabilitate from injury, prevent reoccurrence of injury, achieve better health through lifestyle changes, and enhance performance in everyday activities or sports.

Treatment

Treatment options at a physiotherapy clinic may include any combination of mechanical modalities, electrical modalities, hydrotherapy, exercise, acupuncture, joint mobilization, and joint manipulation.

Mechanical modalities such as hot and cold therapies can be used to relieve pain and muscle spasms, and reduce inflammation. Electrical modalities such as transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation, laser, ultrasound, interferential current, electroacuscope treatments, and electrical muscle stimulation can be used to reduce swelling and increase movement and strength.

Manual therapy treatments such as joint mobilizations, joint manipulations, and soft-tissue massage techniques have been shown to be very effective in reducing pain and swelling, restoring movement, and improving function.

Hydrotherapy refers to the use of water for the treatment of sports-related injuries.      Therapeutic pools at a physiotherapy center can reduce pain and inflammation, restore muscle function, and increase mobility.

A combination of stretching, strengthening, and range-of-motion exercises can speed up the healing process and enhance performance in day-to-day activities or sports.

Acupuncture refers to the treatment of the pain or disease by inserting the tips of the sterilized needles at specific points on the skin. This ancient technique is very effective in relieving both acute and chronic pain. Physical therapy experts are certified in this technique and take into consideration the highest regulated standards of safety.

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