What is Sports Physiotherapy?
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Sports Physiotherapy treatments focus on the assessment and treatment of specific injuries related to participation in sports, exercise and training.
These sports injuries normally fall in one of two categories:
The injury is normally due to sudden trauma and include signs and symptoms of severe pain, swelling, heat, bruising and the inability to weight bear or generate power through the injured body part. The acute or ‘bleeding phase’ last from 24 hours to 7 days. Early management of these injuries is important to reduce the time away from your sport/training.
Some of the injuries our Sports Physiotherapy team treats:
- Muscle tears: i.e. hamstring, calf strains, groin strains
- Ligament sprains: i.e. ankle sprains, knee sprains, ACL sprains/rupture
- Acute joint sprains
- Tendon ruptures
- Joint dislocations i.e. shoulder dislocation, patella dislocations
- Bursitis i.e. trochanteric bursitis, sub-acromial bursitis
- Cartilage tears i.e. meniscal tears in the knee
- Acute back pain, neck pain
Overuse/Repetitive Strain Injuries
These injuries can develop over weeks, months and some cases years due several factors such as: poor body alignment, poor technique, poor training techniques and muscle imbalances. It is important not to ignore these aches and pains. The longer the injury pattern has been established the longer it will take for you to recover.
Some of the conditions our Sports Physiotherapy team treat and manage:
- Tendon pathologies: Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow, Achilles tendinopathy, trochanteric bursitis
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
- Joint arthritis
- Chronic muscle and ligament strains
- Chronic Heel pain
- Plantar Fasciitis/osis
- Shin Splints( Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
- Anterior Knee pain/patella femoral syndrome/mall tracking of the patella
Your Sports Physiotherapist will assess all aspect of your training, sport specific requirements, respiratory demands and movement biomechanics. Your treatments are athlete-centered and sport specific to ensure quick return to your sport. We may refer you to other professionals such as our podiatrist and sports massage therapist to ensure all aspects of your recovery and ongoing participation in your sport is covered.
How the physiotherapists treat your condition or sports injury
Our aim is not just to treat the symptoms but also the source of your pain or discomfort.
Your Sports Physiotherapist will use a variety of assessment and treatment techniques to reduce pain and improve your movement , strength and stability:
- Taping/Strapping to support or offload the painful area
- Joint mobilisation/manual traction
- Joint Manipulation if indicated
- Hot/Cold therapy
Please click on the arrows below to reveal more information.Acupunture/Dry needling
Physiotherapists can use small sterile acupuncture needles as part of your treatment. Based on traditional Chinese medicine the needles can be used by physiotherapists in two ways. They can be put into specific points on meridians through the body to promote the body’s own healing process or they can be used to reduce tension in tight knots of muscle called trigger points.
T.E.N.S or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation helps to stimulate the body’s own pain relieving stimulus to reduce the pain caused by injury.
Therapeutic Ultrasound is a form of mechanical energy that may increase the efficiency of the repair phases.
This includes specialist techniques such as transverse friction massage, deep tissue massage, scar tissue massage, relaxation massage or soft tissue stretching.
Myofascial release is a low load stretching type technique that helps to improve the movement of the connective tissue. This gentle technique can have an instant effect on range of movement and pain.
Retraining co-ordination, timing and muscle strength to perform everyday tasks from walking upstairs to running a marathon.
We offer 1:2:1 Physio- led Pilates sessions which addresses body awareness to Improve postural strategies and core and pelvic control.
If needed the physiotherapist may recommend you to be assessed by the podiatrist or our soft tissue massage therapist to speed your recovery or maintain your condition in the long term.
The physiotherapists at TherapyWise are members of the Health Care Professions Council, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.