How Sports Physio Can Help You
Are you struggling to perform at your best or maybe not play sport at all due to a sports injury?
This can be a very frustrating time, especially for those who like to compete or just play for the enjoyment.
Find out how Sports Physio can help you to get back on track.
Types Of Sport
Sports Physiotherapists can work in a variety of settings such as:
- Professional soccer
- Professional rugby
- World class ballet dancers
- Gaelic football
- Commonwealth athletes
Types of Sports Injuries
Shoulder – rotator cuff tears, labral tears, shoulder dislocations, acromio-clavicular joint (ACJ) sprains, fractures
Elbow – tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow
Wrist/hand – fractures, joint sprains
Spine – disc protrusions, disc bulge, facet joints, fractures
Hip – hip (femero-acetabular) impingement, labral tears
Knee – Anterior cruciate (ACL) ligament tears, meniscal tears, medial collateral ligament (MCL) or lateral collateral ligament (LCL) sprains, patellar tendinitis, patellar tendinopathy, patellar dislocation, knee surgery
Ankle – ligament sprains, ankle dislocations, fractures, stress fractures, Achilles rupture and surgery, Achilles tendinoapthy
Foot – plantar fasciitis, fractures, Morton’s neuroma
A vital part of the physiotherapy process is gaining a diagnosis.
This allows us to implement an effective treatment plan.
The result is a quicker recovery time and return to sport.
A detailed and comprehensive physiotherapy assessment will leave no stone unturned in finding the root cause of your problem.
Sometimes you will require further assessment in the form of an x-ray, ultrasound or MRI scan to get a clear picture of your injury.
Sports Physio Treatment
To help speed up your recovery from injury, sports physiotherapists carry out various treatment techniques such as:
- Joint mobilisations
- Joint manipulations
- Sports massage
This helps to reduce pain, swelling or stiffness from your injury.
Sports Physio Rehabilitation
Hands on treatment is only part of the treatment process.
Rehabilitation exercises are vital if you are to make a full recovery and get back performing at your best.
These exercises are focused on both the type of injury and the type of sport you do.
Rehabilitation is broken down into phases:
- Early phase – focus is on reducing pain and swelling and gaining strength.
- Intermediate phase – continue to build strength and flexibility, and introduce sports specific exercises
- Late phase – exercises are sports specific. The aim is to return to sport fully fit and being able to train and compete.
Exercises can cover a range of physical elements such as:
We often hear from athletes that they perform better after injury because they have had time to focus on any weakness they may have had previous to their injury.
There is no point in putting in all the hard work during rehabilitation only to get injured again.
Your Physiotherapist will discuss with you an ongoing programme that will limit the risk of getting injured again.
Sometimes following an examination we will refer you for further investigations or consultations.
For example, if we suspected an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, we would organise an MRI scan.
If the injury is confirmed on the scan, we would then refer you to a Knee Consultant for possible surgery.