sports injuries clinic

sports injuries clinic

sports injuries clinic

Sports injuries are very loosely defined as injuries caused whilst participating in or training for a particular sport. That’s where our sports injuries clinic comes in…

They can be split into 2 categories: contact and non-contact. The majority of these injuries can occur without any sporting context at all but they are more common in a sporting context.

The main thing that makes sports injuries different is the high level of activity that the injured party wants to return to. This is where specialist sports physiotherapists at Active Physiotherapy’s sports injury clinic set ourselves apart from the rest. With extensive experience in treating patients from a variety of different sports we are well placed to treat and rehabilitate any sportsperson back to full competition fitness. Whether recreational, amateur or professional, we have the skills and experience you need to get back to sport.

Contact Injuries

Contact injuries in sport are mainly the result of trauma caused by another person or object. They can be as minor as bruising or as serious as a fracture, dislocation or spinal injury. Minor traumatic injuries usually heal up quite quickly e.g. dead leg. However, the early intervention of physiotherapy with the P.R.I.C.E regime, electrotherapy, correct exercise progression, Kinesio taping and correct activity avoidance can speed up recovery even more.

The P.R.I.C.E. regime:
  • Protection – the first thing to do is to protect the injured area to prevent further injury
  • Rest – resting and avoidance of aggravating activities allows healing to take place more quickly
  • Ice – applying ice to the injured area through a protective membrane such as a tea towel (to avoid ice burn) for 10-15 mins will help to settle the inflammation and reduce swelling.
  • Compression – compression on the injured area helps to reduce swelling
  • Elevation – elevation of the injured area above the level of the heart enables fluid to be drained back into the circulation system and away from the injury site.

More severe contact injuries are likely to require hospital treatment initially, in the cases of fractures and dislocations for example. However, following this, rehabilitation at a sports injuries clinic is extremely important to ensure that when you return to sport you are not at risk of further injury in the area. Being based within Total Fitness Gym, we have access to excellent rehabilitation facilities to ensure that you return to sport at 100%.

Non-contact Injuries

Injuries that fall into this category are most commonly muscular strains, ligamentous sprains or tendonopathies. These are common injuries in both contact and non-contact sport and make up the majority of sports injuries that we see in the clinic. These injuries can be treated extremely effectively with progressive mobility and strengthening exercises, hands on manual therapy techniques (including forms of massage), electrotherapy and Kinesio taping when required. Although these injuries can be easily treated, they should be highly respected and treated appropriately straight away. The acute ankle sprain that is not correctly treated and rehabilitated can result in re-injury and chronic instability. At Active Physiotherapy we believe that the re-injury of these structures is largely preventable if you have effective rehabilitation and ensure on going conditioning of the area. For more information on injury prevention CLICK HERE.

For more information on the conditions we treat and services we offer, or to book an appointment please call 0800 6191 261 or email us at enquiries@activeclinics.com