Sports injury management is a specialised area of physiotherapy. In order to accurately diagnose, treat and rehabilitate sports injuries, your Physiotherapist requires extensive knowledge of sport in general, as well as an understanding physiological and bio-mechanical demands of your particular sport. Consequently, we strive to employ highly experienced physiotherapists.
Sports injuries can often be highly complex and multi-faceted in their nature. Therefore, accurate diagnosis and appropriate management and treatment, as well as provision of detailed training advice, requires considerable experience and knowledge.
Our Specialist Sports Physiotherapists have spent many years advancing their skills via continuous professional development, to become specialists in the treatment of sports injuries. All our physiotherapists are able to treat everyday MSK issues and sports injuries arising from work and everyday life.
Sports injury management
Sports injuries are often the result of bio-mechanical imbalances, so our Specialist Sports Physiotherapists are trained to identify and correct these errors. They can also review your training and provide advice to ensure there is no element of your training that may be contributing to your injury.
Our Physiotherapists are happy to work with the athlete’s coach as well as Sports Medicine Doctors/consultants and other health professionals. All our physiotherapists are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP): the UK physiotherapy governing body, as well as the Health and Professions Council (HCPC).
Below is a list of common injuries that we see in our work as Sports Injury Management Physiotherapists:
Achilles Tendon Rupture. Although the exact cause of rupture of the Achilles tendon is often not known, it is thought that tight or weak calf muscles may be the cause. Correct stretching and strengthening will help prevent, and aid recovery. Severe rupture may result in the limb being immobilised in a cast. Rehabilitation can take many months.
Ankle Sprains. One of the most common sports injuries happens when players ‘go over’ on their ankles. This causes a stretching and tearing of the ligaments at the ankle. See our self treatment section to aid early recovery. Often, people thing they have recovered and do not work on proprioceptive exercises after injury and this is why, some people are prone to recurrent injuries of the ankle. There is more information at the bottom of the page specific to ankle ligament injuries.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament(ACL) Injury. The ACL is one of the supporting ligaments inside the knee. The cause is often due to an athlete changing direction rapidly then twists without moving the feet, slows down abruptly, or gets tackled from the side/back of the leg. If the ligament is completely ruptured, this will result in an operation to repair it. If it is a partial tear, rehab alone may be sufficient. Often when the ligament is torn, there can be associated damage to the medial ligament and meniscus (cartilage) of the knee.
Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). This is the reason why we ache after exercise. The muscle pain, stiffness and soreness occurs 24-48 hours after unaccustomed, or intense exercise. Static stretching after exercise can help to ease this and try to work up to intense exercise rather than just going all out. Sports massage can also help. Also try to avoid hot baths directly after a hard work out.
Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis). This is elbow pain which gives discomfort on the inside of the elbow. It is caused by a cumulative trauma injury that occurs over time from repeated use of the muscles of the arm and forearm that lead to small tears of the tendons. Another tendinopathy! It can also be caused by grip problems, so it is a good idea to seek the advice of a golf pro, or speak to our physiotherapists for advice.
Knee Pain. Knee pain is another very common complaint in sportspeople. There can be many causes from, tight or weak muscles, internal derangements of the knee, osteoarthritis, or even unknown hip or ankle problems causing an altered running position. It is important to seek the advice of your expert to give an accurate diagnosis, in order to start the correct treatment plan. Our physios will assess your movement and offer a reason why you are getting pain.
Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome. Knee pain or hip pain on the outside of the leg, can be caused by tightness of the IT Band. Foam rolling and stretching can help settle the symptoms. It's also worth getting our physiotherapists to assess your movement to give you a preventative exercise programme
Ligament Sprains. As with ankle sprains (mentioned above), these injuries to the ligaments which support joints, vary in severity but usually result in pain, swelling, bruising, and loss of the ability to move and use the joint. Follow our self treatment section to deal with the problem in the first few days.
Muscle Strains. Strains are very common in many sports. The main areas are the hamstring and calf muscles at the back of the leg, or thigh muscles at the front. It is important to warm muscles up before exercise and keep them flexible. Don't forget nutrition and hydration also play a big part in the performance of a muscle too. It is important to treat the muscles well in the first few days after injury, so follow our self treatment guide to aid early recovery. Occasionally, some injuries feel like a muscle pull, but are in fact due to tight nerves coming from the lower back or neck.
Plantar Fasciitis. If you are getting pain on the first steps in the morning, and discomfort on the heel, you may have Plantar fasciitis. Stretching, and ice can help, along with a short course of physiotherapy. Taping techniques and orthotics can also help. It is really another form of tendinopathy. Try shockwave therapy.
Rotator Cuff Tear/impingement/bursitis. A common symptom of a rotator cuff injury is aching, and weakness in the shoulder when the arm is lifted overhead. Many shoulder problems are caused due to an underlying weakness of the rotator cuff muscles.
Shin Splints. Very common amongst road runners, shin Splints describes a variety of generalized pain that occurs in the front of the lower leg along the shin. Shin Splints are considered a cumulative stress injury, and can also be caused be biomechanical problems, or even from the nerves in the lower back. Assessment from a physio, or sports therapist should help to diagnose the cause, and get you on the road to recovery.
Stress Fracture. Stress fractures in the leg are often the result of overuse or repeated impacts on a hard surface and are best dealt with by resting the injured area, or immobilisation in a cast.
Tendinopathy eg. achilles tendon, patella tendon, quadriceps tendon, rotator cuff tendons and many others. Tendons attach muscle to bones and can often become inflamed due to overuse. Tendonitis can cause deep, nagging pain which make sport almost impossible in bad cases. Treating tendonitis consists of rest, medication, and physiotherapy where your therapist may advise a change of technique or equipment. Continued tendonitis is termed tendinopathy and implies some degenerative changes have begun within the tendon – Shockwave therapy can be very effective with these cases.
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis). This is the main cause of elbow pain, which gives discomfort on the outside of the elbow. It is caused by a cumulative trauma injury that occurs over time from repeated use of the muscles of the arm and forearm that lead to small tears of the tendons. It is another tendinopathy! It can also be caused by grip problems, changes in tension stringing and racket weight changes. Eccentric exercises provided by your physio or sports therapist can help settle these symptoms.
New patient physiotherapy treatment (1 hour): £60
Follow up physiotherapy treatment (30 minutes): £50
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New patient physiotherapy treatment (1 hour): £55
Follow up physiotherapy treatment (30 minutes): £45
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Book three 30 minute physio follow up treatments at your initial consultation for £178.50 (was £210)
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30 minute massage: £35
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We recommend an hour for your first massage. Subsequent massages can then be 30 minutes or an hour long.
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Book your massage treatments in advance for the following discounted prices:
1 x 60 minute massage + 3 x 30 minute massages = £136
1 x 60 minute massage + 5 x 30 minute massages = £195.50
4 x 60 minute massages = £187
6 x 60 minute massages = £280.50
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