Physiotherapy for Sports Injuries
Sports injuries can be anything from muscle sprains, ligament strains, dislocations and fractures. Every injury is unique and should be assessed and treated professionally to ensure that your recovery is as complete as possible. While most athletes will seek out the help of a physiotherapist after an injury has occured, we can help to prevent a great deal of injuries in advance with the right preventative protocol.
How Can Physiotherapy Help Sports Injuries?
The treatment of sports injuries has 3 main phases. Icing and immobilizing the area are often the starting point in order to keep the initial swelling and pain to a minimum, followed by a tailored protocol designed to bring back mobility, and a strengthening regimen designed to rehabilitate the injury and prevent a recurrence.
The Life Force Physiotherapy Approach to Treating Sports Injuries.
The primary role of your physiotherapist is to carry out a full assessment of the injured area to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs. Your physiotherapist will also identify any underlying reasons you may have been prone to injury and identify any areas which require strengthening to prevent a recurrence.
Heat & Cold Therapy
Ice packs are often helpful to reduce any pain and inflammation caused by the injury as well as the treatment. Hot packs can also be used once the swelling has gone down to alleviate pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints.
Massage, Trigger Point and Myofascial Release
Trigger Points are areas of shortened muscles which can contribute to referred pain or muscular imbalance. The myofascial system is a thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds the brain, spinal cord, muscles, joints and all your organs. It can be restricted as a result of injury or poor posture. Physiotherapy can help to release these “knots” and restrictions and bring balance back to your spine.
Range of Motion
It is important to work on retaining and regaining flexibility in the joints and tendons after an injury and subsequent immobility. Increasing the range of motion through regular stretching and manual
TENS nerve stimulation
Depending on the injury, your Physiotherapist may use TENS nerve stimulation. By placing electrodes on the skin, nerves can be stimulated by small electrical signals, bringing effective relief of pain and initiating muscle healing.
Building strength in the muscles around your injury is very important, as these muscles help to stabilize the area and prevent the same injury from recurring. Your Physiotherapist will help you design an exercise routine that’s appropriate for your needs and symptoms, and they can supervise as you start to train more independently.
Physio Supervised Exercise Program
As you progress through your one-on-one physiotherapy treatment, we at Life Force Physiotherapy believe that a supervised work-out environment is crucial to help you ease safely into your self-directed exercise plan. Our physiotherapists will keep an eye on your movements so that you can feel confident that you’re staying on track.
If you are looking for advice for rehabilitating a sports injury, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment to discuss your symptoms with a Life Force physiotherapist. We’re here to help!