Sports Injuries.. Treatment and Prevention
What have I done?
What can I do to get better?
When will I return to sport?
Seeking the advice of a Chartered Physiotherapist will ensure an accurate clinical diagnosis, the delivery of effective treatment and sound advice on injury prevention and full rehabilitation.
A sound diagnosis is essential and is based on extensive training and clinical experience in the field of musculo-skeletal medicine, physiology and anatomy. Parks Physiotherapists have access to other clinical specialists and perform further investigations where necessary in order to reach the correct diagnosis and treatment. The Physiotherapists employ a number of modalities in order to treat sports injuries and achieve maximum rehabilitation and return to sport in the best possible time. These include:-
|Ultrasound||Uses sound vibratory energy waveforms to speed up tissue healing, reduce inflammation and enhance the quality of tissue repair.|
|Interferential Therapy||Low frequency electrical stimulation of nerve and muscle, induces analgesia and increases blood flow, reducing swelling and enhancing healing.|
|Acupuncture||Acupuncture is offered for pain relief and to promote tissue healing in both acute and chronic conditions.|
|Massage||Massage is available to improve flexibility and range of movement, help increase the suppleness of injured muscles and tissue and accelerate the healing process.|
|Muscle Imbalance Therapy||The Physiotherapist will identify weakened and dysfunctional muscle groups and address any imbalance by offering an individual progressive strengthening programme.|
|Gait Analysis||Parks Therapists assess abnormal gait patterns. A full orthotic service is offered.|
Rehabilitation and Return to Fitness
Each patient has an individual assessment and rehabilitation programme in order to enable their full return to fitness and sport. Parks also has Yoga and Pilates instructors.
No one can doubt the beneficial effects of exercise – for instance improved stamina, weight control and better resistance to illness. However, few sports people avoid some form of injury.
National estimates based on work by the Sports Council and Medical Care Research Unit of the University of Sheffield suggests that in 1990 alone, 19.3 million incidents resulted in new injuries with 1.4 million of these resulting in time off work, the average time being 6 days. From the professional footballer with the broken leg to the recreational runner with a calf strain, the questions asked are the same.
If you have any concerns about an injury, or there is little or no improvement, seek early advice.
Parks can provide its services to a wide area, including those in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire. For details of Sports Injury Clinics in other areas, please view the Sports Injury Clinic website