Sports and Exercise Injury
Whether you are a weekend warrior or a seasoned athlete, we can provide you with the support to get you back to your optimal level of function as quickly as possible after a sports and exercise injury.
It doesn’t matter if it’s an acute injury, an old recurring problem or an injury caused by repetitive overstrain. Backfocus physiotherapists carefully diagnose your problem and develop a recovery plan based on your exercise and sporting needs.
What you may be experiencing
As sports physiotherapists and myotherapists we treat a wide range of injuries which are classified into three groups.
- Acute injuries (0 – 48 hours after injury): This injury occurs as a result of sudden trauma to muscle, cartilage, disc, tendon or ligament.
- Chronic or recurrent injuries: This results from the repetitive strain which may cause a gradual breakdown of muscle, tendon and joint tissue with associated chronic irritation and pain. These injuries are often associated with faulty biomechanics or follow an initial acute injury
- Post-surgical rehabilitation: Following orthopaedic surgery, a period of rehabilitation is required to build strength, balance and flexibility to ensure a safe return to your sport and allowing you to perform at your best.
What you can do
If you have recently sustained an injury it’s important to adopt the RICE principles (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation).
If the pain you are experiencing is continuously affecting your performance and overall enjoyment, then there may be an underlying cause. Backfocus can help to identify this cause and strengthen specific muscles to decrease pain when exercising and get you back to your best.
How Backfocus can help
At Backfocus Physiotherapy we take the time to understand your injury and the sport or exercise of your choice. Treatment techniques include hands-on treatment such as soft tissue release, joint mobilisation and dry needling. You also receive instructions in biomechanical correction, strength and flexibility exercises. Various taping and orthotic techniques are considered and injury management at home is discussed.
If you are prescribed exercises to perform at home, we will take into consideration your sport and incorporate exercises to replicate your sporting movements.
What to avoid
Delaying treatment, continuing to perform your sport or not using appropriate post-game methods will aggravate your injury and sporting performance.
How long before I am back to normal
Most sports injuries require somewhere between six and ten sessions of physiotherapy over 3-4 weeks. This varies depending on the severity and long-term nature of the problem. After initial higher intensity treatment, you will move into a period of rehabilitation if required.