Sports injuries affect people of all ages and fitness levels. Vitalis Physiotherapy may be able to help you recover from your injury and get you back to enjoying your favourite sport.
Sports physio or athletic physiotherapy is a specialised type of physiotherapy focused on injuries relating to sports.
At Vitalis Physiotherapy, we understand how important sport is. It’s a great way of keeping physically fit and socially connected. You might play competitively or simply enjoy recreational golf, tennis, running or swimming. You might be enjoying an active retirement, you might be working or raising kids, or you could still be at school.
Any sport tends to involve repeated use of certain parts of your body and can place extra stress and strain on muscles, joints and bones.
Sports injuries can be caused by:
- A direct blow
- A sprain, tear or twist
- Overuse, body insufficiency not being able to cope with applied load
- Abnormal biomechanics, Because you enjoy your sport, you might overlook warning signs of an injury or keep playing when you should stop. And you’ll be keen to recover quickly so you can play again.
Injuries can happen in many parts of your body but we commonly see people with injured knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, necks, backs and wrists.
As soon as possible. The sooner we see you, the sooner we can diagnose the injury and help you recover.
Your Vitalis physiotherapist will listen as you explain what caused the injury and describe the pain. Then your physio will examine you to determine the type and severity of the injury before deciding on a course of treatment to help you heal and regain your fitness.
We won’t know that until we see you. The treatment time depends on your injury and commitment to recovery.
Maybe. An X-ray helps us see if you have a bone injury like a fracture. If you’ve already had an X-ray done, then please bring it with you. If you haven’t had one and we think it would be useful, then your Vitalis physiotherapist will arrange one.
We may also ask for a diagnostic ultrasound. This helps us look at injuries relating to muscles, bursa, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Again, if you’ve already had this done, please bring the results with you. Otherwise, we’ll arrange any necessary scans when we see you.
We know it’s frustrating to have to sit on the sidelines when you’d rather be playing. We also know that rushing back to sport too soon may make things worse, not better. If you rush your recovery, you may make yourself vulnerable to further injuries, delaying your recovery even more.
Your Vitalis physiotherapist will measure your recovery progress and will guide your return to sport. In the meantime, put your effort into rehabilitation.
It’s the process of recovering from a sports injury and becoming strong enough to play again.
Your Vitalis physiotherapist will design an exercise program tailored to your needs and relevant to your chosen sport. Doing these exercises regularly, as instructed by your Vitalis physio, will help you to gain the strength, balance and ease of movement needed to return to your chosen sport.