Physiotherapy and sports injury management have a long association, hence our practice name Fairfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Centre.
Perusal of the sports section of any of our daily newspapers will often illustrate the association between physiotherapy and the injury management of sportspeople in a wide variety of sports.
Sports physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy practice, that focuses on treating and managing injuries resulting from sports. Sports physiotherapy requires specialised knowledge and treatment methods as sports injuries differ from everyday aches and pains due to the strenuous nature of sports.
In most instances, participating in sports, whether professionally or recreationally, places additional demands on the body, as athletes endeavour to run faster and jump higher than the average person. Involvement in contact sports such as rugby, AFL or martial arts, can also cause injuries that otherwise would not be sustained in daily life, and may require the expertise of a qualified, hands-on physiotherapist to achieve sustainable recovery.
In addition to treating sports injuries, another key component of sports physiotherapy is preventing injuries. This is especially important for athletes as it enables them to keep doing what they love without disruption.
At Fairfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Centre, we have extensive experience helping athletes across Melbourne diagnose, treat, manage and prevent sports injuries. We treat a wide variety of ages and sports levels from the nine-year-old “tackers” playing AFL to people in their 80s playing regular tennis, and all those ages and varying sports in between.
While some of our patients at Fairfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Centre are elite level athletes, by far the majority are recreational sportspeople. Our patients pursue a wide variety of activities from walking regularly to keep trim, or those with a purpose to get fit for an upcoming skiing holiday or fun run.
All of our clients with sports injuries that come from various recreational pursuits receive the same approach from all physiotherapists at Fairfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Centre. The approach is one that leads to a clinical diagnosis and management plan, with the patient’s maximum involvement.
The first step in treating a sports injury is to diagnose the injury accurately. During the initial consultation, the treating physiotherapist will accurately pinpoint the source of pain/discomfort and possible causes for the injury through a comprehensive physical assessment.
From there, the physio will recommend a range of treatments such as soft tissue massage, dry needling, muscle re-education, joint mobilisation or exercises to build strength and flexibility. The recommended treatment will vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury.
The treatment will be part of the wider recovery plan, including recommended treatment/medication for pain relief, periods of rest, followed by training plans to help patients return to their sport.
Our physiotherapists can also help athletes looking for ways to reduce the likelihood of injury, particularly if they have had previous injuries or are involved in a high-risk sport. Considering the patient’s key concerns, our physiotherapist can perform risk assessments based on the patient’s physical attributes, training regime, and practice habits to provide practical advice.
Recommendations to reduce the risk of injury may include switching up the load and frequency of training programs and correcting techniques or postures.
Whether you’re an elite athlete or participate in sports for recreational purposes, you can count on the expert physiotherapists at Fairfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Centre to diagnose, treat and help prevent recurrence of your sports injuries.
Book your initial consultation today for just $93* (including the first round of recommended treatment). Bookings can be made online or call (03) 9489 7744. When attending your appointment, make sure you wear comfortable clothing.
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