Physiotherapists are experts in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. They can help return you to your best level of function after an injury.
A physiotherapist may use the following techniques:
- 'hands on' techniques such as massage, joint mobilisation
- taping to support an area or facilitate normal movement
- rehabilitation exercises and advice, taking into account individual goals and history
Physiotherapists also have a role in injury prevention. There are several injuries (including ankle sprains, knee injuries and hamstring strains) for which the risk can be significantly reduced if a specific injury prevention program is used. These programs are typically not time intensive and can actually improve sporting performance as well.
Common sporting injuries:
- joint sprains— knee, ankle, shoulder and finger injuries
- muscle strains—hamstring, calf, quadricep
- tendon injuries—achilles, patella and gluteal tendon pain
- bony overuse injuries—such as 'shin splints' or stress fractures
- rehabilitation from surgery —knee, shoulder or ankle arthroscopies or reconstructions
The physiotherapy profession emphasises the importance of evidence-based practice, using findings from clinical and biological research to support assessment, treatment and decision-making. If you are suffering from a sports related injury, it is important to have your condition assessed by a physiotherapist.
Thanks to Aiden Rich for contributing this content.