Sports Physiotherapy is a specialist branch of physiotherapy and exercise healthcare where the treating clinician demonstrates highly specialised clinical knowledge of exercise related injury or pain. They uniquely have knowledge of training regimes and the biomechanics involved in a number of different sports. Sports Physiotherapists have knowledge of complex pathology and are able to refer patients on for specialist tests where indicated.
As sports physiotherapists we pay special consideration to the injury in a sports and exercise context. Therefore, we are sensitive to the training needs of the athlete and aim to keep them active while treating their problem.
Sports physiotherapists are trained to assess and diagnose sports injuries and have specialist knowledge of injury prognosis allowing the athlete to understand from the outset the likely duration of the injury.
The training of sports physiotherapists begins with conventional undergraduate physiotherapy followed by post-graduate study of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, together with considerable experience in the sporting arena.
At Core Body Clinic Adrian Wagstaff is our Sports Physiotherapist with a background in Elite Premiership Football and a Masters degree in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Adrian has worked with some of the most highly rated physiotherapists in the world including the current England Football physiotherapist and the current England Rugby Under 20’s.
What to expect?
We allow up to an hour per consultation as we find the extra time saves time in the long run and allows us to gain a comprehensive understanding of your problem. The hour allows for assessment, diagnosis and treatment. We may look at a number of different test procedures to ensure we get an accurate clinical impression. Sometimes, patients attend with a known diagnosis but they have responded poorly to rehabilitation and treatment. We generally use half of the session to comprehensively take a history and perform a physical examination to determine the likely diagnosis and to assess why the condition has not yet resolved. The second part of the session is for treatment and rehabilitation planning.
Some patients attend because they have a problem with training or they have developed a problem through over training. We will assess the injury and look at all the possible factors relating to training, intensity of training, footwear, fluid intake and diet.
We aim to establish a diagnosis or treatment plan, with treatment beginning, in the first session.
What will the treatment involve?
At Core Body Clinic, we believe that the greatest advantage in consulting a sports physiotherapist is establishing a diagnosis and in understanding the prognosis of a condtion. They use a number of techniques similar to a regular physiotherapist and prescribe alterations in training to minimise the variables that are often the limiting factors for problems not resolving.
Sports physisiotherapists use a combination of soft tissue therapies, dry needling, tape and manipulation to help reduce pain and promote healing. Some of the techniques are to encourage the activation of muscles that are inhibited by pain thereby opening a window of opportunity to promote rehabilitation and muscle activation.
Why Sports Physiotherapy?
You dont need to be an elite athlete to benefit from seeing a sports physiotherapist. If you have a niggling training problem or an ongoing and unresolved pain syndrome then spending time to diagnose your problem can save you misery and money in the future.
Our sports physiotherapy service aims to keep you training or get you back to your chosen activity in the shortest time possible. You don’t have to be an elite athlete to benefit from this service. We have helped hundreds of people with training problems or inflexibility that have failed to respond to a comprehensive treatment package of sports massage. We educate all of our patients to ensure they know how to treat their problem, get their problem better and help them to make permeant changes to their training habits to prevent future problems.
What can we treat?
Here is a list of conditions we might see:
Achilles Tendinopathy (nee Tendonitis)
Back pain related to exercise
Shin splints / medial tibial stress syndrome
Plantarfaciitis / heel pain
Knee cap pain (patellofemoral pain)
Recurrent Muscle soreness