What is Sports Physiotherapy?
Sports Physiotherapy is an area of physiotherapy that City Physiotherapy Adelaide has a special interest in. Sports Physiotherapy involves injury prevention, evaluation and injury management resulting from playing sports or participating in all forms of exercise. Sports Physiotherapy involves all ages and levels of ability from social sports to elite level sports.
Our sports physiotherapists provide hands on physiotherapy treatment, advice on safe participation in sports, including exercise rehabilitation and promoting an active lifestyle to help our patients improve or maintain their overall health and wellbeing. Our musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapists partner with our patients who are actively involved in sport and recreational activity to recover from injuries sustained, provide education and programs on pre-habilitation to prevent problems as well as working to their improve performance.
Sports Physiotherapy goals treatment and rehabilitation
Like all Physiotherapy our primary aim in sports physiotherapy is to treat and provide you, our patients and athletes, with complete rehabilitation after an injury, post surgery or to prevent further injury as well as regaining or maintaining your strength, flexibility and endurance. The goals are to return you to your sport in the shortest possible time. Your treatment will involve protecting the injured area to promote healing, reducing inflammation in the early stages of your injury and guidance to improve flexibility, strength, endurance, proprioception and to correct muscle-imbalances to keep you safe as you return to your exercise or sport.
Sports Physiotherapy Evaluation
Sports physiotherapy involves assessment of your injured area to determine the level of injury you may have sustained. Sometimes this will involve a referral to have diagnostic imaging such as X-rays, US scans, CT or MRI. Your sports physio will liaise with your doctors and specialists to assist in diagnosing your tendon, ligament, muscle, soft tissue, joint or nerve injuries. Once active rehabilitation begins we use functional assessment methods to evaluate your progress.
Sports Physio Treatment & Rehabilitation
Sustaining tendon, ligament, muscle, soft, tissue, joint or nerve injury is common when participating in sports or active recreational hobbies. Over the course of your treatment your sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapist in Adelaide will guide you on which phase of rehabilitation you need to be working on after which time frame. If you return to play sport too early or do not complete your rehabilitation program this may result in further injury or damage.
Sports Physiotherapy Prevention
Sports physiotherapy may involve a pre return to sport training. schedule, screening for secondary issues, recommendation of specific equipment, bracing, taping, advice on cardiovascular fitness and improving your overall endurance.
Sports Physiotherapy Performance Enhancement
Enhancing your performance will assist you to improve your personal results in your sport and exercise. Your sports physiotherapist can screen you to assess your areas of strength and weakness, lack of flexibility as well as your muscle strength and endurance.
At City Physiotherapy & sports injury clinic we provide you with individual hands on treatment, injury prevention advice and exercise programs. Our sports physiotherapists will help you achieve the best possible long term result in the shortest time whilst maintaining your safety. We partner with you to get you back in the game whether out on the court, on an oval, in a pool or on the field or track – we want you in your arena doing what you love to do.