Some of the most commonly injured muscles are the hamstrings, quadriceps and gastrocnemius, as they cross 2 joints. Apply compression to the injured muscle and rest that area for 24-48 hours immediately after injury. Soft tissue therapy, strengthening rehabilitation and stretching programmes follow subsequently, which we can provide and prescribe.
Most muscle strains are avoidable through adequate warm ups, flexibility training, suitable kit, appropriate training and adequate recovery. We also offer injury prevention sessions which can address these issues.
Ankle sprains are amongst the most common ligament sprain, especially to the lateral (outside) ligaments. They occur when the ankle is forced into inversion (rolled onto the outside of the foot). Swelling may occur almost immediately, and bruising may follow. Pain is felt on weight bearing and during movement around the outside of the ankle. Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery can take from 1 week to 2 months. A graduated rehabilitation programme alongside treatment can speed up recovery and help prevent re-injury in the future.
There are a number of different reasons for lower back pain, and a number of different structures involved. It may due to be muscular pain, disc degeneration or herniation, neural irritation, or skeletal changes. Static and functional posture should be assessed and a specific treatment and rehabilitation programme designed from the results of the assessments. Gentle movement and heat should ease symptoms at home.
Neural pain that radiates from your lower back into your buttocks, the backs of your legs, or even down to your feet is known as “sciatica”, an irritation to the sciatic nerve. Pressure on the nerve root, which can come from disc, bony structures or muscle tightness, causes this pain. Treating the area of pain will not necessarily cure the problem; the cause needs to be addressed also.
The shoulder is made up of 4 joints: the glenohumeral (which is your main ball and socket shoulder joint), the acromioclavicular (between your clavicle or collar bone and scapula or shoulder blade), the sternoclavicular (collar bone to sternum or breast bone) and the scapulothoracic (where the scapular glides over the rib cage). All 4 joints are responsible for creating full range of motion of the shoulder, and injury to one or more of these joints will affect the performance of the shoulder.
The knee is made up of 2 joints, the tibiofemoral joint (the main joint) and the patellofemoral joint (the kneecap). Injuries can either be acute and traumatic, from a sudden twist, turn or fall, or from overuse. The tibiofemoral joint is often more affected by extreme stresses, whereas the patellofemoral injuries are more likely as a result of overuse.
A detailed history of the injury is important in the diagnosis, and therefore treatment, of the injury. There are many different structures within the knee that can be injured, from ligaments to cartilage, bone to muscle and tendon. Treatment and rehabilitation will be specifically tailored to your injury and not just the knee in general.
Strength, range of motion and proprioception rehabilitation before Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstructive surgery has been found to reduce healing times and improve success rates post-surgery. We can offer rehab and treatment programmes specifically designed for leading up to your operation as well as the recovery management and liaison with your surgeon afterwards.