Are Sports Injuries Holding You Back?

Why painkillers and visits to your GP are not the answer!

How do competing athletes get fit and stay fit, avoiding frustrating sports injuries which can prevent them playing or doing the activity they love?

If you’ve recently picked up an injury participating in sports, it’s very easy to pass it off as a ‘little niggle’, putting up with it as best you can in order to continue doing the activity you love.

If you’ve stopped doing sport, you’ll know that it can be very disheartening. You can be left feeling stuck and not knowing where to go next, even wondering if you’ll ever get back to playing sport or keeping active like you used to.

Does this sound familiar?

If it does, then you are far from alone. At Recover Physio we treat people like this all the time. In fact, we see people all year round who have suffered injuries whilst playing or participating in sport, so we understand what you are going through.

Our physiotherapists have years of experience in treating sports injuries at all levels, from those who compete for fun, through to Premier League footballers. At Recover Physio we know precisely what treatment you need, as well as the rehab process required for your specific type of sports injury.

When a professional athlete that we are treating picks up a sports injury, our remedial process begins immediately. However, when picking up an injury, countless aspiring athletes make the mistake of putting off seeking professional help, gritting their teeth and carrying on in order to avoid stopping the activity that they love doing. This almost always leads to people asking themselves:

“It’s been months now – why am I still suffering from the pain which is preventing me being active and able to play my favourite sport”?

Most people think that a sports injury will get better after a few days rest and they will return to being active in no time at all. But when they do try to get back to exercise, they find themselves restricted, the pain sometimes worse than it was when it first came on. Often when you are inactive, your injury feels fine, but as soon as you start up again it comes back, no matter how long you have rested.

Does this sound like you?

Many patients we see in our clinic have described the same scenario. They have been to see their GP about their injury. They were told to simply rest, take painkillers and see how it goes. A few weeks later, with no improvement whatsoever, they simply feel like they have wasted time, during which they’ve been able to enjoy the sport or activity that is important to them. many sufferers then go back to the doctor, only to be prescribed more rest and even stronger painkillers.

Has this ever happened to you?

Meet Sofia Hancy, soft tissue therapist, who regularly works on sports injuries

Soft tissue therapy can really help you if you play regular sport and suffer muscle imbalances. It’s also a great way of preventing injury as well as optimising performance.

A major problem is that when it comes to sports injuries – hamstrings, ankle sprains, runners knee, tennis elbow, etc – complete rest is very rarely the answer. These injuries can also be very confusing as the place where the pain is coming from is sometimes not where the actual problem lies. Conflicting advice from friends and internet searches can leave you confused and frustrated, not sure where to turn next. Which is why it is so important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan at the earliest opportunity.

At Recover Physio we don't believe that anyone should have to put up with sports injuries and we would love to help. Just click on the link below to book your complimentary telephone consultation with one of our experienced physiotherapists, who will delighted to offer you complimentary advice on your injury.

If you’re currently living with a frustrating sports injury, here are 6 common experiences that you may be familiar with:

  1. You thought the pain would simply go away on its own after a period of rest, but it didn’t.
  2. You’ve tried resting and applying ice, but the pain simply won’t go away.
  3. You went to the doctors, thinking they would help, but was prescribed painkillers which did nothing to relieve the pain.
  4. A family member told you that everyone picks up sports injuries, so you dismissed the problem have tried to live with it.
  5. You’ve visited healthcare professionals, but nothing they did helped to return you to sport.
  6. You’ve tried sports massage, but the relief was short-lived did nothing to remove the problem long term.

If any of these are familiar to you, the we would love to help!

We understand that you have options when it comes to who you see for your healthcare, so we want to make certain that you feel completely comfortable with us and confident about how we will help you.

We always listen to feedback from our patients and the most common thing we hear is that they really liked being able to speak to a Physiotherapist, for free, before their first appointment. It gave them the chance to ask questions about their sports injuries and learn how physiotherapy could help them to make a speedy recovery. We always take the time to talk through your issues with you and to answer any questions you have.

At Recover Physio, our physiotherapists will work with you to fix your sports injuries and to prevent them from returning, allowing you to enjoy your favourite sport or activity worry free.

If you’re interested in making a full and permanent recovery from your frustrating sports injuries, then here are 4 positive steps that you can take:

Step 1:

Make a decision about getting help. So many people are unsure who to go to, the result being that they are left unable to actively participate in their sport. If you recognise yourself in anything we have said so far, then you can take comfort from the fact that you are not alone. We have treated many people just like you at Recover Physiotherapy.

Step 2:

Next, do the right exercise. One of the best things to help you recover quickly and safely from a sports injury, as well as preventing the recurrence of the injury, is by doing to right series of progressed exercises. The correct exercises given to you by a physiotherapist will reduce pain, allow you to move more freely and return you to pain-free activity far quicker.

Step 3:

Avoid too much rest. Whilst rest can be a part of the recovery process, too much may in fact slow down the healing process. Many people believe that rest means total rest from all activity and exercise. However, in order for an injury to recover, blood flow is required and it is movement that increases this. Appropriate movement and strengthening exercises, alongside hands on treatment, really help to heal the injury. This is the best formula to aid a speedy return to exercise and sport.

Step 4:

Get real, hands-on physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is proven to help people with sports injuries to recover. Here at Recover Physio, we help people to recover from sports injuries all year round. If an injury is preventing you from keeping active and playing sports, then physiotherapy can help you get back to being pain free in the shortest possible time.

Want to get rid of your nagging sports injuries for good? The following Facts explain just how recover Physio can help:

Fact 1:

We can take the pain and stiffness away completely, often within just a few sessions.

Fact 2:

We can carry out a proper diagnosis, finding the root of your pain and discovering what’s really going on.

Fact 3:

Pain can sap your energy and motivation, stopping you from doing the sport or activity that you love. We can get you back to being active again, safely and free of pain.

Fact 4:

By giving you appropriate hands-on treatment and exercises, we ensure that your injury heals properly and not simply masked with painkillers, which are bad for your long-term health.

Fact 5:

We help you avoid dangerous surgery and painful injections.

Fact 6:

We help you stay out of the doctor’s surgery, where your GP will probably just advise you to rest and take painkillers, which will do nothing to address your injury.

Fact 7:

The team at Recover Physio will get you back to living a life free from the sports injury that is preventing you from doing the activity or sport which is such an important part of the lifestyle that you enjoy.

If you would like to know how the Recover Physio team can help you get the most out of life free of sports injuries, you can now arrange a FREE, no obligation telephone consultation with one of our chartered physiotherapists. Our friendly physio will discuss your injuries with you and advise how physiotherapy can help. Just click on the link below now to arrange your FREE consultation.