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Physiotherapy Kensington, Notting Hill Gate, Shepherds Bush, Central London 020 7937 6444 / 07902 309 768

Sport Injuries

The term sports injury refers to the kinds of injuries that occur during sport or exercise and athletes. Most sports injuries are the result of inadequate training in certain sports, exercise and weaknesses in the body. The majority of people and athletes who start exercising (six out of 10) sustain a sports injury within six weeks. Our London walk in clinic in Kensington is happy to give you an emergency appointment if you have acute sport injury. However, with the proper precautions, sports injuries can often be prevented. Sport and exercise can be very beneficial to health and fitness. They can reduce the risk of heart disease, overweight, stroke and stress.

Training and exercise by athletes can also cause injuries, especially if you do not warm up, cool down or use proper exercise equipment. It is very important that athletes are warming up before exercise and cooling down afterwards.

Sport Injuries: There are two main categories of sports injury, which we treat in our London walk in clinic:

1)  Acute sport injuries, such as dislocations, muscle tears and ligament sprains.
2)  Overuse injuries, such as stress fractures and tendonitis.

Some patient get sports injuries by accidents, but professional and competitive athletes often develop overuse injuries. An overuse injury is usually a sprain, strain or fracture to part of the body that has been used repetitively. An example of this is a tennis player who may be vulnerable to arm and shoulder injuries or athlete to tendonitis.

Our physio team and other therapists are treating sport injury in London walk in clinic frequently. Our London physio practice, which you can walk in for an emergency appointment for sport injury treatment, advises you on the prognosis of your sport injury and the ways to treat and prevent these diseases. Sports massage, friction, ultrasound and physio massage are essential physiotherapy treatment methods in our London physio walk in clinic. For recovery from sports injuries, particularly muscle strains, tendonitis and acute injury please contact our London walk in clinic in Kensington.

Prevention of sports injury

• Warming up properly before exercise, training and heavy physical activity
• Exercise often and keep your back and other muscles strong
• Exercise different muscle groups and exercise minimum three times per week
• Cooling down properly after exercise or sports
• Stretching exercises to improve the muscles' ability to contract and perform, reducing the risk for sport injury.
• Proper footwear to reduce the risk of sport injury
• Correct posture and body mechanics to prevent back pain. Try to stand up straight and avoid heavy lifting when you can. If you do lift something h heavy, bend your legs and keep your back straight.
• abdominal strengthening exercises to help stabilize the back
stretching of lower back muscles
• Appropriate exercise can help ease chronic pain but you need your physiotherapist advice for acute back pain exercise. Your doctor or physical therapist can tell you the adequate type of exercise and training for low back pain.
• Sport massage and physio massage can relax the muscle and reduce the toxin in your muscle and body.
• If you suffer from a sports injury, make sure you visit your chartered physiotherapist and participate in adequate rehabilitation before resuming the sport or other exercise activity

Physiotherapeutic Diagnoses

You should see your physical therapist- doctor if you have:

• Numbness or tingling
• Severe pain that does not improve with rest
• Pain after a fall or an injury
• Back pain with radiation to leg
• Weakness
• Numbness in your legs
• Fever
• Weight loss when not on a diet

Making the right diagnosis is the important step in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries by physiotherapy. To diagnose back pain, neck pain, or any other musculoskeletal injury your physical therapist - doctor will take your medical history and do a physical exam. Your physical therapist or doctor may order other tests, such as:

• X rays
• Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
• Computed tomography (CT) scan
• Blood tests.

Sport physiotherapist

Patient expectation from a physiotherapist

Physical therapy; optimal physiotherapy treatment plan. The optimal combination of treatments in Kensington physiotherapy clinic is the main objective of all chartered physiotherapists in Kensington physiotherapy practice.

Blending science with inspiration is the key success to patient progress by the chartered physiotherapist. In addition, our sport physiotherapist will educate the athlete or amateur sport person, how to prevent or manage a sport injury/ health condition and motivate patient to gain recover and optimal function. Our sport physiotherapist will work with athlete and elite or amateur to help them understand the basic biomechanics and alignment of their body so they will achieve long-term health benefits and prevent potential injuries. Most of sport physiotherapists in Kensington physio clinic have undertaken biomechanics or sport performance courses which has great benefit for patient who choose the Kensington physiotherapy clinic. In addition, our sport physiotherapists have extensive experiences with athlete and elite who injured during football, running, basketball, rugby and other exercise and sport training.

In Kensington physiotherapy clinic, we will examine you and develop a physiotherapy treatment plan, using a variety of treatment methods that help you move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Sport physiotherapy has an integral role in the multidisciplinary approach to the management of sports injuries in athlete. The sport physiotherapist rehabilitates the athlete sport injury, to prevent further injury and to return the athlete to sport in the shortest time.

Chartered sport physiotherapists in Kensington physio practice are able to treat wide range of sport injuries from overuse, biomechanical and postural abnormalities, and incident in variety of sport like football, running, basketball, rugby and weight training. Prompt assessment and diagnosis are fundamental aspects of sport physiotherapy to achieve the treatment goals and return the athlete to the sport field whether football, running, basketball, rugby or weight training. Athletes suffering from a recent injury or a recurring problem can benefit from the expertise of a specialist team at Kensington physiotherapy practice. We aim to rehabilitate the 'whole' person and not just the injured part and therefore multidisciplinary team approach which is ideal as cross-referral may take place in order to achieve the best results on a short possible time.

We aim to get you back to sport field a.s.a.p or may carry out with treatment of your sport injury while you continue with your sport activities like football, running, basketball, rugby and weight training. Our sport physiotherapist can also help athlete prevent loss of mobility and motion by developing a fitness- and wellness-oriented program tailored to your specific sport (football, running, basketball, rugby and weight training) and daily activities. Our sport physiotherapist provides rehabilitation, maintaining and restoring the maximum movement and function of athlete and patient throughout their sport activities. The physiotherapy (physical therapy) interventions include manipulation, exercise, massage, ultrasound, electrotherapy and management of recovery process to gain the adequate progress.

Only one treatment in Kensington physiotherapy practice by one of our sport physiotherapist is enough to make us your long term health partner throughout your journey to restoring and maintaining motion so that you can function at your best fitness level. At Kensington physiotherapy clinic we are treating a wide range of condition and injury including arthritis, sport injuries, back pain, neck pain, knee pain, osteoporosis, overuse Injuries, shoulder pain, stroke, RSI, sprains, strains, and fractures and much more. Sport injuries can occur by overuse, biomechanical and postural abnormalities or incident in variety of sport like football, running, basketball, rugby and weight training.

In addition, our chartered physiotherapists will identify and assess your postural abnormalities and alignment to maximize quality of your sport performance by strengthening your body's weak points, increasing joint stability and prevent potential sport injuries or work related injuries. The proper rehabilitation by sport physiotherapist is necessarily to allow the athlete to be able to compete without residual instability, proprioceptive disturbance and muscle weakness and imbalances. Individual programs must be planned and implemented for each athlete. This would include sport-specific exercises, adaptation to new postures to correct muscle imbalance, taping and strapping and a home exercise program.

The athlete rehabilitation must be progressed vigilantly and progressively, and the outcome has to be measured based on function. Sport-specific functional testing is an essential part of moving from one phase of rehabilitation to full sport participation. Overtraining must be very carefully avoided in all of these phases, and training is monitored so that full activity does not occur before full recovery has taken place. Obviously, prevention is much better and easier than treatment and the sport physiotherapist will always advise the athlete and patient on how to prevent the recurrence of sport injury on return to their sport activities.

Some preventive/ evidence based advice to reduce the risk of sport injury:

• Proper warming up and cooling down reduces the risk of sport injury
• Avoid intense training when you suffer from sport injury or stiffness
• Build up the new sport activities gradually
• Collect adequate information about the course and event beforehand
• Wear the right footwear
• Do not train too much on hard surface
• Hot bath after your event or training
• Comfortable traveling
• Avoid infection
• Strengthening exercise are crucial
• Avoid too many consecutive days
• Avoid fatigue
• Do not ignore the sign and symptoms of sport injury, stiffness and pain
• Stretch, stretch and stretch especially hamstrings and calf muscles after workouts

Rose Clinic Physiotherapy is registered with all major UK health Insurance Companies.

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Musculoskeletal conditions that our chartered physiotherapists treat: Low Back Pain, Disc degeneration, Pregnancy backaches, Arthritis, Whiplash, Sciatica Nerve Trapped, Headache, Pain, Stiffness, Tennis Elbow, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Tendonitis, Osteoarthritis, Postural abnormality, Pre/Post Operation. Rehabilitation, ACL Rupture, Hip/Knee Replacements, Ligament Cartilage Tear, Shin Splints, Ankle Sprain, Muscular Tear, job related injuries, aging. London physiotherapy now covering Kensington W8, Chelsea SW3, SW10, Notting Hill Gate W11, Hammersmith W6, Shepherds Bush W12, South Kensington SW7, Cromwell road, Knightsbridge SW1, SW3, SW 10, W2 in association with Fitness First gym club for all physiotherapy services.