Rehabilitation

Written by Dan Barrett

Physiotherapy forms an important part in recovering fully from an injury.  Physiotherapists are skilled in helping to:

  • clarify what has been injured
  • correctly manage the injury
  • get you back to work or sport quickly and safely
  • reduce the chance of it happening again

 

The earlier we can assess you the better.  Injury management ideally needs to start immediately after the injury occurs.  This is where P.R.I.C.E  is so important.

 

Your physio will carry out a thorough clinical assessment to clarify what the injury is.  They will also discuss what your own personal targets are.  These may be to simply walk the dog, return to work, get back to running or return to elite sport.  All of these are equally important and we will tailor your rehabilitation to your needs.

 

Typical injuries that we regularly help people to recover from include:

  • ligament sprains and tears
  • muscle strains and tears
  • tendon injuries (acute strains, chronic or recurrent pains, tears)
  • fractures
  • back pain
  • disc prolapse, disc herniation (‘slipped discs’)
  • running injuries (‘shin splints’,foot, ankle, knee pain, hip and back pain)
  • ‘whiplash’
  • occupational injuries

 

The exact nature of your rehabilitation depends on the injury itself and what you are aiming to return to.  A typical rehabilitation program may include work to improve:

  • muscle length and joint range of movement (flexibility)
  • muscle strength
  • balance and control of movement (stability)
  • cardio-vascular fitness

 

as well as work on:

  • minimising any scar tissue from the injury
  • movements and drills specific to your work and/or sport

 

Some of your rehabilitation will be with your physio, but this is just one part of the process.  You will also be provided with a program to work on at home.  This program will involve a small number of carefully selected exercises to follow which are vital if you are to fully recover.

 

An important part of the physio’s role is to consider why the injury occurred in the first place.  Sometimes it is due to a one-off incident but commonly there is something that left you at risk of injury.  We regularly see people who have recurrent injuries, which may even have been treated previously.  We can often find an underlying cause, which when correctly managed as part of the rehabilitation process can prevent it from recurring.

 

We have facilities here at the clinic to enable us to work closely with you on your rehab.  These include:

  • two gym areas
  • treadmill with video recording facilities
  • exercises bikes
  • gym balls and Bosu
  • free weights
  • agility equipment
  • isokinetic testing
  • muscle stimulation units

 

Our aim is to help you achieve your goals.  In doing so, we aim to help you return fitter and stronger than you were before your injury.