Playing on After Injury

At some stage in our lives we will all experience some form of injury and seek assistance in healing. In sports injuries, however, the need for assistance is greater and a physio is perfect for this. While sport is obviously fantastic for good health, it is not without its risks.

Whether you jog, play indoor sports or outdoor sports, each can bring about small or even large injuries. This can be frustrating for the avid sports player or even those who do it once a weekend as it means downtime. The good news, however, is that physio is fantastic for helping to speed recovery and rehabilitation, getting you back in the game faster.

What are the common sports injuries?

Generally, the damage that can occur in sport is caused to ligaments, muscles, bones, tendons and joints. This often results in swelling and pain, and depending on the severity, the inability to use the area that is injured.

How does your body respond?

No matter where the injury that has occurred, your body will respond to the injury. To begin, the blood vessels will be damaged in the injured area because of the tissue disruption. Swelling or blood accumulation will then occur, which will restrict the flow of new blood to the tissues.

Because there is no new blood entering the area, there will be no oxygen; this means the cells will die and increase the degree of the injury. Another way the injury can be made worse is if the clot bleeds, this will create further pain and swelling.

Once the injury is healed, scar tissue will form. This scar tissue will not be as flexible compared with normal tissue and this is where visiting a physiotherapist can assist in regaining the flexibility.

What a Physiotherapist can do for you

Your highly qualified therapist at Physio on Brunswick will assess and treat your sports injury using a number of different techniques. This could incorporate the use of electrotherapeutic agents such as ultrasound, laser, heat, ice and interferential.

These can be teamed with manipulation techniques that will strengthen and lengthen your muscles and joint mobilisation. Your physio will also give you some exercises to carry out at home that will further help repair and improve co-ordination and balance.

If you hurt yourself during sport, prevent making it worse and stop playing straight away. Contact a physiotherapist as soon as possible and have the injury checked. If you have not yet found the best physiotherapist to assist you in future sporting injuries, please

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