Physiotherapy

Sports Injury Treatment.

Gold medal treatment options for all kinds of sports injuries.

Sports Injuries Aren’t Just for
Pro Athletes !

Sports often place extreme stress on our bodies and put us at significant risk of injury. When not treated and rehabilitated effectively, sports injuries may result in both short and long-term complications that may have a serious impact on the quality of life.

Recently, we’ve seen an increase in the number of children who are engaging in competitive sports at an earlier age. This may have serious consequences for growing bones with vulnerable growth plates. In adults, we often see a ‘she’ll be right’ mentality, with patients waiting weeks and months to come in to treat an injury in the hopes that it’ll get better on its own. 

The reality is that more often than not, further damage occurs in the time before clients come into our clinic because they don’t apply best-care principles to achieve optimal outcomes. This is why understanding and education are an important part of what we do.

We use innovative and effective musculoskeletal techniques in an effort to rehabilitate both overuse and accidental injuries that arise in sports so you may get back to looking and feeling great on the field! 

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Common Sports Injuries We See !

Generally speaking, many sports injuries tend to be the result of an acute accident or overuse.

Common acute sports injuries include:

  • Ligament Sprains: These are usually the result of damage to the connective tissue between bones and vary greatly in terms of severity. Most sprains (such as the ankle) will typically heal themselves in six to eight weeks, however, some ligaments (such as the anterior cruciate) may need more intervention.
  • Muscle Strains (or Haematomas): Excessive muscle movement, beyond the normal capacity, may be caused by something as simple as taking a misstep or stumbling on an uneven surface. Muscles may also be damaged when they take a direct blow (such as a ‘cork’ in the thigh).
  • Fractures: These occur as a result of sudden and severe force on the bone. An x-ray is usually required to determine the nature of the break and a splint of some kind (such as plaster or a brace) will be used to hold the bone in place while it heals. In more severe cases, fractures have been known to require surgery.
  • Dislocations: These are common in contact sports. They occur when bones are forced out of alignment, tearing the connective tissue between them. Dislocations commonly occur at the kneecap, shoulder, and finger. The joint may pop back into place itself (known as subluxation), but others require professional reduction.
  • Cramps: Temporary but known for being very painful, cramps tend to be the result of muscles working excessively hard in unfamiliar ways (made even worse by dehydration). Maintaining a moderate level of fitness and adequate fluid intake is often the best way to prevent them.s the ground.
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Common overuse injuries include:

  • Tendinopathy: Caused by working tendons too hard too soon, affected tendons start to become stiff, sore, and sometimes swollen. Sports-related tendinopathy commonly occurs in the Achilles tendon, patellar tendon, and rotator cuff. It may occur without symptoms, and any pain is usually eased when the tissue is warmed up.
  • Stress Fractures: These are generally caused by persistent, excessive load on bones without giving them any time to recover. Stress fractures commonly occur in a runner’s legs, which causes leg pain every time their foot strikes the ground.

Sports Injury Treatments .

There are several ways that sports injuries may be addressed, often beginning with self-care at home (in the form of the PRICE method). If, however, your pain persists, it is recommended that you seek professional advice. They may recommend other treatments, including:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Immobilisation (reducing movement of an injured area using a sling, brace, walking boot, cast, or splint to prevent further damage and allow the injured tissue to heal)
  • Rehabilitation (exercises that are designed to help the injured area return to its normal condition, usually starting with gentle range-of-motion movements before moving on to strengthening)
  • Surgery (this may be required to repair torn tendons and ligaments, or to realign broken bones)

Physiotherapy and physical therapy is often a good place to start. Our physiotherapists in Toowoomba and Warwick will take down your history, assess your injury, and refer you for any imaging (such as x-rays). They will then be able to either tailor a treatment plan (such as hydrotherapy or exercise physiology in Toowoomba) or refer you to the relevant healthcare provider.

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Who Do I Need to See For My Sports Injury ?

The answer to this question will depend on what type of sports injury you have sustained. Optimise Health is comprised of many allied health professionals who aim to assist in the treatment of your injury, including:

This is often a good place to start after sustaining a sports injury. We aim to assess your problem and tailor a treatment plan to suit.

When the injury is more specific to your feet or legs, you may see one of our skilled podiatrists for thorough assessment and treatment.

If the injury is muscular or musculoskeletal, you may benefit from massage therapy from our highly experienced massage therapist.

Reformer pilates is a common part of injury rehabilitation, and it may also be beneficial in helping to prevent injury in the future.

Your Sports Injury Questions Answered .

The PRICE method is a self-care treatment option that may be applied to many soft tissue sports injuries.

  • Protection – protecting the injured area from further damage is essential (usually in the form of elastic bandages and wraps).
  • Rest – ignoring this step may exacerbate an injury and cause further complications. It doesn’t necessarily mean not using the limb at all.
  • Ice – this is a great anti-inflammatory, and a regulated ice-pack schedule is often used in an effort to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Compression – an elastic bandage that isn’t too loose or too tight may also reduce inflammation and swelling in the area.
  • Elevation – keeping the injured area elevated may help drain unwanted fluids away, reducing swelling and pain.

There are several things you can do to lessen your chances of becoming injured while playing sports.

  • Warm-up and cool down properly
  • Develop the skills, strength, and fitness required for your chosen sport
  • Gradually increase your load or participation
  • Use equipment that is appropriate and well-maintained
  • Include rest days in your training plan for recovery
  • Pay attention to new symptoms (that may indicate early injury)

If you have previously been injured, ensure that you have fully recovered before returning to sport.

Although anyone participating in sports is at risk of injury, some people are more prone than others. These include:

 

  • Children and teenagers (as their muscles, tendons, and bones are still growing and developing)
  • Middle-aged athletes (as they may lack the agility and endurance they enjoyed in their youth)

No, surgery is only performed when an injury is severe — such as when tendons or ligaments that are badly torn, or when a joint has dislocated. Most sports injuries do not require surgery.

Why Choose Optimise Health ?

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Take advantage of our modern and up-to-date facilities, as well as the latest technologies and treatments.

Proactive Treatment

Prevention is the best cure. Our skilled team of allied health professionals works with you to treat your sports injury and prevent it from recurring.

Multi-Disciplinary Approach

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to treating injuries, which is why we have access to various professionals and treatments.

Come Out A Winner With
Optimise Health
?

Even if you take all the necessary precautions, sports injuries are sometimes inevitable. By taking the proper steps once an injury has been sustained, including following up with a physiotherapist to assess the severity of the damage, you can rest assured that you’ll be back on the field in no time. The skilled team at Optimise Health is committed to helping athletes from all walks of life, from those just trying to keep fit through to those performing at a professional level, recover from injury as effortlessly as possible.

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