More sports are highly competitive. Injuries during sports are very common and can be categorized as being an acute or an overuse injury depending on how the injury occurred and the symptoms experienced. Sports injuries can happen to bones, joints, cartilages, ligaments, bursae, muscles, tendons, and nerves.
It is crucial that such injuries are thoroughly assessed and treated appropriately to prevent long term complications. Our physiotherapists at Relive Physiotherapy clinic has wide experience in examining, diagnosing and treating sports injuries.
The most common sports injuries are;
Hamstring strain is most common in sports like track and field events (e.g. sprinting and jumping), football, rugby and tennis. An injury can occur due to high speed activities and heavy stretching activities.
It is important that such injuries should be identified early and treated early in order to recover faster and prevent any long term complications.
Groin and thigh pain
Groin pain (adductor muscle pain) is common in football and rugby. Early assessment and treatment including muscle length and muscle strength conditioning is important to improve the motor control and to avoid further injuries.
Ankle sprain is very common in almost all the sports. Outside ankle ligament is the most common form of ankle sprain. Early identification and adequate treatment such as mobilisation, strength conditioning, proprioception training (retraining of joint positional awareness) and sports related plyometrics helps to recover faster without any complications such as ankle instability.
Our physiotherapists are experienced in post operative rehabilitation of problems ranging from fracture to ligament, cartilage corrective surgeries and joint replacement surgeries. Our role is to assist you to recover faster in line with the orthopaedic surgeons guidelines by setting up a programme which suit your needs and reach your optimum function after surgery.
There are numerous inflammatory arthritis. Most common form of inflammatory arthritis are
Connective tissue disorders (Lupus)
Inflammatory arthritis is an "autoimmune disease". Our immune system is designed to defend our body against infection and inflammation. Occasionally our immune system becomes too active and confused. As a result the immune system picks up a wrong target and attacks our own body and hence it is called an autoimmune disease.
There is no single reason for the inflammatory arthritis has been identified. They are all long term conditions unfortunately has no cure. These long term conditions can greatly benefit from the professional help of our physiotherapists who have wide experience in assessing and treating such conditions with targeted joint protection methods, pain management strategies, self management plan to maximise the joint mobility and strength conditioning.
In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system affects the fluid lining of the joints. About 1% of entire UK population suffers with rheumatoid arthritis. It affects more women mostly between 40 and 60 years of age. But people can get it any age. It tends to affect the small joints first (such as hands and feet). Rheumatoid arthritis is a leading cause for long term disability.
Psoriatic arthritis is another form of autoimmune disease affecting joints. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis may affect any joints including lower back. As the name suggests, people may or may not have psoriasis (a form of rash/ silvery flaky skin - please check with our physiotherapy team or your GP) in their body alongside inflammation on the joints. The small joints may gets (fingers, toes) inflamed and presents with 'sausage like' fingers/ toes called dactylitis (inflammation of digits).
Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory back pain due to our autoimmune disorder. Its complexity of symptoms may mislead to have wrong diagnosis. Ankylosing spondylitis mostly affects men than women. Poor management may lead to loss of spinal mobility and reduction in function. Professional help to diagnose early and reduce the disability is important.
Lupus is an inflammatory connective tissue disorder which affects multiple system including joints, skin and internal organs. It is most common in women between ages of 15 and 45 years but can occur at any time of life. The symptom clusters include arthritis, myalgia (inflammation of muscles), facial butterfly like rash, sensitivity to lights and ulcers in various places. Early diagnosis and treatment with professionals help to reduce severe disability.
There is growing evidence for physiotherapy with carefully selected graded exercise based therapy has a profound effect on joint pain, joint flare up (reduced flare up), reduced radiological based joint damage, increased bone remodelling and enhancing functional independence and wellbeing which leads to reduce other disabilities (such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes). There is also evidence suggests that most of the people who suffers with inflammatory arthritis can take part in physical activities.
At Relive Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists have extensive specialised experience in treating people with inflammatory arthritis by developing treatment approaches that suit your needs.
Fibromyalgia is inevitably a lifelong condition often presents with an overlap of symptom clusters without any significant pathology. The most featuring symptom is the multiple site longstanding pain. There are other significant symptoms such as fatigue (tiredness), stiffness, non-restorative sleep, difficulty concentrating ("fibro fog"), muscle weakness, restless legs, tingling and numbness in hands and feet, headache, low mood, anxiety, cold intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome. It is more common in women.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia still remains mysterious. There is no specific laboratory test to diagnose fibromyalgia. It is believed that the cause of fibromyalgia is due to an abnormal activity of central pain system. It is most commonly seen in people with inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus).
There is evidence for holistic approach to individual person with fibromyalgia. At Relive Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists have extensive experience in providing optimal management for people with fibromyalgia. Our physiotherapists utilise their expertise in listening to your problems, using comprehensive bio-psychosocial approach in the effective management including empowering people with fibromyalgia by making them understand the problem and strategies to stress management, physical activities which suit your needs. We make alliance with people in the management of fibromyalgia which makes our clinic the best in treating fibromyalgia.
Polymyalgia rheumatica known as polymyalgia is a condition caused by the inflammation in the muscles around the shoulder girdle, neck and hips. It is common in the UK. Polymyalgia affects mostly women over the age of 70 years. The main symptoms are pain and stiffness around the shoulder, neck and hips affecting the quality of life.
It is initially treated medically by your GP and it is very important to have professional physiotherapy to help you with reducing pain, maximise the function without any long term complications.
Our physiotherapists at Relive Physiotherapy are skilled to set up a rehabilitation programme to achieve your goals and restore functional independence.
Do you struggle at work or returning to work due to disabling pain and limitations? At relive physiotherapy, our staff utilise their expert skills (health and safety measures, postural advice and correction, ergonomics, ways to reduce the repeated stress) to help you. Please call our clinic and one of our team will give you more information.