Updated: Mar 1, 2021
What is Injury Rehabilitation?
Injury rehabilitation at Team Physio is a safe, therapeutic approach that enables the practitioner to effectively treat pain, achieve optimal performance and reduce risk of reinjury for their patients and athletes. This is achieved through a specific, measurable and realistic exercise programme suitable for each individual.
Sports injuries, by definition, include injuries involving the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes the bones, tissues, muscles and cartilage. Every injury is different, and every person heals differently. The purpose of rehabilitation is to help the injured tissues recover in a controlled and supervised manner. It takes time for an injury to heal, and it's best to seek the guidance of an experienced sports therapist during this time. The therapist can design a safe and effective recovery program specifically geared towards the individual's abilities. A sports therapist can identify the cause of the injury and create a treatment plan to prevent future injuries.
Targeted exercises to help you return to pre-injury function
Personalized exercise prescription to improve mobility restrictions
Reduced susceptibility to further sport-related injuries
Preparation to avoid recurring injury episodes
Achieving peak athletic performance
Components of optimal rehabilitation
Pain management - Our initial goal as a practitioner is to reduce, control and manage pain that a patient is experiencing. We use a number of techniques and modalities as part of our treatment that focuses on pain management.
Flexibility and joint range of movement (ROM) - Once pain levels are managed, the flexibility and movement at the site of injury and/or joint is important regarding progression for rehab and longevity post-recovery. Stiffness can occur quite easily post-injury if left untreated, which decreases movement function and increases risk of re-injury.
Strength & Endurance - Muscular strength can often be reduced as a result of injury due to rest, immobilisation and inability to use the affected area etc. This is why strengthening is important within most rehab programmes so that the individual can return to the previous state of fitness/health to prevent further injury. Endurance is also important with certain injuries depending on an individuals athletic preference and occupation. Our core muscles are especially important when considering endurance as they are what support and stabilise the spine.
Proprioception & Coordination - Following injury, our proprioceptive abilities can be reduced. Proprioception is also known as 'position sense' allowing us to know what the position of the body is. The brain and central nervous system provides information in the form of signals so that the body can respond to a stimulus appropriately. For example, people will not need to look at the floor when they walk up stairs as they are aware of where their feet are positioned and the required movements needed to complete the task. Due to injury affecting our proprioception, it is important that its integrated into a programme so that balance and co-ordination are restored and risk of injury is reduced.
Skills & Drills - Towards the latter end of a rehab programme, the needs of an individual become more specific to their hobbies, occupation and sporting life. To ensure that fitness is at its optimum before returning to regular activities, certain exercises, movements and goals must be met for the best possible outcome. For example, a tennis player with a wrist injury would start to focus on sport related skills such as reaction time and strength with a racket and ball. Drills can then be incorporated that fully challenge the individuals sporting performance like returning a serve or match like situations.
Gradual return to sport - The physical assessment of a patient before fully returning to sport is imperative so that injury is not likely to reoccur. A progressive reintroduction to activity or sport is the safest way to ensure a successful return to daily activities or sport so that the injury is not overloaded. This should be done with the guidance of a practitioner so that it can be agreed what the patients physical capabilities are.
Injury rehabilitation is a large aspect of our practice at Team Physio. We understand the importance of exercise and how it can be beneficial to each individual that we treat. Our Sports Therapist, Beth, has an extended background in exercise rehabilitation. Which is why her skills are very complimentary to physiotherapists and other practitioners. Rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries is a specialist part of Beth's training as a sports therapist. She has gained great experience from working first hand with professional athletes in rehab settings, which has augmented her ability and passion for exercise to be a fundamental part of her practice.
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