Sports and physiotherapy – like horse and carriage
It is true; where there are sports there will always be physiotherapy. The reason being that athletes are always being injured, and when this happens they need physiotherapy. It is that simple. Athletes love their sport, but one thing they can do without is being sidelined by some type of injury. Unfortunately, that is the risk you take when you get involved in sports. Fractures, ligament sprains, muscle strains and even over-training can send you in the direction of a physiotherapist. Also, in most cases, doctors will recommend rehabilitation through physiotherapy.
Your initial visit to the physiotherapist will entail an evaluation. This is the process whereby we determine the cause and extent of your injury, as well as your present physical condition. We will ask you a number of questions about your medical history, your lifestyle and goals, then assess your muscle strength, range of motion, gait if necessary and other pertinent conditions. Your present functional performance will be compared to your past, in order to establish a baseline for treatment. When all of this is done, we will design a treatment program just for you.
It is important to follow the program faithfully as this will have a direct bearing on your recovery. If your condition is not severe, we will explain or demonstrate the exercises and give you a home program to follow. You may have to check back with us periodically in order to assess your progress and deal with any problems you may be having. Sometimes an athlete may suffer a mild form of injury that calls for pain treatment, education in preventing future injury or improving your endurance or overall performance. We can help in all these areas.
Some conditions such as a knee or shoulder injury, ruptured tendon or a fracture will require more intense intervention. In cases such as these, your program will consist of daily sessions involving a wide range of modalities, and your exercises will be closely supervised. In this age of modern medicine, there is hope for recovery from most injuries, but compliance is the key.
So whether you are exercising as a part of your treatment, or receiving treatment as a result of your exercising, it all goes hand in hand for an active lifestyle.