There are several key fundamental elements to successfully treating and rehabilitating sports injuries. The first of these being an in-depth understanding of the mechanism of injury. Our experiences of working with elite, international level athletes/sports people and working within sports medicine departments and with fellow key sports medicine professionals, enables us to keep our knowledge and skills of injury mechanisms, in a rapidly expanding discipline, up to date.
We are then in an advantageous position where we can apply and transfer this knowledge to our assessment and treatment of your injury and assist in gaining an accurate diagnosis of the injury.
Secondly a prompt consultation is key to prevent chronic pathological changes from occurring within any damaged tissues, which if present can significantly prolong treatment and rehabilitation timescale making obtaining an accurate diagnosis more problematic.
In order to prevent a delay in diagnosis of the injury we are able to provide prompt access to consultation, with appointments within 24-48 hours. Chronic injuries are often more problematic to resolve and can lead to several months of activity modification and frustration, so getting injuries assessed as soon as possible is key.
An accurate diagnosis is essential to the successful treatment and rehabilitation of the injury. Being able to separate a ligament injury, tendon pathology and muscle strains in to their respective grades and degrees enables us to tailor your treatment and rehabilitation programmes in line with the extent of tissue damage found on assessment. Mis-diagnosis can be highly frustrating and can lead to an increased risk of re-injury, which can result in a prolonged period of training/participation restriction to allow the re injured tissues to heal.
Our extensive experience of working with athletes of various disciplines from racquet sports, track and field athletes to footballers, rugby and cricketers and different levels of participation from international athletes to recreational “weekend warriors” has enabled us to develop an in depth understanding of various sports disciplines which further enhances the ability to provide an accurate diagnosis of the injury and therefore, be able to draw up a tailored treatment and rehabilitation programme specific to your individuals sport.
Finally, prevention is better than cure. Preventing the injury from reoccurring is paramount. This starts with appropriate treatment in the first instance to ensure that the tissues heal as quickly as possible but without compromising the quality of the healing response and ensuring that patients return to their chosen sports/activities at the appropriate time. Inadequate healing +/- returning to activity too soon can leave the injured area susceptible to re-injury and there are several high profile examples of repetitive hamstring strains affecting an athlete’s overall sporting performance throughout their career.
With our knowledge and expertise working within sports medicine departments, we are adopting and applying some of the most up to date research and rehabilitation principles to minimise the risk of re-injury to our clients.