How Sports Physiotherapy Aids in Recovery

The process of recovering from an injury tends to be long and frustrating. You have to wait, struggling with the injury on a daily basis, for your body’s natural healing capabilities to complete the job – a wait that can, in some cases, take months rather than weeks.

However, individuals who have recently experienced an injury do not necessarily just have to wait for their body to heal. By opting for sports physiotherapy with Sycamore Health, Caboolture residents can significantly improve their recovery, better manage any pain they are experiencing, and much more besides.

What is sports physiotherapy?

The term “physiotherapy” is something of an umbrella term; there are actually many different types of physiotherapy, all with varying specialisations in the treatment and management of specific health conditions.

Sports physiotherapy offers a targeted specialisation on the musculoskeletal system and the injuries that active people and athletes are most likely to experience. Sports physiotherapists specialise in helping people to recover from injuries they have sustained due to physical activity.

What are the goals of sports physiotherapy?

Sports physiotherapy differs from other types of physiotherapy due to a very specific goal: returning an individual to the same performance level they enjoyed before their injury. Many types of physiotherapy focus on pain management and improving an individual’s lifestyle, but sports physiotherapists seek to ensure that the recovery a person experiences is as efficient as possible in order to allow them to continue their usual physical activity in future.

In addition to assisting individuals to return to their previous performance level, sports physiotherapists often expand their remit further. For example, the Sycamore Health team of physiotherapists are also able to assist in injury prevention, strengthening, and improving athletic performance wherever possible.

What type of injuries are suitable for sports physiotherapy?

The sports physiotherapists at Sycamore Health can help with recovery from many different sports-related injuries, such as…

  • Acute sports-related injuries; for example, broken bones, strained ligaments, or torn muscles that have been sustained while playing sports, cycling, and so on.
  • Chronic sports-related injuries; any active person tends to be familiar with recurrent injuries that crop up from time to time, often with relatively little warning or provocation. Sports physiotherapists can attempt to alleviate these chronic issues and ensure that sports performance is not hampered by recurring injuries in the future.
  • Overuse injuries; many sports injuries are caused by overuse of a particular joint, which causes repetitive strain injuries that can be notoriously difficult to heal. Sports physiotherapists can help to alleviate the existing flare of the injury, while also helping to build strength in order to avoid overuse issues developing again in the future.

What does sports physiotherapy entail?

All sports physiotherapy is custom-designed to the individual, the type of injury they are experiencing, and their goals for recovery. As a result, your sports physiotherapist will always consult with you in order to create a customised treatment plan, with the following options all considered…

  • Pain management strategies
  • Biomechanics analysis
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise plans designed to build strength and aid recovery
  • Massage
  • Electrotherapy

Your treatment plan may only involve one of the above, or a combination of different therapies working in concert – whatever your physiotherapist believes will be most effective for you.

Should you choose sports physiotherapy or standard physiotherapy?

Sports physiotherapists are musculoskeletal experts, specialising in recovering from sports-related injuries and allowing the individual to return to their prior level of athletic performance. As a result, you should choose a sports physiotherapist if you are an active person who regularly engages in any sport or physical activity; have sustained an injury; and wish to continue to participate in your chosen sport or physical activity in future.

If the above does not apply, or you wish to obtain assistance with other health conditions that are not related to the musculoskeletal system (for example: chronic pain, neurological issues, and so on) then a standard physiotherapist may be the preferred choice.

If you are unsure as to which kind of physiotherapist is most suitable for your specific needs, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Sycamore Health. We will be happy to advise you further in order to ensure you can access the correct treatment for your individual circumstances.

Find out more about sports physiotherapy today

Sycamore Health have a long, proud reputation for providing expert, comprehensive sports physiotherapy services to residents of Caboolture and the surrounding areas. To find out more about the services we offer, or to make an appointment, please do get in touch today. We look forward to assisting you towards your journey to recovery in future.

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