Sport is a vital part of the British Columbian lifestyle – it promotes good health, stress relief and is fun. Sometimes injuries may occur through sport, but fortunately most injuries can be effectively treated, managed and even prevented by your physiotherapist.
Our physiotherapists have in-depth knowledge of biomechanics, tissue injury and the processes of healing, and are therefore highly and trained in effective assessment and treatment of sports injuries.
Common Sports Injuries
- Ligament Sprains
- Joint Injuries
- Over-use Injuries
What goes wrong? Most sporting injuries are a result of a direct blow (bruise or contusion) or an indirect force like a twist (sprains, strains or tears). Some injuries are due to repetitive strain or over-use (tendinitis/tendinosis, stress fractures).
How can you minimize injury?
- Correct warm up and warm down procedures
- Protective strapping or bracing
- Correct footwear and sporting equipment
- Specific conditioning for your particular sport
- Good aerobic fitness
- Appropriate rehabilitation
Getting back into action through Physiotherapy will enable you to return safely to your sporting activity more quickly than just “rest and see what happens”. Before you can safely return to your sport it is essential to regain strength, mobility, balance and co-ordination.
What should you do after injury? RICE method:
- R = Rest
- I = Ice (20 minutes every 2 hrs)
- C = Compression (firmly bandage the injury)
- E = Elevate your injury as much as possible
Avoid the following after injury – HARM method:
- H = Heat
- A = Alcohol
- R = Running
- M = Massage
When should you see your physiotherapist?
The best time to assess an injury is immediately after the injury occurs. The sooner a diagnosis can be made, the sooner your Physiotherapist is able recommend an injury specific treatment plan, and the sooner you can begin taking care of your injury. In other words, the sooner the better!