Injury is a fact of life when we are active, fit or sporty. All of our Chartered Physiotherapists are experts in assessing and triaging sporting or soft tissue injuries. On your first appointment your injury will be assessed and treated as appropriate. If the Physiotherapist suspects a major injury investigations (xray, MRI) or specialist referrals (e.g. orthopaedic specialist) can be arranged.
Why see a Physiotherapist?
In the instance of an acute injury physiotherapy can help by minimising tissue damage and provide for a quicker return to active sport and active living. Clear and simple expert advice on your injury in the first few days can save you time, reduce frustration and lead to a better outcome for the healing tissue.
If you have had an acute onset of pain it is possible that there may have been minor soft tissue injury that has occurred and is contributing to your discomfort. Once soft tissue damage has occurred there is a well-recognised healing process. Soft tissue healing can take up 6-12 weeks. With the right advice and approach it is found that for the majority should experience a full recovery within 12 weeks. An early well-informed opinion by any of our Chartered Physiotherapists can help you to return faster to the things that matter. Chronic or reoccurring injuries can be prevented with the correct advice. Our physiotherapists are excellent in identifying casual factors that may have ‘primed’ for the injury to occur. Our physiotherapists are experts in analysing risk factors of injuries and advising on prevention methods on re occurrence of any such injuries. This is vital to ensure a quick return to sport and to prevent a similar injury in the future.
Acute management injury. What can I do to assist my injury?
Over the years rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries are given acroymns guiding their management. We have all heard of RICE (rest, injury, compression and elevation) advice around acute injuries. The current guidelines highlight the advice for the acute (PEACE) and subacute management (LOVE) of a musculoskeletal injury. This applies to musculoskeletal tissue including muscle, ligament and joint tissue such as joint capsule or disc.
Avoid activities and movements that increase pain during the first few days after injury.
Elevate the injured limb higher than the heart as often as possible.
Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications as they reduce tissue healing. Avoid icing.
Use elastic bandage or taping to reduce swelling.
Your body knows best. Avoid unnecessary passive treatments and medical investigations and let nature play its role.
Let pain guide your gradual return to normal activities.
Condition your brain for optimal recovery by being confident and positive.
Choose pain-free cardiovascular activities to increase blood flow to repairing tissues.
Restore mobility, strength and proprioception by adopting an active approach to recovery.
In treating acute injuries our Chartered Physiotherapist use a range of therapies, education and advice to help your recovery:
- Sport-specific rehabilitation
- Joint mobilisation and manipulation
- Sports / deep tissue massage
- Biomechanical assessments
- Sports Orthotics
- Sports Yoga
- Taping & Kinesiotape
Ready to start?
At Blackpool Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic, our Chartered Physiotherapists are highly qualified and trained in the assessment and treatment of all types of acute injuries. We have a comprehensive knowledge of biomechanics, tissue pathology and tissue healing. Please contact us for further information or to book an appointment.