Can our practitioners treat your sports injuries?
Whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur or an elite professional, our practitioners can help with the prevention and treatment of many common sports injuries. We commonly treat sports men and women with:
- Lower back pain (with or without sciatica)
- Muscle and ligament injuries
- Knee pain (runner’s or jumper’s knee)
- Shoulder (rotated cuff and ligament injuries)
- Elbow (tennis and golfer’s elbow)
- Hip and pelvic strains
- Wrist injuries
- Foot and ankle complaints
How we deal with your injury
During your first consultation, a comprehensive case history will be taken. This will not only give a diagnosis of the injury, but lead to an understanding of the processes that have led to the condition. This allows our practitioner to not only prescribe a treatment programme to deal with the presenting symptoms, but also devise a strategy to prevent them reoccurring. This may involve post exercise stretching regimes, strengthening exercise programmes, and postural advice. We also work closely with a number of well respected and qualified personal trainers, that we can refer you to, if specific sports related training and rehabilitation is needed.
Diana Csok, Speclean, Thames Ditton
Will pain-relieving drugs help with my injury?
Inflammation can be greatly reduced with the use of NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol. Although they can reduce the inflammation caused by your problem, they do not address the underlying problem. They can, in some cases, cause stomach problems, such as acid reflux and constipation.
It is important not to use painkilling drugs before engaging in a physical activity. This is because, without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and further aggravate your condition. However, they are very useful in helping you get a good night’s sleep, which is a vitally important part of your recovery.
If you are already taking medication prescribed by a doctor, you should always ask the advice of a Doctor or Pharmacist before self-medicating, as some painkilling drugs can affect the effectiveness of your medication, and can sometimes be dangerous.