Sports Injury & Pain Management
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Sports Injury & Pain Management
Sport and physical activity is beneficial to overall health. However, for some people sport and physical activity participation can lead to pain and injury. Sports injury and pain management refers to the prevention and/or treatment of pain and injuries that most commonly occur during sports or exercise. Appropriate and effective management of pain and injury is crucial for a return to sport, prevent recurrence and improve performance.
Sports injuries and sport-related pain – is there a difference?
Did you know that pain can occur in the absence of tissue damage? While pain is common in sport and physical activity participation, it is not always associated with tissue damage. It is common to think that pain is an indication that a body part is damaged. This is true where there was a clear trauma such as spraining an ankle or knee when landing, falling from a bike, getting hit by someone causing a broken bone. In these instances tissue damage such as ligament tears or even a fracture can occur causing pain.
However, when pain occurs in the absence of a clear traumatic event, it often indicates that the tissues of a body part are sensitised but not necessarily damaged. We know that pain is influenced by several factors such as the amount of physical activity that one is doing (training load), a person’s level of strength and conditioning to tolerate such training load, levels of fatigue, sleep quality, mental health and how much weight a person is carrying around their belly. All these factors can interplay and lead to tissue sensitivity, inflammation and pain which is not directly correlated to the level of tissue damage or injury.
Why is this important?
Because this distinction can guide a person’s response to pain and the management they need to receive. For instance, when the body is damaged, protecting it for a short time, to allow for tissue healing, and then gradually building the bodies capacity to tolerate load is the fastest way to recovery. On the other hand, treating the body as if it is damaged (ie. resting and avoiding activity) when it is not, often leads people to over-protect it, lose strength and avoid physical activity unnecessarily, which can be detrimental and delay recovery and return to sport.
At Body Logic Physiotherapy, our job is to make an accurate diagnosis of your problem and design the most appropriate management plan.
Myths about rehabilitation exercise and pain
Facts about sports-related pain
What is our experience with sports-related pain and sports injuries?
All our physiotherapists enjoy being physically active and partake in a range of sports including cycling, CrossFit, dance, football, track and field, cricket, netball, soccer, swimming, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, mountain biking and hiking. We have a wealth of experience in many sports, having worked with numerous elite athletes and sporting teams including national teams and Olympians. These include:
Injury prevention & screening
Prevention is always better than treatment. The latest research shows that back pain and lower limb injuries can be prevented with the right exercise programs. Based on this work we have developed an assessment and screening program which consists of a number of tests that are used at an elite level to identify:
This includes a biomechanical video analysis of your sport if appropriate (e.g. running, rowing, cycling).
We can then provide a specific program aimed at both reducing the risk of pain / injury, as well as enhancing athletic performance in your sport or activity. Our screens require roughly one hour to complete.
Upon completion, you will receive a full report on the findings from the screen, and we will also liaise with your coach, parents, personal trainer, or doctor as required.
At Body Logic, we perform a thorough and detailed assessment to ensure accurate diagnosis and identification of key contributing factors.
In order to make an accurate diagnosis we will first take a comprehensive history in order to identify the key factors linked to your pain. This will include your pain history, your pain experience, how it impacts you, your training program, and other factors that can influence pain such as your sleep, mood, stress and general health if relevant.
Based on this we will conduct a thorough examination to:
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Sometimes further investigation is needed in the diagnostic process when specific pathology is suspected. In those cases, if further imaging is required, we can refer you directly for these investigations and then create a plan around managing those specific tissue insults to get you back to physical activity.
Individualised management plans for sports injuries
With all pain problems and injuries that are assessed, the physiotherapists at Body Logic ensure you are left with a clear understanding and plan of how to work towards changing these issues.
Our management plans include:
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Depending on your problem the physiotherapist may use targeted hands-on treatment as a part of your management. This can sometimes help improve mobility, reduce muscle tension or ease soft-tissue pain in the short term. At Body Logic Physiotherapy this is used as an adjunct to above management strategies.
The different types of hands-on treatment we may use include:
We can provide you with strategies to help you sleep better, be more resilient to stress and maintain a healthy body weight – this can assist you to build mental and physical resilience. If required we will refer you to healthcare professionals that are specialised in these areas such as dieticians, psychologists etc.
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