FAQs – Sports Rehab

July 8, 2017 | By | Reply READ MORE...

I play a sport, do I need a physiotherapist?

All sports need high intensity training and performance. Physiotherapists can help you identify the weak areas that can manifest as injury during the game. Hence, it’s best to meet a physiotherapist for routine assessment once in 6 months.

How long does it take to recover from a sports injury?

It depends on the kind of injury for eg, A grade II- Ankle sprain takes 6-8 weeks to heal. During your initial visit, the physiotherapist will examine and diagnose your injury.
At this time, we will develop an individualized treatment plan to heal your injury. We will advise you on how often to visit us and how long your rehab will take at this time.

How does Sports Rehab incorporate rehabilitation and personal training?

Restoring your life back to normal following an injury, surgery, or a painful condition requires a thorough examination, proper diagnosis, comprehensive treatment consisting of balanced nutrition, rest, and a specific rehabilitative exercise program.
Correcting any major muscle imbalances before beginning your rehabilitative exercise program is vital.
Rehabilitation goes through three phases- pain management phase, strength and conditioning phase and sports specific rehabilitation and training.

What types of sports injuries do physiotherapists treat?

We treat a full range of sports injuries including shoulder pain, back pain, muscle strains or sprains, knee pain, bursitis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, sprained ankles, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, slip discs and concussion.

What can be done if a person is injured on field?

Physiotherapists see a lot of sports Injuries that occur on the field.  The immediate good management of these injuries improves the prognosis.
Injuries that occur on the field need to be assessed properly for best results. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, physiotherapists have various tools and skills which can help an athlete continue with the game. Some of the common on-field treatments are taping, stretching, mobilization etc.

Can I run a marathon? What do I need to do before starting the training?

If you are running for the first time, you need to visit your General Physician (GP) to rule out any cardiac, respiratory or systemic condition.
Once you get clearance, it’s ideal to meet a Sports physiotherapist to do a pre training assessment.
We will identify your strengths, weaknesses and the dormant injuries. Tailor made strength and endurance training can help you run injury free.

What are the common training errors while training for marathon?

Two of the most common training errors are:

  1. Excessive mileage – there is 6 fold increase in running injuries for individuals who consistently train more than 50km/ week. Thus a runner should understand the chronic overload of training and train accordingly.
  2. Sudden increase in distance or speed of running – A safe figure for increasing the distance is less than 10% per week, with a hold pattern every 3 weeks. Sudden burst of speed training can predispose one to shin splints, runner’s knee, matatarsalgia etc.

How do I prevent injuries whilst running?

  • You can prevent running-related injuries by ensuring adequate hydration and nutrition. Avoid pushing your body especially on slopes and uneven terrain.
  • Cramps can be avoided with adequate hydration (with electrolytes), proper pacing and following a good strengthening program. Minor cramps can be dealt with through gentle massage, slowing down your pace and walking if necessary until the cramp resolves. Major cramps need rest and evaluation by a healthcare professional.
  • Shin splints can be avoided by not pushing the body on inclines, employing proper pacing, doing strength training for the lower body and wearing the right shoes.
  • Minor strains/sprains: To avoid minor strians and sprains follow the PRICE concept. Protect the injured part from further injury, rest the part with ice application, compress and stabilize the part, elevate the part to control swelling.
  • Unexpected pains such as chest pain should be addressed by healthcare professionals at the earliest. These pains shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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