Do you have a sports related injury?

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SPORTS INJURIES

Sport is a vital part of the Australian lifestyle- it promotes good health, stress relief and is fun. Sometimes injuries may occur through sport, but fortunately most injuries can be effectively treated by your physiotherapist.

Physiotherapy treatment will enable you to return safely to your sporting activity more quickly than just “rest and see what happens”. Your physiotherapist can also provide advice to prevent sporting injuries.

COMMON INJURIES

• Bruises

. • 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, tears). Some injuries are due to over use stresses (tendinitis, stress fractures).

HOW CAN YOU MINIMISE 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.

• Good muscle control and reactions.

GETTING BACK INTO ACTION

Before you can safely return to your sport is essential to regain strength, mobility, balance and co-ordination. Your Physiotherapist will assess these areas and show you how to improve them.

HOW PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP

Physiotherapists are highly qualified and trained in the assessment and treatment of sports injuries. As they have comprehensive knowledge of biomechanics, tissues injury and healing, Physiotherapists treat players of local sports teams to monitor their rehabilitation and assist with preventing injuries.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER AN INJURY?

As soon as possible, and for 72 hours after injury, use the RICER method:

Rest- Take it easy and only move within your limit of pain

Ice- As soon as possible, and for 20 minutes every two hours, apply ice or a frozen gel pack wrapped in a damp towel. This helps to control bleeding and pain and reduces secondary tissue damage.

Compression- Firstly bandage the injury. This helps to control swelling.

Elevation- As much as possible, elevate your injury higher than the level of your heart to reduce swelling.

Referral

Contact Active Physiotherapy on 98038422 to organise an appointment to ascertain a difinitve diagnosis asap. Once a diagnosis is made a personalised tailored rehabilitation program can be designed.

(No referral is needed).

REHABILITATE

Recovery can start from day 1 after an injury. Physiotherapy rehabilitation techniques will help reduce the time that your injury is painful and movement is restricted, so that you can safely return to sport faster. Rehabilitation also facilitates a good quality repair and the return of normal muscle and nerve function.

Avoid any of the HARM factors in the first 48 hours to prevent increased swelling and help your recovery:

Heat,

Alcohol

Running

Massage

HEALTH REBATES

You may consult a Physiotherapist at Active Physiotherapy either directly or by referral from your medical practitioner. Most private health insurance funds offer rebates for physiotherapy treatment.

How To Reduce the Symptoms of Headaches

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 Headaches are often caused by disorders of the neck or physical and emotional tension. Physiotherapists can successfully treat headaches origination from the neck or soft tissues and show you how to prevent the pain recurring.

IS YOUR HEADACHE REALLY NECK ACHE?

For many people, headaches start as pain or tension at the top of the neck. As the pain worsens, it may spread to the back of the head, the temples, forehead or behind the eyes. Moving the neck or bending forward for a long time tends to make it worse. This happens because the nerves in the upper part of your neck are connected to the nerves in your head and face. A disorder of the upper neck joints or muscles can cause referred pain to your head. Any of the following points could suggest that your neck may be causing the headache:

  • Headache with neck pain.

Does the pain radiate from the back to the front of your head?

  • Headache with dizziness or light-headedness.
  • Headache brought on or worsened by neck movement or staying in the same position for a long time.
  • Headache which always feels worse on the same side of your head.
  • Headache eased by pressure to the base of the skull.
  • Headache which persists after your doctor has checked for other causes.

HEADACHE FROM OTHER CAUSES

If migraine, allergic reactions or other factors are likely to be causing or contributing to the headaches, your Physiotherapist will recommend that you see a medical practitioner.

HOW PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP

Physiotherapists are experts in posture and human movement. They will be able to determine if your neck is causing or contributing to the headaches. Physiotherapists may use:

  • Mobilisation • Manipulation
  • Functional and rehabilitative exercises
  • Encouraging normal activity
  • Postural assessment, correction and advice • Relaxation therapy • Laser, ultrasound, electrotherapy and heat treatment. • Massage

Your Physiotherapist can also offer you self-help advice on ways to correct the cause of headaches, such as practical ergonomic tips for work and in the home; adjusting furniture, relaxation and exercises. Manipulation can be an effective treatment for headache caused by neck problems, but may not be the best option in every situation. After a thorough examination your Physiotherapist will discuss treatment options with you to ensure that your headaches are managed safely and effectively. 

Here is some useful advice to help you control and prevent headaches:

POSTURE Think tall: chest lifted, shoulders relaxed, chin tucked in and head level. Your neck should feel strong, straight and relaxed.

WORK Avoid working with your head down or to one side for long periods. Frequently stretch and change positions. Your physiotherapist will show you how.

SLEEPING Awkward sleeping positions will add load and strain to the neck. A down pillow or polyurethane moulded pillow is best for most people. Your Physiotherapist will advise you.

EXCERCISE Keep your neck joints and muscles flexible land strong with the correct neck exercises. Your Physiotherapist will assess for tight or weak muscles and show you specific exercises to restore normal function.

RELAXATION Recognise when you are tense. You may be hunching your shoulders or clenching your teeth without realising it