Oakville Sports Physiotherapy
Sports Injuries and Sports Physiotherapy Oakville
You don’t have to be a high level athlete to suffer from a sports injury. In fact, most of the clients we treat at Glen Abbey Physiotherapy sustain their sports injuries from simple exercising, or participating in an activity they enjoy doing in their free time such as running, hiking through the Oakville trails, cycling, yoga, or weightlifting.
Our Oakville sports physiotherapy team says that most sports injuries are caused by trauma, overtraining, lack of conditioning, improper form or technique, and overuse of joints or muscles. Failing to properly warm up or cool down can increase the risk of sustaining a sports injury. These injuries can involve a number of structures including ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones and joints. Get in today and get treated by one of Oakville’s best sports physiotherapists!
Sports Therapy At Glen Abbey Physiotherapy in Oakville
Some of the most common sports injuries include the following: Plantar fasciitis, lateral ankle sprains, ACL tears, bursitis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendinitis/impingement, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, low back pain, patellofemoral syndrome, and groin pulls. Continuing these activities or returning to activity prematurely can have a negative impact on recovery and function and increases your chances of re-injury. This is where your Oakville sports physiotherapist comes in.
Our Sports Physiotherapist Andrea, has extensive knowledge of the body’s physiological responses following an injury, and the appropriate therapeutic treatment that is necessary for healing. Her role is to assist clients to restore, maintain, and maximize strength, function and movement. Andrea and her team will use a variety of manual therapy techniques and modalities to return you to your active lifestyle.
Injury Assessment and Sports Rehabilitation in Oakville
The process of rehabilitating a sports injury should ideally start as early as possible following an injury to maximize the outcome. Being assessed by and receiving treatment from a sports physiotherapist in the initial stages after an injury can help with pain relief and assist with decreasing inflammation through use of modalities and gentle mobilizations. As well, physiotherapists educate the client on home exercises and possible restrictions of the injured area. At our sports physiotherapy clinic in Oakville, we use a number of modalities including shockwave therapy, ultrasound, and interferrential current (IFC) to help with pain control.
Moving forward, the physiotherapist progresses the client through range of motion exercises, stretching, strengthening, endurance, and balance/proprioception exercises. Finally, the physiotherapist will teach sport-specific functional techniques to provide an individualized sport or activity specific rehabilitation protocol Muscle imbalances are addressed and education is provided to prevent recurrence of the specific injury. If the client has had a serious enough injury that requires surgical intervention, the physiotherapist can guide the client through the phases of rehabilitation and various surgical protocols and work together towards returning to pre-injury function.
Are You Suffering from a Sports Injury in Oakville?
If you have experienced a sports injury, it is important to follow the PRICE principle right away to minimize further inflammation and swelling.
P: Protect the area from further injury. You may have to use crutches if you are unable to bear weight through your injured side.
R: Restrict activity to prevent the injury from getting worse
I: Apply ice to the injured area immediately. This helps with decreasing inflammation, especially in the first 48 hours after injury. Do not apply heat in the initial phases as this increases blood flow to the area and increases swelling.
C: Compression can be applied with an elastic/tensor bandage to help decrease swelling
E: Elevate the injured area above the level of your heart. This also helps with decreasing swelling.
If you think you have a serious injury, you should see you Medical Doctor.
Physiotherapy is essential in getting you back to your pre-injury function. We work together with you to establish mutual goals, and to assist you through your physical rehabilitation. As well, physiotherapists will help you with injury prevention after your return to your sport or activity. Most importantly, physiotherapists get you involved in your own recovery. Your treatment plan is made specifically for your individual needs and you will be an active participant in your rehabilitation program.
Our Oakville sports physiotherapist works together with a certified athletic therapist to treat a wide range of injuries and help you reach your goals. So whether you are a weekend warrior or elite athlete, sports physiotherapy is essential in the rehabilitation process to get you back to doing what you love to do.