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Help With Common Injuries

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There are a large number of conditions treated by physiotherapy, with treatment proving to be very effective in helping patients fully recover. The most common injuries include ankle sprain, hamstring strain, shin splints, knee injuries, groin pull and tennis elbow. Sprains are injuries to ligaments, the tough bands connecting bones in a joint. Stretching ligaments past their limits can result in a tear. Strains are injuries to muscle fibers or tendons, which anchor muscles to bones. Strains are called pulled muscles which means they are over-stretched or overused which can result in a tear in the muscle fibers or tendons. Most often common sports injuries are mild or moderate and heal quite rapidly but some common sports injuries may take several months to heal. Surgery may be needed followed by a course of physiotherapy. Depending on the extent of the injury, ultrasound, electrotherapy, acupuncture and an exercise plan will be put in place to help the patient get back to normal.

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Back and Neck Pain

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A physiotherapist will first assess the causes for a patient's back and neck pain through a thorough examination of the spine and thoraic mobility. Advice would then be given on how best to maintain mobility. Treament may include manual therapy to help a patient regain lost mobility along with instructions on how to achieve ideal postural alignment. Therapeutic exercises to support the spine would most often include safe stretches and regular exercise. Practical tips: Stay flexible in all directions for optimal spinal health. If your mid section has limited rotation movement, more load and stress can be transferred to your lower back, neck or other body parts. You can check your rotation by sitting in a chair with your arms crossed across your stomach; with a flexible spine, you should be able to turn equally to the right and left, and see behind yourself easily. Dont sit still in the same position at work. Sitting at computers and desks all day puts increased pressured on your spine. It is very important to make sure you get up and walk around every 30 minutes to keep the flow of blood and fluids to the spine.

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Hip and Knee Injuries

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Exercise is a specific and effective treatment for many knee and hip problems. Strength in the muscles around a damaged knee or hip will help recovery. When you have knee or hip replacement surgery, your surgeon should suggest that you do physical rehabiltation post op. A key part of your recovery is a regular exercise program. When you build up strength in the muscles around your new joint, it will help you get back to your normal activities. In order to restore normal movement in your joint you will want to build up strength not only in the joint but also in the surrounding muscles which support your joint. A physiotherapist may give you exercises to work on during sessions and show you how to strengthen your muscles. These will help you improve your range of motion in the joint. At Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic you can work with our therapist as well as learn to do exercises on your own.