We have worked with some of the UK’s top athletes and understand the frustration injuries bring.
We’ll give you all the knowledge and support you require, to properly manage your condition so you don’t have to keep returning for more treatment. We know that self-treatment beats time in the clinic, and prevention is better than cure.
We will get to the root cause of your condition: diagnosis is key to effective injury management. Accurate diagnosis also allows us to accurately plan management and predict the time needed to return to action.
If you are not showing signs of improvement then we won’t keep on treating you, and we’ll tell you why. However we will refer you on for further investigation to one of the local specialists with whom we regularly work.
The most important thing is firstly to know where the pain is coming from: it could be a disc, a joint, or a muscle, and secondly to know what you can do to change the pain. An experienced chartered physiotherapist can diagnose and treat the causes of spinal pain using a variety of techniques. Evidence tells us that a combination of manual mobilisation or manipulation, and strengthening and mobilising exercises, in addition to advice on appropriate alterations to posture and lifestyle can get rid of pain, restore normal levels of fitness and activity, and prevent recurrence. Manipulation alone may provide temporary relief, but does not provide a lasting solution.
Many sports injuries relate to the spine as well, either as referred pain or as a result of spinal dysfunction. Many of these are put down to ‘poor core stability’, with no regard for a true diagnosis or an assessment of the demands of individual sports.
Tim Edbrooke is a leader in the field of sports-related spinal problems and lectures nationally on the subject.