Sports physiotherapy – Physiotherapy and Injuries
Sports physiotherapy for injuries is really necessary, it has always been around for professional sportsmen and women but with the rise in leisure sport activities there is also a equal number of injuries happening to us all. Techniques from sports physiotherapy can be taken to treat everyday sprains and strains, which are the most common sort of injury you will find and can be treated at home if you know the techniques. A five step process of Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation is generally prescribed by physiotherapists. Protection – Protect from aggravating the injury by using support. Rest – Avoiding exercise and daily routine work and any physical activity, depending on the severity. Using crutches to give your sprained ankle some rest. Ice therapy – Apply ice packs to the affected area every 2 to 3 hours. Compression – Use compressive bandages to reduce the swelling. Elevation – Keep the affected part elevated above the level of heart. This helps to reduce swelling and aids recovery. These are useful tips to have to hand as they really work for all kinds of sprains and strains. If you think there has been fracture or muscle/tendon rupture then the process is to immobilise (minimize movement) and consult a specialist. The specialist then decides the course of action which could be surgery or medication.