Injury assessment & Rehabilitation
Purpose of an injury consultation
An effective injury consultation will have you return to your sport as fast as possible. Getting an accurate assessment means you will be doing the right exercises and stretches from day one. Correct injury management early in the recovery process has long lasting benefits, meaning we reduce excess tissue damage. Reducing the time spent in the early stages of healing.
Getting you back to your sport faster.
Why resting alone isn’t enough
Leaving an injury to get better with rest alone can prolong recovery time by keeping it in the early stage of healing. Remaining in the early stage of healing will prevent the swelling from going down and reduce your strength and co-ordination which increases the risk of further injury. Not only will this prolong the injury, but with continued swelling comes hypoxia: a lack of oxygen.
A reduction in oxygen increases the number of cells that die in the area known as necrosis. Meaning that the longer the early stage goes on for, the larger the area of cell death and effectively the injured site. With an increased injured area, the recovery time will increase too, taking you longer to return to the sport you love! So, what may have started as a small injury can grow into a more significant one because you were stuck in the early stage of healing.
Outcome of an injury consultation
An injury consultation will tell you what the injury is and what you need to do to progress through the stages of healing, as well as reduce the risk of injury in the future. The goal of a consultation isn’t to fix the injury but to start the rehabilitation process. The process will vary depending on your injury and your goal. For example, a shoulder injury for a runner and a shoulder injury for a golfer are quite different. They will also have very different requirements to be competition fit. This for me is the most important part of rehabilitation, getting you back to where/what you want to be.
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