Sports Injuries

Sports Injury Treatment Sutton Coldfield Birmingham

Being unable to partake in sport because of an injury is undoubtedly frustrating.  As keen sports people, we understand this and want to get you back to your sport as quickly and as safely as possible.  Whether you’re an elite athlete or a ‘weekend warrior’ we can tailor physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation protocols to your specific needs to get you back to sport efficiently.

At Resolve Physiotherapy the philosophy underlying all the treatments is to  ensure we provide a  pro-active, hands on approach that works to resolve the cause of the problem, relieve pain and rehabilitate back to full function.  We aim to to make an exclusive level of treatment and rehabilitation, once reserved for a select few, available to all.

Our physiotherapists have undertaken masters level training in the advanced prevention and management of injuries to ensure that we offer the best treatment strategies to our clients affording you the best possible chance of an effective recovery.

We also offer sports massage treatments to those who aren’t injured but understand the importance of preparing the body for the demands of sport, maintaining optimal tissue quality and recovering from training/competition.

Types of Sports Injuries

Sports injuries can occur to a number of different structures in the body or often a combination of tissues including muscles, ligaments and bone. Below we explain some of the more common types of sports injury.

Tendinopathy

Tendons join muscles to bones. Tendinopathy is a broad term encompassing painful conditions occurring in and around tendons in response to overuse. Recent basic science research suggests little or no inflammation is present in these conditions. Thus, traditional treatment modalities aimed at controlling inflammation such as corticosteroid injections and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) may not be the most effective options.

Strains

A strain is the term given to a tear in a muscle or tendon. A muscle strain is often graded 1, 2 or 3 depending on how bad they are. A grade 1 muscle strain may be just a few fibres torn where a grade 3 is a severe or complete muscle rupture.

Fractures

A fracture is a broken bone. There are many different types of fracture depending on how the bone breaks including spiral, greenstick, oblique, transverse and avulsion which is where a tendon pulls a small part of the bone away. An open fracture is where the skin is broken and bone pokes through. This comes with an increased risk of infection and other complications. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect a fracture.

Stress fractures

A stress fracture is a hairline crack or very thin fracture in the bone caused by repetitive forces and over use. A stress fracture of the shin bone is a common sports injury. Stress fractures will often not show up initially on an X-ray but will become obvious once the bones has started to heal.

Sprain

A sprain is an injury or tear to ligaments which connect bone to bone. Like strains a sprain can be graded 1, 2 or 3 depending on severity with a grade 3 sprain being a complete or almost complete rupture of the ligament. Ligament sprains are common in sports injuries especially at the knee joint and the ankle joint.

Bursitis

Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa or sac of fluid which is located in a joint between a tendon and a bone. The bursa is used to lubricate and reduce friction. When a bursa becomes inflammed it swells up and can be painful.

Common sports injuries involving bursa include knee bursitis or housemaids knee, elbow bursitis, trochantic bursitis at the hip and subacromial bursitis in the shoulder.