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Professional Sports Physio—Sydney CBD


Treatment for all types of Sports Injuries  

If you are seeking a highly qualified and experienced sports physio in Sydney, you can find yourself in expert hands with our team at Macquarie Street Physiotherapy.

We see a wide range of sports injuries sustained by either competitive or recreational athletes at our sports physiotherapy Sydney practice. There are essentially two groups of sports injuries: acute and chronic. We see equal numbers of both. An injury which occurs suddenly, such as a sprained ankle or knee caused by an awkward landing is known as an acute injury. A chronic injury is one that has developed over time due to over-load fatigue, structural abnormalities, or poor biomechanics or technique. We provide our clients in Sydney with physiotherapy solutions specific to their needs.

Whether you are an elite athlete or participate in sports as a hobby, we are experienced in treating each case of injury according to your particular needs and circumstances. We help to minimise pain, discomfort and immobility in both the short- and long-term, and give expert advice and exercises to help minimise the potential for future re-injury of the treated area. Even after the initial injury has mended, we can help educate you on what to do to strengthen the injury zone and preventative measures.

Below is a short list of commonly seen injuries, but a book could be written listing all the possible injuries that can occur playing sport


Traumatic Injury  

Examples include:

Ligament sprains - such as ACL or PCL (cruciate ligament) or MCL (medial collateral ligament) injuries of the knee.

Muscle strains - such as a quadriceps (thigh), hamstring or rotator cuff (shoulder) tear.

Impact injuries - such as a corked thigh, bruise or contusion which cause bleeding within the tissues


Over-use injury  

Examples include:

Tendinitis – such as Achilles tendinitis, “jumpers knee” (tendinitis of the patella tendon), deQuirvain’s Syndrome (wrist), tennis elbow, ITB friction syndrome and many others.

Bursitis – such as trochanteric (hip) or sub-acromial (shoulder) bursitis

Stress fractures – this is when minute cracks form in bone as a result of repeated force or the weakening of bones from osteoporosis or other conditions.


Age-related overuse injury   

These injuries are specific to the developing adolescent skeleton, and often occur as the amount of sports participation and training is increased.

Sports Injuries Treatment

Examples include:

Osgood Schlatter’s disease – knee pain

Sever’s disease – heel pain

Sindig-Larsen-Johansson disease – knee pain


Diagnosing and Managing the Injury  

The way the injury was sustained as well as signs and symptoms all help your physiotherapist determine the type and extent of the injury. You may need treatment only, or further tests such as x-rays may be warranted. Your physiotherapist will guide you with regards to the best course of action. We will conduct a thorough assessment and create a management plan to assist your recovery from injury that also works towards prevention of recurrence.

Physiotherapy Treatment  

Treatment may include therapeutic ultrasound, massage, stretches, taping or bandaging, and specific exercises. The exercises may be for strength, co-ordination, balance and possibly core exercises. Advice as to what to do at home and work are crucial to the success of your treatment.


Moving Forward: Reducing the Risk of Injury   

Try not to do too much, too quickly: Many injuries can be avoided if you’re conservative with progressing your exercise. Don’t try to cram for an event or tournament, or even for the purpose of losing weight.

Body alignment or technique: a coach, personal trainer, or physio can help show you techniques to avoid injury

Warm up before playing – don’t launch into sport cold and stiff

Allow adequate recovery time between sessions – your body needs to repair between work-outs

Wear appropriate footwear – correct footwear provides protection from the ground up

Wear safety equipment appropriate to the sport - protect yourself from injury with safety equipment such as a helmet or mouthguard

Cross train – exercise in a variety of ways so you can use your body and muscles in different ways. For example, go to the gym to help support your body for tennis

At Macquarie Street Physiotherapy, we look forward to helping you get active again. Call us on (02) 9221 1604 to make an appointment.

 

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