Sport Injuries Happen. Get The Physiotherapy You Need.
As an athlete (pro or casual), the last thing you want is to be sidelined with a one-off or chronic injury. Sports injuries can be a significant impediment to living a healthy lifestyle – REP Physio is committed to getting you back on the ice, track, or pool. Continue being active with a proper physiotherapy treatment plan for your injury.
Our Edmonton sports physios are equipped to treat most sports injuries via a full range of methodologies and physiotherapy services, including:
Sports Physiotherapy: Common Injuries We Treat
Knee Injuries: ACL trauma is more common than you think
These activities can lead to imbalances in the legs, leading to further stress on the ligaments around the knee and the knee joint. Working with a sports physiotherapist and kinesiologist can help to correct these imbalances and prevent further injury. A kinesiologist can assist in your rehab journey by prescribing exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee joint. The kinesiologist on your interdisciplinary care team will work alongside your sports physiotherapist to create a safe and progressive plan to remedy imbalances post-injury.
Patellofemoral pain (runner’s knee)
Irritation under the knee cap that causes pain at the front of the knee, typically from repetitive knee activities. Often individuals who perform activities on stairs or hills may experience this type of pain. This injury can be treated by a short period of decreased activity, followed by a gradual return, and strengthening program for the hip and knee to reduce the load through the knee cap.
An injury to the ligaments of the ankle, most commonly on the outer side of the ankle from a twisting or rolling movement. Can lead to feelings of instability around the ankle joint, especially when completing single leg activities, jumping or walking on uneven ground. This injury can be well management with a strengthening and balance program to support the ankle while the ligament is healing, and prevent further injury.
Inflammation of a tendon from repetitive tasks, such as swinging a racket or cycling. Typically occurs when starting a new activity or increasing the intensity of an activity too quickly. When a tendon is stressed too much, we can think of it as cooked spaghetti, whereas a healthy tendon can be thought of as uncooked spaghetti. This condition can be treated with reduction of the aggravating activity, a strengthening and mobility program for the affected muscle and tendon, and education for the individual on ongoing management.
Our Sports Physiotherapy Process
A physiotherapist will get to know you, your injuries, and your specific goals in order to create a treatment plan that is best suited to you.
Our knowledgeable kinesiologists will create a unique exercise program to maximize your performance.
We will also include strategies to prevent future injuries.
As a new patient experiencing physical therapy, one can expect a unique rehab program curated for you based on the physiotherapists assessment and key exercises provided by your kinesiologist. A key step in the physical therapy process for athletes is also education on the individual’s injury. Sports medicine is essential for any athlete of any age and ability in order to increase performance and prevent further setbacks. As an athlete, your sports medicine care team is focused on listening and understanding your concerns, while creating a plan to get you back on track in the most efficient way.
Your initial assessment
A physiotherapist will talk with you to learn your story, which may include current limitations and concerns, and goals for physiotherapy and return to activity.
A thorough physical assessment will be included to diagnose, inform the treatment plan, and determine your current level of function in relation to your goals and specific sport. The physiotherapist will then work with a kinesiologist to create a rehabilitation exercise program that will be specific to your injury, sport, and goals. This will include exercise to maximize your performance and function, as well as prevention of new or further injury.
The physiotherapist will also discuss other treatment options that are appropriate for you to assist with the symptoms that may affect the rehabilitation process, such as manual therapy and dry needling. The exercise program will continue to be progressed as your condition improves and will prepare you for any ongoing management that may be required after you are complete with physical therapy.
Sports Physio FAQ
Upon seeing a physiotherapist, together you will determine what is the best treatment plan for you. After an assessment, a physiotherapist will discuss treatment options based on what is appropriate for you and what the evidence suggests. A collaborative decision will be made based on your condition, goals, and concerns to ensure a comfortable experience.
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A sports physiotherapist may have additional experience and training in sport specific rehabilitation. A sports physiotherapist may have increased knowledge through evidence-based research in sports injuries to provide the most effective rehab program for the individual’s sport. A sports physiotherapists’ caseload will contain primarily athletes or individuals who regularly participate in sport whereas a normal physiotherapist will have a more variable caseload, including the general population.
The length of a treatment plan will vary depending on the type and severity of an injury, and what your specific goals are. A typical treatment plan can vary between 6-8 treatments with a registered physiotherapist over a span of 3-6 months. An athlete that is required to achieve high level activity, as well as, a higher severity of injury may require more time.
Depending on the level of sport and the severity of the injury, you may be able to continue with your sport with some modifications, if needed. Our physiotherapists want to minimize your time away from sport as much as possible and will work with you to return to sport as quickly as possible, or even continue without interruption.
REP Physical Therapists Are Athletes Too
Are you racing or competing this summer? So are we. As athletes ourselves, we get that nothing is more frustrating than not being able to compete or train due to injury. Whether you are training for the Edmonton Marathon, the Victory Triathlon, Sinister 7, Death Race, the Great White North Triathlon, or any other event, we treat all types of athletes and all types of athletic injuries. We have the expertise, clinical experience and knowledge to set up an individualized care plan that maximizes injury recovery and minimizes down time (if any). Visit one of our physiotherapy clinics and let us help you cross that finish line!