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Physiotherapy for Sports Injuries

What Are Sports Injuries?

Sports injuries refer to injuries that occur during sports or exercise. These injuries can affect various parts of the body and can range from minor to severe. Common sports injuries include concussions, sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, tendon tears, and overuse injuries.

Causes of Sports Injuries

  • Overuse: Repeating the same motion or activity over and over can lead to overuse injuries. This is common in sports that involve repetitive movements, such as running, golf, swimming, football, or hurling.
  • Trauma: Direct impact, collisions, or falls during sports activities can result in acute injuries like concussion, fractures, sprains, or bruises.
  • Improper Technique: Using incorrect techniques or equipment can increase the risk of injury.
  • Insufficient Warm-up or Stretching: Inadequate warm-up before physical activity can make muscles and joints more susceptible to injury.
  • Fatigue: Tired muscles are more prone to injuries, as fatigue can compromise coordination and form.

What Are the Symptoms of Sports Injuries?

Sports injuries symptoms include pain, swelling, limited range of motion, weakness, and bruising. While concussion symptoms aren’t always immediately apparent, loss of consciousness, disorientation, headache, fogginess, dizziness, and cognitive problems are some common things to look for.

How Do You Diagnose a Sports Injury?

Your GP can be your first stop to evaluate an injury. Our physiotherapy experts are also happy to be your first point of contact and will use a combination of clinical exams and diagnostic testing to make a diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan.

How Do You Use Physiotherapy to Treat Sports Injuries?

Physiotherapy is key in recovering from sports injuries such as concussions, sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, tendon tears, and overuse injuries. The treatment approach involves a combination of strategies tailored to alleviate pain, promote healing, and prevent further damage.

Our physiotherapy team will work with each patient to restore proper movement patterns and reduce discomfort. The physiotherapy regimen may also extend to education on proper biomechanics, ergonomic modifications, and personalised exercise programmes to prevent recurrence and support long-term recovery from sports injuries. For concussion, our physiotherapists will develop a customised treatment plan based on the type of concussion and your unique needs and goals.

UPMC Physiotherapy Locations

We offer physiotherapy services to treat sports injuries at the following UPMC locations: 

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You do not need a referral to make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists. To schedule an appointment with UPMC Physiotherapy Services, please contact us at one of the locations listed above.

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