Focus on your Rehabilitation
You will be asked specific questions related to your particular sport or even to demonstrate some movements. Your diagnosis and treatment plan will be discussed in the usual way.
Treatment is likely to involve the use of manual therapy techniques combined with a more specific exercise based programme that we do both in clinic and for you to complete at home. The aim is to return to full physical activity.
Sport & Exercise Treatment Services
Our physiotherapists are themselves keen sports enthusiasts and are highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of soft tissue injuries, with intricate knowledge of biomechanics, tissue pathology and healing. They carry out a thorough assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for all musculoskeletal injuries.
For complaints including:
Overuse injuries and stress fractures
Muscle tears, tendon and ligament sprains
Knee, ankle and foot injuries
Shoulder injuries, tennis/golfer's elbow, hand and wrist pain
More information about Sports Physiotherapy at Tavistock Clinic in Crawley
What classifies as a sports injury?
A sports injury is any injury to the body that has been a result of sport or exercise activity. Examples of this could be straining your elbow playing tennis, a pulled hamstring when playing football, or an impact to the shoulder playing rugby.
What are common sports injuries seen at Tavistock Clinic?
We have seen a wide variety of sports injuries in the clinic, and some of the most common types of injuries we see are:
- Hamstring tightness and pain from football
- Ankle pain (usually on the outside of the ankle) from trips, twists and accidents while playing sport
- Shoulder and neck injuries (from multiple all sports including squash, tennis, CrossFit, cricket, swimming and more)
- Knee injuries from running (primarily) and other sports (usually from twisting of the knee accidentally, overstrain or falling)
- Lower back pain (from all sports, especially weight training and bodybuilding)
- Elbow injuries from all racket sports, and some from hand-ball
- In lesser cases, but still seen regularly, we treat hip, groin, wrist and pectoral (chest) pain from sports injuries
Who has Tavistock Clinic worked with in the past?
At Tavistock Clinic we specialise in sports injuries, and as such have had the privilege of serving members of:
- K2 Leisure Centre
- Crawley Athletics Club
- Opex Fitness
- The Gym Group Crawley
- Snap Fitness Crawley
- Anytime Fitness Crawley
- Crawley Martial Arts Academy
- Horley Football Club
- Sussex County Football Association
- Ashcombe Volleyball
- Many other leisure parks, sports centre and clubs
Although we have worked with many sports club members over the years, the majority of client's we treat are sports enthusiasts, who might play with friends or family on weekday evenings of weekends.
Note: you do not need to be a member of any club or gym to qualify for sports physiotherapy at Tavistock Clinic.
What's involved in sports physiotherapy treatment at Tavistock Clinic?
A course of physiotherapy for your sports injury is focused on achieving one primary aim:
To be able to get back to the sport you love playing without any pain or limited movement.
The motto for Tavistock Clinic is 'Play Without Pain', and that is because that is our main goal for you. In our opinion, that is the function of a sports physio.
Although no treatment plan is the same, commonly we take a four-stage approach:
Stage 1: Gather Information
Our first step is to gather information. We will ask a specific set of questions regarding the nature of your injury, timescales, your level of play, training and intensity frequency and much more. This will help us formulate a plan of action.
Stage 2: Manual Therapy
Almost all sports injury requires hands-on manual therapy, to reduce any tightness and restriction in movement. This can involve deep tissue massage, as well as mobilisations and manipulations (gentle, targeted movements of joints and muscles to increase the joint and muscle's ability to move freely).
Stage 3: Home Exercise Programme
Manual therapy is commonly not sufficient for maximal recovery. You will be required to undergo a safe, simple but essential set of exercises outside of physiotherapy sessions. This will help build the strength in the muscles that we need to be stronger, to help you throw, jump, kick )or whatever your sport requires) without any problem.
Stage 4: Clinical Trial
The last stage is to return to your sport safely, correctly and with guidance. We will advise you exactly how to pace yourself back into your sporting activities and teach you how to return to game-level readiness using a timetable based system.
How do I book an appointment for sports physiotherapy at Tavistock Clinic?
You can book by calling the clinic on 07490072592.
Who are your physios and who will perform the treatment?
At Tavistock Clinic we are proud that our sports physio service in our Crawley clinic is offered by qualified and registered Physiotherapists, who have an extensive knowledge of the anatomy and function of the body as well as personal experience with sports injuries and rehab as sports enthusiasts themselves.
Will I need a separate consultation meeting before my first physiotherapy appointment?
No. When you attend your first Initial Consultation, the four-stage process outlined above will be put into full play. In the first session, you will receive manual treatment and be advised on the suitable exercises.
How much does treatment cost for sports specific physiotherapy?
Please enquire about cost and availability by clicking here.
How many appointments will I need?
As you can imagine, this varies. With sports injuries, in particular, it all depends on what the injury is. An ACL tear rehab programme will take longer than a twinged neck.
However, as a rule of thumb, we see our client's for approximately 6 sessions on average.