Sports Injuries

sportsinjuries1 Sports Injuries

Many types of sports people attend our clinics, giving a huge variety of conditions and injuries which we see daily. Below are details of the most common types of sports injuries dealt with regularly.

Runners, of a leisurely or competitive nature, are possibly the athletic population which most commonly attend our clinics. Endless mileage, often without the ideal conditioning work, will take its toll on every body and this is where we come in.

Conditions most commonly treated are runner’s knee (patellofemoral syndrome), Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome, & shin pain (often incorrectly diagnosed as the non-specific umbrella term “shin splints”).

Running & training biomechanics are also an issue closely assessed when treating any running-induced injury. This is especially important around the lower back, pelvis, & hips. Optimal muscle recruitment patterns, optimal muscle length & strength, and optimal strength ration between synergistic muscles must all be ensured so there is efficiency of movement and therefore reduce the likelihood of injury.

Being such a popular sport throughout the West of Scotland, it is likely that every footballer will attend for physiotherapy at some point. Initially treatment would focus on the reduction of acute symptoms, then progress to rehabilitating the patient to their previous level of fitness, thereby allowing them to return to action at their previous level.

Conditions most commonly treated are ankle & knee ligament strains, hamstring strains, knee cartilage injuries, groin strains, and hip flexor (front of hip) strains.

It appears that many of our patients will tolerate pain and discomfort until it begins to interfere with their sporting activities, and this is particularly the case with golfers.
Conditions most typically seen include golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow (from repeated gripping) thoracic (upper back) stiffness, shoulder impingement, and wrist strain. Some patient’s have even reported physiotherapy as having added 50 yards to their drive distance, this however, is not guaranteed!

Many boxers attend our practice, usually with conditions from one of two sources.

  • Conditions seen, arising from over-training, include shoulder impingement, rotator cuff (shoulder muscle) strain, wrist sprain, and neck strain.
  • Postural syndrome is also often treated in boxers, where repeated “forwardly active” training in a “forward stance” leads to chest and shoulder tightness, a forward neck position, and an increased kyphosis (curve) in the upper back (thoracic spine).

K.W. Woods Physiotherapy has become the primary clinic for many of the largest dance companies based in Glasgow & the West of Scotland, having been dealing with many of these companies for in excess of 20 years. Professional, amateur, & youth dancers attend our clinics regularly, with a mixture of dance styles catered for – Highland, Irish, ballet, contemporary, hip hop etc.
This long term association has led to our therapists becoming highly skilled in dealing with the specific demands placed on dancers. Knowing the pressures placed on our patients when dancing either in rehearsals or shows, our therapists strive to treat symptoms while enabling the patient to keep dancing, if possible. Various strategies are used in conjunction with clinical treatment to achieve this, including kinesiotaping, the use of specialist shoe insoles etc.
Conditions often treated and rehabilitated amongst the dancing population include metatarsalgia, pain at the front of the knee, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprain, Achilles tendonitis, and rotator cuff (shoulder) strain.

Gym Training
Many patients attend our clinics with injuries presenting as a result of gym training, be it weight-lifting, class-based exercise, swimming, or floor-based exercise. In such an instance, having addressed the acute pain and symptoms, the underlying cause of the symptom presentation is identified, and subsequently addressed. This will often include advising changes of training programmes, or correcting training techniques.

Conditions often seen in such patients include low back pain, shoulder impingement, muscle spasm, hip & knee pain, and muscle strain.