Sports Related Conditions

We can help get you back on track

Injuries in sport are common but we are here to help you get back on track and prevent recurrence.

Here are some of the more common sport related conditions that our physiotherapists can help with:

Runners knee

This is a general term for pain or dysfunction at the front of the knee which can occur in repetitive activities such as running.

The knee joint is a complex joint system consisting of several joints working together, including the patella (knee cap).

Repetitive impact, changes to your training regime, poorly fitting shoes, foot problems and general muscle imbalance are among the contributing factors of problems around the knee.  

Treatment may include, for example, stretching of the structures around the knee (quadriceps, Ilio-tibial band), and strapping.

Achilles pain

Pain in or around the heel and Achilles tendon is common in sport and occurs for many different reasons which may include: muscle imbalance, poor footwear, lack of appropriate warm up / down, biomechanical problems and back problems.

Thorough analysis of all the possible contributing factors is essential to ensure you receive the right kind of treatment to relieve the symptoms and to prevent recurrence.

ITB syndrome

The ilio-tibial band (ITB) is a thickened structure running along the outside of the leg from the ilium (pelvis) to the tibia.

Repetitive sports such as running and cycling can result in ‘rubbing’ or ‘friction’ of the ilio-tibial band around the bony structures of the knee.

Causes may include: general tightness or weakness of structures around the knee, poor technique, footwear, incorrect bike seat / pedal position,

Treatment may therefore focus on stretching and strengthening and the therapist will discuss details of your training regime with you to help you prevent recurrence.

Piriformis syndrome

Piriformis is a small muscle in the buttock. The term piriformis syndrome is sometimes used to describe pain in the buttock area which is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve due to the close proximity of the nerve to piriformis and other surrounding muscles.

This and other muscles and ligaments in the area can become tight or overactive and is often associated with stiffness or dysfunction of the joints of the lower spine and pelvis.

Your Physiotherapist will assess the whole area to determine the structures involved and determine the cause of your symptoms.

Shin splints

Pain in the front of the shin can occur in repetitive activities, such as running. It is commonly caused by tightness or overuse of the deep muscles of the calf. This can be due to lack of appropriate warm up routine, incorrect footwear or general biomechanical problems.

Physiotherapy treatment is very effective in the treatment of this condition and may include manual techniques, strapping to encourage healing and advice about how to manage your training regime.

Tennis elbow

Repetitive activities which involve gripping such as tennis or golf, can result in problems in the tendons around the elbow, where those muscles attach. This is often known as Tennis Elbow.

Pain is felt when gripping or lifting the wrist and often there is tenderness around the bony surfaces of the elbow.

Physiotherapy can help to settle the symptoms and address the issues which are causing the problem. These may include technique, over-training, lack of stretching, racquet size to name a few.

Groin pain

Groin pain can be caused by numerous factors including: dysfunction of the local muscles, stiffness of the lumbar spine or pelvis joints, hip problems, footwear, muscle imbalance around the hip, nerve tension or training regime.

It is important to assess all of the structures involve to determine the cause and aggravating factors and then treatment can be tailored specifically.

Shoulder impingement and rotator cuff injuries

The rotator cuff describes the complex group of muscles that work together to produce movement and provide stability around the shoulder joint.

shoulder and rotator cuff sports injury

Injuries to this group of muscles are common in sport, especially those involving overhead actions. Overuse of certain muscles can result in imbalance, with under activity of other muscles. This may alter the pattern of movement of the shoulder joint and result in pain, impingement and nerve irritation.

Physiotherapy can help re-educate the shoulder muscles and alleviate the symptoms with local manual techniques, electro-therapy to relieve the pain, strapping and tailored exercises.

We can direct you to the right Professional to let you concentrate on your fitness. For physiotherapy in Gosforth call 0191 284 0087.