Getting better starts with understanding what the problem is. You might know where it hurts, but not exactly how or why.

Once you’ve informed yourself about what part of the body is hurting and why, we can begin to help you get back to normal.

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Neck

Common in those who do sports with heavy contact or upper limb movement, such as rugby, swimming, weightlifting and MMA.

Common symptoms include:

• Pain and stiffness with movement
• Reduced range of movement
• Headaches
• Pain after inactivity
• Pain / pins & needles / tingling / numbness into arms and hands
• Pain across the back of the shoulder and shoulder blades
• Difficulty sleeping
• Reduced strength in upper limbs
• Whiplash symptoms

Shoulder

Common in most sports especially contact sports, racket spots and swimming, they can affect many day-to-day activities. Problems left untreated can worsen and become chronic.

Common symptoms include:

• Pain & stiffness with shoulder movements
• Reduced range of movement
• Pain lifting / carrying
• Pain reaching behind back
• Pain reaching high shelves
• Difficulty sleeping
• Pain into the upper arm
• Dislocations
• Acromioclavicular joint pain

Elbow Injuries

The most common injuries are known as tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis) although both can be done without either sport being played. Any sport which involves gripping or grasping may lead to symptoms on the inside or outside of the elbow.

Common symptoms include:

• Pain with flexion and extension of the wrist, especially against resistance
• Pain when gripping
• Pain lifting / carrying
• Pain turning door knobs / pouring kettles / opening jars & bottles
• Localised tenderness
• Increased pain and stiffness in the morning
• Pain that eases with activity but returns with a vengeance after
• Pain radiating down the forearm

Injections are only a temporary fix, and are best used as part of a total injury management strategy which will seek out the underlying cause.

Back pain

Most people experience back pain at some point in their lives, especially those who take part in sports. Back pain includes everything from the neck through the thorax and ribs and down to the pelvis. Effective treatment will address the underlying causes of the pain.

Common symptoms include:

• Pain during and after sport
• Pain and stiffness when getting out of bed
• Pain when sitting or driving for extended periods
• Pain or difficulty when lifting
• Peripheral pain – i.e. sciatica and other pain felt in legs/feet
• Difficulty walking any distance
• Restriction in exercise

Treatment involves a combination of soft tissue massage and manipulation, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, exercises, and strengthening and conditioning. We also assess the biomechanics of your lower limbs and feet to ensure all possible causative aspects are addressed.

Wrist and Hand Pain

May be caused by using a racket, landing heavily or having the hands bent back by force. Pain in hands and wrists may stop you from playing sport but also hurt when partaking in normal activities such as lifting, knitting, writing or typing. Injuries in this area should be treated early on to avoid long-standing problems.

Hip and groin pain

It’s common for people who play sports to experience pain around the hip and groin, but an actual diagnosis can be difficult. Pain may be due to an injury such as a tear in the groin or hip flexor, while sometimes it may be a sports hernia which requires a simple operation to resolve.

A physical examination and exploration can help your recovery along.

Sciatica and Leg Pain

This is very common in athletes from high impact sports such as running, rugby, hockey, badminton and many more, although is also found in low impact sports that require prolonged periods in one position, such as cycling.

Sciatica is felt as pain down the back of the thigh and going as far as past the knee into the calf or even foot, or you may have other leg pain in the front or side of the thigh or lower leg. In some rare cases this may be a spinal disc issue but it is usually to do with tightened muscles putting pressure on nerves or stiff joints.

Early assessment and a view to fix the underlying cause are the best way to banish this pain for good.

Knee pain

Any sport that involves twisting, turning, pivoting and contact can cause knee injuries. Well-known types include Anterior Cruciate Ligament ruptures, medial or lateral ligament injuries, cartilage damage and tendon ruptures, although some of the most common tend to be anterior knee pain (on the front of the knee or just below the knee cap) and soft tissue damage in the areas around the joint.

ACL and PCL Ruptures

Until quite recently if you were to rupture your ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) or PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) this would have likely been a career threatening injury. Luckily, these days advancements in surgical intervention and rehabilitation have reduced the chances of this.

We are experienced at diagnosing ruptures and rehabilitating sufferers, managing many athletes on their journey from the operating table to full recovery.

Shin Splints

Usually experienced by runners – although also by anyone whose sport involves walking or running – shin splints can severely disrupt training and competition. In many cases the sufferer is encouraged to rest, although the pain usually comes back when they begin exercise again. We seek out the root of the pain through biomechanical assessment and fix the problem for good.

Ankle injuries

Injuring the ankle is probably one of the most common sports injuries, occurring in most types of sport and even outside of them. Most people have twisted their ankles, but anything worse than a mild twist or sprain can lead to serious pain and lack of function.

Common symptoms include:

• Achilles tendon irritations:
stiff and painful in the morning, relaxing over the day.
• Achilles tendon ruptures:
Not overly common, but high profile injuries in the media. Although a severe injury, full function and a return to sport can be regained with effective management. There is no reason the strategy used to get David Beckham back on the pitch cannot be used on you: that is what we will strive to do.
• Ankle ligament tears/sprains:
can be painful at the time of injury, whenever walking or moving the ankle, and tend to get worse with activity if they have not properly healed. They can also lead to a feeling of instability in the ankle.
• Pain arising from the tendons on either side of the ankle:
typically these problems don’t have an obvious cause, and the pain tends to be more severe after they have been loaded / stressed (i.e. exercised on).
• Problems within the joint itself:
commonly these can be relatively pain free after rest and with low activity, but flare up severely with certain movements/activities

Foot injuries

Many parts of the foot can be injured in many different ways. This could include:

Common symptoms include:

• Metatarsal fractures  (pain in the heel and arch of the foot, often stiff and uncomfortable after resting)
• Metatarsalgia (pain under the ball of the foot most painful after walking or running
• Mid-foot pain
• Joint pain
• Flat feet

Finding the cause of the problem is very important, as lingering foot injuries may result in further pain through the feet, lower leg and the back.

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