So most people have of heard of Physiotherapy. But how many of you know what Sports Therapy is? More to the point. Do you know what it involves and what you can expect at a Sports Therapy appointment versus and Physiotherapy appointment?
Sports Therapy concentrates on the area within Physiotherapy that is referred to musculo-skeletal physiotherapy. In English that’s how all the muscles and bones interact with each other and how that gives you the pain you feel. For a more detailed explanation you can read our previous post here.
Your Sports Therapy Appointment
What happens at a Sports Therapy appointment? Obviously this does vary from clinician to clinician but here’s an overview of what a typical Sports Therapy treatment may contain.
Your Sports Therapist will sit you down and run through formalities you may expect. Contact details you might expect but they will start going into more detail immediately. For example they will check and family history of certain conditions. This is to enable them to pick up if your symptoms are in any way related to something a little more serious that may be in your family.
If they have any concerns they will refer you to be cleared by your GP for treatment. In the vast majority of cases of course such screening is a formality – but an important one to go through. Your Sports Therapist will then probe a little deeper into your life. Asking about family life, work life, activity levels and also talk about current stress levels.
The Impact Of Stress
This may seem a little personal but it’s hugely important to enable the Sports Therapist to gain a full idea of you as a person. Stress will increase the amount of pain that you feel from any condition and so it’s important to get an honest account of exactly what your current stress levels are.
Obviously family, work and your activity levels can all play a role in stress so this will give your therapist additional insight into areas of life that need improving. So that’s the emotional side out of the way. Onto the physical. Your therapist will then speak to you in depth about your injury.
Looking to understand how you did it if there was a specific start point. What makes it worse and better. Details of any previous treatment you’ve had and the impact it had. They will then use this information to develop a specific assessment for your injury to help them rule things out or in that may be affecting the symptoms.
They will also look to assess other areas of the body away from the symptoms to understand the impact they may be having on your symptoms. Having done all of this they will then come up with a hypothesis as to what they think the problem is and what is causing it.
They will then carry out treatment in the areas that need to be improved to make you work better and scientifically assess the impact of each area of treatment to understand which area is most affecting your symptoms. They will use this progress to formulate their advice at the end of the session and give you guidance about what you need to do to make the most the treatment given and maintain the improvements made ready for your next appointment.