The vast majority of sports related injury is caused by long-standing factors of which most people are totally unaware. The first essential is to understand what these factors are in your particular case. Very often the presenting issue, whatever it may be, such as a knee injury, IT band problem or ankle injury, is simply the consequence of a much more fundamental problem. Too often rehab after injury focuses on “curing” the presenting problem, while leaving the underlying issues untouched. My approach is different. The three elements of wellbeing are as fundamental to successful rehab as they are to successful training. I approach rehab as a long-term process that aims to cure you of your injury, addresses your underlying issues, and enables you to move forward to be better, stronger, fitter than you were before you were injured, and significantly reduces with a significantly reduced risk of repeat injury in the future.
The rehab process
The first step in the rehab process is to carry out a full bio-mechanical assessment.
We will assess how efficiently your body moves and to identify the underlying problems that have led to your injury.
We will analyse factors such as:
• Body posture
• Footwear and the stress that the wrong footwear can add to an injury
Your Rehab programme
Based on all the above, we will put in place a full rehab programme to overcome your injury now and keep you injury free in the future. As in all my practice, nutrition is an essential component of successful injury rehab. We will identify the right nutrition for your particular injury. To arrange a rehab consultation, click here In the meantime, here are some tips to help you assess your own injury.
Tips if you are injured
Listen to your body. Your body will tell you what is enough and what is too much. The key to rehabilitation is to tune in to your body and accurately interpret the message it is giving you.
Pain during activity is not necessarily bad. Often it is stiff tissue that needs activity and gets better with it. Feel out the trends. If it starts painful then gradually improves, you’re in the clear. The same load tomorrow will likely feel better. Pain after activity is also okay – as long as it goes away. Any pain that dissipates within an hour or two of that activity is an appropriate, affordable load.
Pain for the rest of the day and into the next one is a definite overdraft. While it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve re-injured yourself, you have definitely overdone it and will have to be more restful the next day to overcome the cost.
The most challenging situation is when one is pain free during an activity, then is very painful several hours later. This delayed-onset pain also represents an overdraft. Lesson: even though it feels good while you’re doing it, know the true cost of your activity!
Finally, find a skilled sports-medicine professional with know-how and experience in injury rehabilitation. By properly evaluating and diagnosing your injury they will gauge both your tissue ability and loading progression, and advise an appropriate way forward in line with clinical and research-based guidelines.