Specialists In Sports Injuries
Whatever your sport or activity, it is frustrating to sustain an injury or suffer long term “niggles”. Sports injuries can be very complex and build-up through poor technique or movement patterns, as well as unavoidable sudden sharp pulls, twists, strains or tears. Edinburgh Sports + Spinal Physiotherapy see a multitude of athletes and specialise in returning them to their sport or activity safely and in the fastest possible time.
What is Sports Physiotherapy?
Sports Physiotherapy is the specialised branch of physiotherapy which deals with injuries and issues related to sports people. Sports physiotherapists help athletes of all ages using exercise, movement and manual based therapeutic interventions to treat the neuromusculoskeletal system:
NEURO – Nerves
MUSCULO – Muscles and Tendons
SKELETAL – Bones, Joints, Cartilage and ligaments
Injury to one of these structures may result in pain, pins and needles, numbness, swelling, bruising, stiffness or weakness.
The Physiotherapist’s role is to establish which structure has been affected and how exactly it was injured. By understanding what caused the issue we can focus on treating it and preventing the injury from reoccurring.
Edinburgh Sports + Spinal Physiotherapy understand the importance of evidence based practice, and use findings from clinical research to support their assessment and treatment choices for sports injuries.
Common Sports Injuries
- Joint sprains — knee, ankle, shoulder and finger injuries
- Muscle strains — hamstring, calf, quadriceps
- Tendon injuries — achilles, patella and gluteal tendon pain
- Bony overuse injuries — such as ‘shin splints‘ or stress fractures
- Rehabilitation from surgery — knee, shoulder or ankle arthroscopies or reconstruction
Edinburgh Sports + Spinal Physiotherapy are experts in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and sports injuries. We help return you to your best level of function after an injury with the following approach:
1. We’ll listen to you
We take a holistic approach and want to listen to your interests, sports, goals, training patterns and competitive ambitions (big or small). This will give us a greater understanding about why your sports injury came about, about you an athlete, as well as your individual motivations to return to your sport.
2. We’ll assess your sports injury
We have a number of specialist orthopaedic tests that aid us determine a diagnosis for each joint. As well as the specific joint or muscle, we will also assess other associated joints, your general and sport specific movement. This is because other underlying issues maybe contributing towards your sports injury.
3. We’ll explain it all to you
Understanding your injury, the cause and the treatment plan is very important to gaining a full recovery, therefore we will avoid medical jargon and provide you with a succinct understandable explanation.
4. We’ll provide treatment
Treatment methods depend on the sports injury, whether its acute or chronic, and its severity. However, we may use: massage, joint mobilisation, manipulation, muscle energy techniques, acupuncture, dry needling and taping. The aim of hands on treatment is to reduce your pain levels and restore your range of movement. Taping will help support the injured area or facilitate your normal movement.
We use evidence based and researched exercise therapy. Having played sport and picked up injuries ourselves we also have personal experience to draw on in order to help you understand your recovery. A tailored plan will be composed and explained and videos will be emailed to you.
To book an appointment or consultation with us please call
Treatment For Sports Injuries From
Comely Bank Clinic
52 Learmonth Grove, Edinburgh, EH41BN
Richard is a top physio and knows exactly what he is speaking about! He was specific with information and able to identify my injury and gave me rest time and appropriate recovery exercises to get me playing rugby again asap! Would highly recommend him to anyone having problems! Mark
Excellent treatment and advice from a knowledgeable and professional physiotherapist. Adept at answering questions and addressing any concerns I had. I felt very involved with my treatment as my goals were taken into account and treatment was tailored to these. Would recommend to anyone in need of an excellent physiotherapist. Angus
“I worked with Richard at Edinburgh Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy when I was recovery from an ACL reconstruction. His knowledge and understanding is excellent. We worked together to put a detailed return to running plan specific to the hamstring graft that was taken during surgery. I would definitely recommend this clinic and Richard”.
“I have used other NHS and private physio services as well as chiropractors in the past without success and so came to Richard. Richard is a Physio who listens and understands your situation. After an initial assessment he will then organise a detailed treatment plan. I would highly recommend anyone with back pain to see him”.
“Richard was very welcoming and provided an excellent service. After only 2 visits he had managed to eliminate all discomfort and pain in my neck. He explained what was going on and used different techniques to get speedy results. I would definitely recommend Richard to anyone and everyone who is looking for a physiotherapist in Edinburgh!”