5 Conditions That Can Be Treated  
With Physiotherapy & Sports Therapy

At Response Physio & Sports Therapy, we treat and diagnose a variety of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, including sporting injuries, occupational injuries, orthopaedic injuries, and age-related changes.

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy aims to improve and help you self-manage your problems that are related to muscles, bones, joints, and soft tissue structures like ligaments and tendons. Allowing you to reduce pain, improve function, achieve personal goals, and get back to doing the things you love.

Our treatment and assessment approach revolves around six core pillars: 

1) getting to the root of the problem

2) easing symptoms

3) reversing the cause

4) undoing the body’s response to injury

5) strengthening the muscles

6) understanding the recovery path. 

This approach allows our clinicians to make lasting and meaningful changes for our patients.

Some of the common conditions we treat are:

Osteoarthritis 

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common form of arthritis that affects joints making them painful, stiff, swollen, and the surrounding muscles weak. Usually, this condition affects middle-aged to elderly people due to changes in the body as you age, however previous joint injuries or obesity can increase your risk of developing OA.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for OA, however non-pharmacological interventions such as physiotherapy can play an important role in improving symptoms. Some of the common physiotherapy treatments for OA include exercise, taping, bracing, insoles, and manual therapy.

Back pain and neck pain

Spinal pain is an extremely common problem, whether it is at the neck, mid-back, or lower-back most have experienced it at some point. This sort of pain can be caused for many reasons such as overuse, prolonged postures, injury, stress, and age-related changes.

However, since Covid 19 there has been a massive change in our work landscape, shifting towards virtual services and working from home. This has led to a massive increase in prolonged sitting with poor ergonomics, an increase in sedentary behaviours, and a lot of solitary confinement. Consequently, a lot more of the general public are struggling with neck and back-related pain. 

Treatment usually consists of massage, manual techniques, physical agents, taping, and exercise. However, a large part of treatment should revolve around patient education to help patients self-manage their problems and avoid symptom reoccurrence. 

Sports injuries

Sport England reported 367,093 accident and emergency (A&E) visits in 2014-2015 related to sporting injuries. Although this is a relatively high number, you must appreciate that many people with less severe sporting injuries do not attend A&E and as a result, you can imagine that the figure for actual sport-related injuries to be much higher!

All too often, athletes return to sports once their pain disappears with either no physiotherapy or just generic strengthening exercises. This lack of specificity and expertise leads to high re-injury rates in sport, poor performance, and even cessation of sports altogether!

Sports physiotherapy aims to give patients higher-end rehabilitation to prepare the body for high-intensity activities. This makes the patient’s muscles and connective tissue stronger and therefore more durable. Also, sports physiotherapy aims to give the patient confidence in themselves and their bodies allowing them to have thoughtless, fearless movement when playing sports.

We are fortunate to have clinics based in David Lloyd’s clubs, this gives us the ability to utilise state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to accelerate your rehabilitation process. For instance, we can complete early-stage rehabilitation such as aqua therapy which has been shown to reduce the effects of gravity and improve joint range of motion. Also, middle to end-stage rehabilitation can be completed in the on-site gyms allowing us to work on biomechanics and exercise prescription with our patients.

Sciatica 

Sciatica is a term that describes pain that radiates down into one or both of your lower extremities along the sciatic nerve. This condition can be severe and debilitating causing pain, numbness, and weakness. Sciatica can be caused by a variety of issues such as a herniated disc, narrowing of spinal space, and overly tight nerves and musculature. Sciatica usually resolves by itself; however, physiotherapy can patients manage their symptoms by utilising advice, exercise, nerve gliders, and equipment such as TENS machines to modulate pain.

Sprains and strains 

Strains and sprains are soft tissue injuries which are can be caused by trauma or overuse. Strains occur to muscles whereas sprains are injuries to ligaments that stabilise joints. Early-stage management of these injuries will consist of the PRICE acronym, where the patient will be advised to protect, rest, ice, compress, and elevate the injured area. Following this, a structured, specific rehabilitation programme will be utilised to get the patient back to full fitness.

How we can help

Response Physio & Sports Therapy provides exceptional care in Basildon, Brighton, Dartford, Eastbourne, Epsom, Farnham, Gidea Park, Hampton, Kidbrooke, Kings Hill, Leicester, Nottingham, Sidcup, Southampton, and Worcester with a custom treatment plan designed to meet your specific needs.

Whether you are experiencing pain or have recently been injured, our expert physiotherapists and sports therapists will ensure you return to the activities you enjoy and love.