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Sports Injuries Clinic

At The Forge Clinic, Richmond we specialise in diagnosing, treating, rehabilitating and preventing sports injuries to help you achieve your goals quickly and safely.

With increasing numbers of people participating in physical activities, our Sports Injury Therapists see a wide range of sports injuries, including:

Sprains
Strains
Irritated tendons
Ligament damage
Broken bones
Post-surgery rehabilitation.

Any part of the body can be injured, including the muscles, bones, joints and connective tissues (tendons and ligaments), with ankles and knees being particularly prone to damage. Also, some injuries occur more frequently in certain sports.

The most common causes of sports injuries are: an accident, such as a fall or some form of contact; insufficient warm-up; poor technique; or simply doing too much too soon.

Sport injuries can be acute (traumatic) or chronic (overuse).

Acute sports injuries

Acute injuries can occur at any time as a result of a sudden impact, an awkward movement or over-straining a muscle. Examples include a sprained ankle or broken bone.

Our Sports Injury Therapists at The Forge Clinic are highly skilled at assessing acute injuries and removing the barriers to recovery with a bespoke treatment and rehabilitation plan.

They see many patients who have had surgery following a sporting injury and work closely with a host of London and the South East’s top Orthopaedic Surgeons. In conjunction with their guidance, your function will be assessed and your practitioner will look to find the most effective ways of getting you moving well as quickly as possible. From Olympic and professional sportsmen and women to recreational tennis players, we have seen it all!

Chronic sports injuries

Chronic injuries usually develop gradually over time and are caused by overloading the same muscle groups or joints. Understanding the causes of chronic injuries is vital. Poor technique or structural abnormalities can also contribute to their development.

Our Sports Injury Therapists will carry out a thorough assessment to identify the underlying causes, so suitable modifications can be made and you can get back to enjoying your sport as fast as possible.

If you have a sports injury…

Management of an injury very much depends on the cause and if it is acute or chronic.

For serious acute injuries, we advise you to go to your local A&E department.

If your injury is minor you can treat it yourself by:

  • over-the-counter painkillers may be suitable, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease pain
  • using PRICE for the first 48 to 72 hours to minimise damage and aid recovery

PRICE stands for protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation.

Protection – stop the activity and protect the affected area from further injury
Rest – avoid physical activity and rest the affected joint or muscle.
Ice – apply an ice pack to the affected area for 15-20 minutes every two to three hours.
Compression – bandage the injured area firmly to limit swelling.
Elevation – raise the injured body part above heart level whenever possible.

If your symptoms are severe or don’t improve within a few days, you should seek further medical assistance. Our Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Sports Therapists can provide you with advice and an appropriate and effective treatment and rehabilitation programme.

How we assess and diagnose injuries at The Forge Clinic

Our Sports Therapists at The Forge Clinic are experts at accurately diagnosing injuries. Diagnosis consists of a detailed physical examination to establish the cause and extent of your injury. We use the latest diagnostic tools, including:

– Biomechanical screening
– Gait assessment
– Neurodynamic testing
– Video analysis.

All our therapists, David Silver, Rory Mee, Alan Burke & Tristan Jones work closely together so if your practitioner feels that you would benefit from a different approach, they will refer you to another member of the team, who will have access to your notes and can continue your treatment.

How we treat sports injuries at The Forge Clinic

Once the extent and cause of your sports injury is fully understood, your Sports Therapist will devise the most effective treatment and recovery plan for you. Depending on your injury, this might consist of OsteopathyPhysiotherapyChiropracticPilates  or Sports Massage. We will discuss everything with you at a pace you are comfortable with.

Our treatment services include

Our Sports Therapists are skilled in building training programmes to assist rehabilitation after an injury or surgery related to a sports injury. They will work through the exercises with you and adapt them as your rehabilitation progresses.

We often liaise with local PTs and other trainers and are happy to discuss your rehabilitation with them. We can also offer personalised sessions at your gym with our physiotherapist Rory Mee as part of our Home Visit Service.

Book a consultation with our team of expert practitioners today

Our Sports Injury Therapists in Richmond will do everything they can to get you back into the game, as soon as possible. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment. Call us on 020 8332 6184 or email info@theforgeclinic.com. You can also book online

Further reading

Common injuries associated with different sports
How to prevent sports injuries
Running injuries