Start Your Road to Recovery…

Getting better starts with understanding what the problem is. You might know where it hurts, but not exactly how or why. Once you’ve informed yourself about what part of the body is hurting and why, we can begin to help you get back to normal.

Click on the area of the body which is causing the issue to learn more and then select the condition on the form shown alongside:

Complete the form below by selecting the area of the body which needs attention:

  • Neck Injuries

    Common in those who do sports with heavy contact or upper limb movement, such as rugby, swimming, weightlifting and MMA.

    Common symptoms include:

    • Pain and stiffness with movement
    • Reduced range of movement
    • Headaches
    • Pain after inactivity
    • Pain / pins & needles / tingling / numbness into arms and hands
    • Pain across the back of the shoulder and shoulder blades
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Reduced strength in upper limbs
    • Whiplash symptoms
  • Shoulder Injuries

    Common in most sports especially contact sports, racket spots and swimming, they can affect many day-to-day activities. Problems left untreated can worsen and become chronic.

    Common symptoms include:

    • Pain & stiffness with shoulder movements
    • Reduced range of movement
    • Pain lifting / carrying
    • Pain reaching behind back
    • Pain reaching high shelves
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Pain into the upper arm
    • Dislocations
    • Acromioclavicular joint pain

    We aim to release tight muscles, restore normal joint function, reduce pain and re-educate muscles. Controlling pain through timely and effective treatment will lead to much faster recovery.

  • Elbow Injuries

    The most common injuries are known as tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis) although both can be done without either sport being played. Any sport which involves gripping or grasping may lead to symptoms on the inside or outside of the elbow.

    Symptoms may include:

    • Pain with flexion and extension of the wrist, especially against resistance
    • Pain when gripping
    • Pain lifting / carrying
    • Pain turning door knobs / pouring kettles / opening jars & bottles
    • Localised tenderness
    • Increased pain and stiffness in the morning
    • Pain that eases with activity but returns with a vengeance after
    • Pain radiating down the forearm

    Injections are only a temporary fix, and are best used as part of a total injury management strategy which will seek out the underlying cause.

  • Wrist and Hand Pain

    May be caused by using a racket, landing heavily or having the hands bent back by force. Pain in hands and wrists may stop you from playing sport but also hurt when partaking in normal activities such as lifting, knitting, writing or typing. Injuries in this area should be treated early on to avoid long-standing problems.

  • Back Pain

    Most people experience back pain at some point in their lives, especially those who take part in sports. Back pain includes everything from the neck through the thorax and ribs and down to the pelvis. Effective treatment will address the underlying causes of the pain.

    Symptoms might include, but are not limited to:

    • Pain during and after sport
    • Pain and stiffness when getting out of bed
    • Pain when sitting or driving for extended periods
    • Pain or difficulty when lifting
    • Peripheral pain – i.e. sciatica and other pain felt in legs/feet
    • Difficulty walking any distance
    • Restriction in exercise

    Treatment involves a combination of soft tissue massage and manipulation, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, exercises, and strengthening and conditioning. We also assess the biomechanics of your lower limbs and feet to ensure all possible causative aspects are addressed.

  • Hip and Groin Pain

    It’s common for people who play sports to experience pain around the hip and groin, but an actual diagnosis can be difficult. Pain may be due to an injury such as a tear in the groin or hip flexor, while sometimes it may be a sports hernia which requires a simple operation to resolve.

    A physical examination and exploration can help your recovery along.

  • Sciatica and Leg Pain

    This is very common in athletes from high impact sports such as running, rugby, hockey, badminton and many more, although is also found in low impact sports that require prolonged periods in one position, such as cycling.

    Sciatica is felt as pain down the back of the thigh and going as far as past the knee into the calf or even foot, or you may have other leg pain in the front or side of the thigh or lower leg. In some rare cases this may be a spinal disc issue but it is usually to do with tightened muscles putting pressure on nerves or stiff joints.

    Early assessment and a view to fix the underlying cause are the best way to banish this pain for good.

  • Knee Pain

    Any sport that involves twisting, turning, pivoting and contact can cause knee injuries. Well-known types include Anterior Cruciate Ligament ruptures, medial or lateral ligament injuries, cartilage damage and tendon ruptures, although some of the most common tend to be anterior knee pain (on the front of the knee or just below the knee cap) and soft tissue damage in the areas around the joint.

  • ACL and PCL Ruptures

    Until quite recently if you were to rupture your ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) or PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) this would have likely been a career threatening injury. Luckily, these days advancements in surgical intervention and rehabilitation have reduced the chances of this.

    We are experienced at diagnosing ruptures and rehabilitating sufferers, managing many athletes on their journey from the operating table to full recovery.

  • Shin Splints

    Usually experienced by runners – although also by anyone whose sport involves walking or running – shin splints can severely disrupt training and competition. In many cases the sufferer is encouraged to rest, although the pain usually comes back when they begin exercise again. We seek out the root of the pain through biomechanical assessment and fix the problem for good.

  • Ankle Injuries

    Injuring the ankle is probably one of the most common sports injuries, occurring in most types of sport and even outside of them. Most people have twisted their ankles, but anything worse than a mild twist or sprain can lead to serious pain and lack of function.

    Common ankle injuries include:

    • Achilles tendon irritations: stiff and painful in the morning, relaxing over the day.
    • Achilles tendon ruptures: Not overly common, but high profile injuries in the media. Although a severe injury, full function and a return to sport can be regained with effective management. There is no reason the strategy used to get David Beckham back on the pitch cannot be used on you: that is what we will strive to do.
    • Ankle ligament tears/sprains: can be painful at the time of injury, whenever walking or moving the ankle, and tend to get worse with activity if they have not properly healed. They can also lead to a feeling of instability in the ankle.
    • Pain arising from the tendons on either side of the ankle: typically these problems don’t have an obvious cause, and the pain tends to be more severe after they have been loaded / stressed (i.e. exercised on).
    • Problems within the joint itself: commonly these can be relatively pain free after rest and with low activity, but flare up severely with certain movements/activities
  • Foot Injury

    Many parts of the foot can be injured in many different ways. This could include:

    • Metatarsal fractures  (pain in the heel and arch of the foot, often stiff and uncomfortable after resting)
    • Metatarsalgia (pain under the ball of the foot most painful after walking or running
    • Mid-foot pain
    • Joint pain
    • Flat feet

    Finding the cause of the problem is very important, as lingering foot injuries may result in further pain through the feet, lower leg and the back.

Other Conditions

Muscle Strain

Muscle strains and tears are not uncommon in any sport or in any particular type of person. In team sports and athletics, these are most likely to be focussed on the hamstrings, calf, thigh, groin and hip flexor, as well as shoulder muscles. Regular gym work may cause damage to bicep tendons and shoulder muscles.

We find the root of the problem to address any pain and inflammation, and help you to reload and strengthen your scar tissue in order to make a rapid and long-lasting recovery.

Post-Op Rehab

With some injuries, surgery is unavoidable – but without the right rehabilitation, even perfect surgery may fail to achieve the right results. Post-surgery you will have a lot of weakness and altered mechanics, as well as pain, swelling and compensation in other areas. Recovery is most effective if rehabilitation is done before trying to return to any sports.

Ligament Injuries

Ligaments are connective tissue which hold your bones together either side of a joint to provide stability. ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) ruptures are commonly talked about, although it is also normal to damage the ligaments in any peripheral joint which is exposed to the rigours of sports.

Severe pain may be felt when a joint which is supported by damaged ligament has pressure put on it – this could be in your ankle, wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee or any other joint. You may even damage ligaments in your back. Ligament damage takes longer to heal than muscle damage and without treatment the damage will only increase.

Whether your injury is as a result of sport or not, our combination of manual therapy and manipulation can help to rehabilitate anyone.

Tendon Injuries

Tendons connect muscles to bone, and are therefore used very frequently. The most common complaints are of tendon irritation from overuse (may be known as tendonitis or tendonopathy) or tears and ruptures of the tendon.

It’s important to stop any activity which aggravates the pain and have it dealt with as soon as possible.

Common symptoms include:

  • Stiffness in the morning which gradually eases
  • Pain at the beginning of an activity, which fades and then resurfaces again afterwards
  • Pain during everyday tasks involving getting dressed, carrying objects or walking up and down stairs

The most common tendons to be affected are the patella (at the front of the knee), the Achilles, the adductor (in the groin), elbow and shoulder tendons, and those either side of the ankle, although many others can be affected. Playing through the pain can lead to more serious problems.

Tendon Ruptures

Ruptures or tears in the tendon are usually very focused and painful injuries which usually come on suddenly. The most common types are the Achilles tendon and the biceps tendon, although others include the rotator cuff muscles, the patella or quadriceps tendon over the knee, the adductor tendon in the groin and sometimes pectoral tendons.

It’s usually easy to pinpoint the moment when the injury occurred as it can be very painful – like being shot or having the ball hit you hard in a specific area. Depending on the extent of the tear, you may need surgery, but even if you don’t rehabilitation would be a good idea. Studying the problem, creating a pain management strategy and engaging in proactive manual treatment techniques can help along rehabilitation to ensure you get back to activity as soon as possible.