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Sports Therapy

Running InjuriesAt Back in Motion Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre in Cornwall, our three physiotherapists, Eric Mageau, Céline Razeau and Céline Clément, are all qualified to assess and treat your sports related injuries. Eric Neilsen, chiropractor, has a special interest in sports therapy. He is a qualified ART provider, and he performs individual golf and running clinics to help you prevent injuries. Carolyn Cormier RMT is also a qualified ART provider and will be happy to help you reduce your muscle pain and to promote healing after your sports related injuries.

Your therapist will get the details of how you were hurt and of your medical history. He or she will also complete a thorough physical assessment to determine the exact cause of your pain. Be sure to dress so that your therapist can see the injury and you can move comfortably. After your assessment is complete, your Back in Motion therapist will explain to you what your problem is and explain how you can best get back to your sport and your lifestyle quickly and safely.

Your sports injury treatment may include:

  • Sports specific and research based exercises
  • Joint manipulation or mobilization
  • Taping techniques to support the injured joint or tissue
  • Advice on how to return to your sport safely
  • Posture or technique correction for your sport
  • Heat and or cold therapy
  • Electrotherapy – stimulation of nerve and muscle with electrical impulses or muscle biofeedback to improve muscle balance
  • Ultrasound – to promote optimal tissue healing
  • Referral to one of our other therapists with different areas of special interest ( we strive to work as a team to assist you in your recovery)
  • Referral to your doctor for testing (like X-rays) if needed.

Remember, sports therapy should not simply be something that is done “to you”… It must be a team effort. It requires active participation and it requires feedback to the therapist to fine tune the treatment. It requires time just like training for a new sport – think of the sports therapist as a trainer or coach. You will get the best results when your therapist is working with you at each and every session and you are actively participating in the treatment, follow-up exercises and progress of the program.

How do I know when I need therapy?

Not all sports injuries are obvious and easy to recognize. Are you having pain while you play or after you play your sport?  Is that pain different from the normal discomfort that comes from playing hard and using your muscles?

If your pain doesn’t improve quickly, if it recurs every time you play, if it prevents you from playing as well as you know you can or if it stops you from doing your normal activities outside of sports.

You probably have a chronic sports injury or a repetitive strain type injury.  Chronic injuries occur over time and are usually caused by poor technique or overuse of a specific body tissue.  It may even be aggravated by poor movement patterns and postures at work or home causing excessive stress on tissues that then can’t stand up to the extra strain of your sport.  Your Back in Motion therapist can help you correct your technique, reduce the strain and get back to your normal level of play as soon as possible.

Don’t ignore pain. It’s best to isolate the cause(s) early to prevent further, more serious injury.

Acute injuries are easier to recognize because they are sudden and the pain is new and unusual. (Like after a hit, fall, or twist like from a bad hit against the boards in hockey or a fall skiing).

Acute injuries often need therapy at some point in the healing process.  Severe injuries will likely need medical attention first to rule out serious injury such as broken bones, ligaments tears, or internal bleeding.  Ask you doctor if and when you should begin your physiotherapy.

Very minor injuries often resolve in one or two days with the RICE principle (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and can be safely treated at home. If the minor injury doesn’t improve in 1-2 days with RICE, if it worsens, or recurs when you resume sports… you should see your Back in Motion therapist.  Don’t assume you just have a “bad shoulder” or “bad hamstring” and nothing can be done…. Your therapist may be able to help you resolve the problem and help you get “Back in Motion”.