Sports Physiotherapy can help if you:
> Injure yourself playing sport.
> Wish to return to sport as soon as possible.
> Have pain on physical activity.
> Repeatedly re-injure the same part of your body.
> Have poor posture that hinders your fitness.
> Are generally unfit.
Then you require:
> Immediate diagnosis.
> Treatment of the injury.
> Training advice.
> Improved performance, flexibility, strength, fitness and posture.
Sports physiotherapy is concerned with the early and accurate diagnosis and treatment of musculo-skeletal
injuries. The treatment goal is to rehabilitate the injury as quickly as possible and ensure an early return
to functional activity or sport. Sports physiotherapy also has a role in the prevention of injury.
Physiotherapists who work in sports physiotherapy prescribe specific exercise programs tailored to the needs
of individuals with levels of sports participation ranging from that of the lay person or recreational sports
person to the elite athlete.
Physiotherapists also advise on appropriate sporting and everyday equipment, providing protection, supports,
splints and appliances for optimal performance and safety. The Bristol Orthopaedic Clinic carries an extensive
range of splints, appliances and orthotics, from wrist, back and knee supports to knee or ankle splints and
braces. Also available are off-the-shelf orthotics and shoe insoles for sport and every day wear.
The Bristol Knee Clinic and Sports Injury Clinic
All the Chartered Physiotherapists at the Bristol Orthopaedic Clinic
have post-graduate qualifications to provide the necessary treatment and
rehabilitation of all sports injuries and orthopaedic problems. Many have
experience with county and national sports teams.
Our physiotherapists are able to assess and treat the following conditions:
> Sprained joints such as ankles, knees, shoulders, thumbs.
> Strained muscles such as "pulled" hamstrings, calves, quadriceps, rotator cuff and groin.
> Over-use injuries such as shin splints, runner's knee, jumper's knee or thrower's shoulder.
> Tendonitis such as achilles tendonitis and other tendon inflammations.
> Knee pain and patello-femoral pain.
> "Tennis elbow" and "golfer's elbow".
> Shoulder impingement and "swimmer's shoulder".
> Neck and back dysfunction.
> Compartment syndromes.
> Problems relating to children's growth spurts.
> Chronic and recurring injuries.
Physiotherapists will also advise on:
> Immediate care of the injury (R.I.C.E).
> Prevention of injury including a pre-season assessment.
> Biomechanical assessment of movement.
> Exercise management and exercise prescription.
> Posture and muscle imbalance.
Our team of Physiotherapists at the Bristol Orthopaedic Clinic work in
close co-operation with our medical practitioners, orthopaedic surgeons,
sports physicians, radiologists & podiatrists in providing optimal
The physiotherapists can provide relief of the pain or stiffness of orthopaedics or musculo-skeletal complaints, and help if you:
> Have acute or chronic joint pain.
> Have joint stiffness or poor mobility.
> Have arthritis.
> Require a joint replacement.
> Have acute or chronic back or neck pain.
> Have had an old injury or fracture.
> Have poor posture.
> Have had a work-related injury.
> Have had a road traffic accident.
> Have had reconstructive orthopaedic surgery.
> Have had a knee or hip joint replacement.
Orthopaedic Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy can help you by providing:
> Pain management.
> Functional rehabilitation and relief of stiffness.
> Prescription of supports, splints and appliances.
> Post-surgery rehabilitation.
> Specific exercise prescription.
> Restoration of muscular strength.