Common injury caused by over-stretching, direct trauma and overtraining. Common areas injured include the hamstrings, quadriceps, groins, calf’s and biceps. There are three different classifications of muscle injury. 1st degree strain: is a mild strain with localised pain with no great loss in strength and range of movement. 2nd degree strain: a more significant injury with pain when contracting the muscle and limited strength and function. 3rd degree strain: rupture of the muscle. Unable to contract the muscle.
It is common to observe swelling and bruising over the damaged area with a significant muscle injury. They should be assessed quickly in order to ascertain the degree of damage in order for the appropriate treatment to be applied.
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The Optimal Sports Therapy Centre, Basingstoke, offers a wide range of treatments and corrections. Treatments are aimed to speed up recovery, restore function and help you return to your normal daily activities at work, leisure or sport.
Preventing injury and optimising performance is beneficial to everyone whether on the sports field, at work or at home. Through a comprehensive assessment of posture, muscle imbalance, biomechanics and flexibility, any imbalances will be identified. A programme addressing these inefficiencies will allow you to continue your sport or activities with a decreased risk of injury while enhancing your performance.
Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of individuals back to optimum levels of functional, occupational, and sport specific fitness, regardless of age or ability.
We assess relevant joints and muscles, check muscle length and balance, provide deep tissue massage and advise on appropriate exercises and stretching techniques. Sports Therapy utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences to prepare the participant for training, competition and work.
The Optimal Sports Therapy Centre is located in Basingstoke, Hampshire and is ideally placed for travel from Basingstoke, Hook, Fleet, Hartley Whintney, Camberley, Farnborough, Aldershot, Andover, Overton, Whitchurch, Newbury or Reading.
Common tendon injuries include Achilles tendinitis, patellar tendinopathy, and rotator cuff injuries (Shoulder). Treatment is also provided for patients who have had surgery.
Common ligament injuries are the medial and lateral knee, anterior cruciate ligament of the knee and ankle ligament sprains. Treatment is also provided for people who have had surgery. For example, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Common cartilage injuries are the knee and hip. Treatment is provided for those who have had a knee arthroscopy and meniscus repairs.
A degenerative joint disease common in the over 50s but also seen in younger patients. Common areas of the body affected include the neck, lower back, hips, knees and wrists. Treatment can help to manage the condition and can also assist those who have had surgery such as knee and hip replacements.
During periods of immobilisation to allow healing, joints become stiff and muscle wastage occurs resulting in loss of strength and often discomfort. Treatment is important to increase strength, reduce stiffness and help you return quickly and safely to work and sport.
Inflammation of the bursa, a fluid filled sac between the bone and muscle/tendon of a joint. Common areas affected are around the knee (Housemaids knee/Bakers cyst), hip (trochanteric bursitis) and shoulder (sub-acromial bursitis).