What types of injuries does a sports physiotherapist treat?
- Hip and groin pain
- Femoroacetablur impingement
- Osteitis pubis
- Knee Pain – patella femoral pain, meniscal tears, ligamentous injuries
- TMJ & Jaw Pain
- Plantar Fascitis/fasciopathy
- Pre and Post of surgical rehabilitation
- Joint replacement surgery
- ACL reconstructions
- Rotator cuff injury/surgery
- Tennis elbow/lateral epicondylalgia
- Radiculopathy/Radicular pain
- Injury screening/prevention programs
- Overuse injuries; tendinopathy, stress reactions/fractures
How is a sports physiotherapist different from a regular physiotherapist?
A sports physiotherapist has successfully completed a Post Graduate Masters in Sports Physiotherapy on top of their original physiotherapy degree. The post graduate masters involves completing a Level 3 Sports Physiotherapy course at the Australian Institute of Sport. A sports physiotherapist has extensive experience and training in elite sport and performance including strength and conditioning, injury prevention and how to return to sport and optimal performance in a safe and timely manner. They can advise you on how to get back to sport quicker and help minimise the risk of further injuries when returning to sport.
What should I expect?
Your sports physiotherapist will ask you in detail to explain your symptoms, how your injury happened, what things have helped or hindered your recovery and what your goals are. They will also review any scans that you may have had. Your physiotherapist will then conduct a physical examination using some movements and testing to help establish a diagnosis. You and your physiotherapist will then be able to work together to establish a plan to get you back to doing what you want to be doing.
Will my physiotherapist talk to other professionals about my care?
We always ask your consent to discuss your care and liaise with other health care professionals such as your GP, treating specialist or surgeon, personal trainer, sporting coach, sports physician or exercise physiologist. We find that in communicating with your support and health care team, your outcomes are far greater than if we were all working alone.
Why should I come to Alchemy over another clinic?
Alchemy offers clients a unique ‘one stop shop’ for health and wellness needs with a wide variety of holistic, multidisciplinary services such as podiatry, exercise physiology, sports and exercise medicine and sports massage. As a team, we work together to support our clients to achieve their goals in a timely and efficient manner.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Bring whatever scans, referral letters and information that you might have relating to your injury. Wear comfortable clothing that the physio can see what region you are needing to be assessed (ie. shorts for a knee injury, sleeveless top for a shoulder injury).
Do I need a referral from my GP?
You may be eligible for a rebate through Medicare with a Chronic Disease Management Plan however, but this is to be decided by your GP.
If you have any questions regarding funding and rebates, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly admin team and they can talk you through your options.
Our physiotherapists that can assist with sports injuries are: