SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPY: DIFFERENT FROM SPORTS THERAPY?
We often tend to hurt ourselves from the time we enter the sandbox as a toddler to growing up in cleats playing for our favorite school team. These wounds can either heal, or sometimes not, and more often than not they may even make a little comeback, to you know, pop in and say “hello, knee. How’ve you been?”
When that shot of pain is running through your veins, we understand how painful it can be, and that is why you need to know to identify the best way to help treat your pain.
From whom to get help?
The clinics for Sports physio Geelong can assist you in maintaining and preventing injuries sustained from sports and all kinds of exercise you might have tried and accidentally knocked out of the park! These physiotherapists are here to advice you on how safely you should attempt those exercises that bring in that extra burst of confidence, maintain an active lifestyle and quality of life (basically prove that age is just a number!)
These therapists help in the field of musculoskeletal disorders. Much like general physiotherapists, they have a hands-on approach and partake in rehabilitation too.
There are only a few key differences between sports physiotherapy and sports therapy so you can get a better idea of which one you should visit:
1. Broader medical background
Sports physiotherapists come from a larger background primarily revolving around medical care, which makes it possible for them to treat sicknesses, diseases, respiratory issues and even neurological issues. This means they can treat a wide range of patients, however complicated they may be (even if there are multiple conditions to be sorted!)
2. Directed vs everyday
Sports therapists help you maintain/ get back to a certain desired amount of fitness for you to make that pole vault jump or hop the hurdle like an exquisite bunny. It is directed at making sure you maintain the stature in fitness needed for your specific sport. Whereas sports physiotherapists, these are the ones that help you adjust your everyday behavior and tasks to make sure you are comfortable yet coping with what you should the right way. They inculcate rehabilitation in a day-to-day experience.
3. More field based
Sports therapists however, have a more technical knowledge bank and exposure to sporting atmospheres, and are your ideal choice in prevention of injuries through targeted strengthening.
But of course, as always, make sure to remember that there is a very faint line between these two as sports physiotherapists are often sports therapists, and sports therapists are often specialized in other areas of rehabilitation too.
If you have a sore knee, an achy back, or even if it’s a leftover injury from kicking the ball too hard years ago, do not hesitate to check yourself out because at the end of the day, there’s nothing like the comfort of your own home; in this case, your fully functional and healthy body!