Conditions

Sports Injuries

In most cases the benefits of sports and exercise far outweigh the risks, but occasionally injuries do happen. Typically injuries occur due to a fall or heavy blow, not warming up properly before exercising, using inappropriate equipment or poor technique or pushing yourself too hard

Overcoming Sports Injuries

The body is a highly complicated set of systems working together. When they are pushed to their limits, it’s easy to sustain either a short-term or painful injury if you aren’t careful. You may experience immediate pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and restricted movement or stiffness or symptoms may be noticeable several hours after exercising or playing sports.

The best thing you can do is to stop exercising if you feel pain, regardless of whether your injury happened suddenly or you’ve had the pain for a while. Continuing to exercise while injured may cause further damage and slow your recovery.


First4Therapy Advice


  • What should I do if I have a Sports Injury?
  • When should I visit a physiotherapist?
  • Can First4Therapy help you?
What should I do if I have a Sports Injury?

If you’ve injured yourself, you may have immediate pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and restricted movement or stiffness in the affected area. Sometimes, these symptoms may only be noticeable several hours after exercising or playing sports.

Stop exercising if you feel pain, regardless of whether your injury happened suddenly or you’ve had the pain for a while. Continuing to exercise while injured may cause further damage and slow your recovery.

When should I visit a physiotherapist?

You should see a doctor or call First4Therapy directly if the injury causes severe pain, swelling, or numbness.

Signs to look out for:

  • You can’t put any weight on the area

  • An old injury hurts or aches

  • An old injury swells

  • The joint doesn’t feel normal or feels unstable.

If you do not have these signs, use the PRICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and speed healing. Follow these four steps right after the injury occurs and do so for at least 48 -72 hours.

Information on the PRICE method

Can First4Therapy help you?

YesTreatment will be aimed initially at reducing pain and swelling with electrotherapy and soft tissue treatment. Strengthening and stretching exercises and taping will be added as appropriate.

We also provide an assessment of your sporting action and strengthening the appropriate muscles and advice regarding activity or footwear modification may help prevent a recurrence.

Prevention is better than cure!



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First4Therapy are a Chartered Physiotherapy and Acupuncture Clinic based in Laindon. We also treat patients from the surrounding areas including Basildon, Horndon, Billericay, Brentwood and Stanford-le- hope.

We provide physiotherapy and acupuncture for a wide range of conditions. Our chartered and state registered physiotherapists will provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment that is tailored to resolve your particular problem.

First4Therapy are a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; Health Professions Council; Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists; Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists; British Association of Hand Therapists.

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