Nillumbik Osteopathic Health Centre

Sports injuries

Regardless of which sport you’re involved in or your level of involvement, our osteopaths may help with the prevention, treatment, management or rehabilitation of many sporting injuries including:

  • shoulder injuries
  • elbow and wrist injuries (152)
  • knee, ankle and foot injuries (16, 17, 18, 19, 20)
  • shin splints
  • hip, pelvic and lower back injuries (56)
  • neck (57,58,59), back and rib strain (118, 119)

Common sporting injuries which may be managed or treated by our osteopaths include ankle sprains (1-15), Plantar Fasciitis (97, 98, 99, 100, 101), shin splints (125, 126, 127), knee ligamentous sprains, muscular strains, Tendinitis (43, 44), Patellofemoral syndrome (45), Osgood Schlatters disease (89), Osteitis Pubis (60, 61) (and other groin injuries) (35), rotator cuff strains or impingement (128, 129, 130), as well as Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow (132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147).

Reduced flexibility in joints and muscles may impact on sporting performance and may also make an individual more susceptible to injury.

When treating sporting injuries, our osteopaths look at the biomechanical connections of the body and how they inter-relate. This helps them to understand how an injury occurred and consequently how to achieve the best possible outcome with treatment. For example, poor foot and ankle mechanics may lead to issues with the knee, hip and lower back.

Our osteopaths may help facilitate your post-injury return to activity, with treatment and monitoring to avoid recurrence. Treatment may also help to prevent compensatory strains from occurring, reducing the risk of re-injury, allowing for faster recovery. Techniques involve stretching, mobilization, inhibition and manipulation, which may help to promote flexibility, mobility and strength.

And our osteopaths will also give instruction on stretching and strengthening exercises to aid your recovery, as well as advise on your return to activity as quickly as possible.

Our Clinic’s team of osteopaths are all qualified to refer for diagnostic imaging if necessary. And if a second opinion or further management is needed, our clinic has a great working relationship with several sports physicians we can refer you to.

Our osteopaths are also trained to treat and advise on children participating in sporting activities (80, 89, 90).


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