Sports Injuries

At The Physio Studio we have numerous physiotherapists who specialise in sports injuries. Our priority is to get you back to full sporting peak and for you to understand how to prevent any re-occurrence of your injury. We are well set up to do this with our sports physios, sports massage and fully equipped rehabilitation gym.

At our Sports Injury and Orthopaedic Clinic, we work with athletes from all sporting backgrounds, spending time observing them when participating in their sport when it is appropriate. We feel this is the key to understanding firstly what they require of their bodies and secondly where improved flexibility and strength can help to enhance their performance and enjoyment. Recovery from sports injuries can be faster and more complete under specialised sports physiotherapy care.

To find out about injuries caused by sporting activity and if physiotherapy can help these conditions simple click on the hotspots marked on the body.

Physiotherapy can help prevent conditions reoccurring. At The Physio Studio we work with you to develop and effective regime to get you back to health and achieve your goals.

Please call 01344 861891 to book an initial assessment.

Injury Hotspots - Front

Injury Hotspots - Back



Dislocation & instability

Usually due to a trauma. The ligaments and capsule of the shoulder joint may have been damaged/stretched and therefore do not support the boney proximity and position of the shoulder joint. Thus the muscles strength and support can become very important in the role of maintaining shoulder alignment and function. A progressive stability exercise program can be effective here. If the damage/instability is too great may it may need to be resolved surgically. In this case, Physiotherapy and rehabilitation can aid recovery.

Rotator cuff impingement

Due to the small surface area of the shoulder joint, it is very dependent on the ligaments and muscles that are around and over it for it's stability and strength. The rotator cuff is made up predominantly of 4 muscles, the tendons of which have to pass through/under a boney arch to attach to the humeral head. It is here that the tendons can sometimes become impinged and therefore inflamed, causing pain and restricted movement. Soft tissue release, mobilizations and a progressive mobilizing and strengthening regime can be useful in management of a RC impingement. Some Pain relief/anti inflammatory modalities /techniques such as ultrasound, anti-inflammatory gel, ice application may also be used. If serve decompression may be required, you would be referred on to a specialist surgeon




Inflammation of the tendon sheath producing pain, swelling and an audible creaking on movement. It is most commonly found in the tendon sheath of the thumb around the inside of the dominant hand/ wrist due to prolonged and repetitive use of a keyboard and or mouse. Treatment would consist of reducing the inflammation and therefore pain, possibly with the use of electrotherapy, wrist support and anti inflammatories. A progressive stretching and strengthen regime could also be used and the workstation assessed and addressed.



Sports Hernia / Groin Strain

A hernia is different to a groin strain in that the hernia results in the abdominal wall muscle/s being torn away from the inguinal ligament, possibly allowing the protrusion of underlying structures. This may require surgical intervention /repair. A groin strain is the strain of one or a number of the adductors muscle. Both are usually caused by an excessive stress/force being placed on the leg and it being forced away from the body (or vice versa) (e.g. as possible in a football tackle or on a slippery ground and the leg slides way from you). There are varying degrees of strains thus treatment would depend on this. The overall aim would be to reduce pain, restore full range of movement and strength, and to get you back to your fitness peak as soon as possible.




The quads are on the front of the thigh. Both the hams and quads are susceptible to injury when playing sport. Injury to the quads normally occur if decelerating abruptly, landing from and high/ awkward jump or due to a collision as you get in games such as rugby. As with any muscular injury/strain the severity of the injury would be assessed and the strain/contusion treated appropriately. Our aim will be to regain full muscle length, strength and function as soon as possible.



Meniscal tear

The meniscus are the bucket shaped cartilage that is found on the condyles of the tibia. A quick or unsuspected turning of the knee on a fixed foot normally causes the injury and it s usually the medial meniscus that gets injured. If a meniscal tear is going to settle by itself then it normally does so within 10 days of the injury. Otherwise an arthroscopy may be required to remove any torn damaged cartilage that may be limiting the joint range of motion.

ACL Injuries

The anterior cruciate ligament crosses with the posterior cruciate ligament through the centre of the knee joint. These ligaments work together to help stabilize the knee joint. The ACL is commonly damaged with the same mechanisms of injury as the medial meniscus - that of a rotation of the knee on a fixed foot or a bad tackle by on opponent once again where the foot is caught/fixed and the knee is forced into a different direction. Again depending on the severity of the ligament damage Physiotherapy can help to return you to full functional knee stability and match fitness. If severely unstable – reconstruction may be required before rehabilitation begins.



Shin Splints

This can also be known as anterior compartment pain. The normal cause is due to an over-pronation of the foot when exercising, resulting in overuse, inflammation and spasm of the anterior tibialis muscle that is trying to control foot motion. In more sever cases there may be a stress fracture of the tibia. In either case the biomechanics of the foot would be assessed and treatment given to aid recovery and rehabilitation of the control; and position of the feet when running/walking.



Lateral ligament sprain

There are 3 ligaments on the lateral side of the ankle that provide the ankle with stability. The anterior one is usually the one that is mostly damaged in a typical "ankle sprain". There are 3 degrees of sprain 1) mild 2) moderate and 3) severe, each progressively affecting the degree of pain, swelling and instability at the ankle joint. Unless extremely unstable, all 3 are managed conservatively with physiotherapy. The main aim is to reduced swelling and pain, restore full range of movement, strength, proprioception and stability at the ankle so that you can return to full activity as soon as possible.


Neck Pain


Damage to the ligaments, vertebrae and possibly nerve roots of the neck region caused by the jerking of the head and neck backwards.



Golfers Elbow

Identical to golfer's elbow, only it is the finger and wrist flexors that insert on the inside of the elbow that is effected.



Protruding disc (Slipped disc)

The inner gel like substance of the disc protrudes into the outer fibrous wall causing a bulge in the disc to occur. The disc normally protrudes laterally or posteriorly often compressing ligaments and/or nerve roots. This commonly results in back and leg pain.



Tennis Elbow

Inflammation of the finger and wrist extensors tendons that attach on the outer side of the elbow. Normally as a result of a repetitive movement/strain (typing on a key board, using a mouse or an activity where you hold your hand backwards.) This causes pain, inflammation and restricted use of the hand and wrist especially.


Upper Leg

Hamstring Strain

The hamstrings are on the back of the thigh. Both the hams and quads are susceptible to injury when playing sport. Hamstring injury normally when accelerating off quickly to say chase a ball, landing from and high/ awkward jump or due to a collision as you get in games such as rugby. As with any muscular injury/strain the severity of the injury would be assessed and the strain/contusion treated appropriately. Our aim will be to regain full muscle length, strength and function as soon as possible.



Gastroc/soleus injury

The gastrocnemius is commonly damaged when pushing off to accelerate in any sport or activity. It is managed in the same way that any other muscular strain/tear is managed. Assessment of the degree of severity, and then support, soft tissue work, mobilisations and a progressive exercise regime appropriate to regain full fitness as soon as possible.



Achilles tendonitis/tendonosis

Tendonosis is a degenerative change in the tendon that can occur with the aging process. The biomechanics of the foot would be assessed to see if you are putting any undue stress upon the tendon. If so, this would be addressed. A treatment plan would be put together to reduce pain and inflammation to regain full muscle length, strength and function as soon as possible.



Plantar Fasciitis

This is inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. This tissue is called the plantar fascia. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overstretched or overused. This can be painful and make walking more difficult. Treatment can consist of pad under the heel, anti inflammatories, electrotherapy, soft tissue work and feet biomechanical assessment.