TYPES OF INJURIES
Injuries can be traumatic for example a fall or a crash that causes a disruption to bone, muscles, ligaments and/or tendons. Following on from the medical management physiotherapy helps you and guides you through the rehabilitation process.
A strain or sprain of a joint, muscle, tendon or ligament due to a sudden overload or activity that we are unaccustomed to and the joint, muscle, ligament or tendon fibres are injured to various degrees. The other injury can be sustained loads, or repetitive loads – usually labelled as repetitive strain or overuse injuries. At Bigginswood we look at why the injury happened. See below for diagram and explanation. These injuries can be described as Acute, sub -acute or chronic. Physiotherapy aims at resolving the issue in the acute and sub-acute phase to prevent a chronic injury from developing.
Chronic injuries are injuries where the pain and function is still limited after a time period where you would expect the bodies pain mechanism to have turned off!
The body is made up of parts. Mobile parts and stable parts – these parts move together in patterns. Other than traumatic injuries, we use these different patterns of movement in different activities. Over time we may develop a tighter hip on the left side, and we may have had a previous injury as we move through life, so over time our bodies mobility and stability areas may change and our body doesn’t move as well as it used to.
As we age we must try and maintain our movement platform to prevent injury. Prevention is better than the cure. Physiotherapy must look at the part that is injured but must also look at the movement pattern of the whole body. For example a runner may have a knee pain but that could be because the ankle is not mobile, causing the knee to struggle with maintaining its function of stability. Fix the ankle and the knee will be able to do what it does best and we restore the balance that existed before the knee pain.
If we don’t look at the ankle as a possible why? We are not restoring the balance of what part should be mobile and what part stable and then the movement pattern will lead to compensation – compensation over time leads to pain.
At Bigginswood we assess and show you the parts that could move and pattern better together. This step is moving a subconscious dysfunction that’s a dysfunction in movement that you were not aware of. To a conscious dysfunction that you can exercise to become a conscious function and then a subconscious function – moving better performing better, recovering better and moving more often.