Sports Injuries

At Pennine Physio, just like you we love our sport and we know how much of a pain getting injured can be. We see people with all types of injuries from all types of leisure activities including Running, Cycling, Tennis, Rock Climbing, Swimming, Triathlon, Dancing, Fishing, snooker players and not to forget musicians. We have compiled a list of common injuries below with some information on how they can be managed. Click on the boxes below left to see how your injury can be helped.

Shin splints

This is a general term used to describe shin or lower leg pain, which is often exercise induced. Shin splints are often seen in runners and are especially associated with sudden increases in intensity/mileage, overtraining, training in different footwear or on certain surfaces. Physiotherapy can help by clarifying the diagnosis and causative factors. We might use soft tissue mobilisations, acupuncture, taping techniques to offload the overworking structures, personalised exercise program and advice on running technique and footwear.

Plantar fasciitis

This is the inflammation of the plantar fascia which lies on the sole of the foot which maintains the arch of the foot and acts as a shock absorber. Plantar fasciitis causes pain in the arch or heel of the foot and is a result of the repetition of small injuries to the plantar fascia. It may occur as a result of walking, running, poor footwear with poor arch support. Physiotherapy can help with this problem by reducing pain and inflammation using massage and electro therapy and would provide exercises to stretch the fascia, calf muscles and achilles tendon. We would also determine the cause of the problem looking at your posture, biomechanics and footwear.

Runner's knee

This is a common problem found in runners which causes pain or irritation of the outer knee due to over use and a tightening of the ilio-tibial band. Physiotherapy treatment can help to resolve local inflammation. We address any muscle imbalances by massage, stretching and strengthening exercises. This will also help to prevent reoccurance.

Ankle sprains

This is a common problem caused by landing on the foot awkwardly whilst running, jumping or walking and results in a tear to the ligaments supporting the ankle joint. An ankle sprain can cause inflammation, bruising and tenderness around the ankle joint, as well as instability. Physiotherapy can help to reduce inflammation, strengthen muscles of the foot and ankle complex and help to regain full range of movement at the joint, returning the joint to its normal function.

Shoulder impingement

The shoulder is stabilised by a group of muscles known as the rotator cuff, the tendons of these muscles lie in the subacromial space which sits just above the shoulder joint. Weakness or overuse of the rotator cuff muscles can narrow the subacromial space and compress the structures within it which can cause pain and loss of mobility when raising the arms. Physiotherapy can help to reduce pain and increase movement by hands on mobilising techniques and stretching and strengthening exercises for the weak rotator cuff muscles. We also offer acupuncture and ultra-sound treatment modalities which can help to reduce pain.

Shoulder dislocations

Information to follow

Tennis elbow

This is a condition which causes pain and discomfort at the outer elbow, and is often caused by over use of the forearm muscles.