Physiotherapy supervised rehabilitation remains the mainstay of treatment for most sports injuries and musculoskeletal injuries.
Physiotherapy techniques and sports medicine treatments have changed dramatically over the years. It is essential that you see a Chartered Physiotherapist who is using up to date treatments. The physiotherapist will take into consideration your lifestyle, leisure activities, sport and general health before designing an individual rehabilitation programme specifically for you.
Most treatments will involve a combination of manual therapy and exercises. The goals of physiotherapy treatment are to:
- Improve/resolve your pain
- Restore function
- Return you to your sport/activity/job as quickly but as safely as possible
- Help prevent recurrence of the injury
How we can help
Following a detailed assessment I liaise closely with the referring physio to plan the best way forward to help resolve your condition.
Many of the patients I see are referred to me by physiotherapists. The referral can be for a number of reasons – for a second opinion, for further investigations or for an intervention such as a joint injection. If you are not already attending a physiotherapist but require one, I have close links to experienced physiotherapists who I can refer you to.
Leading the way in Sports Medicine
I worked for several years with Dr Martin McConaghy in my time on the Management Team with the Ulster Railway Cup Team. I always found him very professional and easy to get on with. His sports medicine knowledge and rapport with the players contributed significantly to our success
I first met Dr Martin when I played with Armagh back in 2003 or 2004 I had a series of ongoing injuries and niggles. I remember being frustrated and desperate to get back playing and training quickly. And I remember Martin being great as he would ask lots of questions and listen first of all to everything that was going on in regard to my injury profile. Martin would also investigate how much rest I was getting In between sessions; how much traveling I was doing and of course how much sleep I was getting. As a result of a comprehensive investigation and diagnostic, Martin created a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for me in conjunction with the physiotherapist and strength and conditioning coach. After 3 months on this program I was in the best shape of my life. I know Martin has worked with thousands of athletes since I first met him and that he has worked with Ireland and Munster stars, however he is as humble and as athlete / player centered as ever.
During Martin's time as Head of Medical here in Munster Rugby he was a key leader in the world class medical management of players. His superb clinical skills enabled us to obtain fast, accurate diagnoses on injuries and design world leading rehabilitation programs. His dedication, knowledge and understanding of sports were key components of driving excellence within the medical department.
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