Injuries can happen at any time – from a fall in the house or on an icy pavement, or by trying to do too much exercise without warming up. Even professional athletes can over-train and not listen to their bodies. The result can be significant pain or an injury that can put you out of action for weeks.
At Relieve Clinic, we offer tailored rehabilitation programs to help you recover faster and remain pain-free. We may look at using one or several different types of rehabilitation therapies, to address a specific range of issues.
If you have a more serious illness, have recently had surgery, a stroke, cardiac events, or have other medical issues, our practitioners are experienced in musculoskeletal rehabilitation to help you regain lost motor skills, and assist you to become self-sufficient once again.
Learn more below about our rehabilitation services in Leeds, and what to expect.
Rehabilitation is a treatment process that focuses on a series of exercise drills. It is often overlooked, but it’s a key part of helping an individual in regaining full function of a limb, joint or any other part of the body following injury or illness.
It’s important to start rehabilitation early for muscle and tendon injuries, as this can speed up recovery. Even putting off rehab for one week can lengthen your recovery time by three weeks.
These are the 3 stages of injury rehabilitation that you can expect to go through before returning to daily life and/or sporting activities:
1. Early-stage rehabilitation
Gentle stretching exercises are performed as soon as possible after the acute phase of the injury, typically around 72 hours. Stretching increases flexibility and range of motion, and is suitable for joint injuries – ankle, knee, hip, elbow, wrist, shoulder, neck – to restore movement.
2. Mid-stage rehabilitation
Exercise intensity is increased to become more challenging. This helps to heal tissues, and promotes the surrounding muscles, tendons, bones or ligaments to become stronger, for preventing future injuries.
3. Late-stage rehabilitation
Exercises and drills become more functional to ensure daily movement and exercise is pain-free. This may involve practicing walking or running, and gradually increased repetitions and sets. Simple equipment such as weights and latex resistance bands, may be used help increase strength and flexibility.
Your body has the innate ability to heal, but it often needs a little push to make full recovery.
Rehabilitation is instrumental in helping you recover quickly and return to your daily activities after an injury or illness.
Rehabilitation can help in the following ways:
- It can help reduce pain and swelling
- Build up muscle strength
- Improvement in flexibility and range of motion
- Encourage injuries to heal faster and efficiently
- Prevention of future injuries
Musculoskeletal injuries account for a high percentage of work-related injuries.
Some of the circumstances that lead to musculoskeletal injuries include but are not limited to:
- Chronic low back pain
- Tendon Tears (such as Achilles & tears of the rotator cuff in the shoulder)
- Traumatic injuries, such as sprains, strains, joint dislocations, and fractures
- Repetitive stress injuries, such as Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow.
- Rotator cuff tear
- Soft tissue problems
- Joint injury and replacement
A musculoskeletal rehabilitation program aims to improve functional capacity, reduce symptoms of an injury, and improve your overall well-being. We encourage the active involvement of our patients in creating a rehabilitation plan, for the highest level of improvement.
Our well-trained, professional and dedicated therapists will ensure you get the rehabilitation treatment that is right for you. We’ll walk the journey of recovery with you every step of the way.
Our rehabilitation programs in Leeds have been tried and tested, and we have several testimonies from previous clients. However, they are not one-size-fits-all programs designed to cover all cases or instances of injury and illness. These are unique, tailored plans just for you.
Programs can also be adapted at any stage of your recovery to suit you and the progress you are making. For instance, you may decide you want to combine Osteopathy, sports massage and rehabilitation exercises following an injury. This is a fantastic way to get back to fitness quickly and prevent further injuries from occurring.