Osteopathy and Sporting injuries

Whether you are an elite athlete or a social sportsperson, your osteopath at Eastern Osteopathy Melbourne can help prevent and treat many sporting injuries, including:

  • Rotator cuff strain, sprain, tendinitis or tear
  • Swimmer’s shoulder
  • Shoulder dislocation rehabilitation
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Wrist and finger sprains
  • Lower back injuries
  • Groin sprain and tear
  • Hamstring strain and tear
  • Corked thigh
  • Osteitis pubis
  • Patella tracking disorder
  • Sprain or tear of ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL
  • Meniscus injuries
  • Bursitis of the shoulder, elbow and hip
  • Shin splints and stress fractures
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Calf strain or tear
  • Ankle sprain
  • Achilles sprain and tendonitis and post surgical rehabilitation for rupture of the Achilles
  • Plantar fasciitis

As primary health-care practitioners, osteopaths are trained extensively in orthopaedic testing. We are able to differentiate between muscle, ligament and tendon injuries and refer for further investigation when required.

Injury prevention

Having regular treatment to ensure optimal flexibility and function will not only affect your performance but also help reduce the incidence of injury. Reduced joint or muscle flexibility can affect the way in which you move and function. e.g. a small strain in a foot affecting the biomechanics of someone who runs regularly has the potential to cause significant strain to the tissues of the foot, knee and pelvis compared to someone who isn’t active.

What is the aim of the osteopathic treatment?

Your osteopaths at Eastern Osteopathy Melbourne will treat the cause of your injury (i.e. ankle sprain, knee sprain, wrist sprain). We will also look at your body as a whole and treat any chronic strain patterns that are preventing optimal health. It is often necessary to release chronic strains from past injuries and trauma to help acute injuries heal. Chronic strain patterns have the ability to affect the biomechanics and flexibility of your ligaments, capsules and muscles, not only predisposing you to injury by reducing flexibility but also limiting your body’s ability to self heal.

Your osteopath will assess the function of your muscles to determine if a muscular weakness or instability predisposed you to your injury. We will then support your recovery by prescribing a specific rehabilitation program to address these issues. If required, we will communicate with your medical practitioner, personal trainer, yoga therapist and/or massage therapist to help develop a total health plan. We can also refer you for radiological assessment when required.

Liz, Kate, Chloe and Nicole all have a great understanding of the biomechanics of the body, sport and sporting injuries. We have all competed at a high level of our respective sports and suffered with injuries that have prevented us from competing or simply participating. These experiences, along with our knowledge of the human body gives us a personal and clinical understanding of how important it is to get people back to their chosen activity as quickly and safely as possible.

If you would like further information please call (03) 9095 6556 to speak to one of our osteopaths.