Physiotherapists see an uptick in injuries as sports restart post lockdown

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As gyms have now reopened, and as people are starting to play social and competitive sports again, physiotherapists are starting to see an increase in injuries, as people go straight back to doing the level of exercise they were doing pre-lockdown, without considering the effect of 4 months of reduced conditioning and movement.

In particular, golfers and tennis players are damaging their shoulders and elbows because their ribcages and pelvises have stiffened up; and as there are already high numbers of neck and back pain from sofa- or dining chair-sitting for too long, this is going to translate into new injuries when people expect their bodies to go back to exercising. There have also been an influx of calf and Achilles injuries as people started running again after a break at the start of lockdown.

This is an issue that hasn’t been discussed much yet, and while in the grand scheme of things it’s unlikely to be life-threatening, still musculoskeletal injury already costs the UK nearly £6bn and 9.9 million working days per year, and with the economy already in danger this is a high cost to pay.

Do you have any questions that I can help with?

Clinic reopening 5 Oct!

(online treatment still available)

I’ve been keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation and I’m delighted to announce that I will be reopening my Liverpool Street physiotherapy clinic on 5 October, with everything wipe-clean and COVID-safe!

"Virtual first" continues...

However, the current government advice is that I have to see patients online before I can see you in clinic, and that I should only see you face to face (or mask to mask!) if we both agree that the benefits of hands-on treatment outweigh the risks of coronavirus transmission.  If this is not the case, then I do plan to continue to offer online treatment for the foreseeable future.

But if you want to be one of the first people to see me in clinic on my return, call my team on 0207 175 0150 and book an online session before 25 Sept.