WHAT WE TREAT

at Galway Sports Medicine Centre

Acute/chronic back & neck pain

We treat across a wide variety of spinal pain disorders, from acute pain episodes such as muscle spasms, whiplash, neck-related headache or disc pathology to more longstanding issues such as chronic neck or back pain. Our aim is to give a clear diagnosis on the root causes of your pain and provide a black and white treatment plan to help restore you to optimal health. Should you require further specialist advice, we can provide fast access to a wide range of consultant services and radiological investigations.

Pre and post-operative rehabilitation

We provide individual pre- and post-operative rehabilitation programmes for anyone undergoing orthopaedic procedures, such as:

 Cervical decompression/disc repair

 Shoulder arthroscopy/reconstruction

 Elbow/Hand surgery

 Lumbar discectomy

 Hip osteoplasty and labral repair

 Joint replacement surgery

 Hernia/Abdominal wall repairs

 ACL reconstruction

 Knee arthroscopy

 Tendon repair surgery

 Foot and Ankle Surgery

We liaise closely with many Orthopaedic consultants to ensure our rehabilitation programmes are in keeping with best practice so that our clients attain the best outcomes possible.

Degenerative Conditions

We help people who are suffering from chronic degenerative problems, such as:

 Osteoarthritis

 Ankylosing Spondylitis Degenerative Disc Disease

 Rheumatoid Arthritis

 Osteoporosis

Treatments include manual therapy to help maintain optimal soft tissue length and joint mechanics, bracing to help alleviate pain and prevent  ontracture and exercise prescription to ensure the client maintains a good balance of strength, stability and flexibility. For those at risk of falls, we provide Falls Prevention Training in keeping with guidelines set by the Irish Osteoporosis Society.

Sports Injuries

Over the past 10 years, we have provided coverage to sporting teams up to professional level. We offer the latest, evidence-based treatment approaches for a wide variety of sports injuries to help the client return safely to their sport in the quickest possible time. From shoulder dislocations to lateral ankle sprains, we will provide you with an early, accurate diagnosis and a return-to-play plan that will address all aspects of the root causes for your injury.

Occupational Injuries

For clients who may be at risk of developing pain due to the nature of their workstation, we offer individual and group ergonomic assessment and advice. This is to help identify any possible risk factors that may be a potential cause of musculoskeletal stress so that workplace design is optimal. In the event of workplace accident, we can provide treatment options and a rehabilitation programme so that the needs of both employer and employee are met. We understand the strong link between the workplace and health and aim to identify and correct any possible issues that may weaken this relationship.

Adolescent/Growing Pains

We see a wide array of childhood and adolescent pain conditions that can often go undiagnosed and become a cause of lingering discomfort and absence from sport. Examples of such conditions are:

 Osgood-Schlatter’s disease (irritation of the insertion of the patellar tendon below the knee)

 Sinding-Larsen-Johansson Syndrome (irritation of the origin of the patellar tendon at base of kneecap)

 Slipped femoral epiphysis (where ball of upper end of femur slips off hip in backward direction)

 Sever’s disease (inflammation of growth plate in heel)

 Biomechanical problems, e.g. flexible flatfoot

 Scoliosis and back pain

 Perthes disease (condition caused temporary loss of blood supply to hip)

 Hip Apophysitis (traction-type injuries to the bony attachment point of a muscle-tendon unit. Can occur at different sites around hips and pelvis. Most common in young active athletes, usually associated with a period of rapid growth.

Early evaluation and appropriate management of these problems is key to prevent the young athlete from developing long-term movement faults or pain that may impact their future participation in sport.

Questions we are often asked

How many sessions will I need?

This very much depends on your presenting condition. However, our aim is to ensure an early, accurate diagnosis and to open up a clear pathway of care that will lead to early resolution of your problem.

Do I need GP referral?

No, doctor’s referral is not necessary. However, if you have been to see your GP/consultant, any relevant documentation should be brought to your physiotherapy appointment.

How long does a treatment session take?

Initial assessment and treatment usually takes 45 minutes.

Follow-up treatment last 30-40mins, depending on case.

How soon can I get an appointment?

Appointments can be provided within 48 hours of making contact with us.

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I have Private Medical Insurance, am I covered with you?

Of course. Our services are recognised by all major healthcare insurers and physiotherapy costs may be recouped as per your individual plan. Check your policy for further details.

For more information on the conditions we treat and services we offer, or to book an appointment please call 087-3366666 or email us at info@actionphysiotuam.ie

What if I need to see a specialist/consultant?

As part of our treatment, we can organise rapid access to wide array of consultant and radiological services if required. X-rays and MRI scans can usually be arranged within 7 working days while we have a large network of orthopaedic surgeons, sports physicians and musculoskeletal radiologists whom we work closely with.

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