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Cardiff Physio Clinic provide personal treatment and exercise programmes based on your specific needs. Individual techniques include; massage, electrotherapy, acupuncture, manipulation / mobilisation, personal excercise programmes, advice and pilates.

As qualified Chartered Physiotherapists we use a wide range of skills to treat a wide variety of problems and are involved in the treatment of numerous complaints, such as:

Ankle sprain



A sprained ankle refers to soft tissue damage, this is commonly a result of twisting inwards or outwards of strong fibrous ligament bands comprised of collegen tissue which link bones together and provide stability to a joint. When ligaments are stretched it results in pain, swelling and an inability to put weight through the leg. Repeated ankle sprains can lead to the ankle becoming 'unstable' as the ligaments are repeatedly damaged and the normal control of the joint is lost.

Treatment: In the acute (early) stage consists of ice, strapping and re-education of movement to prevent further damage and restore normal function. Early restoration of function is paramount to accelerate recovery as movement stimulates tissue repair. Treatment for the ‘unstable’ ankle aims at strengthening and reactivating the muscles around the ankle to compensate for the damage to the ligaments.


Whiplash Injury



A neck strain of the muscles around the cervical spine is often called whiplash. Occasionally this injury occurs as a result of sporting trauma but more often it is a consequence of a road traffic accident during which the neck moves forwards, and then backwards, suddenly.

Treatment: Involves neck, upper spine and shoulder exercises to maintain and increase range of movement. If stiffness persists, mobilisation of the spine will help to reduce symptoms.


Lower Back Pain/Acute



Lower Back Pain Most episodes of low back pain (with and without symptoms spreading into the buttock and tops of the leg(s) are not serious and the symptoms will reduce over time. If you experience leg pain that moves into the calf and it is associated with numbness and/ weakness consult your GP as soon as possible.

Treatment: The best advice is remain as active as possible and avoid long periods of rest. Take simples analgesia and keep moving. If the symptoms persist consult a physiotherapist. Symptoms will re-occur with most forms of lower back pain and by consulting one of our physiotherapists they will fully assess your back and show you how to prevent future episodes. This will involve a combination of treatment and a home exercise programme that will correct your spinal weakness.


Knee Pain



This is caused by many reasons and most resolve with time. If symptoms persist, consult a physiotherapist.

Treatment: Physiotherapy treatments include therapeutic massage, exercise and accessory techniques to improve joint mechanics and also electrotherapy techniques such as interferential, ultrasound, and laser therapy.


Osteoarthritis (OA)



The term osteoarthritis is somewhat misleading, because its literal meaning is 'joint inflammation'. Although there is a component of joint inflammation with this condition, the primary pathological process is progressive joint degeneration.

Treatment: Physiotherapy treatments include acupuncture, therapeutic exercise, massage, and accessory techniques to improve joint mechanics and also electrotherapy techniques such as interferential, ultrasound, and laser therapy.


Ligaments



Sprains and strains are a description of what happens to ligaments, tendons muscles, and other non-bony structures connected to our bones, when they are put under excessive pressure or strain. The result is swelling, pain, bruising and loss or impairment of function of the affected area.


Anterior Knee Pain



Runners knee, or chondromalacia, is anterior knee pain due to irritation of the cartilage on the undersurface of the kneecap. Chondromalacia is extremely common in athletes.

Treatment: In the acute (early) stage consists of ice, strapping and re-education of movement to prevent further damage and restore normal function. Early restoration of function is paramount to accelerate recovery as movement stimulates tissue repair. Treatment for the ‘unstable’ ankle aims at strengthening and reactivating the muscles around the ankle to compensate for the damage to the ligaments.


Wrist Pain



Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where pressure on a nerve (the Median Nerve), where it passes through the wrist into the hand, causes pain, pins and needles, weakness and numbness in the hand.

Treatment: Physiotherapy treatment is very important to regain range of wrist motion and reduce pain. Treatments include acupuncture, therapeutic exercise, massage, and accessory techniques to improve joint mechanics and also electrotherapy techniques such as interferential, ultrasound, and laser therapy.


Tennis Elbow Pain (pain on the outside of the elbow)



Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis is a condition when the outer part of the elbow becomes painful and tender, usually as a result of a specific strain, overuse, or a direct bang. Sometimes no specific cause is found. Tennis Elbow is similar to Golfer's Elbow which affects the other side of the elbow.

Treatment: Physiotherapy treatment of Tennis Elbow or ‘Lateral Epicondylitis’ can provide elbow pain relief and improved elbow function. In most cases of Tennis Elbow the key to recovering is the completion of a progressive eccentric strengthening of the Extensor muscles of the forearm and wrist under the supervision of a physiotherapist. Other treatments include acupuncture, therapeutic exercise, massage, accessory techniques to improve joint mechanics and also electrotherapy techniques such as, interferential, ultrasound, and laser therapy.


Achilles Tendonitis



Achilles tendonitis is a common condition that causes heel pain. Achilles tendonitis can be a precursor to a rupture of the tendon, therefore, it is important to recover from Achilles tendonitis.

Treatment: Treatment of Achilles tendon injuries depends on the severity of damage. Partial tears or ruptures should have an orthopaedic evaluation for casting or surgical repair in addition to physiotherapy. The less severe injuries will benefit from rest, ice packs, massage, muscle stretching and strengthening. Orthotic insoles will help to reduce the strain on the Achilles tendon by stabilising the heel and controlling excessive pronation.


Shoulder Pain



Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a common problem that can cause pain and stiffness. Proper frozen shoulder treatment is important for a complete recovery from this condition.

Treatment: Physiotherapy for frozen shoulder concentrates on passive and active exercises for the shoulder joint. Other treatments include acupuncture, therapeutic exercise, massage, and accessory techniques to improve joint mechanics and also electrotherapy techniques such as interferential, ultrasound and laser therapy.


Foot pain



Tarsal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the tibial nerve or its associated branches as it passes underneath the flexor retinaculum at the ankle level or distally. Treatment: Physiotherapy therapeutic massage may be of some value in reducing local soft-tissue edema and thereby easing pressure on the compartment. Other treatments include acupuncture, therapeutic exercise and accessory techniques to improve joint mechanics and also electrotherapy techniques such as, interferential, ultrasound, and laser therapy.


Hip and groin pain



Pain in the hip and groin area can be long lasting and prove difficult to treat. The pain can be from a structure in the groin itself or referred from e.g. the spine. The pain is often related to quick acceleration, sudden turning, powerful movements, large amplitude or large range of movements or velocity.

Chronic groin pain is a common injury in sports, especially in games such as soccer and hockey. The groin is a complex area involving the soft tissues of the inner thigh, bottom of the abdomen, and the pelvis. As a consequence diagnosis of groin injuries can be difficult. One type of groin injury that has some consensus among the research is 'Adductor-Related Groin Pain' (ARGP). ARGP is defined as pain at palpation of the adductor tendons at insertion of the pubic bone combined with pain at adduction against resistance.

Treatment: The immediate treatment for any muscle injury consists of the RICE protocol - rest, ice, compression and elevation (never apply ice directly to the skin). Other treatments include acupuncture, therapeutic exercise, massage, and accessory techniques to improve joint mechanics and also electrotherapy techniques such as, interferential, ultrasound, and laser therapy.


To speak to a physiotherapists or to arrange an appointment, call us on 02920 009553 or email: info@cardiffphysiotherapy.co.uk

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