CK Physiotherapy

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W7, W5, W13, Ealing, West London

57 Elthorne Avenue
Hanwell, W7 2JY

T: 020 8566 4113
M: 079 572 46185
E: info@ckphysio.co.uk

Location / Parking

We are situated in Hanwell, between Boston Manor Road and Northfields Avenue, south of the Uxbridge Road.

57 Elthorne Avenue
Hanwell, W7 2JY

There are parking restrictions Mon - Fri 9-10am and 2-3pm. If you need a permit during this time please inform your therapist when you arrive. There are no parking restrictions at other times.

Opening Times

Monday – Thursday
8am-8pm
Friday
8am-6pm
Saturday
9am-12pm

Please phone the number above during working hours to make an appointment. Our reception service will be happy to book your session.

London Underground / Bus Services

London Underground

10 min. walk from Boston Manor Tube Station.
15 min. walk from Northfields Tube Station.

Bus Service

E8, E3, E2, 207, 607, 83

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The Role of Physiotherapy for Women in Sports

By: BryanKelly (Psst, View author in Google Plus) Date: Feb 18th, 2020

Both men and women can be excellent athletes on any playing field. They can train hard as well as play hard, but there's one big difference between the two. 

While they both get injuries, they don't happen the same way, nor have they always treated the same way either. Each gender has different body processes that dictate the various challenges they'll face.

Women face things like hormones, bone density, and menstrual abnormalities. Each of these causes unique problems that aren't seen with men athletes. For example, bone density can make women more susceptible to injuries than men. Incontinence occurs with some women, and it can cause them to avoid exercising altogether. This raises their risk of injuries because they're not prepared when they're called to play in a sporting event.

Women must do what they can to avoid as many injuries as possible. But, what types of injuries do women athletes face?

The Role of Physiotherapy for Women in Sports

Most Common Injuries Women Face in Athletics

The Coastal Orthopaedic Center explains some of the more common injuries women may encounter when playing sports.

 

Stress Fractures

Because of oestrogen level fluctuations from menstruation problems, women are more likely to experience stress fractures. They're also at risk for a weakening bone mass density, as they get older, causing osteoporosis to occur for some women. 

When bones aren't quite as strong as they once were, they break or fracture when the affected part impacts with a hard surface. A basketball player, for example, will jump to shoot a basket but land hard on their feet. The bones in their lower leg feel the impact and one of them gets a stress fracture.

 

Patellofemoral Syndrome

Patellofemoral Syndrome, otherwise known as runner's knee, is pain and stiffness located near the kneecap, making activities like climbing or kneeling more difficult. 

Women suffer from this more often than men, because they have a wider pelvis, which throws off the alignment in their legs. The misalignment causes undue stress on one area of the knee, increasing the chance of injury to the kneecap and surrounding tissues.

 

ACL Ruptures

The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is one of the major ligaments found in the knee. It connects the thigh-bone to the shin-bone, to keep the knee joint stabilized. 

When a person stops abruptly, jumps and then lands awkwardly on one leg, or pivots quickly on one foot, the ACL can tear either completely or partially. Women have a higher risk of injuring this ligament because they often move differently than men.

 

Concussion

A concussion is when a person experiences a blow to the head, which causes the brain to move about quickly in the skull. The injury in the brain could lead to cell damage or changes in the chemical composition. 

While we're used to hearing it happening in males, because of American football, it seems the women are more susceptible to getting one. While there's no clear reason why this is, it's thought that hormonal changes make them more sensitive to brain injuries.

 

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a connective tissue that runs from the heel bone to the toes. This tissue will sometimes overstretch, which could cause a tear in the foot. 

When that happens, the person experiences pain, inflammation of the area, and stiffness usually near the heel. It's thought to plague women more than men due to some risk factors related to pregnancy and wearing unsupported shoes, like high heels.

 

Shoulder injuries

Rotator cuff tears are common injuries in any athlete. They occur when a person performs a repetitive motion, like swimming, or reaching with their arm to hit a volleyball, for example.

Women are more susceptible to this kind of injury as they tend to have less upper body strength than men. The connective tissues surrounding the rotator cuff aren't as tight as some men athletes, so women are more sensitive to tears and pull.

 

What a Physiotherapist Can Do for Women Athletes

British Journal of Medicine explains that getting a physiotherapist on board is one of the most important things women need when pursuing an athletic sport. To avoid as many injuries as possible will take proper training as well as good quality care for their overall health. Here's what a physiotherapist can do for women in sports or those thinking about getting into one.

 

Exercise techniques

They can show you what exercises and stretching techniques to use when training for upcoming sports events. A physiotherapist knows how sports affects both men and women differently and can help women come up with a training routine customized to their own unique situation, instead of using generic ones that work well for men specifically.

 

Address specific women’s issues

Women are at risk for other issues besides sports injuries. Pelvic floor dysfunction is one example. Some women find that they're unable to tighten or relax the pelvic floor muscles leading to other conditions like urinary incontinence. 

While these issues can be embarrassing for some women to talk about, a physiotherapist who's gained their trust can discreetly bring this up. If they find out that it is an issue, they can help by introducing biofeedback training helping to overcome the problem.

 

Help strengthen muscles after injuries

As an injury heals, a physiotherapist can help a female athlete strengthen the muscles, ligaments or whatever's needed to help them get back on the playing field, no matter what sport they play. They're knowledgeable about all types of injuries and know exactly how to get them in working order again, without causing further problems to the affected body part.

Using their expertise, they know which exercise techniques women should avoid, so they can build the affected muscle or ligament the right way preventing more injuries in the future.

 

CK Physiotherapy for Your Sports Treatment

Women are capable of playing any sport they put their mind to, provided they take good care of themselves and try to prevent injuries from occurring on the playing field. Having a good physiotherapist at your side will ensure you stay in tip-top shape for the next event you're scheduled to play in.

For a highly skilled physiotherapist in the Ealing area, contact one of our experts at CK Physiotherapy. We can help you stay fit and strong so you can be the athlete you want to be.