Andy Burke Osteopath & Physio| Sports Performance Therapies | Sports Injuries & Performance
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Sports Injuries & Performance

How We Can Help

We have worked with many national teams and sporting institutes, as well as having worked at both the Olympic and Commonwealth games. We treat a wide range of patients from Olympic athletes to occasional golfers. Our aim is to help each individual overcome their moments of vulnerability and injury – through trauma or in training – and get them back to performing at their best.Whatever sport you participate in, there will be a time when you pick up an injury.

Knowing how to treat a sports injury and having it properly assessed will help to speed up the recovery process.  Early treatment of sports injuries is extremely important for long-term recovery and rehabilitation. You can be assured that you will get world leading advice and treatment.

Sports injuries can be broadly classified as either traumatic or overuse injuries.  An injury that occurs as a direct result of a sudden event, such as a sprained ankle caused by twisting awkwardly, is known as an acute injury.  In contrast, an injury that is caused by overusing the same muscle group or joints is known as a chronic injury.

Whether your sports injury is acute or chronic, if pain persists, you should seek a specialist’s opinion because you may be hurt more severely than you think. There are many different types of sports injuries, but certain body parts tend to be more prone to injury than others.

Poor fitness, technique and structural abnormalities also contribute to the development of sport injuries.  Prevention being better than cure and we encourage screening for weaknesses that may lead to injury, and through the implementation of strengthening and conditioning exercises, help to eliminate them.

How we can help:

Functional Assessment

  • Post Surgery Rehabilitation
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Runners / Jumpers Knee
  • Osgood Schlatters
  • Shin Splints
  • Return to Sport
Soma Therapy

  • Pre & Post Exercise
  • Recovery


Sprains & Strains

  • Initial Self Management Advice
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Knee Injuries
  • Hip & Groin Injuries
  • Back & Neck Injuries
  • Shoulder & Elbow Injuries
  • Tennis / Golfers Elbow
  • Muscle Tears / Strains

 Sprains and Strains

Two of the most common causes of pain and reduced function are sprains, which occur to joints, and strains, which occur in muscles.

Sprains are injuries to the ligaments and capsule of a joint.  A ligament sprain indicates that fibres within the ligament have been damaged.  This damage can vary from a few fibres to a complete tear of the ligament.  The amount of fibres damaged determines the grade and severity of the injury.  Tissue damage will result in inflammation around the joint.  This is characterised by localised pain, swelling and an increase in temperature and redness in the surrounding skin. Long term changes to ligaments and joints results in propriocpetive changes that can result in further injury.

Strains refer to injuries to a muscle.  A strain occurs when muscle fibres are torn, and the amount of fibres damaged determines the grade and severity of the injury.  As a result, bleeding can occur into the muscle.  This may be visible at the surface by the presence of bruising.

Initial medical management for both sprains and strains is identical:

The acronym PRICE is an easy way of helping you to remember the early stages of injury management.

  • PROTECTION means immediately stopping the activity, therefore preventing further injury.
  • REST mean avoiding excessive activity in the subsequent 48-72 hours
  • ICE means the application of an ice pack to the affected area for ten minutes each hour where possible. (It is advisable NOT to place ice directly onto the skin as this may lead to a skin burn). Placing the ice pack in a damp towel before applying will prevent skin irritation.
  • COMPRESSION will help to reduce any swelling – this maybe done by the application of a compression bandage (e.g. Tubigrip).
  • ELEVATION whilst resting the affected limb, elevate it to help drain the fluid.

This management should be continued for 24-72 hours post injury and should be complimented with gentle movement of the affected area.  Movement is important as it can prevent stiffness developing around the joint.


Poor management of an injury can often result in it’s recurrence and may potentially lead to other injuries occurring.