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Sports Injury

Tullamore Physiotherapy Clinic

Get to the root of your injury - our approach focuses on identifying the underlying cause, not just treating the symptoms.

Better outcomes, long-term recovery.

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ABOUT

Tullamore Physiotherapy Clinic is the longest established practice in Offaly since opening in 1992, and to this day continues to offer personalised and evidence-based treatment to all clients.
 
We understand that every patient is unique. That's why we provide a comprehensive assessment of your condition before creating a personalized treatment plan. Our team of experienced chartered physiotherapists are dedicated to helping you live your best life, free from pain and discomfort.
 

PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES

Injury assessment & diagnosis

Core stability, involving muscles like the transversus abdominis, multifidus, pelvic floor muscles, and the diaphragm, acts as the body's natural corset, supporting the lumbar spine and pelvis during movement. Back pain can deactivate these muscles, leading to strain and wear on the back. Retraining these muscles not only means strengthening them but also improving their activation during specific movements, such as running. Running with a weak core can result in injuries, as the core's stabilising function is compromised, causing excess force and movement on the lower back, potentially leading to low back pain and overcompensation by other muscles, like the gluteals and hip flexors, causing further injuries. It is essential to be able to activate your core muscles properly before progression to more advanced exercises is attempted in order to avoid compensation of other muscles. The chartered physiotherapist at Tullamore Physiotherapy Clinic will instruct you in this.

Rehabilitation

Exercise is an integral part of recovery from injury and pain problems. Our physiotherapists provide exercise and programmes that are tailored to the patient. Exercises are given to reduce pain and stiffness, to improve flexibility and strength, and to return to sport/normal activity. The advantage of exercise therapy is that it allows the client to manage their condition at home, leading to fewer physiotherapy sessions. It also helps to prevent recurrences. We realise that exercise isn’t always easy so our aim is to make it simple and enjoyable.

Electrotherapy

At Tullamore Physiotherapy Clinic we provide TENS, Ultrasound and Laser Therapy. TENS is an electrical treatment applied using electrodes for pain relief. It works by blocking transmission of pain signals along nerves. TENS portable units are a useful and cost effective way for patients to manage their pain at home. Ultrasound therapy consists of sound waves applied to an area with the aim of increasing healing of the tissues. It is a relaxing, comfortable treatment particularly useful for bruising, muscle and ligament damage. Laser involves applying light waves to damaged tissue with the aim of increasing speed and quality of healing.

Acupuncture/Dry needling

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment that aims to balance the body's energy (Qi) to relieve pain. Fine needles are inserted at specific points, with the goal of improving overall well-being. A thorough examination is carried out beforehand to determine if acupuncture is the right treatment for you. Dry Needling is a technique that uses needles to release tension in knotted muscles (myofascial trigger points), helping to reduce pain and discomfort.

Orthotics (insoles)

Orthotics are insoles used primarily to treat foot and leg pain resulting from poor foot positioning. They can help with various conditions such as painful feet, flat feet, tendon issues, bunions, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, shin splints, as well as neck and back pain, knee pain, and hip bursitis. Orthotics are used in conjunction with an exercise program and guidance on managing the condition. There are two types of orthotics available. Off-the-shelf insoles are suitable for many foot types and conditions, costing around €50-€60. Custom-made orthotics are molded specifically for an individual's foot, involving a plaster cast and typically costing approximately €250. The choice between them depends on factors like cost, occupation, hobbies, the duration of pain, and the extent of foot problems, made in consultation with the client. Temporary inserts can be as affordable as €5.

Massage/manipulations

Manipulative therapy / manual therapy is the management of conditions using hands-on techniques. These include gentle passive movement of joints (mobilisations) and thrust techniques (manipulation) where appropriate. These techniques may be used in conjunction with massage, manual stretching and exercises. These techniques are used to increase movement and relieve pain.

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Knee Clinic @ Tullamore Physiotherapy

Here at Tullamore Physiotherapy we have created a specialised knee clinic where our aim is to provide patients with expert care in the midlands region by using the latest treatment evidence, communicating with consultants & surgeons pre and post op and most importantly working with the patient to achieve their goals and try and prevent the need for surgery. 

 

We deal with all types of knee injuries and have a special interest in Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rehab, meniscus injuries, patella femoral pain, osteoarthritis and many more conditions.

 

We provide injury prevention strategies, assessment and treatment and pre and postoperative rehabilitation, we are here to guide you through it all. Mobility, strength and power assessments are carried out at regular intervals with the latest digital technology to monitor progress and this can also help to identify weak areas around the injury that may have caused the initial injury or effect recovery.

ACL

ACL injuries have become very common and unfortunately due to a variety of factors, female athletes are 4-8 times more likely to have an ACL injury. However there are methods to reduce your risk of sustaining an injury or if you undergo surgery we are here to guide your rehabilitation journey, done in a personalised and professional manner to have you back playing your sport as soon as possible. Please click here for more detailed ACL rehab information 

 

Digital strength testing

Strength testing during your initial assessment and throughout your rehabilitation are crucial for a successful recovery after injury. The pain may resolve but you may be left with an undiagnosed weakness that can return at a later date causing further issues. We use a strength testing handheld dynamometer to monitor our patients to ensure a full recovery

 

 Our team of highly skilled physiotherapists specialize in strength testing and weight lifting techniques to address a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. With our expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, we are committed to helping you recover, regain mobility, and improve your overall well-being.

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INSURANCE

As fully chartered physiotherapists governed by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and Regulated by CORU, we are recognised and work with all major Irish insurance companies.

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