Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot injuries are a common musculoskeletal issue which can result from direct trauma or develop over time. The type of injuries can vary from a hip bursitis to an ACL rupture in the interior knee. Injuries can vary in intensity, location, and duration, impacting daily activities and overall well-being.
Common examples of lower limb injuries include:
- Ankle sprains
- Plantar Fasciitis
- ACL Tears/Rupture
- Meniscus Injuries
- Hamstring strains
- Hip Bursitis
- Impingement Syndrome
Diagnosing lower limb injuries involves comprehensive movement tests and assessments to identify dysfunctions and impairments contributing to pain and limitations. Movement therapists use standardised screening tools to distinguish between mobility and stability issues. Sometimes, even if there is trauma associated with the injury, there are predisposing factors that have contributed to the injury. By examining functional movement patterns to determine deficits and factors that have contributed to the pain and injury we tailor personalised treatment plans to your individual goals.
The individualised treatment plan for any injury begins with educating patients about their diagnosis, prognosis and empowering them with knowledge. Pain management strategies and activity modifications are offered, and they are continuously adjusted as patients make progress. Hands-on treatments like soft tissue massage and joint mobilisations are utilised to enhance pain relief, mobility, and body awareness, promoting a quicker recovery.
Specific exercises are prescribed to address movement dysfunctions and reinforce healthy patterns, promoting long-term comfort and improved well-being. These exercises aim to strengthen the lower limb muscles, improve stability and motor control, and enhance overall function.