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Chronic Ankle Instability

Chronic ankle instability is an encompassing term used to classify an individual who presents with both mechanical and functional instability of the ankle joint following an initial lateral ankle sprain injury.

 

Mechanical Instability refers to measurable laxity of the ligaments, i.e. ligaments that are less stiff following injury, with some joint restrictions and synovial changes. Functional Instability is the lingering feeling of giving way or unsteady feeling which is generally attributed to neuromuscular and proprioceptive deficits.

 

Research has identified a number of potential reasons for long term issues with ankle instability after a sprain. One theory is that the ankle proprioception, where the joint is in space, is impaired creating an impaired reflex arc of the muscles that help stabilise the ankle joint. Swelling of the joint can cause the feedback system of the ankle joint to also alter and cause long term neuromuscular deficits.

 

So clinically, what can we do to help and reduce this occurring?

 

  • Reduce pain and swelling of the joint
  • Loading in functional tasks as soon as possible e.g. walking, running, cutting
  • Establish baseline strength and power
  • Improve proprioception of the ankle joint
  • Practice tasks that are important to your need
    • Cutting
    • Agility
    • Deceleration
    • Landing/jumping mechanics

 

Thomas Divilly

M.I.S.C.P., C.S.C.S.


What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a therapeutic approach in which fine filament needles are inserted in to specific points on the body to relieve pain and improve function. The needles used are the same as acupuncture needles but a different treatment technique is used.

What is a Myofascial Trigger Point?

Myofascial trigger points (MTrP) are described as knotted/taut bands of muscles that give characteristic referred pain on pressure. These points can be the source of acute/chronic pain and also lead to other dysfunctions. There are several reasons why MTrPs develop in muscles. The most common are overuse, over stretch, over loading and trauma to muscles. Pain is produced due to muscle spasm which is a protective mechanism of the body. Some muscle fibres develop stubborn spasm, become tangled and do not allow normal muscle function. This causes the reduction of blood flow to the area, bad chemicals build up at the site and the body can’t flush them out due to the poor circulation in the area. These chemicals irritate surrounding nerve fibres and hence cause pain.

How does it help?

Dry needling causes a series of processes to occur at the site of the needling helping to reduce pain and aid healing processes. Twitch responses cause the muscle fibres to untangle and restores normal function. Increased blood flow to the area after needling, flushes out the pain producing chemicals and helps with the healing process.

Is dry needling safe? / What can I expect from the treatment?

Dry needling is generally safe and serious side effects are very rare. The most common side effect is when people experience soreness at the needle site which may last for a few hours, you may also notice a little bruise near the needle site which will fade within a few days.

There is no fixed pattern of effects after needling. Some report initial increase in symptoms followed by great relief, while other report immediate or gradual relief of pain. On rare occasions, people may feel very happy, tearful, sweaty or cold for some time. Drowsiness is also reported in a few cases. If it is your first treatment it is not advised to drive long distances immediately after as it is not possible to predict how one will react. Fainting may occur in a very small minority of people. There are no lasting ill effects of these side effects.

What if it doesn’t help?

Dry needling can give excellent results in appropriate cases. It is a great treatment tool but only one component of your overall therapeutic regimen. Your therapist will explore other treatment options if you fail to recover.

 

Catherine Simpson MISCP 


Five Tips So You Can Avoid Injury

Sports Physio Ireland’s physiotherapist Riain Casey talks us through five tips so you can avoid injury.

Many injuries can be easily prevented. Some times small adjustments to our everyday lifestyle can have a big impact in injury prevention.

Simple things like correctly fuelling the body and a good healthy sleeping pattern are key to aiding the body recover from on-field activity. Coupled with a specific warm up to prep the body for the demands on field, good proper movement based training and maintaining fitness levels to meet the demands of the activity can greatly help reduce the risk of injury or re-injury.

Try out the tips and let us know how you get on.

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How To Fix Your Push Up

The push up is one of the most basic exercises that you can do, but time and time again it is technically performed poorly.

We see issues from poor technique contribute to low back pain, knee issues, along with a number of other issues. So technique is vital to keep the body healthy.

So how do I, and the rest of the team in Sports Physio Ireland, see a push up? Simple really, think about a dynamic plank.

Quiet simply, the core should be engaged throughout the total body movement, and 9/10 in most injured or poorly trained clients this is the last thing that is thought about!

So How To Do The Perfect Push Up

• Hands directly under the shoulder, screw them into the ground.
• Squeeze the ass, tuck the tail bone under until you feel the lengthening of the abdominals
• Drive the heels to the back wall
• Slowly and controlled bring the chest to the ground, keeping the elbows close to the rib cage and drive up through the heels of the hand.

Harder than you think, but more bang for your buck!


MCL Injuries

We recently seen Karl Lacy tog out and play against Mayo with heavy taping on his leg to protect a recent Medial Collateral ligament (MCL) injury.

The medial collateral ligament is a band of tissue that connects the thighbone to the lower leg and helps prevent the knee from buckiling inwards. It can be injured when twisting or landing or when a standing leg is tackled from the outside forcing it to buckle inwards.

Initial management should be

  • Compress with a bandage
  • Use crutches to take the weight off
  • Apply ice pack

What are the symptoms?

  • Swelling.
  • Pain.
  • Local tenderness on the inside of the joint.
  • Bruising.

Specific tests and scans can diagnose the extent of the damage and the length of time the player will be out of action for. In Karl’s case, he obviously needed more time to regain 100% confidence in his ability the twist and turn to make those turn overs he has been famous for over the past few seasons.

Mild or Grade 1 injuries usually get better in 1 to 3 weeks and may only needhome treatment along with using crutches for a short time.

Moderate or Grade 2 injuries usually get better in about a month. You may need to wear a hinged knee brace and limit how much weight you put on your leg.

Severe or grade 3 injuries may require wearing a hinged brace for a few months, and limiting weight on the leg for 4 to 6 weeks.

 


Phase One Meniscal Tear Rehabilitation

 

When the knee suffers a meniscal and osteochondral fracture injury, it’s ability to absorb forces produced from stepping, running and cutting is diminshed. It’s essential to slowly and progressively load bear the joint in movements that simulate and compliment the movement patterns of the sport.

See the video of Sports Physio Ireland client, Ciaran, week one with Thomas, one of our Physiotherapists and Strength and Conditioning Specialists going through his initial rehabilitation.

 

 

 

 


Paralympic Football World Cup 2015

Back in June, SPI Physiotherapist Thomas Divilly travelled to England for two weeks to assist the Irish Paralympic Football Team at the Cerebral Palsy Football World Cup

Here’s a short piece on his experience during the tournament with the team.

‘I had the privilege of working as the Physiotherapist to the Irish Paralympic Football Team as they competed in the Cerebral Palsy Football World Cup in St. George’s Park, home of the England FA. There was a huge prize on offer for the guys. Qualification for the Paralympic Game in Rio 2016. And boy did they deliver!

The George's Park Dressing Room
The St. George’s Park Dressing Room

It was a hugely successful campaign as the team finished 6th overall.  Defeating Portugal, Australia and Argentina en route to a qualification spot. I was personally able to help keeping the guys fit and healthy throughout the tournament. We  finished the competition with a strong and healthy squad, just as we had started.

The George's Park Gym Facility.
The George’s Park Gym Facility.

Key components to achieving a fit and healthy squad throughout the two weeks of intense competition was implementing a good recovery system. This was achieved through proper nutrition & hydration, mobility work and pool sessions to keep the players in top condition.

I’m already looking forward to seeing the guys learn from this invaluable experience and push on to bigger and better things!’

Thomas