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The 4 steps to Sports Injury Management part 1

The 4 steps to Sports Injury Management part 1

The 4 Steps to Successful Sports Injury Management

 

Step #1

 

Accurate & Detailed

Diagnosis

 

Securing an accurate, reliable and detailed diagnosis as soon as possible.

 

 

Making an accurate and detailed diagnosis requires time, experience and skill.

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A rushed or inexperienced assessment can result in a inaccurate diagnosis and an inaccurate and ineffective treatment plan.

In addition, a wrong diagnosis can result in setting unrealistic expectations and timelines.

Before proceeding to any form of treatment,  your physician or physiotherapist  should be able to answer the following six questions for you. Ideally you should get the answers in writing.

  1. What specific tissue(s) have been injured? (anatomical name)
  2. What is the least vascular tissue that has been injured (tendon? cartilage?)
  3. How severe is the tissue damage? (grade 1? grade 2? grade 3?)
  4. What is the prognosis for a full recovery of an injury of your severity? (will it heal? will it be 100%?)
  5. How long does it take for an injured tissue of your severity to biologically heal or mature?
  6. What are realistic biological  timelines to see a (1) reduction of pain (2) improvement in function?