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Sports Injury

What we treat

Back pain – Neck pain – Muscle, tendon and ligament sprains / tears – Hip pain – Knee pain – Foot and ankle pain – Shoulder pain – Tennis elbow – Golfer’s elbow – Carpal tunnel – Sports injuries – Running injuries – Cycling injuries – Disc prolapse – Trapped nerves – Sciatica – Arthritis – Headaches – Pre/post natal care – Pre/post surgical rehabilitation – Repetitive strain injuries.

Sports injury treatment in St Paul’s and Chelsea

We here at Ludgate Clinic are an experienced team of practitioners offering the highest quality physiotherapy, osteopathy and sports injury treatment to the people of London and beyond. We take an individualised approach to treatment, creating a treatment plan to help you achieve your fitness goals, heal and rehabilitate or simply improve your musculoskeletal health. Balancing staying on top of your physical health with day-to-day life can be stressful, especially if you experience a sports injury, or injury whilst performing exercise or other physical activity. Our clinicians are trained primary care practitioners, meaning they provide both first contact care, as well as escalating to other health services when needed.

Are you being held back by a sports injury?

Leading an active lifestyle with a good exercise routine is a great way to stay healthy. Whether you frequent the local gym, participate in sporting events as part of a local team or simply enjoy physical pastimes such as running, hiking or games like tennis. We here at the Ludgate Clinic understand how important sports and fitness are to our everyday lives. With an increase in physical activity, comes the potential for discomfort, tightness, pain and in the worst cases, injury. injuries of this nature can have a huge detrimental effect on your physical and emotional state, as well as on your sporting performance. Our clinicians will work closely with you, tailoring a plan and approach that best suits your needs, whether that be a sports massage, physiotherapy or osteopathic treatment.

So if you find yourself struggling with persistent pain or a sporting injury such as a sprain, strain, rotator cuff injury, ACL injury, Achilles tendon injury or any other source of discomfort, we can help. Simply use our quick and easy online booking system, or call 020 7427 0080 to speak to the team.

Common types of sports injuries

At the Ludgate Clinic, we pride ourselves on finding the right treatment for your injury, helping you to alleviate the pain and symptoms and getting you back to participating in sports and physical activities. Some of the most common sports injuries we treat are:

Sprains and strains

Sprains and strains typically occur when stretching or over-exerting your body during physical activity. A strain refers to tearing or overly stretching the tendons and muscles. A sprain is when the same occurs to the ligaments. These types of injuries are incredibly common amongst individuals from all levels of fitness, as a sprain or strain can happen both while participating in sports or other physical activity, or during everyday movements like walking. Symptoms usually include pain, weakness, swelling and reduced movement.

ACL and other knee injuries

Your ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is one of the ligaments that supports the knee joint. Tears and injuries to the ACL are common in sports and activities that involve stopping and starting, jumping or sudden changes in direction, such as football or basketball. Other common knee injuries include meniscus tears, which is a tear in the cartilage that cushions the knee and patellar tendonitis or “jumper’s knee”.

Running and jogging injuries

Injuries or accidents that occur while running or jogging are among the most common sports injuries. Perhaps you have noticed that you have reduced movement in your hip or your feet, or you experience pain or discomfort when participating in sports. Common running injuries include Achilles tendon injuries, which are injuries to the tendon that connect the heel to the calf. This tendon can become inflamed or can even tear in extreme cases. Shin splints is the name given to inflammation of the tissues that connect the shin bone to muscle. This is characterised by a sharp painful sensation running across the shins. Hamstring injuries can occur when the hamstring muscles are put under stress or exertion during physical activity which can cause them to become tender, swell up or tear.

Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Their purpose is to support the shoulder when in movement and during physical activity. A rotator cuff injury is most common among sports and activities involving large shoulder movements, such as tennis, badminton or basketball and is characterised by a limited range of motion in the shoulder or difficulty and pain when raising your arm.

Meet the Team

Valeria Lodovisi

Valeria Lodovisi

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. Massage Therapist. Shockwave Therapy practitioner

Valeria offers a hands-on manual therapy approach to physiotherapy treatment together with strengthening and flexibility rehabilitation exercises and postural education.

Governing bodies: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professions Council.

Matt Hillier

BSc (Hons) Physio. Sports Massage Therapist. National Strength & Conditioning Association Personal Trainer. Chartered Physiotherapist

As a Chartered Physiotherapist, personal trainer and massage therapist Matt’s treatment approach uses Strength and Conditioning rehabilitation alongside manual therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and sports massage.

Governing bodies: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professions Council.

Juan Di Domenico

Juan Di Domenico

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. MSc Physiotherapy. Chartered Physiotherapist

With over 13 years of experience as a physiotherapist, Juan has built a solid track record in the MSK (musculoskeletal) field, working with elite athletes and patients in post-surgery recovery. In addition to his clinical expertise, he has a passion for teaching and has served as a manual therapy professor at Arturo Michelena University and the University of Carabobo (Valencia, Venezuela). Sharing his knowledge with future physiotherapy professionals has allowed Juan to contribute to the discipline’s growth and train competent therapists.

To complement his education, Juan obtained a D.O. degree in Osteopathy, being the top graduate of his class in 2013. This specialization has provided him with a comprehensive approach to patient treatment, incorporating osteopathic techniques to achieve optimal results.

Sophie Weaver

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. MSc Physiotherapy. Chartered Physiotherapist

Sophie graduated from Northumbria University in 2002 following which she worked within the NHS and for England Women’s National Rugby Union team.

In 2010 Sophie joined the UK Sports Institute working with England Badminton, then as Lead Physio with Team GB Fencing and from 2017 as Lead physio with Team GB men’s hockey.

Sophie attended the London, Rio and Tokyo Olympic Games as part of Team GB, the Commonwealth games in Glasgow and the Gold Coast with Team England and The World and European Championships with each sport.

Special interests include Rehabilitation and Strength & Conditioning for musculoskeletal injuries, lower and upper limb injuries and post-injury/ post-surgical return to sport.

Governing bodies: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professions Council.

Answers to Common Questions

Is the treatment right for me?

Please call us and arrange to speak to an Osteopath or Physiotherapist if you are unsure about the nature of your injury or what treatment would be right for you. If treatment is not deemed appropriate there will be no charge made for your appointment.

What does the treatment involve?

Osteopathy offers a hands-on, manual therapy approach to the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries using mobilisation and stretches, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release to restore the health of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.

What should I wear?

As the treatment involves massage and stretching techniques you may need to remove some outer layers of clothing such as shirt, jumper or trousers. If you are suffering from low back pain or leg pain you may wish to bring shorts or loose trousers to change into. Women suffering from back and upper limb pain may wish to wear a vest top.

How is my medical data stored?

Your initial consultation involves the osteopath or physiotherapist taking a full medical history, treatment notes are then also taken at subsequent visits. Medical histories are kept on our secure practice software in accordance with data protection and the code of practice set out by The General Osteopathic Council and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. Medical history and treatment notes are not disclosed to any third party such as General Practitioners or health insurance providers without the permission of the patient.

Do I need to see my GP first?

Osteopaths and physiotherapists are trained as primary healthcare practitioners and patients can seek treatment without referral. If necessary you will be advised to see your GP or you may be referred for further investigations such x-ray or MRI. Please note most Health Insurance companies ask that you contact your GP before seeking treatment.

How we can help you

No matter the severity of your sports injury, our experts will guide you through your recovery and rehabilitation process, providing tailored care and treatment to bring you the confidence you need to get back to your best, whether you need a sports massage, physiotherapy, osteopathic care or treatment for an injury like a sprain or ACL tear. If you find yourself suffering with any of these symptoms or injuries, or any other form of physical discomfort or persistent pain, contact us now to find out how we can help.

Our clinics are conveniently located in St. Paul’s and Chelsea, situated close to all London transport links. Just use our quick and simple online booking system or call us on 020 7427 0080 to find out what our clinicians can do for you.