Sports injuries should be assessed by a chartered physiotherapist so the diagnosis and the correct treatment plan can be started quickly. Immediate treatment with ice (always protect skin with a damp cloth before applying ice) every 2 hours for the first 72 hours is advised. Physiotherapy at early stages may consist of providing optimal loading strategies of the injured area, protecting the area from further damage, Ultrasound, and taping of the injured area. As the injury starts to heal the treatment plan will change and will be closely matched to the stages of healing of the injury. Stretching, strengthening, deep friction massage, soft tissue mobilisation, myofascial release, acupuncture and taping may all be used. Sports specific rehabilitation will be provided towards the end of treatment to ensure that the injury will hold up to training and return to play. The physiotherapist will be able to give you an indication of when you can return to training and your sport.
If the injury has been a result of biomechanical error or muscle imbalance this should be addressed by your physiotherapist and treated to prevent injury recurring.