Physiotherapy vs Sports Therapy
Whats the difference?
What is the difference between Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy?
Here at Bodylogics The Sports Therapy Clinic we get asked this question alot. The simple answer is not a lot. There are huge similarities between the two professions so when consulting a Sports Therapist or a Physiotherapist you can be confident in the credentials of the professionals training that they will have the competency to assess and treat your problem. Sports Therapists are trained in Musculo-Skeletal therapy having received education in injury diagnosis as well as recovery and rehabilitation. Sports Therapists are often employed by high performing sports teams based on their specialist training in sports injuries and sports recovery. Physiotherapists on the other hand are not only highly trained in injury diagnosis and rehabilitation but they also deal with more general healthcare issues that you may go and see you GP about such as respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. This is not to say that a Sports Therapist cannot help you but their training in this area is not as intense as it is within the Physiotherapy professions.
“So who is the best person to see when I am injured? A Physiotherapist or Sports Therapist?"
At Bodylogics The Sports Therapy Clinic our Sports Therapists and Physiotherapists are trained to degree level and hold either BSc’s or MSc’s in their chosen profession. This enables every member to be able to assess and diagnose Musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction (back pain, neck pain, tendon pain, muscle injury, post operation rehabilitation).
To explore this question further we need to look at the definition of each profession. Sports Therapy is “an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability. It utilises the principles of sport and exercise science incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work”.
Physiotherapy can be defined as “helping people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them remain independent for as long as possible”.
As you can see, the definitions are very similar and once again, both professions under-go intense training for the diagnosis and treatment of musculo-skeletal injuries.
What is important to note is that, currently, most medico-legal companies only cover patients to see CSP registered Physiotherapists. So if you need to see a healthcare professional and plan to claim on your insurance, it is vital you see a regsitered CSP Physiotherapist. All our Physiotherapists are registered with the CSP.
Being able to offer a range of services and solutions to your injury problems all under one roof is something we’re very proud to offer here at Bodylogics The Sports Therapy Clinic. This means we have a range of outstanding professionals who are able to help you with your presenting symptoms and advise how best to prevent any reoccurrences. We have a great team on board here and are confident we can help you with whatever your symptoms and condition is.
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