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Get sports injuries checked out and treated as quickly as possible – that’s the message from specialists at Highgate Private Hospital’s Sports Injury Clinic.
The message from medical experts at the hospital follows the recent announcement by tennis player Marion Bartoli that she was in too much pain to continue playing and was retiring*.
After a string of injuries, Bartoli told a press conference her hips, Achilles tendon, shoulder and lower back hurt continuously when she played.
Debbie Lang, Imaging Services Manager at Highgate Private Hospital said: “For professional sports people like Marion, injuries are very much an occupational hazard. Many athletes are beset by injuries and, after years, if not decades, of a gruelling fitness regime and daily dedication to their chosen sport, it is not uncommon for them to retire early as a result.
“But even those of us who enjoy keeping fit and active at an amateur or hobby level need to ensure we get issues checked out because they can develop into much more serious problems if they are not diagnosed and treated early.
“Physical activity plays an important role in our daily lives so when an injury occurs it is only natural to want to get back on our feet as quickly as possible.”
As part of its range of services, Highgate Hospital offers patients a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach with a specialist clinic for the speedy diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of exercise-related injuries. Many of the hospital’s specialists also have extensive experience of caring for and treating premiership footballers, professional runners and Olympic sports teams.
Services at the Highgate Hospital Sports Injury Clinic include:
Debbie explained: “Patients with a sports injury can often be referred directly for diagnostic imaging or physiotherapy by their GP**. Patients also have access to specialist consultants - all under one roof."
The multi-disciplinary team of orthopaedic consultants and physiotherapists provide a one-stop service to assess and treat sports-related injuries. The clinic is also supported by a diagnostic service, with consultant radiologists specialised in musculoskeletal injuries, and three fully-equipped theatres.