If you’ve sustained a sports injury, your number one priority should be to get it properly assessed and diagnosed. Initially you may wish to see your regular physician, but they often will suggest you see a specialist and will typically refer you to a sports clinic. More often than not your physician will be able to recommend a number of clinics, though you’ll always be free to do your own research and choose the best option for your needs. There are several things to think about when you’re looking for a sports clinic, but by taking the following points into consideration, you won’t go far wrong.
What Type of Injuries Do They Treat?
Not every sports clinic treats every type of sports injury and while general practices do exist, there are also those that specialize in particular injuries. When you call for a consultation, be sure to describe your injury accurately and ask whether they are able to treat it or not. This can save you a lot of time.
Which Specialists are on Staff?
You may already have some idea as to how severe your injury is and perhaps you have a good idea which specialist you need to see. Ensure that there is a qualified doctor that specializes in sports injuries on staff. There are some physiotherapy treatment centers that only offer treatments and not diagnoses. You may need this type of clinic in the future but not until you have been properly diagnosed.
What Hours are They Open
It’s not unusual for sports related injuries to require multiple, on going treatments. Be sure to check that the clinic you have chosen has flexible hours and can accommodate your schedule if necessary.
It’s good practice to check the credentials of the facility that you’re planning on using. While the vast majority of practitioners are who they say they are, there are the occasional blaggers, who may do more harm than good.