Riley Physiotherapists

Riley Physiotherapy, Gillitts, Hillcrest & Kloof practices

Sports Injuries

Riley Physiotherapy

Gillitts, Kloof & Hillcrest practices

Sports Injuries

Sports physiotherapy is a specialised branch of physiotherapy that focuses on the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of injuries related to sports and physical activity.

Physiotherapists work with athletes of all ages and levels of ability, from beginners to elite performers, to help them recover from injuries and improve their performance. They use a variety of techniques and exercises to promote healing, reduce pain, and restore function to injured areas of the body.

In addition to treating injuries, sports physiotherapists may also help athletes to prevent injuries and improve performance.

The goal is to help athletes stay healthy, recover from injuries and perform at their best, both on and off the field.

Riley Physiotherapists have a special interest in the prevention, management and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Contact us today for an appointment.

What Physiotherapists do for Sports Injuries

Physiotherapists work closely with the athlete to assess the extent of the injury and develop a customized treatment plan. This plan may include a combination of manual therapy, exercise programs and modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation.

Manual therapy techniques may include joint mobilisation, soft tissue mobilisation, and stretching to improve range of motion and reduce pain. Exercise programs are designed to help the athlete regain strength, flexibility, stability and endurance in the injured area.

In addition to treating the injury, physiotherapy may also include education on injury prevention strategies and techniques to improve performance.

Benefits of Physiotherapy for Sports Injuries

Physiotherapy offers a range of benefits for athletes, including:

  1. Pain relief: Sports injuries can cause significant pain and discomfort. Physiotherapy can help alleviate pain through manual therapy, exercise and various other modalities.
  2. Faster recovery: With proper treatment and rehabilitation, athletes can recover from injuries more quickly and return to their sport sooner.
  3. Improved mobility and flexibility: Physiotherapy can help restore mobility and flexibility to injured areas, which can improve overall athletic performance and prevent future injuries.
  4. Reduced risk of re-injury: Physiotherapy focuses on not only treating the injury but also preventing it from recurring. By addressing underlying issues and providing education on injury prevention, athletes can reduce their risk of re-injury.
  5. Customized treatment plans: Every athlete and injury is unique. A physiotherapist can develop a personalized treatment plan based on the athlete’s specific needs and goals.
  6. Improved performance: By addressing any underlying issues or imbalances, physiotherapy can help athletes improve their overall performance and achieve their full potential.
  7. Education and empowerment: Physiotherapy can provide athletes with the knowledge and tools they need to manage their injury, prevent future injuries, and take control of their health and well-being.

Physiotherapy can help athletes recover from injuries, prevent re-injury and improve their performance, allowing them to continue to participate in the activities they love.

When to see a Physiotherapist for a Sports Injury

You should see a sports physiotherapist if you have sustained a sports-related injury, or if you experience pain or discomfort during or after physical activity. Some specific signs that may indicate a need to see a sports physiotherapist include:

  1. Pain or discomfort that persists beyond a few days after an injury or activity
  2. Swelling or stiffness in a joint or muscle
  3. Limited range of motion
  4. Weakness or instability
  5. Difficulty performing normal activities of daily living or participating in sports or physical activities
  6. Numbness or tingling
  7. Repeated injuries or recurring pain in the same area

Even if you are not currently experiencing pain or discomfort, seeing a Physiotherapist can be beneficial for injury prevention, performance enhancement and overall health and wellness. Physiotherapists can develop customized exercise programs and provide education on injury prevention and proper form, helping you to reach your fitness goals and prevent future injuries.

Price of Physiotherapy for Sports Injuries

The cost of Physiotherapy will vary depending on the area/s that need to be treated, what treatment they require and the recommended number of treatment sessions. The type and severity of the injury may also influence the cost; more complex injuries may require more sessions or specialized treatments.

We offer medical aid rates.

Please contact us if you need any further information on pricing.

How we can help

Physiotherapists at our Gillitts, Hillcrest and Kloof practices provide professional, evidence-based physiotherapy for sport injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletes to their optimal sporting level.

How to Schedule and Appointment


Book an appointment via:

Phone: 031 764 2750  (preferred)
Link to contact form:


Book an appointment via:

Phone: 031 764 2750  (preferred)
Link to contact form:


Book an appointment via:

Phone: 031 767 3989  (preferred)
Juli-Ann Riley Physios
Link to contact form:

Our Location


The Gillitts Medical Centre, 15 Old Main Rd, Gillitts, 3610. Kwazulu Natal,
South Africa.


Le Domaine Health, Le Domaine Estate, 100 Acutts Drive, Hillcrest, 3610. Kwazula Natal, South Africa.


Juli-Ann Riley Physiotherapists, Femina Health, 75 Old Main Rd, Kloof 3610, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Frequently asked questions about Sports Injuries

1. What kind of sports injuries can physiotherapists treat?

Physiotherapists can treat a wide range of sports injuries, including sprains, strains, fractures, ligament tears, tendinopathies (tendonitis) and joint pain.

2. How many sessions of physiotherapy will I need?

The number of sessions needed varies depends on the injury and the individual athlete’s needs. Your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include multiple sessions over several weeks or months.

3. Can sports physiotherapy help prevent future injuries?

Yes, sports physiotherapy can help prevent future injuries by addressing underlying issues and providing education on injury prevention strategies and techniques.

4. Can I continue to participate in sports or physical activity while receiving sports physiotherapy?

In most cases, yes. Your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that allows you to continue to participate in sports or physical activity (to some degree),  while also addressing your injury and preventing further damage.

5. How long does it take to recover from a sports injury with the help of physiotherapy?

The time it takes to recover from a sports injury with the help of physiotherapy varies depending on the type and severity of the injury, as well as the individual athlete’s needs and response to treatment. Some injuries may require only a few weeks of treatment, while others may take several months to fully heal. Your physiotherapist can give you a better idea of what to expect based on your specific injury and circumstances.


PLEASE NOTE: This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a health professional consultation. Anyone experiencing a medical condition or requiring physiotherapy should book an appointment with us for a complete assessment.

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Riley Physiotherapists

The Gillitts Medical Centre, 15 Old Main Rd, Gillitts, 3610. Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

TEL031 764 2750


Juli-Ann Riley Physiotherapists

Femina Health, 75 Old Main Rd, Kloof 3610, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

TEL: 031 767 3989



Le Domaine Health

Le Domaine Health, 100 Acutts Drive, Hillcrest, 3610, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Bookings: 031 355 0030


All private homes in the upper Highway Nursing homes

including Rob Roy, Winston Park Rest Home, Waterfall Gardens & Le Domaine Care (and others)

Bookings: 031 764 2750

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