top of page

Sports Injuries

Physical Therapy for Sports injuries in Brighton

Woman kneeling outside holding knee

Sports injuries

Commonly, osteopaths see sports injuries from high-impact sports such as running, football, gymnastics, and martial arts. However, other non-impact sports such as golf have a high prevalence of back pain, with back pain being the most common golfing injury.

We are able to assess and treat all sporting injuries, and as we are primary healthcare practitioners if we can't help we can refer you to the help you need.

Generally, the type of sporting injuries we will see are non-emergency sporting injuries such as tendon-related pain, sprains, and joint pain.

Blue background, yellow box with black question mark

Should I see an osteopath, a chiropractor, or a physio?


Most people would associate sports injuries with a trip to the physiotherapist. Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness, or disability. They are best known for their expertise in exercise prescription but some do offer manual therapy as well.


Chiropractors are qualified healthcare professionals who can assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of conditions. They are best known for their manual methods of care, including spinal joint manipulation. They are also trained to treat sporting injuries and many people seek chiropractic treatment as practitioners will tend to offer more hands-on treatment.


Osteopaths are allied healthcare professionals who are well-known for their expertise in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of the entire musculoskeletal system and its relationship with the rest of the body. Osteopaths are trained to treat sporting injuries and people often seek to see an osteopath as they offer hands-on treatment as well as exercise and rehabilitation advice.

The best advice on which profession to choose is by choosing an individual or practice that has experience and qualifications in dealing with sports injuries. This information should be listed on their website and should be easy enough to find.

Person holding arm and practitioner touching their arm

How are sports injuries treated?


In very acute cases of sports injuries, surgery may be recommended. This could be due to a tear or fracture that needs to be addressed immediately, or from a long-standing injury that has failed non-surgical options.

Medication, bracing and taping

Sometimes if the pain is severe or unmanageable, medication may be prescribed to help control your pain. This can be used in conjunction with braces or joint support or taping. This will help to off-load the painful area so you can move with less pain

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a commonly sought treatment for sports injuries. This type of treatment helps to reduce pain, restore movement and function, and look at ways to prevent future occurrences.

Treatment can have a positive impact on the outcome of sports injuries. This is either by direct treatment of the painful area such as joint manipulation, or by addressing muscle imbalances and other areas of the body potentially contributing to the problem.

Jonathan Gaffney, osteopath treating patient

Our Approach to sports injury treatment

At JG Osteopaths we provide specialist physical therapy for sports injuries at our Brighton clinic.

Osteopathy is a non-invasive physical therapy that can help manage pain and loss of function from a sports injury, we make sure that you leave with an understanding of what is causing your injury and how to manage it. We are Allied Health Professionals and are registered with the GOsC. You can learn more on our about osteopathy page.

Expert Advice

As well as providing specialist treatment to help with your injury, we can also give you advice on living with your condition and expert advice on things like choosing the best footwear or sports equipment, and on working or sleeping with a sports injury. If we can't help you, we can assess you and refer you to the correct type of treatment if osteopathy is not suitable for your needs.

Booking Your First Appointment

At your first appointment we will will carry out a comprehensive assessment of your condition. We will explain our diagnosis and treatment plan and how many sessions we think you will need before proceeding to treatment. We pride ourselves in treating the person behind the problem, and aim to make sure you feel involved and listened-to at every stage of the treatment process.

Book an Appointment

Booking and appointment is quick and easy using our online system. Use the button below to go to our booking page where you can select the time that suits you and book online. 

If you have any questions or want to speak to us before booking, don't hesitate to call us on 07812528049 or email

Family going for a run

Useful Links

For more information on sports injuries, you can visit the NHS website

For sports injury research visit the British Journal of Sports Medicine

Kidshealth provides support and advice for children suffering with a sports injury.

Jonathan Gaffney, Osteopath

About The Author

The information on this page was written by Jonathan Gaffney, a qualified Osteopath registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

bottom of page