But if an injury has restricted you to sporting weekends in front of the television, help is at hand, thanks to a new musculoskeletal clinic which launches this month.
The brainchild of Dr Adam Garnett and Dr Dave Howell, Jersey Sports Medicine now offers a Monday afternoon clinic at Castle Quay Medical Practice.
‘We are both musculoskeletal specialists with a keen interest in sports medicine,’ explained Dr Howell. ‘Adam is a consultant in sports and exercise medicine, while I am a GP with a post-graduate diploma in the area. We have also both undergone extensive training in MSK ultrasound for diagnosis and ultrasound-guided injections.’
‘Ultrasound is incredibly useful at helping to diagnose injuries,’ added Dr Garnett. ‘It is as accurate as MRI for many MSK conditions but, if we do need an MRI or CT scan, we also have referral rights for both private and public patients at the Hospital. We also have excellent working relationships with our hospital radiology and orthopaedic consultants. Ultrasound guided injections also have the added benefit over ‘blind’ injections of reduced injury and side effects, and better patient satisfaction and comfort along with better outcomes.’
Working closely with physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and podiatrists, both at the Hospital and privately, the doctors are quick to add that their treatments are available for Islanders of all ages and sporting abilities.
‘Don’t let the term sports medicine mislead you – we don’t just treat athletes, we treat all MSK conditions, regardless of age and ability,’ said Dr Garnett.
‘We offer a wide range of treatments to ensure that people make the best recovery,’ said Dr Howell. ‘As well as advising on rehabilitation plans, we also use steroid injections as indicated and a number of newer treatment options including hyaluronic acid, which has a better safety profile, and can be really helpful for osteoarthritis and tendon injuries.’
‘We also use plasma-rich protein, which can be very effective for osteoarthritis and tendon injuries. Indeed, recent studies have shown encouraging results, including improvements with some osteoarthritis changes,’ added Dr Garnett. ‘Another treatment we offer is focal shockwave, which is also very effective for tendon injuries and – to the delight of many patients – doesn’t require the use of any needles. We can precisely target the area of damage with ultrasound and then focal shockwave uses high-energy sound waves to the area. This can have a regenerative and pain-modulating effect.’
Having cared for athletes from a number of sports teams including Jersey Reds, Jersey Athletic, Jersey Commonwealth and Island Games, the Jersey Special Ability and Disabled Sports Association, Jersey Surf, Jersey Cricket, Elite Sport Jersey, Jersey Sports Foundation and Super League Triathlon, Paralympics, the pair is committed to the Jersey community. Indeed, they add that the new Strive facility – at which they are due to launch a clinic this summer – will offer over 40,000 hours to local schools and athletes, and both doctors look forward to being involved in the Island’s sporting care.
With their existing clinics at Health Plus in Queen’s Road and Castle Quay open to self-funding and private patients, further information is available from jerseysportsmedicine.je or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointments can also be booked by calling Health Plus on 01534 733322 or Castle Quay Medical Practice on 07797 889900.