The Isokinetic staff is composed by a multidisciplinary team: over 200 professionals collaborating in 7 centers in Italy and in London sharing the same values and know how.
One of the main differences between the Isokinetic centres and other sport rehabilitation or physiotherapy centers is the constant presence in the clinic of doctors specialised in sports medicine and rehabilitation.
Every patient who starts a rehabilitation process in one of our rehabilitation centres is followed from the very beginning by a “case manager“, a specialist doctor evaluating, after the initial consultation, the clinical situation, and making a diagnosis. The doctor will design a tailor-made treatment protocol to be shared with the patient and with the rehabilitation specialist you are assigned. The doctor will always supervise and check your progress until the clinical outcome and goals set are achieved.
The Isokinetic Medical Group is composed of about 50 doctors who interact with a multidisciplinary team of over 75 experts in sports injury rehabilitation: physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors and other team members specialised in physical re-education with proven experience in helping patients fully recover.
The resident presence of doctors in the Isokinetic clinics and the constant communication with the whole rehabilitation team, helps to transform what might just seem like a series of manual treatments and exercises into a complete, clinically safe treatment protocol..
To make the Isokinetic care experience more and more comfortable and accessible, over 50 receptionists and administrators are committed every day to better meet the practical and organisational needs of patients.
The Isokinetic Doctors, physician specialised in Sports Medicine or Rehabilitation Medicine. We call your Doctor “Case Manager”.
The Case Managers are involved in all stages of the treatment program. The first step in the process is the initial consultation, after which the doctor will create a personalised rehabilitation programme for you. Your Case Manager will choose your Rehabilitation Specialist depending on the exercises you will need to do, although they will be available throughout your rehabilitation and will monitor your improvements, keeping you informed of your progress along the way. Most importantly, it is the Case Manager’s responsibility to inform patients when their recovery is complete.
Sports doctors, rehabilitation physicians, osteopaths, physiotherapists, hydrotherapists and other rehabilitation experts: the Isokinetic team includes very different but complementary professional staff.
Here is a short guide to learn more about their specific skills and their role in rehabilitation programmes.
The sports doctor is a graduate in medicine specialised in sport and exercise medicine. They take care of all the injuries associated with any type of sport, both competitive and amateur.
The sports doctor has expertise in orthopedics, rheumatology, postural, traumatology and is able to assess whether diseases and malformations of the musculoskeletal, respiratory and cardiovascular systems that sometimes stop you participating in all types of sports.
The orthopaedic surgeon is a doctor specialised in orthopaedics with specific skills on:
Unlike the physiatrist, who deals with the pathologies of the musculoskeletal system with exclusively conservative treatments, the orthopedist can intervene surgically by operating in the first person.
Even the physiatrist has orthopedic skills and can prescribe the use of orthotics or braces and other aids to the rehabilitation process.
The doctors and the Isokinetic rehabilitation staff are always in contact with all the major orthopedic surgeons and best hospital in orthopaedics in London, Italy and all around the world, to ensure rapid and complete transmission of clinical information relating to patients operated on or already followed by other specialists.
At the Isokinetic physiotherapy centres the Physiatrists and sports doctors are available for you as the first point of contact.
undertakes the first consultation during which the clinical history taking and clinical testing takes place: the doctor asks a series of questions and performs tests to understand the source of the discomfort or pain
prescribes any diagnostic tests or further examinations (ultrasound, X-ray, MRI, CT scan) useful for a more complete diagnosis
prescribes and administers any specialised medical services, such as shockwaves, injections therapies or prescription of drugs
carries out the rehabilitative diagnosis, ie. Clarifies the origin of the pain or symptoms, outlines the clinical situation and the extent of the pathology or the damage caused by the trauma
prescribes the personalised rehabilitation protocol and sets the recovery objectives to be achieved through integrated therapies and treatments
constantly supervises all phases of the treatment protocol with frequent follow-up visits
Isokinetic’s rehabilitation specialists, always work as part of a multidisciplinary team of experts including physiotherapists, hydrotherapists, sport and exercise scientists, athletic trainers, osteopaths. Our strength really comes from being a group: with the experience of over 5 million treatments over the last 30 years, providing first class physiotherapy and sports injury treatment.
The rehabilitation team works according with the doctor’s personalised rehabilitation protocol and constantly communicates with them, sharing progresses and outcome of the treatments, adjusting with them the plan when the outcomes or progression are not exactly what they expected.
The rehabilitation specialists in Isokinetic provide a mix of manual treatments and techniques and prescribes exercises as medicine necessary for the rehabilitation and resolution of problems affecting the musculoskeletal system.
These treatments can be manual or provided in conjunction with rehab equipment, depending on the patient’s needs and medical prescriptions. We recognise that for some patients there are other co-morbidities or underlying health conditions that might stop them historically from exercising. Our Sport and Exercise Medicine specialists are here to assist and ensure that you support in the right and safe way. We believe Exercise is Medicine.
Physiotherapists and all other rehabilitators in Isokinetic are skilled professionals of high-level functional rehabilitation, whose skills can range from the musculoskeletal system to the nervous, respiratory and cardiocirculatory systems, from the motor and kinesiology to the biological and biomechanical.
The difference between physiatrist or Sports Doctor and physiotherapist consists not only in the nature of the title and skills, but also and above all in the role that these rehabilitation professionals hold in the various phases of the Isokinetic recovery process:
the physiatrist or sports doctor is a doctor and is the first figure, after the clinical administrator, that the patient encounters in Isokinetic rehabilitation centres. He /she:
1. evaluate the situation during the “initial consultation”
2. prescribes any specific tests and makes the diagnosis
3. draw up the personalised care protocol
4. follows the entire rehabilitation process of the patient through frequent follow-up visits and functional evaluation tests
the physiotherapist is a health professional who starts helping the patient after the doctor’s prescribing the personalised care protocol. He/she:
“We do not treat the knee, but the patient who has knee pain”
In Isokinetic, shoulder or knee pain is not just a joint or ligament problem, but a condition that negatively affects the health of the patient as a person, compromising his physical, psychological and social aspects.
For this reason, we believe that a consistent and lasting physical recovery goes through a broader and more transversal care approach, aimed at restoring total psycho-physical well-being and promoting healthy lifestyles.
In the Isokinetic centers you will find physiatrists, sports doctors, physiotherapists, health and strength conditioners and osteophats.
Osteopaths and chiropractors use a combination of manual therapy and highly specialised rehabilitation therapy, to not only to make you feel better quickly but to keep you there for good.
They focuses on joints, muscles, and spine, using hands for a non-invasive form of manual medicine that focuses on the health of the whole body, not just the injured or affected part. Osteopathy is a drug-free practice. ‘hands-on’ techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics, without the use of drugs.
The main therapeutic tool in the Chiropractic/Ostheopatic practice is the correction of the spine, the pelvis and all of the other peripheral joints (foot, knee, shoulder, jaw). The Chiropractic practice is good for athletes, children, pregnant women and older people.
Chiropractic and osteopathy have many points in common and are often confused: let’s clarify the similarities and differences of these two therapeutic approaches useful for motor rehabilitation and general health.
Chiropractic and osteopathy are two conservative manual therapies that aim to restore the body’s natural balance through manipulations with which to reactivate the correct vital functions and the self-care mechanisms available to everyone.
Osteopathy involves more extensive manipulation interventions aimed at the cranio-sacral, visceral and structural system, involving practically all areas of the body in the treatments.
Both disciplines have a holistic approach and consider the balance between all parts of the body and psyche to be the prerequisite for optimal health.
Chiropractic aims to restore this balance by acting on the central nervous system through manipulations of the spine and joints in general;
Although coming from the same methodological approach (the founder of chiropractic, Dr. Palmer, was a student of the founder of osteopathy, Dr. Still) and sharing the non-invasive nature of the treatments in order to obtain not only the resolution of the local problem but the reconquest of it of total psycho-physical well-being, chiropractic and osteopathy can offer differentiated supports for a rehabilitation path.
It is important, in both cases, to contact expert professionals with qualifying qualifications and undergo chiropractic or osteopathy sessions only after a thorough specialist visit and any clinical tests (radiographs, ultrasounds, etc.)
Basically in Isokinetic Italian Clinics you can find Chripractors while in our Centre of London you will find Ostepaths registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)