Views, feedback and injury stories please!
This is something I've also thought about.
As I understand it, there is a huge financial incentive for the government to emphasise preventing illness and disease by promoting healthy lifestyle choices. But I personally feel that the apparent implication of this -- that there should be tailored support for people who are pursuing healthy activities such as running -- is being ignored.
People shouldn't have to pay to see specialist physios to deal with running-related injuries/problems.
When I've been to my GP with running-related pains (2 occasions) her attitude has been pretty much: "Well if you will go running around like some loony you're going to end up hurting yourself". I have to say though that the "physio direct" phone service she's referred me to has been very good for a phone-based service, and their advice on stretches has been very helpful.
I do wonder, though, whether if I had something more serious than a bit of bursitis or shin splints I'd get any proper help with rehabilitation/prevention from the NHS.
I live in Oxford
My GP, who runs a bit and pirates a bit, refered me to the sports clinic at the Nuffield, They were fab and understand about running. If the service you're getting is no good, move to Oxford.
In my experience, I've never come across a GP with sufficient knowledge to be able advise appropriately. My main complaints would be:
But as Joolska says, emphasis in the NHS is on chronic / life-threatening illness, not "minor running injuries" so with the cutbacks, I can't see how they could afford it.
Maybe in an ideal world. . .
My GP is a runner and on the rare occasions I go to see him we spend more time nattering about events than my ailment. But I've never gone to him with a running injury, pretty much for the reasons that Joolska gives. I too am fortunate in that I can afford to see a private sports physio if needed.
Yes, it does irk me that the NHS seems to be more attentive to chips-munching diabetes-ridden morbidly obese chain-smoking porkers than to those who take some responsibility for their health and wellbeing (I probably exaggerate a bit here for effect), but the diseases the porker sofa potatoes suffer are more dangerous than those I am likely to present with. In an ideal world it would be different but hey ho.
All in all, I won't complain about the NHS. I think it's a truly wonderful invention.
I don't really expect my doctor to be an expert on running injuries. He is a GP after all.
His job is to deal with medicine in well a general way, and then refer me to a specialist if they cant help.
Thats as true of running injuries, a broken foot or cancer
I would go to a sports injuries specialist if I felt everything was going pearshaped.
If I went to my doctor and he knew about taping muscles to aid blood flow during races, I would think he was wasting his time.
I've never tried going to my GP with running-related problems, I've assumed that the advice will be "stop running".
As others have said, I'm in a position to pay for the (fortunately rare) treatment that I've needed, but maybe I will try my GP next time!
I've given up with my GP for anything more complex than asking for the pill.
- biomechanics knowledge is zilch- interest to treat or prioritise is zilch (usual 'stop what you're doing and the problem goes away' routine)- when I asked to be referred (once for podiatry, once for physio) - a bored response with a reply of "waiting list of 3 months plus"
Needless to say it's near impossible to get an appointment with the GP in the first place... You have to ring before 8am with places allocated on a first come first served basis, so it's constantly engaged from 7am onwards...
Of course the surgery is rammed with patients with preventable chronic illnesses, and some interest in 'prevention' and 'wellbeing' wouldn't go amiss, but I guess there isn't the capacity.
Pay private and you can often see someone the next day.
Nam wrote (see)
My GP is pretty good but she seems fixated on the fact that I'm A 46 year old female and is always trying to link any condition I have to my age without knowing the first thing about my lifestyle - she has never even asked apart from the usual drinking/smoking questions. If I told her I was running the VLM in a couple of weeks she would fall off her chair.
I would no more go to her with a running injury that I would my local vet.
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