Athlete & Affidea Ambassador Thomas Barr on accessing speedy treatment

Thomas Barr knows better than anyone how pushing your body to its limits can lead it to break down, so having easy access to speedy treatment can make all the difference.

Scans have been an integral part in aiding his physiotherapist to diagnose injuries, such as recurring hip pain and discomfort which he suffered with for over 4 years, until an MRI and MRA scan at Affidea showed it was due to a labral tear in the hip joint. His physiotherapist could then design a rehabilitation programme using this information, which he said, “keeps me on track. Knowing the mechanism behind my injury took out the guesswork and saved time.”

“Time is of the essence to detect injuries, so having these kind of diagnostic tools to help identify the problem can help significantly reduce time-out and get you back on the road to recovery.”

He continued; “It’s exciting that Affidea ExpressCare is open in Cork and Dublin now too, giving everyone an alternative to A&Es. Many of the injuries that athletes suffer from are often triaged as a Class 4 or 5 injury, so you can be left waiting for hours to have something like a broken finger reset.”

Affidea Ambassador, Olympian Thomas Barr on the importance of recovery time

“The most important time for an acute injury is the treatment administered immediately after the fact and the first 12 hours are the most critical in getting you back in the game. ExpressCare can treat many of the most common sporting injuries like lacerations, fractures and breaks, within 1-2 hours. They also have on-site access to X-Ray, MRI, CT and Ultrasound if you need it, which you won’t find anywhere else.”

“The fact that they also have physios on-site means you can receive rehab instructions prior to leaving the clinic; even further reducing the time it takes to get back out there. I’m proud to be associated with such a world-class company.”

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