Mike Greatbanks who plays ‘Centre’ for Crewe & Nantwich RUFC, tore the cruciate ligament in his knee during a pre-season match against Ashbourne last month.
Fearing that he would be out of action for the long term, he went to see experienced local sports physiotherapist Rick Carter who was able to assess and diagnose the injury together with giving immediate recovery goals.
Rick was then able to fast track him to see a knee specialist and to have an MRI scan.
Rick Carter who is the MD of CTC Healthcare based in Crewe has spent 21 years working in elite sport, and is the only physiotherapist to have worked for all three of our local top flight football teams (Crewe, Port Vale and Stoke).
He currently works with West Bromwich Albion FC, after spells at Chelsea and Manchester United, so he has seen his fair share of career threatening injuries.
“With Mike, I knew he would be concerned about how long he would be unable to play.
However, the key factor was to ensure that Mike did no more damage to delay his recovery.
We commenced an immediate regime to reduce his swelling and stabilise his knee together with referring him for an MRI scan and directing him to Karen Luscombe, a local orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in this type of injury.”
Rick and the physiotherapy team at CTC are the experts in treating all sports related injuries and are the official physiotherapists for both the Crewe and Nantwich Rugby team and the Nantwich Cricket Club.
“Rick and his team were a brilliant help.
The treatment and advice they provided was second to none and I was amazed at how quickly Rick was able to get the scan arranged for me.
I feel like I am on the road to recovery already and although my rehabilitation may take up to 9 months, I feel in very safe hands.”