In Japan it is hard to find good sports Doctors and Physio. The country is full of useless 整骨院. No doctor I have ever spoken to them has recommended them. Many recreational athletes go to them for maintenance- which means a cheap massage, possible light stretching and some taping.
I have pulled my hamstring and have had an inflamed Achilles tendon- after trying many useless 整骨院 for my Achilles. Please come here everyday for 2 weeks and you`ll be fine. (I thought that they were trained medical staff, seeing as you can use your national health insurance- they are not trained medical staff.) I have tried 6 different 整骨院 and they all sucked! I went to one, once a week for a few months as it was a small clinic and never busy – the owner would take me thru a PNF stretching routine at no extra cost!
I spoke to a school PE teacher and he recommended Aso Clinic in Shiga. I have been for two separate injuries and both times it has helped. Whilst they are not as good as physiotherapists (Physio) I have been to Australia they are still very good and I recommend them.
The lead Doctor is an ex rugby player and understands about return to play – returning to your hobby. Which is very important.,
The doctor and physios speak some English. I have used Japanese both times.
What happens- you go in speak to the Doctor, he asses you. He sends you up stairs (there is a lift) to speak to the physios and trainers. You see the physios for a few weeks then the doctor will asses you again. Doctor will also give a rough timeline for the injury. The physios and trainers will give you exercises to do at home.
If you have national health insurance the whole thing is very cheap.
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P.S Picture is of Ivan Drago from Rocky 4.