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Mike Greatbanks who plays ‘Centre’ for Crewe & Nantwich Rugby FC, tore the ligaments in his knee during the put the match here. Fearing he would be out of action for weeks, he went to see top local sports physiotherapist Rick Carter who was able to assess the injury and recommend some stretches that Mike could perform safely straightaway. 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 is used to seeing sporting injuries that could have a real impact on a player’s season or career.
Rick says “When Mike suffered his torn ligaments, I knew he would be concerned about how long he would be unable to play. Through my work with elite sports people, I realised that the key to getting him back playing was to begin treatment on his injury as quickly as possible; something we were able to achieve through physiotherapy and a scan and that could have potentially taken weeks through the traditional NHS route.”
Rick and the physiotherapy team at CTC specialise in all sports related injuries and are the Crewe and Nantwich Rugby FC team official physiotherapists, so Mike was confident in going to them to help with his injury.
Mike says “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 hopefully, I’ll be back on the rugby pitch very soon.”