Playing sport and doing regular exercise is good for your health, but can sometimes result in injuries.
Most people will only experience minor sport-related injuries such as cuts and grazes, bruises or blisters.
Pain, swelling and restricted limb movements are fairly common. Affected areas can include:
Sports injuries can be caused by:
Your Osteopath may describe a sports injury as:
Overuse injuries are common in professional athletes because of the intense nature of their training. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is the latest technology in treating tendonious injuries, such as,
Where calcified deposits have built up within the tendons, Shockwave Therapy can disperse them.
Stop exercising if you feel pain, regardless of whether your sports injury happened suddenly or you've had the pain for a while. Continuing to exercise while you're injured may cause further damage and slow your recovery time.
You can treat most minor sports injuries yourself by resting the affected body part and using over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, to relieve pain.
More serious sports injuries, will require specialist advice and treatment from an Osteopath.
Not all sports injuries can be prevented, but you can reduce your risk of getting injured by:
If you start a new sport or activity, get advice and training from a qualified healthcare professional or sports coach.
After reading this, you might get the impression that sports are risky activities, but this isn't the case. Any physical activity, even walking to the shops, involves some degree of risk.
It's important to remember the health benefits that sport and exercise can give you, such as: