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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:

  • muscles
  • bones
  • ligaments (thick bands of tissue that connect one bone to another)
  • tendons (tough, rubbery cords that link muscles to bones)
  • joints (the hips, elbows, ankles and knees)
  • cartilage (tough, flexible tissue that covers the surface of joints and allows bones to slide over one another)
Treating sports injuries including muscle and joint pain, golfers and tennis elbow

Why sports injuries happen

Sports injuries can be caused by:

  • an accident
  • not warming up properly before exercising
  • using inadequate equipment or poor technique
  • pushing yourself too hard (overtraining)

Your Osteopath may describe a sports injury as:

  • a sudden injury - which is the result of a sudden impact or an awkward movement
  • an overuse injury - which develops over time as a result of overusing certain parts of the body or poor technique

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,

  • plantar fasciitis
  • Achiles tendonitis
  • anterior tibial syndrome
  • jumpers knee (knee pain)
  • greater trochanteric pain syndrome (painful hip)
  • proximal hamstring injury
  • Golfers elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • shoulder injury / pain

Where calcified deposits have built up within the tendons, Shockwave Therapy can disperse them.

What to do if you have an injury

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.

Osteopath treating sports injury

Treating sports injuries

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.

Preventing sports injuries

Not all sports injuries can be prevented, but you can reduce your risk of getting injured by:

  • warming up properly before you exercise
  • not pushing your body beyond your current fitness level
  • using recommended safety equipment for specific sports, such as shin guards for football or a gum shield for rugby
  • receiving coaching to learn correct techniques

If you start a new sport or activity, get advice and training from a qualified healthcare professional or sports coach.

Are sports worth the risk?

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:

  • reducing your risk of developing serious diseases later in life, such as heart disease and cancer
  • improving your mood, self-confidence and sense of wellbeing
  • helping you to maintain a healthy weight

Telephone this Clinic today and see an Osteopath to discuss how to treat your sports injury and speed up your return to fitness