A bit about sporting injuries...
We all know how important being active on a regular basis is for our health, but unfortunately on occasions this can lead to injury. Sporting injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, from not warming up properly and not having the right equipment, to over-stretching yourself or having an accident. Whether you’ve experienced a sudden injury or it has occurred overtime, it can have a major impact on the day-to-day enjoyment of life.
What can go wrong?
Sporting injuries can affect a variety of different parts of the body, depending on the demands of a particular sport, from muscles, bones and ligaments, to joints, cartilage and tendons. Some of the most common sporting injuries include:
- ACL or MCL sprains or tears - injury to the knee ligaments due to twisting and landing awkwardly or from impact injuries
- Ankle sprains - caused by twisting your ankle
- Bursitis - inflammation of fluid filled sacks which provide cushioning to joints usually due to overuse or trauma
- Hamstring strain - muscle strains or tears
- Plantar fasciitis - inflammation of the fascia (connective tissue) on the sole of the foot caused by poor footwear or biomechanics
- Rotator cuff injuries - tendon tears or muscle strains of the muscles of the shoulder girdle
- Tendinitis - inflammation of a tendon such as Achilles Tendinitis, Tennis Elbow or Golfer's Elbow
What causes sports injuries?
A multitude of factors can result in a sporting injury:
- Trauma or impact
- History of previous injury
- Poor muscle stability and strength
- Increasing load too quickly
- Poor ergonomics
- Repetitive strain
Specialist treatment and prevention of sporting injuries
At The Medical, we specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sports injuries:
- Diagnosis - X-rays and 3D Movement Scanners
- Treatment - manual therapy, such as joint manipulation, massage, acupuncture and therapeutic ultrasound carried out by physiotherapists, chiropractors or osteopaths
- Strength and conditioning - Pilates and rehabilitation where you're taught exercises to strengthen your muscles, improve stability and mobility of your joints and prevent recurrence of your injury