SPEEDY DIAGNOSIS AND ACCURATE TREATMENT
Sports injuries should be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible because inactivity can be very debilitating. All of our Physiotherapists are trained to deal with injuries that are caused by sports activities whether they be on a professional or amateur basis.
Your initial appointment will involve an accurate assessment and a comprehensive diagnosis, with treatment and home care advice provided.
TREATMENT AIMS MAY INCLUDE:
Reducing any Pain or Swelling
Returning to Full Range of Movement
Helping with the Prevention of Repeat Injuries
EXAMPLES AND TYPES OF SPORTS INJURY
We treat sportsmen and women regularly in our clinics and some of the most common injuries they have are detailed below. Often an individual problem may affect more than one of the core structures within the body, or damage to a combination of muscle tissue, ligament tissue and bone.
BONE FRACTURES AND STRESS FRACTURES
A fracture is of course more commonly referred to as a broken bone. No two fractures are ever the same and the injury will usually also involve tendon and ligament damage, so rehabilitation can take time once any plaster cast or strapping has been removed.
Stress fractures are either very slight breaks in the bone or hairline cracks and these are often caused simply by the repetitive strain of regular training or competitive sport. Shin bone stress fractures are frequently occurring sports injuries, but may not show up on an initial X-ray (the crack can become more obvious in fact once the bone has started to heal).
SPRAINS AND STRAINS
Sprains are when the ligaments connecting bones together are torn. This type of ligament damage is a common sports injury and our specialists will assess how serious the problem is during the initial consultation. The knees or ankle joints of athletes and sports participants are often affected by a sprain injury.
A strain is when a tendon or muscle becomes torn. Physiotherapists use a scale of 1 (least serious, perhaps just a few fibres damaged) to 3 (most serious, sometimes a complete rupture of the muscle involved) to grade sprains and strains.
TENDONITIS OR BURSITIS
Tendonitis occurs when one of the tendons that joins a muscle to a bone becomes inflamed. This type of inflammation can typically get worse over time because of the over-use of that part of the body. This condition often happens when a person returns to activity too quickly after an injury or muscle strain. Degeneration of a tendon or inflammation of the surrounding area near an important tendon can also be termed as tendonitis.
Between a tendon and a bone within a joint there is a small fluid-filled sac (providing lubrication and reducing friction) called a ‘bursa’ – and Bursitis is the term physios and doctors use to describe inflammation of a bursa. This condition can be very painful, feeling like a ‘stabbing’ sensation in the knee, thigh or hip, often when the patient is sitting at a desk or resting – or it can occur in the shoulder. Bursitis is sometimes known as ‘housemaid’s knee’ but elbow bursitis is a very similar injury affecting the arm.
Call us on 0115 956 2353 to book your initial injury assessment to get started on the road to your recovery.