"I have always been a keen athlete, but since my sports injury to my knee, I have struggled to do any form of exercise without being in pain for a few days after. I was told by my doctor to see a specialist who should be able to help get the strength back. Since coming to the Medway Osteopathic Clinic, I have seen a great improvement and I am nearly back at the stage I was before my accident." Jeff Townsend - Rochester
Sports injuries can be defined as injuries that happen whilst participating in athletic activities. Common sorting injuries can include tennis elbow that’s common cause is repetitive strain injury, ligament damage that can be caused by sudden force, Sprains that are injuries to joints seen in most sporting activities.
Practitioners at this City Way clinic have had experience treating many athletes of an international level including swimmers, rugby players, footballers, trampolinists, gymnasts, tennis players, weight lifters, marshal artists, cyclists, boxers as well as several international runners of all age ranges
When asked about common sports injuries Gary offers explanations to a few:
Swimmers can twist their knees if they don't move their heads evenly to breathe when doing freestyle. They can easily overkick with their ankles too and might not notice in the cold water, Restoring normal joint freedom and reducing twists and turns especially of the knee and low back (tumbleturns) allows the soft tissue to be relieved of strain and recover.
Trampolinists often land with their bodies slightly too far forward in seat drops and sprain their low back. Their ankles can suffer in the same way that gymnasts do in dismounts. Shoulder strains on the rings tend to respond, if you catch them early enough, to movements that restore the tracking of the ball joint of the shoulder to allow a normal negative pressure to replace the excess fluid present in the damaged joint. The plane joint of the shoulder frequently is disturbed as the arm moves to the extreme of motion above or behind the body. This is often diagnosed as frozen shoulder but responds quickly to a number of manipulations. This is often a problem for tennis players with their service game.
Repair or degeneration (often both at the same time) depends on the degree of inflammation which is why anti-inflammatories are the mainstay of medical treatment alongside painkillers. These will not restore the normal movements of the damaged area on their own, but rely on the patient to move in the right way to free up the strain. Or the body compensates by twisting at some remote area, taking up some of the athlete's valuable energy and ability to perform new movement.
If you are stiff you can't move freely and even warming up may not get to the problem A229 Medway Osteopathic Clinic provides specialist osteopathic treatment for all sports pain, strains, dislocations and sprains so call our registered Osteopath today for advice on rehabilitating your sports injury.