Sports Injury Clinic Birmingham & Solihull: Specialist Sports Injury Treatment
Whether you’re an elite athlete or just like to partake in sports at a beginners level there is always a risk of becoming injured. Here at Dynamic Osteopaths we operate a Sports Injury Clinic providing specialist Sports Injury Treatment in Solihull and Edgbaston Birmingham. Below, we would like to run through some of the most common sporting injuries along with sports injuries treatment.
TWO COMMON FORMS OF SPORTS INJURIES:
Acute traumatic injuries
Other than acute pitch-side trauma like fractures, concussions and cuts, acute sports injuries involve joint and soft tissue - strains and sprains. These may often involve tissues like, tendons, ligaments, acute muscle tears, any joint (eg the knee or shoulder), or the spine. Acute injuries will usually be trauma induced - happen after a blow or force, like getting tackled in football.
What are sprains and strains?
Sprains - Over-stretching or tearing the ligaments results in a sprain. Ligaments or soft tissues that connects bone to bone at a joint. Ligaments can only withstand so much pressure at one time before they suffer with micro tears.
Strains - Over-stretching or tearing muscles or tendons is referred to as a strain. Strains often occur from over exertion of force.
Chronic sports injuries include overuse injuries that happen over time, or acute injuries that have not been managed well - like tendinitis, shin splints or stress fractures. Chronic or overuse injuries usually occur from repetition exercise, like long-distance running or throwing sports. Chronic injuries can be just as problematic as acute injuries, and hugely affect sporting performance.
Different sports injuries produce different symptoms and complications
Whether you are suffering from an acute or chronic sports injury, both can be hugely detrimental to your game if not correctly addressed. Below are some of the common sports injuries we see at our Sports Injury Clinics in Solihull and Edgbaston Birmingham:
low back pain (often golf related)
planter fasciitis (often running related)
shoulder impingement or tendinitis
hamstring or gluteal tendinopathy
various types of bursitis
Sports injuries can occur due to many different reasons, most commonly being not used to a certain sport or exercise, or not warming up properly. This link here will cover the importance of warming up, with an easy to follow demo https://www.grenade.com/uk/blog/how-to-prevent-muscle-injury-during-winter.
What to do immediately following an acute sports injury?
RICE should always be used following mild sports injuries. For best results, follow the RICE method within the first 24 to 36 hours after the injury. It can help reduce pain and inflammation/swelling. Over-the-counter medication may also be beneficial, like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. If your sports injury looks or feels severe, it is always advised to get it looked at.
Sports Injury Prevention
The best way to prevent a sports injury is by following a correct warmup routine similar to the warm up link above, long with stretching muscles and joints frequently. Cold muscles are prone to overstretching and tears. Warm muscles have increased blood flow and increased flexibility that allowed to deal with increased loading and shock absorption. Injury prevention tips:
always adopt correct technique
use correct equipment
don’t overdo it
cool down from exercise
resume activity slowly
Sports Injury Diagnostics
Many sports injuries cause immediate pain and dysfunction. However, chronic overuse sports injuries, can be noticed further down the line meaning - tissue damaged may be occurred. These sports injuries can be diagnosed during routine physical examinations and checkups, involving.
1) Physical examination and assessment of the injuries area and to assess for predisposing factors.
2) Medical history asking questions about how the injured happened.
3) Imaging tests to provide diagnostic confirmation of the sports injury, if needed.
Here at Dynamic Osteopaths our Sports Injury Clinic in Birmingham and Solihull provides an excellent service in the treatment and management of sports injuries. This is inclusive of conservative management, physio / injury rehabilitation, and specialist non-surgical treatment.
Specialist non-surgical treatment:
Soft tissue injection
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections
joint draining (asperation)
GET IN TOUCH TO FIND OUT MORE OR SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
Don’t let sports injury, joint damage, back pain get in the way of allowing you to do your sport. Schedule a consultation with us today, and let us treat your injury, provide pain relief and get you back to your full and active lifestyle. We have clinics operating out of Solihull (Henley-In-Arden), Birmingham (Harborne / Edgbaston) & Bromsgrove (Barnt Green).
Call us today 01564 330773
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