Sports injuries happen all the time, and they are always frustrating. It doesn’t matter if you shoot hoops in your backyard or are a striker for the Socceroos – sports injuries are an irritant at best, or devastating at worst.
Sports-related pain typically presents as overuse and strain injuries. Overuse injuries often result from excessive wear and tear on the body – especially in areas subject to repeated activity – with ankle, knee, shoulder and elbow joints being the most commonly occurring injuries. A strain injury, on the other hand, occurs when the fibers in a muscle or tendon tear as a result of being over-stretched.
Our team of physiotherapists in Sydney are highly experienced across a large variety of sports and regularly supports sporting teams and events. We provide effective sports physio treatment programs to get you back to your sport as soon as possible by ensuring that the real cause of injury is corrected to minimize the likelihood of it reoccurring.
Common Sports Injuries
Shoulder injuries and pain often occur from contact sports or from overuse. Ligament sprains, muscle strains and tendon inflammation are quite common. The symptoms for shoulder injuries may include pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of normal shoulder movement. Shoulder injuries regularly occur in cricket, swimming and golf. Your sports physiotherapist can give you shoulder exercises and back exercises to relieve pain and strengthen your shoulders.
Common shoulder injuries are as follows:
• Rotator Cuff Strain
• Rotator Cuff Impingement
• ACJ Disorders
• Adhesive Capsulitis
Knee injuries often present as medial collateral ligament (MCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture across all codes of football, cricket, field hockey and martial arts. For snow skiing, MCL injuries are more common in beginner/intermediate skiers and ACL injuries more common in advanced skiers – and for both injuries physiotherapy will play an important role in returning to play.
Jumper’s knee is inflammation of the patella tendon that attaches the muscles at the front of the leg to the shinbone. Constant jumping and landing as in netball or basketball leads to patellar tendon pain and tenderness in the knee which continues at rest and during play. Treatment consists of the RICE protocol and physiotherapy.
Elbow pain is an overuse injury often experienced by golfers and tennis players as a result of small tears occurring in the tendons of the forearm. Elbow pain occurs on the inside of the elbow as opposed to tennis elbow where pain occurs on the outside. Pain increases when flexing the wrist and when grasping objects.
Ankle pain occurs when ligaments are stretched or torn. Rehabilitating the strength and flexibility of the area can be restored through physiotherapy. Ankle sprains regularly occur in most sports including: basketball, netball, football, athletics, field hockey, cricket, netball, squash and tennis, and commonly occur when there is a pre-existing muscle weakness in the ankle or a history of previous ankle injuries. Our team of sports physios is able to identify if there is an underlying problem and develop a program to prevent further sprains from occurring.
Groin strains are painful tears or rupture to any of the muscles on the inner side of the thigh. This type of injury results in groin pain ranging from mild to severe. Tightness may be felt in the groin area, as well as pain when squeezing the legs together.
Avoiding stress and injury is of course better than facing rehabilitation. Wearing proper sports attire and wearing it correctly is important, ensuring proper warm up and cool down, and good fitness preparation. In the event that you are harmed or feel pain after sporting activities, you should visit our sports physios at CBD Physiotherapy for evaluation and to discuss how we can serve you to soothe your pains and get you on the right track to recovery. Ignoring the signs of injury can lead to further aggravation and even greater damage.
Call us on 02 9223 3122 to make an appointment with one of our sports physiotherapists today!