Osteopathic Treatment for Minor Sports Injuries
Whether you are an elite professional, a casual participant, trying to keep fitter and lose weight, or just enjoy sport for recreation, minor sports injuries will occur in all age and fitness levels. Many of the injuries are the result of playing too hard and too often e.g. tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and biceps tendinitis, or from not warming up properly beforehand or from not warming down after exercise.
Sometimes incorrect equipment can lead to injuries – ill-fitting footwear can cause hip, knee and ankle injuries (e.g. Achilles injuries). Reduced joint flexibility will affect performance and may result in injury if the player is unaware that they cannot perform to the same level as they used to, for example golfers who cannot turn at the waist as well as they used to, and the enthusiastic older footballer whose knees do not bend as well as they once did.
Young people especially are vulnerable in sport as their growing bodies are often expected to perform to high standards and are putting exceptional physical demands on themselves. The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those who are fit tend to recover more quickly and easily from their injuries.
Common Sport Injuries Osteopathy Can Help:
- Back Pain (lumbar or thoracic pain)
- Constant Knee Problems
- Frozen Shoulder
- Ankle Pain
- Hip Pain
- Persistent Hamstring or Calf Strains
- Running Injuries
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Tennis Elbow or Golfer’s Elbow
- Wrist Injuries
How Osteopathy can help
An osteopath can help improve performance as well as treat the injuries being suffered.
By using our knowledge of diagnosis and highly developed palpatory skills we can
help to restore structural balance, improve joint mobility and reduce adhesions and soft tissue restrictions so that ease of movement is restored and performance enhanced.
For those of you wishing to keep fit, we can help you keep supple and improve muscle tone so reducing the risk of injury to soft tissues unaccustomed to the extra work they are being asked to do. Advice on diet and exercise which will help you with your specific sport may also be offered.
- Begin slowly and build up, especially after an injury
- Warm up first, and then warm down with stretches afterwards
- Drink plenty of water when exercising
- Exercise regularly, and try to alternate the types of exercise that you are doing every day
- Following a joint injury apply ice to the area for 10 minutes, every hour, if practical.
- Apply a bandage to compress the tissues. Elevate and rest if possible.