At Park Hill Hospital in South Yorkshire we are experienced with dealing with a variety of sports injuries – many of which are recurrent conditions that patients suffer from. There are many ways in which you may succumb to an injury through sport such as: experiencing a heavy blow to an area, having a fall, warming up incorrectly before exercise, having poor form during exercise and pushing yourself to the limits when exercising.
Immediate Action for Minor Sporting Injuries
If you have just experienced a minor sporting injury the ‘PRICE’ system can offer effective relief and should be performed for 2-3 days after injury. You may also seek to take painkillers to relieve the immediate pain.
- Protection – Keep the injured area away from harms way, for at least 48 hours, providing it with support
- Rest – Avoid putting pressure on the affected area and limit your daily/routinely exercise
- Ice – Use ice for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours to relieve swelling
- Compression – Using proper compressive materials such as elastic compression bandages can help to limit swelling and provide support to the affected joint
- Elevation – Ensure you elevate the affected area if possible – insuring it is raised above the level of the heart
Note: If you are experiencing no relief from the ‘PRICE’ system then you should seek medical attention immediately. If your pain persists over a few days or weeks you may need to be referred to a physiotherapist. Dependent on the type of injury you may find that you need surgery to treat the affected area.
The Treatment of Sports Injuries
There are many alternatives to the “PRICE” system to treat a sports injury, some of which are:
- Rehabilitating the injury – Exercising the affected injury can prove highly beneficial as it encourages the healing of the affected joint. In order to achieve the best rate of recovery a physiotherapist can form an exercise plan for you to get the balance between rest and exercise.
- Having Surgery – In more serious cases, surgery may be needed to correct the affected tendons, ligaments or bones. Bones may need to be repositioned back into their original place and tears within tendons and ligaments need to be fixed.
- The use of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) – Anti-Inflammatories such as aspirin and ibuprofen can be used to reduce and manage swelling of your injury whilst managing your pain.
Here at Park Hill Hospital in Doncaster our medical professionals would be happy to guide you through the most effective treatment plan for your injury – helping you to get back on your feet.
Common Sporting Injuries
Your body can be susceptible to a range of injuries - many of which affect bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Common sporting injuries include:
- Knee Ligament Damage – Ligament damage (tear) to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is particularly common. You may experience a popping sound at the moment of injury and may experience: swelling, instability and lack of range of movement of the knee. Read more about sports injury of the knee
- Runner’s Knee – You may feel a grating sensation beneath the knee. It is usually caused by the overuse of the knee. Read more about sports injury of the knee
- Tennis Elbow – This condition is a type of tendonitis which affects the outer elbow and you may experience pain when twisting your arm and whilst gripping objects.
- Golfer’s Elbow – Is a similar condition to Tennis Elbow but the inner elbow is affected.
Sports Injury Prevention
There are many ways in which you can help prevent sport injuries from occurring, some of which comprise of:
- Using guards for sports such as shin guards and other forms of protective equipment.
- Educating yourself on sporting techniques, e.g. through a coach to learn how to use correct form.
- Not overly exerting yourself beyond your “normal” boundaries
- Warming up effectively and properly before you partake in your chosen activity. This helps to increase blood flow and oxygen to your muscles as well as increasing your flexibility.
Park Hill Hospital offer an array of treatment options for your sporting injury. We take you through the entire diagnostic process and help you form an appropriate treatment plan. We have a range of surgical and non-surgical solutions which include minimally invasive surgical techniques and physiotherapy. Our highly-regarded specialists are on hand to talk you through any concerns you have about your sporting injury and the appropriate action to take regarding it.
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