Physiotherapy Matters launch week day 4: Sports injuries

Physiotherapy Matters launch week day 4: Sports injuries

As part of our celebrations to officially launch our new clinical site at Regent Centre, Gosforth, we’re exploring the top 5 common aches, pains and conditions suffered in the UK which we treat here at Physiotherapy Matters. Today, we’re exploring sports injuries.

Sport injuries are more common in the summer months in line with many people starting healthy living programmes, for example commencing dieting and exercise prior to upcoming holidays, with the latter often causing people to need to visit our clinic.

What can cause sports injuries?

When it comes to exercising, many people take on too much too soon which results in the body overloading and this often leads to injury. For instance, despite not exercising for months many will attempt long runs or strenuous exercise regimes which can lead to musculoskeletal pain for a few days afterwards.

Other common causes of sports injuries include:

  • Not warming up before exercising
  • Not using the correct equipment
  • Poor technique

How to treat sports injuries…

As soon as you feel pain when exercising, you should stop immediately as continuing to exercise whilst injured may cause further damage. Minor injuries can be treated at home with resting and painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication.

Serious injuries such as ligament or cartilage damage or broken bones will require specialist treatment from doctors and physiotherapists.

Preventing sports injuries…

Although preventing sports injuries isn’t always possible, as accidents happen, you can take steps to reduce the risk such as:

  • Warming up before starting to exercise
  • Using the recommended equipment and safety gear such as helmets, padding and guards
  • Learning the correct positions and techniques

Why physiotherapy matters…

The aim of physiotherapy is to help restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. Our Senior Physiotherapists are trained healthcare professionals who treat people of all ages, working within guidelines that are based upon the most recent and high quality evidence and research.

Physiotherapy can help you to treat your sports injury and in most cases treatment will include manual therapy and electrotherapy techniques and exercises you can do at home.

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our Senior Physiotherapists to assess yoursports injury and devise a treatment plan please call on 0191 285 8701 or email us at info@physiotherapymatters.co.uk for more information.