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3 Common Sports Injuries & How to Treat Them

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The number of sports injuries sustained annually is alarmingly high in Canada, with hockey and soccer amongst the two biggest contributors. From muscle sprains, ligament tears, and stress fractures, sports account for a vast range of musculoskeletal injuries.

Here are three of the most common sports injuries that affect athletes.

Shin Splints

Have you ever experienced a sharp, shooting pain in your lower leg? It may be because of shin splints, a common sports injury that affects physically active individuals.

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Athletes who face this form of injury most commonly complain of severe pain in the tibia (shin bone). This is especially frequent among the group of sportspersons involved in activities that require long distance running, as it increases the likelihood of them damaging their shin muscles or sustaining stress fractures.

Shin splints can be treated by icing,stretching exercises, and wearing the right shoes to handle the pressure exerted on the shins during the sport. Warm up exercises also prevent the chances of you getting injured.

Patellofemoral Syndrome

Knee injuries are quite frequent in contact sports, and patellofemoral syndrome is no exception. This condition is related to the repeated movement of the kneecap (patella) against the femur, especially if there is underlying malalignment. The abnormal movement may be caused if you suffer a fall, which may then cause the knee to swell, resulting in an imbalance of the knee muscles.

Athletes who participate in sports such as football, cycling, volleyball, running, or swimming are especially prone to patellofemoral syndrome. They may experience pain in their kneecaps, along with difficulty while walking or moving their legs. Low impact exercises, knee taping, and bracing techniques are recommended to regain flexibility and mobility. This may be paired with anti-inflammatory medication and ice packs.

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Golfer’s Elbow

Also referred to as tennis elbow, this form of injury mostly affects athletes who do repetitive movements of their forearms and wrists. Since the muscles connecting the two meet at the elbow joint, it usually affects that specific region (on the inside in golfer’s elbow and outside in tennis elbow).

Golf and tennis players are more susceptible to this type of injury because they perform repeated movements when swinging the golf club or tennis racquet back and forth. This action causes the tendons and muscles of the forearm to flare up, becoming sore and inflamed as a result. What follows is mild pain around the elbow that tends to spread towards the arm and wrist, increasing in intensity along the way.

Since golfer’s elbow is caused byoveruse of muscles, it requires you to adjust your schedule and reduce repetitive activities. Anti-inflammatory medicines, icing, and mild strengthening exercises also help in improving your range of motion and alleviating discomfort.

Wishing You a Speedy Recovery!

While physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory medication are effective options, they tend to be long-term treatments that yield results after several weeks—or months! A quicker and more effective way is regenerative injection therapy, which not only has a shorter recovery period, but also carries minimal risks.

RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy specialises in stem cell treatment, which is particularly useful for treating sports injuries.

Call them at 1 855 847-3975 to make an appointment at their clinic in Toronto!

About the author

Nancy

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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