Sports injuries are one of the most common issues that we are presented with here at Clifton Park Hospital in Yorkshire. A sporting injury can occur for a variety of reasons – overuse, falls and collisions, pushing yourself too hard when training or from not warming up optimally. Many of these injuries can lead to recurrent problems such as pain, joint locking, tendon tears, dislocations and even arthritis. Here at Clifton Park Hospital we are experts in dealing with all forms of sports injury.
Minor Sporting Injuries
For minor sports injuries it is effective to practise the “PRICE” technique for 2-3 days post injury. The “PRICE” technique incorporates the following elements:
- Protection – Try to protect and support the affected area for around 48 hours
- Rest – Take a break from your usual sporting activity
- Ice – Apply ice for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours on the injury
- Compression – Use elastic compression bandages to support and decrease the swelling of the injured area
- Elevation – Elevate the injury above heart level if you are able to do so
You may also find the use of painkillers particularly helpful throughout this process.
Although the “PRICE” technique proves effective – if your last for more than a few days then it is best to consult a medical professional. Dependent on your needs, the consultant will decide what treatment options are available to you. In most instances physiotherapy may be all that is necessary however in the cases of structural damage, surgery may be required.
Treating Sports Injuries
There are a range of techniques that your consultant may advise you undertake in order to best manage your sporting injury. These include:
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) – Appropriate medication can be used to limit the amount of swelling and pain caused by your injury e.g. the use of aspirin or ibuprofen. It is important to check with your doctor to ensure it is safe for you to take any medication
- Physiotherapy – this can be very effective in the case of most sprains of muscles, ligaments and joints
- Surgery – this may be needed in those circumstances where tendons and ligaments are torn or if a fracture has occurred.
- Rehabilitation – Certain exercises can be incorporated into your routine to regain the strength in the injured area. A physiotherapist will be able to advise you on the best exercises to do for effective recovery – it is important to get the balance between resting your injury and rehabilitation right.
Our consultants and physiotherapists at Clifton Park Hospital in York will be more than happy to guide you through the best way to treat your sporting injury. They will also be able to help you through the diagnostic process and immediate actions which can be taken to get you back playing your sport again.
Common Sports Injuries
At Clifton Park Hospital the most common sporting injuries affecting bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles are:
- Shoulder pain – this can occur for many reasons ranging from inflamed tendons, right up to rotator cuff tears. These usually result from falls or repetitive overhead activities
- Dislocations – this commonly affects the shoulder in contact sports such as rugby. Traumatic dislocations of the knee and knee cap are often seen in sports that involve changing direction whilst running or twisting of the knee.
- Runner’s Knee – Usually presents as a grating feeling underneath the knee.
- Knee Ligament Damage – Damage to the ligament known as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the most common knee injuries. It normally presents with swelling, instability and a lack of full range of motion about the knee.
Preventing Sporting Injuries
There are a few tips which you can take on board when attempting to avoid a sporting injury, such as:
- Getting professional help on how to exercise correctly e.g. from a coach.
- Don’t stretch yourself past your “normal” boundaries.
- Warming up appropriately before you start to exercise makes you more flexible and promotes oxygen and blood flow to your muscles.
- Using shin guards and protective gear when exercising
Our consultants and physiotherapists at Clifton Park Hospital pride themselves in their expertise in diagnostics and treatment when it comes to sporting injuries. The team are always on hand to answer all your concerns and strive to get you back playing your favourite sport. Devising a treatment plan unique to you – we make your treatment process more personal.
Several of our consultants have treated many elite sports men and woman including players for:
- Rugby and football clubs including the Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, St Helens Saints, Widnes Vikings, Hull KR, Hull FC, Castleford Tigers, Huddersfield Giants, North Wales Crusaders, Leeds / Yorkshire Carnegie, Bradford Bulls, York / Malton / Selby / Otley / Whafedale / Pocklington RUFC. Leeds United / Huddersfield Town / Middlesborough / Scunthorpe United / York City / Grimsby Town.
- Cricket teams including the England Cricket Team / Yorkshire Durham CCC
- Other sportsmen and women from the Team GB Athletics and Team GB Triathlon
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