Sports related injuries
As a qualified osteopath with over 10 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry, I’m an expert in treating sports-related injury.
I injured myself playing sport – can osteopathy help?
Regular exercise and sport can be very enjoyable and is recommended as a way of maintaining good health. However, sometimes even the most experienced athletes can injure themselves. Sports injuries can be caused by:
- not warming up properly before exercise
- poor technique
- pushing yourself too hard
- overuse of a particular part of the body
- not making allowances for an existing condition or injury
- using unsuitable or inadequate equipment
- unsuitable or incorrect footwear
- a sudden impact or awkward movement
- not using safety equipment
- an accident
Common sports injuries treated by osteopathy or sports massage include:
- sprains and strains
- back, neck, shoulder, knee or ankle problems
- muscle soreness
- shin splints
Manual techniques, such as osteopathy, can aid healing through physical manipulation and massage which can improve movement in the joints, increase blood flow through the body and encourage the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms.
Treatment for sports injuries
- Stop what you are doing, regardless of whether the pain or injury has come on suddenly or gradually. Continuing to exercise while injured or in pain can cause further injury or extend your recovery time. According to the severity of your injury, you may be able to treat the problem yourself with rest and an ice pack on the affected area, or you may need to see an osteopath or GP
- Any head injury or serious injury should be seen immediately by a GP or the local hospital accident and emergency department
Please note that the above information is very brief and condensed; for proper diagnosis and treatment, please see your GP or osteopath