Avin is highly skilled sports injuries clinic in Leicester, who has a special interest in helping patients manage and prevent sporting injuries. Muscle strains and ligament sprains are common sports injuries, but without appropriate management they can cause longer term pain and limit sporting ability.
Osteopathy is a non-invasive therapy, using hands on treatment and advice to allow the body to heal. Avin will take a thorough case history and assess your body as a whole. This holistic approach can highlight problems beyond the injury that may have played a role in causing it. You may find that your shoulder is only prone to recurrent strains because it’s compensating for a stiff upper back, for example.
Simple muscle strains are not unusual sports injuries. The hamstrings, calf, and groin can be particularly prone to this in football, squash, and running.
A strain can cause instant or delayed pain, and sometimes swelling. This is different to a total rupture, and much easier to manage. For optimal healing, it is important to load the muscle in the early stages. However, overloading does not help. Total rest means the new fibres being laid down have no guidance on direction, which can lead to more scar tissue and therefore reduced capacity of the muscle. Avin can help throughout this healing process: easing symptoms and tightness as well as guiding you through an exercise plan.
Repetitive strain is not just limited to computer work. Tennis elbow and golfers’ elbow are examples of repetitive strain. Both injuries affect the muscles just below the elbow that move the wrist.
Even a mild strain to these muscles can lead to inflammation at the joint between the muscles and the bone to which they attach. This in turn causes pain, swelling, and weakness. It can be a hard cycle to break, but hands on treatment including acupuncture can help. Avin can also give advice to reduce the likelihood of developing another episode.
The ankle is a common area to sprain in sport. By definition, a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of a joint. The fibres are torn, although the ligament is not completely ruptured. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and instability in the joint. Ankle sprains resulting from “twisted” ankles typically affect the outside of the joint, but in sports where a boot holds the ankle steady, the force can be transferred higher up.
Shoulders are another joint that can be sprained. The main ball and socket joint of the shoulder is shallow to allow a lot of movement. Repeated overhead movements, such as throwing, can predispose a shoulder injury. A smaller joint in the shoulder is where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade. This joint is much less mobile than the ball and socket, but can be sprained by impact. Falling onto an outstretched arm can focus the force into this joint.
Ligaments have a poor blood supply, so healing is slow. Rehabilitation is particularly important to help support the joint while healing, and prevent further injury. Avin can provide an exercise plan to complement your osteopathic treatment and further improve the strength of the joint.
Alongside muscle and ligament injuries, nerve pain can result from sports injuries. A strained gluteal muscle can irritate the sciatic nerve, leading to sciatica.
Sciatica is a term that covers any symptoms brought on by the sciatic nerve, including:
These symptoms occur around the route of the sciatic nerve. It runs from the lower back, through the buttock, into the back of the thigh and outside of the calf. Sometimes symptoms can also be felt in the sole of the foot.
Management of both the nerve and the irritant is important. Avin will work to find out why the muscle tightened in the first place and get to the root of the problem. The quicker nerve pain is addressed, the easier it is to reduce symptoms.
If you are currently looking for sport injuries doctor in Leicester , or often develop sports injuries, book an appointment online today.