Jun 28, 2014
With ever increasing numbers of people participating to sports it is hardly surprising that the incidence of sports injuries is on the rise all the time In America alone in 2012 there were over 4 million reported sports injuries from Emergency Rooms across that country. This figure is showing no signs of abating. Accident and Emergency units across the UK are seeing a 14% rise in the incidence of sports injuries year on year.
Globally, sports injuries are now responsible for a very significant amount of work and school absenteeism. At any given time as many as 5% of the workforce may be absent from work due to injuries sustained through sporting activities. This needless to say impacts negatively on the economy.
Some Common Sports Injuries.
• Foot injuries. Plantar Fasciitis. Bunion. Ingrown toenail. Fractured metatarsal.
• Ankle Injuries. Torn Tendon Achilles. Avulsed Deltoid Tendon. Fracture.
• Lower leg. Shin Splint. Stress Fracture. Muscular tear.
• Knee. Torn lateral ligament. Cruciate ligament tear. Damaged Medial Meniscus. Fractured Patella. Dislocated patella .Patella ligament evulsions.
• Thigh. Torn hamstrings. Groin strain. Fractured femur.
• Elbow and wrist. Tennis elbow. Bursitis. Collis Fracture. Bennett’s Fracture.
• Shoulder Injuries. Dislocated shoulder joint. Sublaxed shoulder joint. Rotator Cuff Injuries. Fracture Clavicle. Frozen Shoulder.
• Head and Neck. Concussion. Subarachnoid haematoma. Fractured Skull. Fractured Cervical Spine leading to spinal cord injury and permanent paralysis.
Treatment of Sports Injuries.
The treatment of sports injuries has now become a speciality in its own right and will depend on the nature of the injury in question. Some injuries, like a torn Cruciate Ligament, will require highly specialist surgical repair while many others will respond well to RICE which is the mnemonic for Rest Ice Compression and Elevation. In addition to this many injuries may require simple analgesia and the use of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory as for example Ibuprofen or Paracetamol.
Just a word about rest. Athletes and those involved in competitive sports will often find themselves in conflict with their carers. The health care professional responsible for the management of sports injuries will advise rest as a simple and pragmatic road to recovery. But the sports person, impatient to get back to their game will often try and avoid or short-circuit rest and very often do themselves little favour in the process.
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If you have suffered a recent sports injury or have a chronic lingering problem resulting from a past sports injury and would like some help or advise with this then we are here to help.