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Sports Injury Treatment - Don’t Let Sports Injury Get In The Way

Continue Playing The Field With A Sports Injury Treatment Plan

Sports are a great way to stay fit and healthy, however, there can be a downside, athletes are more likely to suffer from sports injuries than others their age. Don’t go hanging up your boots just yet, the health benefits of sports far outweigh the risks.

Have you suffered from a sport injury? With the help of Point Cook Physical and our experts in sports injury treatment, you will be back on the horse, court, or tack before the ref can say “time!”

Common Causes of Sports injuries

The most common cause of sports injuries is poor movement. Most people don’t realise it but when one area of the body stops moving properly another area must take up the slack and that’s when the problems happen.

There are many other causes of sporting injuries:

  • Structural abnormalities
  • Physical trauma
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Tendon and/or ligament weakness
  • Unsafe exercise environments
  • Unsafe exercises
  • Overuse
  • Repetitive use

Sport Injury Symptoms

Symptoms will vary depending on the type of injury but look out for:

  • Swelling
  • Sudden nerve pain
  • Tenderness in extremities
  • Poor balance
  • Lack of control of movement
  • Trouble weight bearing on feet, leg and/or ankles
  • Trouble moving joints normally
  • Muscle weakness

Sport injury Diagnosis

Your physical therapist will diagnose your sports injury based on how the injury occurred as well as your symptoms. There are also a number of standardised tests which may help accurately identify the damaged or problematic structure.

Your physical therapist may opt for further tests such as X-rays or MRI scans depending on the severity or longevity of the injury.

Sports Injury Treatment

Sports injuries vary in their specific treatment depending on the severity of the injury. Treatment for sports injuries usually involves removing the stress that caused the injury in the first place and also enhancing the function of other areas of the body to decrease the load on the damaged area.

Minor injuries such as sprains or pulled muscles can be treated at home using the PRICE method;

  • Protection
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation
  • Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can also be used to manage pain.

This method should only be used for up to two days, if your feel no relief you should seek medical attention.  Do not take other pain relief without consulting a doctor or pharmacist.

For more serious or persistent injuries your doctor may suggest:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Osteopathy
  • Massage
  • Myotherapy
  • Surgery

Long term treatment involving strapping, rubbing or taking anti-inflammatories  is NOT recommended as these are merely band-aid solutions that cover-up the real problem, block the all important pain signals and may even cause more damage.

If you have suffered from a sports injury always consult with a doctor. For more information on general health and wellbeing or to book an appointment, contact us on (03) 9369 9766.