How to treat common sports injuries

How to treat common sports injuries

Leading an active lifestyle has its own set of benefits for your body. It can help you to feel more energized in your day-to-day routine, and as a result, you can become more productive each day.

Injuries are part and parcel of playing sports. Although there are steps that you can take to minimize the risk of injuries, it is at times unavoidable. In this article, we will be discussing the common sports injury and how you can treat them.

Strains and Sprains
Sprains are ligament damages to the tissue that connect a bone to the joint. On the other hand, strains happen when damages are done to muscle fibers. The most important principle when dealing with strains and sprains is to follow the PRICE principle.

  • Protect the area from further damage
  • Rest and restrict your activities
  • Ice for pain and swelling control
  • Compression to reduce swelling
  • Elevation

Additionally, you should seek a physiotherapist to advise you to go on a rehabilitation program to hasten the healing process and prevent future recurrent of injuries.

Shin Splints

Shin splints are also injuries commonly associated with, but not restricted to, running and interval sports. Running too much or performing strenuous activities in fast intervals usually could lead to shin splints. The first part to healing shin splints is to ice and rest your shin, preferably for 1 to 3 days or until the pain has subsided. Next, see a physiotherapist so that he or she will be able to identity the issue that has caused the injury. Your physiotherapist should also be able to advise you ways to prevent further injuries through customizing exercises that will help to strengthen your shin.

ACL Tear

ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament, which is responsible for holding the bone to the knee joint. ACL tear is an incredibly painful injury. Sometimes, victims will hear a “popping” sound when the tear occurs. You should get a knee pain physiotherapy treatment so that you can recover quickly. Typically, you will be expecting a 6 to 8 months down period. For more severe cases, surgery might be needed to repair the damaged ligament. Overall, this is an injury that you should pay attention to.

In conclusion, sports can be fun and exciting but proper care and management is important.  This guide should only serve as a general guideline. When in doubt, always get a professional that is an expert in physiotherapy in Singapore, and they will be able to help you to get back to your normal activities in the shortest time possible.

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