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Sporting Injuries, Diagnosis & Main Treatment Options

For some people, their idea of hell would be to get out there every single morning

And train for a half marathon, or spend their entire weekend getting muddy, cold, and collecting bruises on the rugby pitch.

If, however, you are definitely part of the other group, for whom sport and sporting activities are part of who you are as a person and form a large part of your social schedule, then the risk of sporting injuries are, unfortunately, part and parcel of your daily life.

With this in mind, continue reading to learn about the five most common sporting injuries, diagnoses, and treatment options.

1.   Tennis Elbow

First and foremost, one exceedingly common sporting injury that can also affect people who have never so much picked up a racket before in their life, is tennis elbow, so-called because of the strain and stress on a particular set of muscles in the elbows.

Essentially, tennis elbow occurs when the tendons in and around the elbow area become inflamed and suffer tears, resulting in pain within your elbow and around the area on the outside of the limb.

As well as tennis and badminton players, other professionals like plumbers, painters, and carpenters, who spend long periods of time engaging in the same type of movement (often with the same arm) can also develop tennis elbow.

Rest is by far the best treatment for tennis elbow, along with stopping doing the activity that you know caused this repetitive strain injury and regularly holding a bag of frozen peas for a couple of minutes directly on the affected area.

2.   Achilles Tendonitis

As you might expect, there are many ways in which a person can damage their Achilles tendon, and for sporty types, even a simple warm-up or cool-down stretch in the wrong position can negatively impact the area.

Achilles tendonitis specifically targets the Achilles tendon, which is the tendon that connects the back of the heel to the calf muscle, and as it is the largest tendon in the human body, it is often caused by overuse.

Running, jogging, climbing, jumping, standing on your tiptoes, and climbing the stairs at home all utilize the Achilles tendon, and as such, once the tendon is strained, it can often take months or even years for the damage to be fixed, as it is hard to avoid using the muscle.

3.   Bone Fractures

Every single contact sport always includes a risk of fracturing one or more of your bones, usually either in your legs, feet, arms, or wrists.

Bone fractures can either occur from a one-time, split-second injury on the field or be known as an acute bone fracture, which essentially means that the pain has worsened over time from repetitive stress on the same area.

Should you be living with a constant, albeit dull, ache or pain in your body due to a sporting injury, you should take the time to look into treatment options. If you have found that traditional medicine has not been helpful, then it is worth seeking out medical cannabis from an officially licensed UK clinic as an option to help ease your symptoms. Before going down this route, you should read clinic reviews like these Releaf reviews so you know what to expect.

Obviously, though, your first port of call when you develop a suspected bone fracture should always be your GP or even a doctor through your place of work should you work professionally in the sporting ‘field’.

4.   Runner’s Knee

As the name suggests, runner’s knee almost always affects people who enjoy running, jogging, or even powerwalking and do so weekly and in most cases, nearly daily.

Basically, runner’s knee (often alternatively referred to as jumper’s knee or the official medical term ‘Patellofemoral pain syndrome’, is characterised by tenderness, aches, and/or pain emanating from the kneecap (the patella), or else just in front of it

There are several treatment options for people who are suffering with runner’s knee, including, most prominently, staying away from running, jogging or powerwalking until the area has entirely healed and (with your GP’s knowledge) taking ibuprofen in safe dosages when the pain is severe.

5.   Rotator Cuff Injury

A rotator cuff injury is another painful and common sporting injury that needs medical attention, even if you believe it to only be a mild twinge.

By far the most common shoulder problem caused by repetitive strain or contact sports, the rotator cuff injury occurs when the bursae and/or the tendons of the shoulders become inflamed and this can lead to intense pain.

In addition to sporty types, a rotator cuff injury can also develop in people who have jobs or hobbies in which they spend a lot of time with the arms over their head, such as painters and decorators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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