Sports Injuries and pain
We have worked with some of the top sports teams and elite athletes across the country. Our experienced physiotherapist will work with you through your rehabilitation, getting you back to your peak sporting prowess.
A sprained ankle means that you have over stretched or torn one or all of the ligaments on the outside of your ankle. Ligaments are rather like tough elastic bands. their job is to stop the joint from being moved too far. They have a poor blood supply and therefore heal slowly.
Although running is undoubtedly one of the best ways to keep fit, as a ‘high impact’ activity, ironically it can lead to all manner of injuries. The main causes of running injuries are outlined below.
Static abnormalities – These are genetic characteristics and therefore cannot be altered eg:
- Leg length discrepancies.
- Genu valgum or ‘knock knees’.
- Genu varum or ‘bow legs’.
Functional abnormalities – caused by:
- Poor rehabilitation following injury.
- Poor technique.
- Developmental shortening of muscles.
- Abnormal lower limb biomechanics.
- Excessive pronation (rolling in on the mid foot).
- Excessive supination (running with feet pointing together).
Abnormal pelvic mechanics.
- Excessive anterior tilt.
- Excessive lateral tilt.
- Asymmetric pelvic movement.
Tennis elbow is a term used when the tendon of muscles that lift and hold your wrist upright has become inflamed. It is normally sore and painful on the outer part of your elbow, which is where the tendon inserts into the bone. Occasionally pain is felt on the inner side of the elbow. This is called golfers elbow and is due to a similar inflammation, but this time it is the tendon which bends your wrist and hand forward rather than backwards. Both of these conditions are caused by repetitive movements or sustained gripping.
There are various ways of dealing with tennis elbow. The most common are outlined below:
- Anti inflammatory tablets e.g nurofen, cuprofen, voltarol, sergam.
- Cortisone injection.
- Physiotherapy. this includes manipulation, deep massage, some electrotherapy and as the elbow improves a graduated exercise regime.
- A specific type of strapping may also be used.
- A tennis elbow band or to give it the “proper” name…….epicondylitis clasp!!!
- Surgery. Generally the last resort, but can be very successful in those where conservative treatment has failed.