Sports Injury

Osteopathy treatment for sports injury

Whether you live for your sport or you’re just finding your way into a new exercise regime, the last thing you want is a sports injury slowing you down or even making you stop doing what you love.

Sports injuries can be acute – the direct result of an event, such as a twisted ankle – or chronic – an ongoing issue caused by the overuse of the same muscle group, tendon problems or joints. Either way, if you do have a sports injury, you may need support to help get you back to full health and fitness.

Osteopathy is an effective treatment option for acute and chronic sports injuries, as well as a preventative therapy that can help you stay supple, strong and injury-free.

How osteopathy can help a sports injury

Osteopathy is an excellent treatment option for sports injuries relating to the tendons, muscles and ligaments. It can even be used to help you improve your performance and prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.

These days, most sports clubs employ an osteopath to help keep their athletes in optimum physical shape and prevent injury as well as to treat specific injuries when they occur.

Osteopathy can help with:

  • Finding out the cause of the problem
  • Help restore the structural balance of your body
  • Improve the mobility, strength and flexibility of your joints
  • Reduce adhesions and soft tissue restrictions to give you greater ease of movement
  • Keep you supple and address muscle tone
  • Reduce the risk of injury
  • Management of minor injury towards recovery

As someone who lives a really active life, it was wanting to know more about treating sports injuries that lead me into osteopathy. I know what it’s like to live and breathe a sport – I used to compete in equestrian eventing and now enjoy munro bagging! It’s so important to be able to head outside for a walk or run and enjoy work without experiencing pain.

I’m committed to helping you recover from your injury so that you can get back to doing what you love.

Sports Injury FAQs

There are many different causes of common sports injuries. Problems such as Tennis Elbow or tendinosis can be caused by using the same muscles or joints repetitively without adequate strengthening or playing too hard with fluctuations in your training schedule. Other injuries such as muscle strains can be caused by not warming up properly before exercise or forgetting to cool down. Ill-fitting clothing or equipment can cause problems too – for example, joggers wearing the wrong trainers can end up with ankle, knee or hip problems. It’s also possible to hurt yourself if your technique or form is poor while lifting weights at the gym or using other equipment. Of course, your age can make you more vulnerable to sports injury too. Older people may find they’re not as flexible as they once were, while younger people may push their growing bodies too hard. It’s always best to visit your osteopath to find out what is going on and to manage the problem effectively and safely.
There are a vast array of sports injuries that can occur, so it’s always a good idea to phone for a chat about your individual injury in the first instance. As a rough guide, common sports injuries include: • Knee pain or Hip pain • Muscle strain • Tennis elbow • Golfer’s elbow • Knee ligament damage • Sprained ankle • Shoulder and neck pain • Back pain

Osteopathy looks at the body as a whole – problems with one joint or muscle group can cause pain and alignment issues in other areas, simply because everything is interconnected. For example, you may have changed how you walk to accommodate a pain in your knee, only to find that you’re now experiencing discomfort in your hip or back. With this in mind, I will ask you about any other symptoms you might be experiencing, so we can get to the root cause of your pain.

When you come to see me for osteopathic treatment for a sports injury, whether prevention or management, I will give you advice that you can use at home to aid your recovery and help to prevent future injuries. Generally speaking, always remember to incorporate warm up and cool down time into your exercise regime, including movement and stretches. You should start slowly and build up your level of activity, especially after a sports injury or if it’s been a long time since you last exercised. Make sure that you drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. It’s also a good idea to vary and alternate the types of exercise you do (cross training) to work different muscles and give different parts of your body a break.

Many sports injuries self-resolve with rest and elevation. Others can mark the beginning of a cycle of injury and recovery, and may be much longer lasting. If you have any concerns at all about a sports injury, it’s recommended that you seek advice. Osteopathy can help to reduce recovery times and strengthen and stretch the affected area to help minimise the risk of further injuries in the future.

One of my roles as an osteopath is to support you to be able to manage and improve your sports injury so that you can carry on with your normal activities, including work and your favourite activities.

Whether or not your sports injury re-occurs in the future will depend on your individual case and the causes of the pain. If I feel that there is something you can change within your current lifestyle – for example, how you warm up, strengthening or the frequency with which you exercise – I will discuss this with you and give you practical advice. I will also create a treatment plan that focuses on preventing re-occurrences of your sports injury.

The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths. The growing number of sports clubs employing osteopaths also demonstrates the effectiveness of osteopathy for the treatment of sports injuries. To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree – a similar length of time to a medical degree – but will spend more time focusing on human anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. This means that osteopaths are ideally placed to support recovery from and prevention of sports injuries.

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