Sports therapy, bracing and supports

Sports Injury

Our Sports Injury Clinic is led by our friendly Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation specialists. Your first appointment will be an assessment of your injury and we'll then discuss the best options on how to progress with recovery.

You can read more about Sports Rehabilitation appointments in our guide to Sports Injury Rehabilitation Buchanan Clinic.

We have listed below some of the most common injuries we see patients for.

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Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries are commonly caused by the straining of ligaments and tendons in the ankle. These exist to protect and stabilise your ankle through normal activity but by being repeatedly overstretched without appropriate time to heal they can become inflamed or torn. Certain conditions may heal on their own through rest, however, ignoring ankle pain can result in a more serious condition developing.

Treatment can include soft tissue manipulation of the surrounding muscles, rehabilitation of muscle the surrounding muscles and insoles & adequate footwear. Taping is also common and has been used since 300BC for protection and prevention, particularly for ankle injuries.

Back Injuries

Though back injuries are not very common in sports, around 80% of people experience back problems during their life. An expert assessment will go through the location, intensity, duration and quality of pain you’re experiencing. There are many types of potential back injuries which cause pain and limits athletic movement.

Muscle Ruptures

Athletes can rupture back muscles in many sports such as track & field, football and weightlifting. Injuries are usually minor ruptures and often go unnoticed. However, more serious ruptures can cause swelling and bruising in the area which signifies a more serious muscular tear.

A rupture would usually have symptoms of piercing pain on an extension, flexion or rotation of the muscle. Tenderness can also be found surrounding the ruptured area. A sports therapist can clinically assess and provide various treatments to aid the healing process.

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain can occur in the majority of sports and those mainly affected are aged between 30-40 years. Symptoms can often appear when lifting a heavy object or rapidly turning but can also occur with no physical exertion. A sports therapist will decide on what treatment is best depending on the specific injury. This could be through massage or providing a rehabilitation programme to aid recovery.

Foot Injuries

In most sports, elements of running or jumping are crucial to success – however, this can lead to strain on the lower parts of the body. For example, athletes who wear minimalist shoes without the appropriate strength in foot muscles have an increased chance of getting Plantar Fasciitis. The main symptom would be feeling pain when taking first steps in the morning.

Knee Injuries

The most common knee injuries in athletes are ACL and MCL sprains when an athlete changes direction, stops suddenly or incorrectly lands from a jump. Signs of an MCL injury include pain when weight bearing or pain when walking. The severity of the tear will affect the level of the pain.

The knee joint has more chance of injury in contact sports and rehabilitation may play a large part in the recovery of a knee injury.

Neck Injuries

The neck is commonly injured in sports and it’s usually a back-related problem. The neck area is delicate and a collision with an opponent in sports or with surrounding objects may be serious. Neck pain can radiate to the back of the head, shoulders, arms, hands and also lower body parts. Treatment depends on the specific neck injury – for example, having Whiplash in sports may be transferred to hospital examination or for pain radiating from the neck rehabilitation could be advised.

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