What are sports injuries?
Playing sports places more demand on the joints of the body and their surrounding structures. Sometimes this may result in injury. The majority of sports injuries that occur are as a result of soft tissue damage, although in more severe cases damage can occur to the bones in the form of fractures. The soft tissues are comprised of your skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Damage to any of these structures can cause an inflammatory reaction and symptoms can include pain, swelling, heat, visible redness to the damaged area, and a loss of function.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy treatment , during the acute inflammatory stages, aims to limit the effects of inflammation and reduce the pain, swelling, heat, and redness. The earlier the injured area is treated the quicker the return to function so the quicker the return is to playing sport.
What can I expect from physiotherapy?
During the later stages of inflammation physiotherapy treatment focuses on the injured sports player’s rehabilitation. The aim of the rehabilitation is to facilitate soft tissue healing and strengthen the damaged and weakened area so the injured player can return to their chosen sport sooner.
The most common sports injuries tend to be strains and sprains:
• A sprain is an injury to the ligaments
• A strain is an injury to the muscle fibres.