What sports injuries should I see an osteopath for?
Depending on the injury you’ve suffered and the sport you play, you could, right now, be facing months away from the field. Coping with pain and restricted activity is tough enough, but if you’re away from your favourite sport field you’ll also lose fitness, mobility and stamina, which means once you’re ready to come back you’ll be trying to make up not only for lost time, but for lost fitness too.
But did you know osteopathy can treat an extensive array of sporting injuries, maintaining mobility, restoring strength and ensuring you’re back on the field as fast as possible?
Common sporting injuries and osteopathy
Specific sports injuries and osteopathic treatments
Repetitive movement sports (such as cycling, tennis, badminton and squash) place a sustained pressure on focused muscles and tendons, resulting in overuse that requires a specialist’s knowledge of stretching and strengthening exercises to ease discomfort and restore function.
Running, especially long distance running, is another sport that often causes injuries. Common injuries in this realm include inflamed tendons, shin splints and aches and pains (particularly in the hamstrings and the back). Osteopathy stretches and massages the muscles that have been impacted to reduce the pain. We also provide exercises to build your strength between appointments, so no time is wasted in getting you back to fitness.
Common forms of sports injuries
Common types of sports injuries that osteopathy can treat include:
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Torn ligaments
- Torn tendons
Acute sporting injuries
Beyond these injuries, we can often tackle sporting injuries that appear suddenly. For example
- Sudden set and severe pain
- Swelling of a joint
- An inability to place weight on a leg, knee, ankle or foot
- An arm, elbow, wrist, hand or finger that suddenly becomes painful and tender to the touch
- Restricted movement in a joint
If it feels like you’re suffering with any of these injuries, and you’d like to get back on the field as soon as possible, give us a call on 020 8316 5316.
Brian, our specialist sports osteopath runs a clinic every weekend and is highly experienced in helping people overcome sports injuries. Give him a call and find out how he can help you today.