Whether you’re a professional athlete or you like exercising and being in top form, injuries are bound to happen. The question now is what are you going to do when an injury happens?
“No pain, no gain” has become the motto we often hear in sport and exercise, and ladies we’re no strangers to a little pain, are we? However, actual pain is never a good thing nor a good indicator that you’re on your way to achieving excellence.
Many injuries are merely superficial and they usually heal relatively fast. Others, however, can be pretty serious and can cause various problems.
Check out the top 6 most common sports injuries, what problems they cause and how to treat them.
- Shoulder dislocation
One of the most frequent sports injuries is a shoulder joint dislocation. A shoulder dislocation is usually caused by hard falls and different kinds of collisions especially in sports like football and rugby. However, cyclists, yogis, and weight lifters aren’t safe from shoulder dislocation either.
This injury happens when the upper arm bone (humerus) pops out of the shoulder socket. In case you have intense shoulder pain, bruising and a visible deformation of the shoulder – it’s highly likely that you’re suffering from a dislocated shoulder.
🟢How to treat a dislocated shoulder
Since dislocated shoulders are very painful they need to be treated immediately – meaning you’ll need to visit your doctor right away. Use slings and shoulder immobilization braces to prevent any further injury until you get medical attention. The doctor will then move your arm back into the socket and after the bone is back in the place you’ll need to follow a light treatment to reduce the swelling and pain.
The treatment includes icing the shoulder a couple of times during 2-3 days and taking anti-inflammatory painkillers. After a couple of days have passed and your shoulder is no longer swollen and in pain, and if the doctor recommends, do light shoulder stretches.
Ankle sprains happen all the time, to athletes, to those who do sports and even to people walking down the road minding their own business. An ankle sprain is not uncommon and it happens to everyone at least once in a lifetime.
When it comes to sports, dancers, soccer players, basketball players, runners, and even you ladies exercising or dancing at home can suffer from an ankle sprain. This kind of injury is very painful and it can go from light injury to a severe one.
🟢How to treat an ankle sprain
If ankle sprain happens the best thing you can do is visit a podiatrist. Podiatric medicine studies and treats disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity. You can visit a doctor at South Coast Sports Podiatry, where you can get the latest and most modern treatment and therapy. After the doctor has checked your ankle, they will give you therapy and tell you to rest the next couple of days. You’ll probably be instructed to elevate and ice your foot to reduce the swelling and pain.
Hamstring pain can happen easily especially when running or kicking a lot. It can also happen due to a poor stretching technique. A hamstring strain is the result of a tear of one or more hamstrings and thus it can range from light injury to a severe one.
🟢How to treat a hamstring strain
If you notice pain the back of the thigh, where the hamstring muscles are located, start by icing your leg and resting. If the pain is still not subsiding after two weeks, consider visiting the doctor.
Recovery time will significantly depend on the severity of the injury. It can take from six months to over a year.
Elbow injuries come in many different shapes and forms, from dislocated and sprained elbows to severe ones like fractures. Many people think that elbow injuries mostly happen to tennis players as they have probably heard about Tennis Elbow. While it’s true that many tennis players suffer from elbow injuries, many other people can also suffer from elbow injuries due to the overuse of their elbow.
You can notice that something is wrong with your elbow if there is swelling somewhere in the elbow area – either below or above it. You will also notice that you have difficulty moving your elbow and that the immediate area around it is either bruised or red.
🟢How to treat an elbow injury
If what you thought was a sprained elbow is not getting better after a few weeks, make sure to seek medical attention. Also, if you think that you have an elbow fracture, immediately seek medical attention.
The doctor will give you treatment and send you home with a therapy that you need to follow for at least a couple of days. This will usually include painkillers, icing your elbow and using a sling.
A concussion is a serious brain injury that usually happens in contact sports like football, rugby, ice-hockey to name a few. And while players of these sports are most likely to have it, a concussion can happen in practically any sport.
Some of the most typical symptoms that indicate that you have a concussion include headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion and even sensitivity to light.
🟢How to treat a concussion
Seek medical help right away. Concussions should never be taken lightly. The doctor will check you and tell you to take it slow, not to do any physical activity for some time.
Patellofemoral Syndrome is a knee injury that happens due to hard blows or frequent falls to the knees. These types of injuries are typical sports injuries, but really anyone can suffer from patellofemoral syndrome. he symptoms usually include pain around the kneecap or in the knee itself.
🟢How to treat patellofemoral syndrome
The treatment depends on the level of pain you’re experiencing. If the pain is moderate and bearable, you’ll be instructed to rest your knee as much as possible. However, if the pain increases and becomes too much to handle, you’ll be given supportive braces and knee taping, rehabilitation exercises.
Sports-related injuries happen all the time, from minor to severe ones and many times avoiding an injury is not possible. What we can do is listen to our bodies and follow their cues.
So ladies, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention if you feel like your injury is getting worse!
About the author
Helen Bradford is a journalism student who always seeks new ideas to write about. She enjoys blogging about beauty, health and style trends for women. When she’s not writing, she spends her spare time being active through fitness and traveling. Click here for more from Helen Bradford!
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