Injuries such as recurrent muscle strains and joint inflammation will occur with prolonged misuse of the affected structure. Inappropriate technique or occasionally structural abnormalities such as old fractures and congenital deformities will increase the localized strain on the musculoskeletal system. Very often chronic sports injuries are the long term result of untreated precedent sports injuries, which have resulted in the alteration of the normal biomechanics of the body.
Osteopathic treatment will vary depending on the type and severity of the injury. Serious injuries such as ruptured tendons and fractures do not necessitate osteopathic treatment until the body has healed. For injuries of lesser gravity, osteopathic treatment will aim to reorganize and rebalance tensions in the local musculoskeletal tissues resulting from the injury. Specific stretches and strengthening exercises may also be given for rehabilitation purposes.
But more importantly, using a holistic approach, the osteopath will assess for any compensation patterns arising from other traumas, which have compromised the integrity and function of the affected joint and muscle.