No matter the level of sport practiced, all of us have suffered from sport injuries at some point in our lives. As the physical demand on the body increases with activity, aches and pains will occur while practicing sports; however persistent and recurrent discomfort if left untreated can result in serious injuries.

Sport injuries can be divided into two different categories:

acute sports injuries

Acute Sports Injuries

Acute injuries generally have a traumatic onset. These injuries are very common in compact and adrenaline sports. Practicing any sport which involves sudden impacts, increases the incidence of sports injuries, ankle and knee sprains, fractures, joint subluxation and dislocation, are unfortunately very common.

In the event of a severe sports injury, it is always best to consult your GP to assess the severity of the injury using medical imagery; X-rays will show injuries to bones while scans enable to assess any damage to soft tissues.
Chronic sports injuries

Chronic Sports Injuries

Chronic injuries are often the result of repetitive strains. Frequently occurring without any trauma, the lesser severity often gives a much better prognosis than traumatic injuries. Chronic injuries are generally the consequence of the incapacity of the body to effectively cope and compensate for the strain associated with the sport activity.

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.

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