Common Sports Injuries

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

Common Sports Injuries

There are many injuries that can be sustained while practicing physical activities. From your regular exercise routine to playing sports, rotator cuff tears, wrist sprains, and hernias can happen to anyone at any time. Knowing the signs of these common injuries will help you to know when it’s serious and time to seek professional help.

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Rotator Cuff Tears

 

A torn rotator cuff means sever pain and immobility in your shoulder. The rotator cuff itself is made up of the muscles that help keep your arm in place in the socket, these muscles can get torn by constant wear and tear, repetitive stress, or moving in a sudden, jerking motion. You might have sustained a rotator cuff tear if you have pain at night while lying on your shoulder, while lifting or lowering your arm, and especially if you notice a crackling sensation when moving through certain positions.

 

Wrist Sprains

 

Sprains of the wrist can range from mild to severe, but they all involve damage to the ligaments between one bone and another in the wrist. The most common cause of sprain is falling and landing on an outstretched hand. If this has happened to you, look for the signs and symptoms of sever sprain: swelling, persistent pain, bruising, and a feeling of tearing or popping inside the wrist.

 

 

Sports Hernia

 

Any sports activities that involve significant twisting of the body can result in a hernia, the tearing of tissue in the lower abdomen or groin. If you have a hernia you will experience severe pain in the groin area. Often times this pain will lessen with rest, but then return and increase in severity with physical activity.

 

 

If you have sustained any of these injuries, or suspect that you might have more than a minor ache or pain after exercising, seek the help of a medical professional. Physical therapists are trained to diagnose many of these injuries, and will work with you to develop a unique plan of stretches, exercises, and pain alleviation to get your body back in shape as fast as possible.

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