Sports injuries and trauma

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What are sports injuries and trauma?

Sports injuries occur when playing indoor or outdoor sports or while exercising. Sports injuries can result from accidents, inadequate training, improper use of protective devices, or insufficient stretching or warm-up exercises.

An ‘acute’ sports injury is one which happens suddenly, for example by over-stretching a tendon resulting in a sprain or a fracture.

Sports injuries can also be caused by long-term over-use of a group of muscles or joints, for example in activities which involve running. These are known as ‘chronic’ (or long-term) injuries.

Common sports injuries include ankle sprain, hamstring strain, knee injuries (for example ACL tear and patellofemoral syndrome), tennis elbow and shoulder injuries (for example dislocation, rotator cuff tears as well as clavicle fractures and acromioclavicular joint dislocations).

Treatment for sports injuries varies according to the injury type, location and severity. Some injuries may need physiotherapy or surgery while others may only require rest and painkillers.

Regenerative treatments such as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy) can be used to repair or replace damaged cartilage, tendon and ligament tissues caused by sports injuries.

Orthopaedic Specialists can provide care for patients suffering from trauma injuries affecting the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Trauma can refer to minor fractures or severely broken bones. The team will treat fractured bones and ensure the damaged part of the body regains its original strength and maximum function.

View Mr Heidari’s educational videos:
Biomechanics of the Foot and the Rationale for Midfoot Fracture Fixation
Options in Salvage and Reconstruction Following Complications of Distal Tibia Fracture Fixation
Tibial Fractures: Complications and Options for Salvage
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