Suffering from a sports injury can be a real struggle for many people. Whether you are a professional athlete or just a sporty individual; they can be severely damaging to your body and often leave you feeling down and defeated. But if you are enthusiastic about sports, you will know that often when faced with adversity such as this, it can challenge you to become stronger and inspire improvement in your future performance. Continue reading “5 Tips for Recovering from a Sports Injury”
We’ve officially entered the new year, and with it comes the time for New Year’s Resolutions.
Often, people tend to want to try new things, experiment and get out of their comfort zone.
When it comes to exercise and getting back into shape after the Christmas holidays, many people are motivated to get stuck into things but with that, there is a gradual increase in visits to a physiotherapist with injuries. The culprit behind these injuries is people not executing the correct warm ups.
However, this by any means shouldn’t deter you from having a fitness resolution, only there are certain aspects of training that you should be aware of prior to jumping into cardio and strength workouts.
After sustaining a musculoskeletal injury, anti-inflammatories are often prescribed. The likes of Ibuprofen, Nuromol, Ibuleve Gel, Naproxen, Voltarol will be just a few of the anti-inflammatory drugs, otherwise known as NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
In simple terms, NSAIDS work by blocking the processes that cause the inflammation, and by blocking this process the resulting pain is decreased. NSAIDS will only work to reduce pain if it is inflammatory in nature. Anti-inflammatories are commonly prescribed by doctors and recommended by physiotherapists to help relieve inflammation-related pain in those initial stages and to help you get back to your normal activity faster.
NSAIDs and ligament injuries
There are many studies floating around on the web that show how NSAIDs reduce inflammation and pain when you get a ligament injury. Let’s say that you’ve got an ankle sprain that has inflamed a lot and you are in a lot of pain, NSAIDs act to reduce both the pain and inflammation that is experience thus improving joint amplitudes and load-bearing capacity. These short term effects can be seen up until the 7th day. Your ligaments will need time to heal and it is through that altering this healing might cause problems in the long-term, including function, higher recurrence rate or poorer joint range of motion.
NSAIDs and muscle injuries
Anti-inflammatories may be a good option to consider with cases of deep muscle contusions as they are a frequent source of muscle calcification. The evidence about NSAIDs preventing the heterotopic ossification (bone formation at an abnormal anatomical site) is based on the theory that “as a positive effect of NSAIDs in preventing heterotopic ossification after a prosthetic replacement has been seen on studies, it might work as well for muscles.”
NSAIDs are also thought to prevent DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) after eccentric exercise. But you will need to take anti-inflammatories prior to partaking in any exercise which may mask possible injury. For acute muscle tear, NSAIDs are not recommended as they may inhibit protein synthesis and inflammatory reaction.
As football combines speed, agility, power and strength, therefore requiring fast movements and changes in direction in addition to avoiding contact with other players in a fast-paced environment, and because of this, the risk of injury is fairly high.
Below, Achieve Physiotherapy are listing some of the most common football injuries and how they can be treated.