Sports injuries are not restricted to just professional athletes; many of us are physically active at least to some degree. Even everyday activities like walking your dog can result in a sprained ankle or a strained muscle.
Sprains and strains are among the most common sports injuries, alongside knee, muscle, and tendon injuries. Fractures and dislocations are also frequent. These types of injuries are usually accompanied by pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness.
Although sprains and strains have similar symptoms, they involve different body parts. A sprain involves the stretching or tearing of a ligament, whereas a strain involves the stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon. While a sprain most commonly occurs in ankles, a strain mostly affects the thigh and lower back
Professional athletes often suffer from injuries caused by repeated stress on tendons like shoulders, arms, legs and feet, leading to an inflammation called tendonitis.
Another common injury caused by repeated stress is bursitis, which often accompanies tendonitis. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that allows for the smooth movement of a tendon over the bone. When the bursa is overused, it will become swollen and irritated, causing pain and discomfort.
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is pain and inflammation of the tendons on the outer side of the elbow. In some cases, the pain may spread to the forearm or wrist as well. In addition to pain one may suffer from a burning sensation and a weakened grip. Despite the name, this condition is not limited to tennis players, although it often results from repeated use of a tennis backhand stroke with poor technique.
Other causes include different racket sports and certain professions that involve a lot of repetitive arm motion such as plumbing. Everyday activities like typing or using a screwdriver can also cause the onset of a tennis elbow.
Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a condition similar to a tennis elbow occurring on the inner side of the elbow. Pain and inflammation of the tendons is caused by overuse and repetitive motion, like golf swings or various throws. Symptoms of a golfer’s elbow include pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow, as well as weakness and stiffness.
Knee ligaments are often injured during sports, especially the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Cruciate ligaments are located inside the knee joint while collateral ligaments are located on the sides of the knee. Athletes participating in contact sports or sports that involve a lot of jumping and landing, running and stopping, and changes in direction are prone to ACL injuries. MCL injuries are often caused by a direct blow to the outside of the knee. Symptoms include pain, swelling, instability, and restricted movement.
Meniscus injuries are also a common sports injury. A direct blow to the outer part of the knee can lead to a meniscal tear, as well as squatting and twisting the knee. Common symptoms are pain, swelling, stiffness, clicking or locking of the knee, and inability to fully move the knee.
A patellar tendon tear, commonly known as “jumper’s knee”, is mostly seen in people who play running or jumping sports, caused by a direct fall or landing after a jump. A weakened tendon is also more likely to tear. Typical symptoms are pain and swelling, stiffness, and difficulty while walking.
Back and thigh injuries
A very common cause of back pain in athletes is over-activity, which can often lead to pain and soreness in the lower back due to muscles and ligaments being overstretched. Symptoms of a low back muscle strain are sudden sharp pain, swelling, and pain while trying to bend or move the back.
Other traumatic back injuries involve the sacroiliac joints and the tailbone. The sacroiliac joints are located at the lower part of the back and are responsible for the twisting movements of the legs. These joints can be injured by a hard fall on the buttocks. Tailbone injuries are also caused by falls onto the backside. Although pain caused by a sacroiliac injury may lead to stiffness in the lower back, it is mostly present on the right or left side of the buttocks. Pain due to a bruised tailbone is felt just above the buttocks at the lowest part of the back.
Injuries to the hamstring are usually a result of a strained or pulled muscle at the back of the thigh. Hamstring injuries are most common in athletes who participate in sports which require a lot of running with sudden stops, like soccer, football and basketball. Pain from a hamstring injury is present at the back of the thigh and may be accompanied by swelling, bruising, and muscle weakness.
Healing from sports injuries can take several months, which is very problematic for athletes who are used to exercising on a regular basis. The body needs to increase its blood flow to the injured areas in order to carry nutrients to the affected areas. PEMF therapy is ideal for sports injuries as it boosts the body’s own healing process by increasing blood flow and stimulating the body to repair damaged tissue.
Recurring injuries to the same area can also be treated successfully with the Curatron PEMF systems:
I am treating a person for a fractured scaphoid bone which would not heal. What is of particular interest in this case is the fact that the patient was a competitive bike rider and he asked his specialist why so many sports people have the same recurring injuries to be told that they do not heal. Now the specialist is surprised at the amount of movement the patient is getting back, but I am not surprised at all! This is a really powerful healing tool!
With much appreciation,
Susan Gramberg-Bennet, Australia