Sports injuries – these types of injuries are due to overuse of a part of the body when participating in a certain activity or a hard collision e.g. runner’s knee, tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, ankle problems.
- Ankle Sprain usually has immediate pain with associated swelling and bruising at the site of injury. Severe sprains are distinguished where one may not be able to put weight or walk on the injured ankle. Rehabilitation is required to strengthen the ligaments again. Weak or unstable ankles often lead to repetitive ankle sprains
- Knee injuries are common in sports that involve sudden twisting turns or chronic overuse. One common injury is to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or patella femoral tracking disorders where one experiences pain and swelling in the inner knee or just below the kneecap. A feeling of instability of the knee, popping or grinding in the knee is associated with cartilage or meniscus tears. Lockingis the term used when the knee joint refuses to completely straighten, and this is almost always due to torn cartilage
- Tennis Elbow is common term for a condition caused by overuse of arm, forearm, and hand muscles resulting in elbow pain on the outer side. Another common term, “Golfer’s Elbow,” refers to the same process occurring on the inside of the elbow. Pain is worse when squeezing objects or supinating forearms (turning the forearm outwards)
- Rotator Cuff tendinitis occurs when the tendons and muscles that help move the shoulder joint are inflamed or irritated. Usually found in people who play sports that frequently require extending the arm over the head. It is also called “Impingement Syndrome”. There is pain and swelling at the front of the shoulder and loss of mobility and strength.