If you spend a lot of time sweating in the field, you must be aware that torn ligaments and tendons, common sprains and strains are injuries that unfortunately sporting activities can lead to.
Depending on the intensity of pain and our ability to move the affected body part, we usually shrug it off as “a muscle pull” or a common sprain. However, on the inside, it may not be just that (and it’s very dangerous to assume it as a minor injury without a confirmation from a qualified professional, Doctor and/or Physiotherapist).
Let’s say you think you pulled a muscle in your ankle while playing football. It could be a torn ligament or tendon in ankle, which is momentarily masquerading as a minor injury. The same could be the case with your knee, shoulder, foot, hand or any other body part.
A torn ligament usually results when multiple ligaments are either twisted or stretched extensively. This is also the case with tendons when the tissues or fibers are torn or stretched. The external symptoms can be a combination of tenderness in a muscle or around a joint, pain and swelling. In some extreme cases, even bruising can be seen. One may also find that they are unable to move the injured body part.
Another common type of injury that is related to torn ligaments and tendons is the hamstring injury. Those are tears at the tendons at the back of your thigh. Athletes involved in intense lunging, running or jumping can encounter this type of injury. The gravity is such that it can be felt and heard as a “pop” with immense immediate pain. Apart from this, the external symptoms include seizing up of muscles that suddenly feel tight and tender. In extreme cases, there may be bruising and swelling.
The knee has four ligaments. ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of them and can suffer a tear. This is the most common type of torn ligaments and tendons in a knee. Like hamstring, one may hear a pop or crack when this injury happens. This usually happens when a sportsperson lands badly from a jump (or suddenly stops and changes direction). This injury leads to immediate instability in the knee, rendering the person unable to have full range knee movement (like straightening the leg or going up and down the stairs). The person is unable to put their entire weight on the knee.
One must remember that any type of physical activity, something even as simple as walking on the road, carries a risk of injury. And if you are a person involved in any regular sporting activity, you sometimes can’t really avoid ending up with some sort of sports injury at some point. However, taking precautions can decrease the risk of an injury.
Warming up and stretching before you start out, gradually increasing the exercise levels and keeping the intensity within your capabilities are some of the basic things to keep in mind if you want to avoid injuries that can potentially affect you for a lifetime. Also remember, that most injuries (and accidents) result when a person is unprepared or lacks proper technique. However, don’t let this put you off spending time enjoying the sporting activities you so love! Just stay safe and if you do suffer an injury please ensure you seek advice from a Professional.
Physiotherapy is one of the most effective ways to overcome and heal such sports injuries. For instant and direct booking of a private physiotherapy session with professionally qualified physiotherapists at any of our multiple clinics in London, simply pop over to www.physiosnearme.com, stay safe, stay strong.