Sports injuries can affect all ages and abilities – from occasional runners to world-class athletes. They usually result from inadequate training, overuse of a particular joint and accidents. Injuries can range from mild sprains, which usually improve without any intervention, to more severe problems such as dislocations and fractures.
There are many different types of sports injuries, and their symptoms can vary dramatically. Some injuries may go unnoticed, while more severe injuries can cause severe pain, swelling, tenderness and sometimes bleeding. In these cases it’s important to visit your local accident and emergency department immediately.
If your sports injury develops over time or is less severe, you may experience some of the above symptoms to a lesser extent – as well as bruising and difficulty moving the affected joint. If your injury doesn’t improve or is causing you significant discomfort, book an appointment to see your GP.
If you experience a sports injury of any kind, however mild the symptoms, you should stop any form exercise that might cause further damage. Some injuries will simply require rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E), while more serious injuries will need a more proactive treatment.
Your GP will be able to advise you on the best course action for your particular injury. They might recommend physiotherapy to strengthen the affected joint, and help prevent future injuries. Or they may prescribe pain relief or cortisone injections to help relieve pain and inflammation.
In some cases, you might need surgery to treat your sports injury and help you regain full use of the affected joint– this is where we can help. Mr Nirav Shah is highly experienced in treating sports injuries affecting the hip, knee and ankle, using the latest orthopaedic techniques.
Injuries can usually be diagnosed and repaired using a technique called arthroscopy, which is a type of keyhole surgery. This approach aims to reduce discomfort and shorten recovery times – and you will be able to go home on the day of your operation or the following day.
Our aim is to help you enjoy an active lifestyle again as soon as possible. Following treatment many of our patients are able to return to their previous levels of fitness and ability.
If a sports injury is stopping you from doing what you love, we can help. To book a consultation, call 01903 707373 or get in touch through our online contact form.