Runner’s Knee, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow – keeping up with a healthy and active lifestyle can easily come with a series of injuries if not done correctly. Top athletes aren’t the only people at risk of suffering these ailments, and with more and more Singaporeans picking up athletic hobbies in their free time, it’s important to recognise and prevent sports injuries as much as possible.
Read on for some symptoms of common sports injuries and possible treatments including chiropractic care and Shockwave Therapy:
1. Runner’s Knee
If you regularly go for a jog or run around your neighbourhood, you might eventually start to notice some pain or soreness around your kneecap. This is a sports injury referred to as “Runner’s Knee” and encompasses various conditions including Anterior Knee Pain Syndrome, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, and Chondromalacia Patella. Despite its name, Runner’s Knee can be caused by any activity that places regular stress on the knee joints including cycling, biking, and soccer.
Symptoms of Runner’s Knee:
- Knee pain during activities such as walking, climbing stairs, or kneeling
- Dull pain when the knee joint is not moving
- Swelling, soreness, or a ‘grinding’ sensation in the knee
2. Tennis Elbow/Golfer’s Elbow
Lateral Epicondylitis (“Tennis Elbow”) and Medial Epicondylitis (“Golfer’s Elbow”) occur when the elbow joint is overused or overexerted. Tennis Elbow occurs on the outer side of the elbow, whereas Golfer’s Elbow occurs on the inner side. Both injuries are caused by repeated stress (such as playing tennis, golf, or racket sports), or sudden sharp movements of the elbow joint.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow/Golfer’s Elbow:
- Pain or tenderness on either side of your elbow when the joint is active
- Stiffness, numbness, or tingling in the elbow or forearm
- Weakness in the forearms, hands, or wrist
3. Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles Tendinitis occurs when the Achilles tendon is overused, strained, or sprained. This sports injury most commonly occurs in younger runners or athletes who have just begun to increase their workout intensity, or in older individuals who irregularly exercise (e.g. only once on the weekend).
Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis:
- Inflammation, soreness, or pain in the Achilles tendon (lower heel) that increases with activity
- Bone spurs
- Thickening or swelling of the tendon
- Limited range of motion in the ankle
Treatment Options for common Sports Injuries
Most sports injuries can typically be treated through non-surgical means, although surgery may be required if the joint, cartilage, or muscle is too badly affected. The ‘RICE’ method can be adopted to alleviate immediate pain and avoid further complications:
- Rest: Rest the affected joint or muscle, including stopping or slowing down the frequency of strenuous activities
- Ice: Reduce pain and swelling in the affected area with an ice pack or cold pack. Heat packs are not an effective alternative for the first 48 hours after sustaining an injury, as they can increase inflammation.
- Compression: Gentle to moderate compression using an elastic bandage or brace should be used over swollen areas. Be careful not to cut off circulation or blood flow, which could lead to severe health complications.
- Elevation: Elevate the affected area while sitting or lying down, preferably above the level of the heart. This will help to lessen swelling and make the injury more manageable.
Chiropractic options such as Radial Shockwave Therapy can also provide short- and long-term therapeutic effects. Radial Shockwave Therapy is non-invasive, and involves using ultrasound waves and vibrations to restore circulation to the affected joint. Over time, this helps to improve healing and alleviate pain symptoms.
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Suffering a sports injury does not need to have a lasting impact on your quality of life, and most injuries can be treated through non-invasive non-surgical methods. Book a consultation with our trained chiropractors in Singapore to find out more about Radial Shockwave Therapy or to find out more about our range of chiropractic care services.