Thursday January 19, 2017
At London Doctors Clinic, our private doctors see a number of different sporting and musculoskeletal injuries. So, if you’ve taken up a new sport in 2017 (maybe even one of our top seven alternative sports), or if you’ve stepped up your game and are exercising more regularly, don’t let such injuries hold you back! Familiarise yourself with this list and ensure you take preventative measures, because, let’s be honest, no one enjoys watching from the side line…
1. Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis (pronounced plant-ar-fash-ee-eye-tuhs) is perhaps better known as heel pain. It occurs when the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that runs from your heel-bone to the bones in your middle foot, becomes damaged. It is quite common - in fact, around one in ten people will develop it in their lifetime. You’re more likely to get it if you suddenly increase the amount of time spent on your feet or the intensity of impact on your feet, if you are overweight, if you wear inappropriate shoes or if you switch from wearing heels to wearing flats. Find out more information about it on the blog!
2. Shin Splints
If you’re experiencing a pain along the front of your shin (your lower leg) after exercising, then you might have shin splints. Initially, the pain is dull; however, it can become extremely painful! The most common cause is Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (or MTSS), which involves the inflammation of the upper layer of the tissue that covers the bone, occurring when there is a lot of pressure on the tibia. You’re at a higher risk of suffering from shin splits if you run on hard surfaces, wear old or worn out trainers, are overweight or have weak ankles, amongst many other factors. Read more on the blog post!
3. Hamstring Injuries
Hamstring injuries are caused by the straining or tearing of the hamstring muscle or tendons. This happens when the muscles are overstretched - either due to explosive movements (like jumping), or slower movements. You’re more likely to suffer from a hamstring injury if you’ve hurt it before, if you don't warm up properly or if your quads are stronger than your hamstrings! Do you remember Derek Redmond’s dramatic hamstring tear at the Barcelona Olympics of 1992? Don’t suffer the same fate! Read up on how to prevent it on the blog.
4. Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow is the overuse of the forearm tendons and muscles, in and around the elbow joint. The strain causes small tears in these tendons and muscles, which in turn, causes inflammation. Tennis Elbow can cause pain on the outside of the elbow when trying to straighten the arm, when gripping (e.g. when gripping a pen) and when twisting e.g. when twisting a door handle). And, have you heard of Golfer’s Elbow?! It is very similar, but affects the inner side of the elbow, impacting a slightly different muscle group. You guessed it - you can find out more on the blog!
5. Rotator Cuff Injury
The rotator cuff (the group of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder) can become injured, causing an ache in the shoulder. Risk factors of rotator cuff injuries include:
- Repetitive use of the joint, which aggravates existing problems and causes wear and tear of the joint
- Age and the deterioration of elastic property, meaning the rotator cuff takes longer to repair (such injuries are more prevalent in over-40s)
- Family history
Interesting fact - tennis player Sharapova suffered from a rotator cuff tear in 2008 (which even required surgery!) However, she bounced back to win the French open in 2012! Find out more on the blog...
Sporting injuries can be a right pain, in more ways than one! If you’re having trouble with one of the above (or need any other GP services), book in for a convenient and affordable appointment at London Doctors Clinic. We have eight London clinics, near key transport hubs, so we’re never far away when you’re in search of “doctors near me”!