Defined as musculoskeletal injuries sustained during sports or physical activities, such injuries can be categorised into:
- Acute injuries: usually traumatic, such as fractures, dislocations, ligament sprains and muscle tears.
- Overuse injuries: developed over a period of time, usually associated with an increase in training intensity and frequency. Examples are stress fractures, compartment syndromes and tendon degeneration that occur due to the additional load placed upon musculoskeletal structures by increased training demands of modern day endurance events.
Early symptoms of sports injury
Some injuries aren’t always evident and can only be identified when the condition has worsened. Many dismiss minor symptoms thinking they’re the typical discomfort felt with training but these could be early signs of sports injury. These include:
- Prolonged pain
- Reduced range of motion
- Weakness with numbness or tingling
- Persistent muscle spasm
- Widespread bruising
If you are experiencing any of these signs, it is advisable to limit physical activity and seek a trusted sports injury clinic in Singapore.
Common causes of sports injury
Sports injuries can result from a number of causes. The most common ones are:
- Impact or trauma.
- Improper warm up.
- Poor technique.
- Overtraining or doing too much too often without sufficient rest in between.
- Overuse of a certain group of bones and muscles, resulting in repetitive strain injuries.
Consulting an experienced sports physio in Singapore can help you identify training habits that can lead to injury and measures, as well as exercises to prevent it.
How can a Physiotherapist help?
Physio & Sole Clinic offers sports physiotherapy in Singapore for professional athletes and sports enthusiasts, including individuals with exercise-related injuries.
- Our physiotherapists will help you understand why your injury occurs and identify aggravating factors that contribute to the injury treatment.
- Treatment such as ice, soft tissue release techniques and biomechanical assessment can help reduce your pain.
- We will also help you return to sports quickly and to perform at a satisfactory level. This involves the analysis of sports -specific skills and identification of potential areas for improvement, such as poor flexibility or muscular endurance after injury. Upon evaluation, an individualised exercise programme can be developed during the physiotherapy session to enhance the individual’s recovery.