One of the best parts of summer is being able to get outside and enjoy the great weather while playing some fun sports or games. The only downside to this is the risk of getting injured while you’re out playing. This post will go over some of the most common summer injuries and how Brampton sports injury treatment can get you back up on your feet again.
Golfer’s or tennis elbow
Golfer’s or tennis elbow can occur with overuse of and muscle strain to the tendons in your arm. Golfer’s elbow affects the inner forearm, while tennis elbow strains the outer forearm. The most common symptoms are swelling around the elbow and pain when trying to grip a golf club or tennis racquet. Needless to say, it makes playing your favorite sport quite challenging and uncomfortable.
The good news is that these two conditions are fairly easy to avoid. Make sure you start off the summer by taking it easy on the course or court. Slowly ramp up your activity throughout the season until your arm is ready to handle more stress. If you’ve already developed golfer’s or tennis elbow, be sure to stop playing and see a physiotherapist for treatment. Going without treatment or not wearing a brace while you play will only make it worse.
Divots in the ground, slippery grass and improper equipment make the risk of sprained ankles really high. An actual ankle sprain is damage to the soft tissue and tendons in your ankle. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising and being unable to bear weight on the injured foot. See a specialist as soon as possible if you think you’ve sprained your ankle, as further damage to the tissue and ligaments is common if it’s left untreated.
You can lessen the risk of an ankle sprain by always checking the conditions of the field you’re about to play on, and by wearing the right shoes for your sport. Before you go out and play, you should always gently stretch your ankle so the muscles will be loose and ready to go.
Strain to the rotator cuff, the group of muscles and tendons that attach to the shoulder bones, is one of the most common shoulder injuries we see during the summer. Athletes who play tennis, baseball or swim are most susceptible to tearing these shoulder tendons. Symptoms of tears include pain in the front of the shoulder that could travel down the side of the arm to the elbow. The best treatment for shoulder injuries is applying ice as soon as possible and seeing a physiotherapist if the injury doesn’t get better within a few days.
You can easily prevent these shoulder injuries with regular exercise throughout the year. Keeping those arms and shoulders strong will do wonders to keep you out on the field!
The most important thing to remember is that you can’t delay seeking Brampton sports injury treatment after you’re hurt. The longer you wait to be seen by a specialist, the longer the injury will take to heal.
At Paramount Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Clinic, we do our best to treat you as quickly as possible so you can get out there and start playing again. Call today to set up an appointment if you’re injured or if you need further rehab from a previous injury.