Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention and treatment of injuries related to sports and exercise. Active sportsmen often suffer from injuries caused when playing their particular sport, which can arise from constant wear and tear of the bones, muscles and ligaments, accidents, improper equipment and incorrect training practices.
Common sports injuries include:
- Partial and complete dislocation of the shoulder: The muscles may spasm due to the dislocation, causing acute pain, and swelling, weakness, numbness and bruising may also be evident.
- Elbow injuries: Overhand throwing causes extreme stress on the elbow and can lead to severe overuse injury. If the elbow is not allowed to heal and used repeatedly, even when the patient is in pain, serious issues can develop over the long term and the risk of dislocation is increased.
- Mallet finger: When a tendon is damaged, a deformity may become apparent in the finger and the patient may not be able to straighten or extend the digit.
- Knee injuries: Collateral Ligament injuries are common amongst football and soccer players. As the knee is the largest and the most complex joint of the body, any sprain or more serious damage can cause long periods of being unable to play.
Other common sports injuries include:
- Runners Knee
- Shoulder Injury
- Ankle sprain
- Tennis elbow
- Pulled Muscles
- Lower back pain
- Shin Splints
- Groin Strain
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Fractures & Dislocations
- Loss of teeth
- Broken nose
- Chin injuries
- Ligament rupture
At Cocoona, we treat a wide range of sports injuries. Our orthopedic surgeons are also specialist sports injury doctors and have expert knowledge about how to best treat sport injuries with or without surgical intervention for a speedy recovery. In all cases, our sports injury specialists will initially diagnose the issue and the extent of the injury prior to advising on the most effective treatment plan to get you back in the game.