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The Body & Sole Clinic

204 High Street



RM12 6QP

01708 476677

Treatment for sports injuries in Hornchurch

Based in Hornchurch we can easily assist patients from Upminster, Gidea Park, Emerson Park, Romford, Cranham and other surrounding areas

Sports injuries are injuries that occur to athletes participating in sporting events.  


Sports injuries can be broadly classified as either traumatic or overuse injuries.  Traumatic injuries account for most injuries in contact sports such as football and rugby because of the dynamic and high collision nature of these sports.  These injuries range from bruises and muscle strains, to fractures, broken bones, torn ligaments or tendons.


A bruise or contusion is damage to small blood vessels which causes bleeding within the tissues. A muscle strain is a small tear of muscle fibers and a ligament sprain is a small tear of ligament tissue.  The body’s response to these sports injuries is the same in the initial five day period immediately following the traumatic incident - inflammation.  Inflammation is characterised by pain, localised swelling, heat, redness and a loss of function.


All of these traumatic injuries cause damage to the cells that make up the soft tissues.  The dead and damaged cells release chemicals, which initiate an inflammatory response.  Small blood vessels are damaged and opened up, producing bleeding within the tissue.  In the body’s normal reaction, a small blood clot is formed in order to stop this bleeding and from this clot special cells (called fibroblasts) begin the healing process by laying down scar tissue.


The inflammatory stage is therefore the first phase of healing.  However, too much of an inflammatory response in the early stage can mean that the healing process takes longer and a return to activity is delayed.  


Sports injury treatments are intended to minimize the inflammatory phase of an injury, so that the overall healing process is accelerated.  The primary inflammatory stage typically lasts around 5 days and all treatment during this time is designed to address the cardinal signs of inflammation – pain, swelling, redness, heat and a loss of function.


Our resident Osteopath and both Physiotherapists are fully trained Sports Injury Therapists.

Call our clinic in Hornchurch today to arrange an appointment on 01708 476677.