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
Our resident Osteopath and both Physiotherapists are fully trained Sports Injury
Call our clinic in Hornchurch today to arrange an appointment on 01708 476677.