Playing sport and doing regular exercise is good for your health, but can sometimes result in injuries.
Sports injuries can be caused by:
- an accident – such as a fall or heavy blow
- not warming up properly before exercising
- using inappropriate equipment or poor technique
- pushing yourself too hard
Almost any part of the body can be injured, including the muscles, bones, joints and connective tissues (tendons and ligaments). The ankles and knees are some of the most commonly affected areas.
If you’ve injured yourself, you will probably notice pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and restricted movement or stiffness in the affected area immediately. Sometimes, you may only notice these symptoms several hours after exercising or playing sports.
Stop exercising if you feel pain, regardless of whether your injury happened suddenly or you’ve had the pain for a while. Continuing to exercise while you’re injured may cause further damage and slow your recovery time.
If the injury is minor, you can look after yourself at home by:
- resting the affected body part for the first 48-72 hours to prevent further damage
- regularly applying an ice pack to the affected area during the first 48-72 hours to reduce swelling
- using over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, to relieve pain
If your symptoms are severe or don’t start to get better within a few days, then it is advisable to seek the help of a physiotherapist
Our Physiotherapy Clinic Services
The West Wimbledon Physiotherapy Clinic aims to provide a selection of services to maintain and enhance health and wellbeing. Although primarily a physiotherapy clinic, a range of other treatments are available.