The most common sports injuries in British Columbia are injuries from skiing, snowboarding, cycling, and hockey because these are very common sports here. The more people that engage in a sport, the more there will be injuries associated with these sports. These common injuries that bring patients to see a physiotherapist are typically joint injuries, such as to the ankle, knee, and shoulder.
What Kinds of Injuries Do We Mean?
We are talking about strains, sprains, and dislocations which include injuries to ligaments and tendons. As an example, an eversion ankle sprain is very common. This is when the ankle rolls outward damaging or tearing the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. A sprain where the ankle rolls inward in much less common. While an ankle sprain sounds inconsequential, these injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating, with a lot of swelling, especially if it is the first time you do it.
Patients often contact us after dislocating a shoulder or having a rotator cuff injury. Sprained or dislocated knees are also common with damage to the ACL or MCL ligaments.
How Does Physio Help?
Physiotherapy helps by teaching patients how to strength other surrounding parts of the injured joint to lessen strain on the damaged part. In addition, physiotherapists can help you to lessen the pain you are experiencing with stretches and exercises tailored specifically to you and your injury. And, finally, the physiotherapist can help you to strengthen the damaged part so it heals and you do not experience the same injury over and over.
If you have received a sports injury like one of those described above, give us a call in Abbotsford at (604) 850-2511, and let us help you.
New Leaf Wellness offers a variety of therapies including physiotherapy, chiropractic, naturopathic, and massage therapy in a warm and compassionate environment in our Abbotsford location.
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